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Offline BigAl

Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:59:22 PM »
Hi

I'm wanting to replace my PC as a media player with something smaller, running Linux or dedicated OS and connecting to USB DAC.  Media files will be stored on a wired Ethernet network share.

I don't require complexities of Roon, as I shall be setting up playlists and going through those so an Android/Smartphone remote is not required, but can be a possibility later.

Can one recommend whether to use the Pi 3 or ODROID C2, and advantages/disadvantages of either?  What software player is best?

Thanks in advance...

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Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 05:13:39 PM »
https://www.slant.co/versus/15521/15607/~raspberry-pi-3-model-b_vs_odroid-c2

I prefer the pi. Better support, widely available. Just my opinion.

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Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 05:17:05 PM »
Media player.. I take it video and music.

I have used OSMC and Openelec.

Like Max2Play as you can install Kodi on that as well.

Also like Volumio which you can install Kodi on as well.

Lots of choice. Depends on how much you want to tinker . Enjoy the journey!

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Offline gavinbirss

Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 06:44:47 PM »
Because you want to use USB DAC and if choice is only between C2 or rpi and connected wired the Odroid with LibreElec I reckon will be a better choice.

The USB and wired network performance will be better and emmc could be used for faster booting.

There are however some Realtek and newer Rockchip based media players that can offer better resolution and acceleration for heavy bitrate media.


You might also have some challenges with legacy smb V1.0 storage...

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Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 07:22:21 PM »
The PI seems to have a lot more support and tons of tinkering goodies as well as some really nice DAC's.

I went with the Odroid C2 for the Gigabit Ethernet ,RAM and it has no issues with dirty shutdowns.
A C2 does duty as a Roon end point(DietPi) and another C2 as a Plex player running Rasplex with good results.Runs Kodi nicely too.

Also have a Hifisield2 DAC for the C2 which is pretty decent for the money. Would love to try the PI with the Allo offerings sometime too.
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Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 09:32:41 PM »
I agree with the posts above for usb consider Odroid C2.

I use both RPI and Tinkerboard i2s with Kali for various TDA1387 dacs.

The tinkerboard straight out the gate, unaltered dietpi image 'sounds better' than a highly optimised picore PI3b.

The caveat, you are much on your own, support wise, when stepping away from RPI.

You could consider Allo usbridge with RPI, personally have been impressed with the digione set-up I have as well.

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Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 11:15:51 PM »
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Offline BigAl

Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2018, 01:40:59 PM »
Thanks for all the options and feedback.

What standalone players can compare (Realtek and Rocktek) and do they have advantages over the 'DIY' setups?

Is sound quality for multi-bit audio compromised when running on Kodi?


Media player.. I take it video and music.

I have used OSMC and Openelec.

Like Max2Play as you can install Kodi on that as well.

Also like Volumio which you can install Kodi on as well.

Offline scrarfussi

Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2018, 10:00:23 AM »
Thanks for all the options and feedback.

What standalone players can compare (Realtek and Rocktek) and do they have advantages over the 'DIY' setups?

Is sound quality for multi-bit audio compromised when running on Kodi?


Standalone players  are way more expensive .
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Offline BigAl

Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2018, 02:43:56 PM »

I've decided to include the HAT on the SBC, so my options are now the RPi 3 with Allo BOSS/Piano+Kali/HiFiBerry DAC+  or the ODROID C2 with HiFi Shield 2.

This will run Diet Pi, Volumio or Max2Play

The ODROID seems to have a speed advantage with possibility of eMMC and Giga Ethernet, but I only know of the HiFi Shield 2 board for it.

The RPi has quite a few options, but I'm leaning towards options based on independent clocks.

Any idea how these compare in terms of sound quality?


Thanks!

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Re: Raspberry Pi or ODROID C2 for Media Player?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2018, 06:46:49 PM »
I've decided to include the HAT on the SBC, so my options are now the RPi 3 with Allo BOSS/Piano+Kali/HiFiBerry DAC+  or the ODROID C2 with HiFi Shield 2.

This will run Diet Pi, Volumio or Max2Play

The ODROID seems to have a speed advantage with possibility of eMMC and Giga Ethernet, but I only know of the HiFi Shield 2 board for it.

The RPi has quite a few options, but I'm leaning towards options based on independent clocks.

Any idea how these compare in terms of sound quality?


Thanks!

If budget can be increased and you willing to hang on for a few weeks (for production units), the ALLO Katana will be more promising solution. It's design and promise may be just what is needed.