More Raspberry Pi/Roon endpoint software - VitOS

airdronian

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Came across this on the interweb, VitOS for Raspberry Pi 4. This is from the Silent Angel folks, who produce music server hardware and network switches.


It's designed for a specific use, and built with a custom real-time kernel. I believe this is based on Arch Linux. Low latency seems to be the goal, and it's very minimalist. Pi 4 only. It's only good for running Roon's Bridge software. There's no wifi, ethernet only. There's no web server either, so unlike many other types you can't just connect to the IP address via the web browser. It's required that you install their app on your smart phone or tablet for connection, which basically only serves to allow for reboot or network settings. With this installed the Pi is very much an appliance.

Like Moode or Ropieee, all that's required is to flash the micro sd card, connect the Pi to ethernet and boot. The VitOS Manager app will detect the device on the network, and you can connect to it. Then there's a button in the Manager to download the Roon Bridge software, which installs quickly. That's it. Enable this device in Roon and you now have the endpoint available.

So how is it ? Seems nice enough, stable in operation. Was there an increase in soundstage width compared with Ropieee ? Possibly, but it's subtle and I'm not inclined to do a number of comparisons at the moment. VitOS works well, and the price is right. (free)
 

MikeyFresh

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Came across this on the interweb, VitOS for Raspberry Pi 4. This is from the Silent Angel folks, who produce music server hardware and network switches.


It's designed for a specific use, and built with a custom real-time kernel. I believe this is based on Arch Linux. Low latency seems to be the goal, and it's very minimalist. Pi 4 only. It's only good for running Roon's Bridge software. There's no wifi, ethernet only. There's no web server either, so unlike many other types you can't just connect to the IP address via the web browser. It's required that you install their app on your smart phone or tablet for connection, which basically only serves to allow for reboot or network settings. With this installed the Pi is very much an appliance.

Like Moode or Ropieee, all that's required is to flash the micro sd card, connect the Pi to ethernet and boot. The VitOS Manager app will detect the device on the network, and you can connect to it. Then there's a button in the Manager to download the Roon Bridge software, which installs quickly. That's it. Enable this device in Roon and you now have the endpoint available.

So how is it ? Seems nice enough, stable in operation. Was there an increase in soundstage width compared with Ropieee ? Possibly, but it's subtle and I'm not inclined to do a number of comparisons at the moment. VitOS works well, and the price is right. (free)
Silent Angel has a nice looking line of hardware, but it's fairly expensive stuff, their server is $1,980, their streamer $1,450, network switch $580, linear psu $600, DC umbilical $175.

They had posted what amounts to an advertisement here very recently, which I deleted as unsolicited and thinly veiled as informational, as opposed to an ad from a manufacturer, which is what it actually was. I did not know they have a free Linux operating system for Roon Bridge on RPi 4B until you just posted it, that wasn't actually in their "ad", I wrongly assumed VitOS only ran on their custom hardware.
 

airdronian

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They have two software packages in the Play Store - VitOS Manager which I described above, and VitOS Orbiter which works with their server hardware. I think you're aware of other "Orbiter" software ??? I get the impression that this is a rather small outfit.
 

MikeyFresh

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I think you're aware of other "Orbiter" software ?
Small Green Computer/Sonore's thin-Linux OS is called Sonicorbiter, but I don't think there is any connection there. Those guys had a seemingly bad ending licensing Sonicorbiter to SOtM once upon a time, I doubt they would license it to a Chinese company such as Silent Angel unless it was a big revenue opportunity they couldn't pass up. Seems unlikely.
 
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