HOWTO: DIY Raspberry Pi HiFi network streamer – DigiHat + Volumio

HOWTO: DIY Raspberry Pi HiFi network streamer – DigiHat + Volumio

In this video learn how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a HiFi network streamer with the help of Volumio, an open-source music player, which, according to their developers, is also an audiophile music player designed and fine-tuned for high quality music playback.

I’m also using a small piece of hardware called a Digi Hat, manufactured by Justboom, which is a high resolution digital audio output add on board for the Raspberry Pi, providing the Raspberry Pi with a S/PDIF output over optical or coaxial connectors.

I’m not being sponsored or I am, in any way, affiliated with these brands.

00:00 – Intro
02:41 – Installing the Digi Hat onto the Raspberry Pi
04:05 – Downloading and burning Volumio
05:57 – Botting up the Raspberry Pi
06:28 – Set up Volumio
08:34 – Add music and enjoy!

Useful links:
Volumio –
balenaEtcher –

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Raspberry Pi Starter Kits:
Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit – 2GB RAM –
Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Kit – 4GB RAM –
Raspberry Pi 4 8GB Starter Kit – 8GB RAM –
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit –

Raspberry Pi Computer Boards:
Raspberry Pi 4 2GB –
Raspberry Pi 4 4GB –
Raspberry Pi 4 8GB –
Raspberry Pi 3 B+ –
Raspberry Pi 3 A+ –

JustBoom Digi Hat (Recommended):

Digi Hat alternative:
HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro –

Raspberry Pi DAC Hats:
JustBoom DAC HAT –
HiFiBerry DAC+ DSP –
HiFiBerry DAC+ RCA Version –
HiFiBerry DAC+ADC –
Others in Volumio shop –

Recommended SD Cards:
16GB –
32GB –
64GB –
128GB –

The MicroSD to USB adapter:

Recommended Raspberry Pi Power Supply:
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Official PSU –
For other Raspberry Pi models (non-official) –

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Hi and welcome to another 
video from experiencing IT 
Today I’m gonna show you how to turn your 
raspberry pi into a HiFi network streamer  
with the help of this little piece of hardware 
and Volumio, an open source music player.
Stay tuned!
For this project you will need obviously a 
Raspberry Pi.
I believe that any Raspberry Pi will do so if you have an old one hanging around make good use of it.
The one I’m using here is a  Raspberry Pi 3 A+
You’ll need a micro SD card.
I’d suggest…
getting one that is at least16 gigabytes in size.
A power adapter.
I’m using a generic one here but…
I’ll leave a link on the video description below
to the recommended Raspberry Pi power supply.
Now, the little piece of  hardware I’ve shown you in the entry piece
is what the manufacturer of this board calls a Digi Hat
The Digi Hat connects to the Raspberry Pi using the GPIO
and it provides the Raspberry Pi with a digital  output
over an optical or coaxial connector 
This is commonly known as S/PDIF.
You then connect one of these to the corresponding S/PDIF 
connector on the back of your amplifier or DAC  
No additional power supply is needed with this 
HAT as it draws its power directly from the GPIO  
According to the manufacturer, with this HAT
you also get full galvanic isolation  
on the coaxial output between your Raspberry Pi 
and your amplifier
This means that no electrical current should flow between the Raspberry Pi and the amplifier
thus delivering a no-noise high-quality audio signal over the coaxial connector
Over the optical connector you  should get no interference from the get-go
as the data is transmitted using light so no worries here 
Another option if your amplifier has an HDMI input 
is to use the HDMI output of the Raspberry Pi  
For that you have to use an HDMI cable from 
the raspberry pi to one HDMI input port on your amplifier
If your amplifier has neither HDMI or 
S/PDIF inputs no worries
as there are also several DAC options to go with the Raspberry Pi
To pack it all up you could also use the case with your  Raspberry Pi
For the sake of this video I’ll leave mine without one
but if you’re going that way
you’d have to check with the manufacturer
of your board of election
if they’ve designed and built a case that will accommodate the Raspberry Pi plus the board you’re using
and to make it all work we need  an Operating System and,
of course
this is where Volumio comes into play
So, let’s get on with it!
Okay let’s start by assembling the board 
which comes with its own mounting hardware
It also comes with an optional infrared receiver
that you would mount on the board like this
To download Volumio you have 
to head on to  
and click on get started  
Raspberry Pi is the first one in the list on the right (*left)
and it is already selected 
so you just have to click download
let’s wait for the download to finish
now it will come as a zip file.
I’m going to browse to where I’ve downloaded the file
and I’m going to extract it
just right click on the file
and select extract all
once extracted you need to burn 
or write it to the microSD card  
I have a small thingy like this i just insert the 
SD card here and then I plug this to my computer  
to burn the file onto the SD card you need 
an app called balenaEtcher
I already have it  installed in my computer but
if you haven’t you can download and install it from  
You click flash from file 
and browse to the folder where you’ve downloaded  
the raspberry pi image to
select it and click open
make sure the target is the correct one  
if you select the wrong device all data in that 
device will be erased so pay good attention to it
you then click flash and wait
once it finishes writing to the SD card it is 
now time to boot up the Raspberry Pi with it
ok so to boot up with Volumio you just need to 
insert the SD card into the slot on the back  
of the Raspberry Pi and plug the power adapter  
Be patient as the boot process could take some time
pay attention to the green light when it 
stops flashing you should be good to go
and once it has stopped flashing it is time to
So, if your Raspberry Pi has a wireless card 
Volumio will create a wireless hotspot  
the name of the hotspot is 
volumio and the password is
After connecting to the hotspot a new 
browser window with the Volumio configuration page  
will pop up
if not open a browser window 
yourself and in the address bar type   
volumio.local not forgetting the http://
The first step of the wizard  is to choose the language which I’ll leave as default
the second step is to name the device  
for the sake of this video I’ll leave mine as 
now, the third step is an important one  
most probably volumio has automatically detected 
the type of audio output device you are using but  
if not this is the time to choose it  
As you can see here it detected by itself that I have a 
JustBoom Digi Board
so, I’ll just click Next
on step 4
choose the user experience
simplified or advanced
Now, for the network select the Wi-Fi
network to which you want Volumio to connect to  
type in the password and click Connect
Volumio will then connect to the wireless 
network after setup is completed
we’ll also add new music after finishing the setup
and Volumio connected to the Wi-Fi network  
So, let’s click Next 
and if you’d like to immediately donate 
you can do so now
now, click Account
and in my case I have to restart  
I don’t know if it would be needed if you’d be 
using just the HDMI output of the Raspberry Pi  
but anyway I’d advise you to reboot
after this first setup
after rebooting it is time to…
Okay, to add music first of all connect your 
computer back to your regular Wi-Fi network  
once that is done open again the 
Volumio web interface and go to Settings
and click on Add New Drive
Volumio will scan for network drives
if you NAS show up automatically on a list
just select the shared folder where you have your music  
and click Save
if it doesn’t show up and you 
know its details you can and should fill them in
the Alias is just an identifier for the drive  
I’ll now type in the NAS IP address or the name 
and the path to the shared folder
I’ll now go to the Advanced Options because I need to  
insert the username and password
to the shared folder
and I’ll click Save and I should be done
Now, if I go to artists I should see some 
you’ll see that for the sake of  this video I only have one artist here
and if I hover the mouse over it, you’ll see a play button  
if I click on the play button it will start 
of course one very important thing  to do before playing music
is to connect the Digi Hat to the amplifier
I can assure you that I have sound. Unfortunately,
I cannot show it to you because of copyright strikes  
So, I hope you liked this video.
Don’t forget to like the video
and subscribe to the channel if  you haven’t done so
So, thank you very much for 
watching and I hope to see you again soon

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