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Mayday- What streamer/player for Qobuz (rookie)

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hugo86e

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Interesting to hear about the MS/iPeng lack of ability to add Qobuz favorites directly from those UIs. I was thinking of switching from MoOde to PiCorpPlayer and giving those a try. However, I may just stick with mConnect and MoOde since I’m able to manage favorites from within the app.

The mConnect interface is a bit clunky, but useable once you learn it. My biggest issue with mConnect is the battery suck it puts on my iPad. If I leave the app connected to my RPi for UpNP it keeps an active connection and drains my battery relatively quickly. The app doesn’t seem to have a Stand By or Sleep mode. As long as I remember to switch source from MoOde UpNP to iPad when I’m finished listening things are ok.

I thought about trying MoOde as well but I am not really fond of the look of the mconnect app.. Regarding audio quality and feeling, I don't know what's best between MoOde/UPNP and pCP/LMS..

Concerning your battery issue, I suppose it is the same with Material Skin/iPeng?
 

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Assuming you are playing the same files there should be absolutely no difference in Sound quality. LMS plays gapless and has smart normalization which definitely helps the experience, with UPNP these features may not be available on certain servers. The biggest difference in SQ is whether you want to EQ or not.
 

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I don't think it's a Wifi issue. I have had no problems with streaming Hires files in my network to the CCA and no issues with Qobuz via UpNP to my RPi streamer.

I also own 2 CCAs. One is the source for tube amp and the other is hooked up to my integrated amp, but seeing a lot less use since I setup the RPi streamer.

Over on the Computer Audiophile "official" Qobuz support thread, Qobuz acknowledges there are problems with chromecast in their apps and they say they are working on a fix.

https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/...issues-thread/?do=findComment&comment=1114849


https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/...issues-thread/?do=findComment&comment=1120576
 

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I thought about trying MoOde as well but I am not really fond of the look of the mconnect app.. Regarding audio quality and feeling, I don't know what's best between MoOde/UPNP and pCP/LMS..

Concerning your battery issue, I suppose it is the same with Material Skin/iPeng?

It's possible there would be a similar issue with iPeng. I suspect the app keeps an open connection to the RPi for quick control capability. The app is very responsive and there is little to no lag when navigating between songs while playing. The Material Skin web interface will probably not have this issue as it's a web page being served from the RPi. The MoOde web interface has no lag when playing local files or radio stations. You can't control Qobuz through the MoOde web interface.
 

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I thought about trying MoOde as well but I am not really fond of the look of the mconnect app.. Regarding audio quality and feeling, I don't know what's best between MoOde/UPNP and pCP/LMS..

Concerning your battery issue, I suppose it is the same with Material Skin/iPeng?
The good thing about the mconnect app is that you can add favourites. That makes living with mconnect with the pi and the qobuz app on my phone when I’m on the move a more joined up experience.
 

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My biggest issue with MConnect is once I exit out of the app for it to find MOode again I have to restart my Pi which is an annoying extra step.
 

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Before getting into Roon/Audirvana, etc. I recommend experimenting with a simple Raspberry Pi to USB DAC setup and trying the different OS options available. Volumio has the most polished UI with iOS and Android apps, but integrating with Qobuz comes at a price.

I use MoOde on my RPi and access Qobuz via mConnect HD app on my iPad. It‘s not the most polished app, but it works well and the music sounds great which is the most important thing. MoOde is easy to install and get up and running.

piCorePlayer is supposed to be another good option which I plan to try in the near future, but seems to have more complex configuration process based on my reading.

Roon and Audirvana are great, but I would see if the options mentioned above meet your requirements before investing in those software product.

I'm using Audirvana 3.5 -> Raspberry Pi4 (MoOde installed with UPnP enabled) -> USB RME ADI-2 FS -> Purifi amp ->F328Be. The sound is amazing.

Audirvana offers a great interface with Qobuz and the local lossless CD content all available on my 13" MBP screen. It's far superior to the Qobuz app. I wanted UPnP so I could access the DAC wirelessly and the simple Raspberry Pi4 with UPnP enabled allows Audirvana to control the volume. As long as I don't mess with the RPi4 web interface and simply select all my music playlists in Audirvana the UPnP works flawlessly.

You could easily use Audirvana and the MoOde RPi4 with most DAC, amp, speaker combos while having one of the best Qobuz interfaces available.

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