A Raspberry Pi is heading up my hi-fi – and how to set up the RPi with Volumio

But first, a little history. For more than a decade, I’ve been ripping my CDs and streaming music from a hard disk, USB drive or NAS (network attached storage) drive. From the first, the set-up sounded better than playing a CD – even through the same DAC. First Windows, then OS X My first experiments were with a Windows desktop, later followed by a MacBook and a couple of Mac minis and an iMac in various systems and configurations. Apple had established itself right through my home and business, with iTunes sitting at the centre of my musical life –...

Win Tellurium Q Black Speaker Cables worth nearly £500 retail

Our friends Colin and Geoff at Tellurium Q have donated a pair of their award-winning Black speaker cables to the hi-fi and audio community I act as Administrator for. Audio Chews is running a simple competition, so if you want to win these great cables – I can vouch for how good they are, as I use Tellurium Q’s speaker cables in my own system – just hop over to Audio Chews. You’ll need to join to enter, but joining and entry are both free,

Technology is not behaving at Rosam Towers

Since returning from holiday a couple of weeks ago the digital world has been ganging up on me. First off, after installing gracefully on to my 2010-generation MacBook Air with just 2GB RAM, OS X Lion has been giving problems on my iMac. With a processor running nearly twice as fast as the Air and six times as much RAM, the Lionised iMac has been crawling from time to time and crashed three times over one 24-hour period. OS X gone all Windows 98 on me? Then my Drobo went all wobbly when I replaced one of the disks for...