Media players 2: Daphile

Daphile is an audiophile’s dream. Unlike the Runeplayer or Volumio, Daphile is not supported on ARM devices like the Raspberry Pi or the ARM devices. If you have an old PC lying around, this may be one way to put it to good use.  Unlike the Runeplayer and Volumio, Daphile is not built on the MPD player. It is based on a Logitech Squeezebox platform. As is customary  for internet streaming players, Daphile is accessible through a web interface.

When Home Assistant starts up, in recognizes Daphile and provides simple widget  interface for it.

daphile-widget

However, in typical fashion, My Home assistant has an iFrame for Daphile for more control.

Daphile iFrame.png

In addition, A dash button on my refrigerator has been hacked to play or pause my daphile player.(See my earlier post on dash buttons.)

There are several great features in Daphile. When you sign up for music services such as iHeartRadio or Pandora, they appear on Daphile. Daphile has built-in CD ripping capability, support for shared network drives , DSD playback and lastly exceptional sound quality surpassing any Raspberry pi media players.

One disadvantage is that Daphile does not support wifi for now and will need a ethernet connection.

Home Assistant: My ‘master’ system

At this stage and for the perceivable future, Home Assistant is the heart of my home automation system. One of the main reasons I choose Home Assistant is the ease with which I could have it up and running.

As I brought up the Home Assistant server, it was able to quickly detect several devices around my house without my having to do any coding configuration. These include:

  1. My Kodi media player running on a HP Stream mini computer. I will cover Kodi in a separate post.
  2. My chromecast tv streaming device.
  3. My Roku stick.
  4. My wink and hue  hubs. I was able to use Home Assistant to control the lights around my house, right away.
  5. My daphile audio player. This will also be covered in future posts.
  6. My MPD player running on the same computer as home assistant.
  7. My rune player running on my raspberry pi
  8. My two sonos one speakers.

That’s a lot of functionality right out-of-the box! To repeat a point I made earlier, there is no single system that will give you all the functionality you want. If you want one, you need to build one either from scratch or by integrating several system together.  I have chosen the latter approach,