You know the way all digital sounds the same? A story of Max2Play and some others

edited October 29 in Digital
You know the way all digital sounds the same?
Especially streamers. You know they do, don't you?
I shouldn't have been surprised at this one. But I was. And am, by the scale of this one.
So, broadly, for the Raspberry Pi, there are MPD-based (music player daemon) apps and Squeezelite-based ones. I don't like this idea of calling the contents of our Raspberry Pi microSD cards operating systems. There are OSs, but that's not all.
My experience has been, in the MPD world, MoOde sounds better than Volumio, by quite a bit (I'm a measurement fiend at heart) and that MoOde sounds better than piCorePlayer, that is based on Squeezelite. But not a lot more.
So why did I try Max2Play? Madness, that's why!
Long story short, with Squeezelite installed (I can apparently install MDP, too (more fun to come)) I get the best sound of all.
Some of the directness and detail of MoOde, with the acoustic realism of piCorePlayer. And it's a big step up.
That's as far as I've got, but Max2Play with Squeezelite is currently at the top of the pile.


  • Sounds logical but my computer knowledge is a bit limited unfortunately. However must revisit using Moode on my Allo Katana again.
    I believe you can use Volumio on a Pc/laptop. By removing Windows you can install Volumio to good effect as the server only has Volumio to look after. 
  • I increasingly believe 'everything matters' in hi-fi.

    Which means Volumio may be the best on your setup.
  • It would be interesting to hear Volumio on a quiet PC, for sure.
  • Forgive my ignorance but I’m confused by the references to Squeezelite AND Max2play.   Do you have to install both on a SD card that then lives in your Pi?  ( I currently run MoOde BTW)
  • MPD is the innards of MoOde, the piece of software that usually handles playback in a DLNA/UPnP setup (I may not be 100% technically correct here because my knowledge peters out not far from here). Squeezelite is a Squeezebox emulator, so it handles playback in a Logitech Media Server-based setup.
    What makes Max2Play different is that you can install either Squeezelite or MPD (or perhaps both) withing Max2Play effectively as plugins.
    Does that answer your question?
  • edited October 30
    Another witness for the prosecution: An exhausted SO, just back from work, heard the difference last night.
    She also heard the transitions to MoOde from piCorePlayer and from Volumio in the past; these differences aren't small in our experience. Everything matters.
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