LF: ideal student's bedroom audio streaming solution


Feb 23, 2010
I'm looking for an audio solution to play music from my Synology DiskStation. There are many many many possible solutions though and I would like to find the best for me, which is why I'm posting here. I think a Rasperry PI with RuneAudio and some hardware & speakers are best so far.

Budget: Money is not really the biggest concern. I'll say up to $3000 maybe, but rather way less. I don't want or need the best speakers. I want reasonable quality for a reasonable price and for it to be functionable. I don't want to spend an extra $500 just for a little bit better speakers.

The setting:
I'm a 23 year old CS student. I live at home but might move out in ~3 years. I don't have a TV or any (stationary) audio/HiFi devices in my room.

What I'm looking for:
An easy way to play music from my Synology DiskStation which is running the inbuilt DLNA media server and a Logitech Media Server (for two Squeezeboxes) with a huge (270GB) music library. I would like to be able to reuse well at least the expensive parts of the setup as for example speakers - or get a cheap solution for such parts. I have a relatively weak WirelessLan connection at the moment which allows me to watch for example twitch at 1080p but not a ~8GB 2hour movie from my NAS without hickups - definitely enough for audio but not for the movies I download. I might consider upgrading our Wireless Router or pull a LAN cable (large house - not so easy as it sounds) if it would provide useful.
I watch movies sometime from my Laptop in my room but replacing this by a TV for example shouldn't be the goal unless there's something perfect. I definitely don't want to have a TV or Laptop running to listen to music.

What I considered (and discarded):
- Some AV receiver for example a Denon AVR-X2101 with speakers. BUT - they probably need a display (for example TV) so that I can pick the music.
- Another Squeezebox and add speakers or so but the Logitech Media Server has trouble a lot and I don't want to have to use that.
- A Stereo shelf system, for example this

But this is not really flexible for later use and I don't need for example a CD drive...
- A TV that has appropriate functinolities inbuilt or with Chromecast. But as mentioned I don't like running a TV to listen to music.

What I think is best so far:
A Rasperry PI with RuneAudio and some kind of digital-analog converter + speakers.
RuneAudio would allow me to use a mobile phone interface to control the music which is probably ideal. I'm not really sure what kind of hardware I would want/need besides the Rasperry PI. Maybe an AV receiver and a speaker setup as that's easiest? When I move out I would probably want to use an AV receiver for running a projector for home cinema. But if that will be outdated in 3 years then it's not really good to spend money for it now.

I hope you got an idea of my situation. I'm open for any suggestions as I'm really undecided on this so far.
Thanks a lot!


Update: So I discovered HiFiBerry and their DAC board which might be interesting for a 'minimal' solution. Would still an amp or a cheap receiver at least & the speakers.


Feb 23, 2010
So I borrowed a Raspberry Pi from a cousin and got RuneAudio running nicely. I plan on going with the HiFiBerry DAC.

I'm still clueless about an amp & speakers. I'd appreciate any advice.

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