Raspberry Pi for an old console

Thermionics

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Anything new on this front to be considered on this application folks? I need to put together another streaming DAC for a console and want it to also be bluetooth ready and whatever else that would be most versatile for the various streaming services. I can adjust what software I install based on what the buyer of the console wants to use I guess. It will be connected to the restored stereo via RCA.
I'm a little more in favor of a Pi4 these days, mostly because the USB-C spec allows for higher amperage on the 5VDC rail. Use with a heatsink case like the Geekworm Heatsink Case and a USB DAC and you should be golden. There are multiple cheap & cheerful USB dongle-type DACs out there that should work for about the same cost as an I²S hat DAC. The only problem is that in general, Raspberry Pi boards are a bit thin on the ground right now due to chip shortages.
 

MikeyFresh

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The only problem is that in general, Raspberry Pi boards are a bit thin on the ground right now due to chip shortages.
Damn near none available, I bought the last two Zero 2 W boards that Digi-Key had in stock, and I only turned there after all the usual suspects were out of stock, as they are on the 3A+, 3B+, and the 4B, except for a handful of the 4B (4GB) boards @ $55 from a few of the resellers, but likely going fast.

Other than that, word is late January or mid-February before any big restock arrives, and by the sounds of it expect to see the reintroduction of the $35 4B (1GB) model at that time, due to continued shortages of the 2GB RAM chips.
 
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