Maker “Jagged_path” was faced with a dilemma many of us find ourselves in: how to conveniently stream music at home. He was originally using AirPlay to stream music to a stereo in his basement, which in turn had speakers wired upstairs in the kitchen. But, that limited what music he could play and killed his iPhone’s battery.
The solution was to build a central Raspberry Pi-based music streamer, and Jagged_path knocked it out of the park with his execution. The build was divided into two parts: the interface upstairs in the kitchen, and the streaming device in the basement. The components of the interface are a Raspberry Pi 3 paired with a 7" touchscreen.
But, it’s the beautiful wood enclosure that makes it really stand out. Jagged_path had some maple from a tree he had to cut down years before, and it made the perfect material for the project. Some work with a jigsaw and router, followed by a bit of weathering, resulted in a really nice enclosure that is attached to the family refrigerator with magnets.
Music is selected on that interface, but it’s actually played on a second Raspberry Pi located in the basement. That Pi is loaded with Volumio, which provides a variety of music-streaming option. Finally, a HiFiBerry DAC Plus feeds the stereo, to play sweet tunes throughout the house.