Audirvana on Raspberry Pi

Could we use Audirvana (qobuz as example) from a Raspberry Pi instead of a laptop running windows or a mac?
Many thanks in advance for your answers

I guess this is not possible. You could use the Pi as DLNA renderer and play from mac/pc to the pi using Audirvana.

The Pi as a standalone solution would be possible e. g. with Volumio. This includes the opportunity to use Qobuz.


Hello Woe, many thanks for your feedback.

Just wanted to add my two cents. On of the great bargains in audio includes using Audirvana on an inexpensive Mac (in my case, a 2009 MBP) in network mode to connect to a Raspberry Pi with either a sound card (in my case a DigiOne Signature connecting to a dac by s/pdif digital cable). The advantage is that the MBP is kinda noisy electrically (it is a consumer product, not an audiophile product), so it is not directly connected to the dac. Instead, it is used to pick the music file and customize it (software up sampling, and adding filters and the like) and then send the file via ethernet to the Raspberry Pi which is a simple and relatively quiet low power computer. By sending an already modified file to the Raspberry Pi, you ask it to not do too much, also keeping the signal quiet. The modifiability of the Raspberry (USB, s/pdif, dac) is an important variable in this system and promises continual improvement in sound quality. And all of this hardware stuff is in the context of Audirvana improvements (like 3.5).

Have I explained this in a coherent manner?


ruffian, I also add my 2 cents :wink: you can even go further by using a ethernet switch specially designed to reduce noise and provide galvanic isolation with the DSL box / LAN.
UpTone Audio has just released one :

Thanks for the recommendation, but the EtherREGEN is a little pricey for me at this time. Does anyone make a less expensive ethernet switch that reduces noise and provides isolation?

Well … this is what we call “high end audio” :wink:
They provide 30 days money back if we don’t like the product, I plan to give it a try and will let you know the results.
However, it will certainly increase clarity and sound stage as long as the whole audio system provides enough resolution.

You’ll get pretty much the same result by using a less noisy fast ethernet switch instead of a gigabit switch.

With the RPi you get most bang for your buck by powering it through the HAT with a cleaner power supply.

My local audio buddy has been suggesting a less noisy ethernet switch and he is using one with great success (and not much money). As for RPi “bang for your buck,” I agree that the sound HAT’s power supply (switching, linear or battery) can make a big difference (without breaking the bank). I am using a battery pack to power the Allo Digione Signature and an inexpensive ($80) linear power supply with the Pi itself.

Hi, I’m very interested in using a Raspberry Pi as a renderer connected to my DAC as it would help me avoid moving my computer. However, could you please tell me more about this option? Does he Raspberry Pi require specific software to be installed??


Yes, try with RoPieee XL.

There are other alternatives like Volumio and such. Just Google for it, you’re looking for UPnP support.