- Jun 3, 2019
- New York City
if they care so much about 'fidelity' then why none of their products have balanced outputs/inputs?
literally most of their products (The Digis , the linear power supplies, and the USBridge) are playing into audiophoolery marketing bullshit.
there is literally a video of Darko almost blowing up the DigiOne Signature trying to use their 'battery powering pack', what careful execution that was.
No, that’s not correct. USBridge is modified RPI and includes WiFi. Just requires a WiFi dongle.the USBridge has no wifi and no bluetooth. which pretty much makes it the worst streamer on the face of the planet.
I use Moode to run the Allo Boss 2 as a Roon Endpoint, and, yes, Roon can control the volume in this configuration.Can the Roon volume control this streamer's volume? (with Diet Pi?) I'm guessing no.
One of my streamers is the PecanPi DAC, which has a more industrial look than this, but a much bigger screen and balanced outs. Roon volume works on it (in Roon Endpoint configuration). So screen and balanced out (and some other things that perhaps matter less) for quite a bit more.
It’s 7.5"W X 4"H X 4.75"D
I noticed in the video it was stated that Airplay only supports 16b. Can I assume now that has changed with Apple hi rez?
Good stuff, Amir, but I see streamers in a different way. To me, playing music from a computer is not in itself streaming, it is just using the computer as an audio player.
Streaming is all about where the music comes from. A streamer is a network music player, sourcing the content either from a local NAS or from an internet streaming site. This is the model used by Linn, Naim, and the rest. Yes, you can often attach USB storage and play music from that, but this is not actually streaming.
Controlling a streamer is a separate issue. Many can be controlled just like you would control a CD player, others can be controlled over Wi-Fi using an app or web interface. This is not what defines a streamer.
I'm only saying that playing music over a network, at least internally over a LAN but optionally over the WAN (internet), is what defines streaming. Using a computer of any type to play music does not in itself mean you are streaming. Does a CD player not require some sort of "computer" to play music?I understand the perspective but this is really what the majority of the world thinks of as ‘streaming audio’.
The central premise here, i hope we can agree on, is Moore’s law. Namely, that computers get twice as fast every three years. While not entirely true gives us a good idea of why you dont want the components so deep in the software realm to not be something you can swap out every few years.
I get what you're saying here! We're actually on the same page.I'm only saying that playing music over a network, at least internally over a LAN but optionally over the WAN (internet), is what defines streaming. Using a computer of any type to play music does not in itself mean you are streaming. Does a CD player not require some sort of "computer" to play music?
Agreed that having a "Cadillac" system is great, but my point is that this product is for a different customer. My guess is that most buyers are looking for a way to get into streaming and would be attaching it to more basic systems and network. Not sure what the carbon footprint of an additional server is, but it strikes me as wasteful. I hope some of the hardware manufactures will fund development of the Linux software to improve the experience on Pi based devices.
Although I tend to agree with AudioSceptic above that Roon is overpriced, my intent was not to dis Roon since I think it is probably worthwhile for those that want it.
If you're saying the Allo Boss2 is too complicated, have you looked at the Yamaha MusicCast streamers? If you have ruled them out because the DAC performance might not be SotA, some have digital outputs so you could add a DAC if needed.And that would describe me. This product seems way too complicated to me. I want a plug and play component with hifi specs. If some kind soul could point me towards some highly recommended components like that on the tested list I would appreciate it greatly.
I have not but thanks for the suggestion. I have looked briefly at the Cambridge Audio offerings.If you're saying the Allo Boss2 is too complicated, have you looked at the Yamaha MusicCast streamers? If you have ruled them out because the DAC performance might not be SotA, some have digital outputs so you could add a DAC if needed.
Do you own/have you heard the Boss2 vs the PecanPi? Since both measure well, so I am trying to find a subjective comparison. Thanks, in advance.One of my streamers is the PecanPi DAC, which has a more industrial look than this, but a much bigger screen and balanced outs.
No worries. Not sure if anyone has heard both. Thanks for the reply.
happy to say Ive had the Allo Boss2 for around 5 months or so and Very happy. I bought just the Dac hat and installed it on RPI4 and used the Boss2 Dac modified case for the Both including LEd screen. The Boss2 I have poweered by a Linear supply and the RPI by El cheapo Supply. The perfromance is great and sound is detailed and not sharp or fatiguing. My only complaint if it is one is the remote is pure junk lol have to be within 5 feet for it to work.