How to setup a bit-perfect digital audio streaming client with free software (with LTSP and MPD)
by, 11-03-2011 at 07:28 AM (1418 Views)
Inspired by Bit-perfect audio in Linux at 88.2 and 176.4 now possible I created a setup at home which I share at How to setup a bit-perfect digital audio streaming client with free software (with LTSP and MPD).
In short, my wanted setup had the following requirements:
- having bit-perfect audio for all digital formats accepted by my DAC
- having the freedom of only using free software
- having the freedom of only using open non patent encumbered file formats
- having the freedom to use any client device as a streaming digital audio device
- having the freedom to use any device for controlling the streaming digital audio device (acting like a “media controller”)
To achieve these goals I’ve made the following choices:
- create a LTSP environment using my desktop PC as the LTSP server
- installing a MPD client on the desktop PC or Android client acting as a media controller
- using an old HP t5725 thin client as the LTSP client
- this thin client will also act as a (headless) MPD server
The result is whopping! I can plug in any PXE-capable PC or laptop to my LAN and connect it to my DAC with USB. After booting it, 15 seconds later it is a bit perfect audio streaming client. I can use any PC, laptop or PDA to control the media and browse through my playlists and music library.