Raspberry Pi as an Audio Server?
Yes, definitely! Despite its small size, with the addition of special I2S DAC, the RasPi does the task surprisingly well. The sound of the built-in 24/192 DAC is comparable to the external DACs several times its price. There are DAC versions for the Raspberry Pi which support both the analog (RCA) and S/PDIF audio output. The standard version comes with RCA analog audio out, but since all our products are made to order, changing the specifications and specified audio output (analog or S/PDIF) isn't a problem.
Our servers are always customised according to the client's wishes, so there are always different configurations and enclosures to choose from, without the LCD, or with the LCD and IR remote control (which can be used in addition to "normal" control via a tablet or a smartphone). The enclosure can be built to order, e.g. with space for internal hard disk and other customisations.
The RasPi server comes with a high quality 24/192 DAC as standard, and can also be purchased together with one of our Class D amplifiers. Prices start from €320 (plus 25% VAT) for the basic server (without DAC, as a basic network player, e.g. in a Squeezebox system, in a square aluminium and wood enclosure). The systems with round enclosures pictured below start from €440 plus 25% VAT, depending on the components chosen.