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I'm in the process of getting the gear together and then setting up sound solutions for three rooms at my dive shop in Rye.

 

In the front office I'm setting up an Intel i7 NUC with 16GB of RAM and a 250GB SSD drive running Roon Optimised Core Kit (ROCK). The music files of my 1000+ albums will be on a WD Elements 4TB USB3 external hard drive connected to the NUC.

 

In the main shop will be a Yamaha RX-V795A AV Receiver with a Raspberry Pi 3B with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. Zone A of the RX-V795A receiver will be powering a pair of Coral X-III 3-way bookshelf speakers.

 

Zone B of the RX-V795A receiver will be powering a pair of Sony SS-D301 3-way speakers in the front office.

 

In the back room will be a Yamaha RX-V995 AV receiver with another Raspberry Pi 3B with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. Zone A of the RX-V995 receiver will be powering a pair of Yamaha NS-50T 2-way speakers.

 

Using the old 5.1 channel AV receivers gives me AM and FM radio, plus the use of a remote control. With 85W and 80W per channel respectively they should be more than capable of getting the job done. I already had one not being used, and you can pick up such units very cheaply these days. Even ones with quite reasonable stereo sound capabilities.

 

The Ethernet cabling to the RPi units and the Intel NUC will be on the modem/switch/router/wireless unit currently used to provide customer Wi-Fi. Thus totally separate from the business network.

 

Customers and staff will get to use Roon Remote to control the music being played.

 

All I need now is some data and speaker wiring to be done, shelves installed for the NS-50T speakers, and the two RPi+DACs to arrive. (I have one I can use until then to get things started.)

 

I'll post some picks as the gear gets installed. 

 

Hopefully my taste in music will prove broad enough to not turn away too many divers. Who knows, it might even attract some. The dive shop that rocks! Or chills to jazz. Just depends on the vibe on the day.

 

Maybe one day a Tidal subscription might be used to provide an ever wider choice of music via Roon.

 

It's going to be interesting to see how it's all received and how it's used.

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Best check the legalities of playing music in a shop if you have not already, I think it is classed as a public place.

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If the shop is a dive wouldn't you be better off spending the money on a fit out?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Darryl said:

If the shop is a dive wouldn't you be better off spending the money on a fit out?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I now have the main shop Roon based sound system up and running. A Yamaha RX-V795A AV Receiver with a Raspberry Pi 3B with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. Zone A of the RX-V795A receiver is powering a pair of Coral X-III 3-way bookshelf speakers. Mostly using an Apple iPad Pro 10.5" as the Roon control.

 

It's already quite possibly the best sound system in a dive shop anywhere in the world. Staff and customers love it. Soon it will be even better.

 

Waiting to get another HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, installing shelves for the speakers, and finishing off a network cabling upgrade so as to get the back room sound system running.

 

Considering getting a third HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, another pair of Coral X-III 3-way bookshelf speakers, plus repurposing a Yamaha AM Stereo / FM Stereo Tuner T-420A, Yamaha Stereo Control Amplifier C-50, and Yamaha Stereo Power Amplifier M-45 (125 W) combination I already have for the front office.

 

I'd like to be able to let customers choose the music, but I can't just yet. While Roon supports profiles, it doesn't password protect them, and all profiles have full access to the music library. To give customers access, I really need to be able to have a profile where users can only read and play music. I don't want them being able to edit and delete music library contents.

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Great way to write off your audio gear purchases on tax👍

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39 minutes ago, darth vader said:

Great way to write off your audio gear purchases on tax👍

Not really. I'm mostly repurposing suff I already had at home.

 

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