How To Build A Multiroom Audio System Based On Raspberry Pi And Hifiberry


Epic write up via

Since a long time I wanted to overhaul my multiroom audio system completely to adapt it to one which fits better to my needs and with a superior sound quality, while keeping control over the budget. If you don’t know multiroom systems yet: These audio systems allow you to play back sound in different rooms of your house, so you can listen to the music you want wherever you want.

I can say, I am absolutely satisfied with this system! Finally my multiroom system is how I want it to be. In the switch cabinet, it is relatively clean and compact. The power consumption is, as I can see from Fibaro, in total approx. 25 W, which is completely fine for playing music in 7 rooms. Much less cables and easy maintenance. The only downside is the noisy power supply with its tiny ventilation which runs the whole time. This is not a big problem since it is in the garage, but this needs to be in mind when you think about where to place the system. Otherwise a less noisy power supply needs to be found, I guess a PC power supply with a big 12 cm ventilation should be fine.

On the quality side: no noise or humming when no music is played back, even at maximal volume. Great! Therefore the system is running all the time, when I don’t play any music, I can use it for audio notifications of the home automation system in all rooms (this will be explained in a later article). When playing back music, the sound quality is awesome, especially for my entry level loudspeakers. Some of the speakers I will update in the future for sure, e.g. in the living room, but for the moment the sound is really great.

The usability is highly improved. If for example my wife finds a nice lullaby on youtube, 2 s later she has send it through Airplay into our children’s room. iPeng is a tiny bit more complicated, but it is very easy to get used to it. The only thing I still have to figure out is how to give our kids control over the speakers in their rooms, so they would not need any other HiFi system in their rooms.

Learn more!

Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here:

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.