A summer (UI) Refresh for Volumio

It's hot outside, so we need some refreshments.

We at Volumio think that an User Interface refresh is the way! So please welcome: the new Volumio3 User Interface Beta!

We've been working hard in those months to improve usability and look of our beloved user interface, following all the great feedbacks from our Community and OEM partners.
The priciples we followed are:

  • Re-use existing (and common) User Experience logics from mainstream music players. So, let's not reinvent the wheel and let's take what's good in other music players out there. So you'll notice that the structure might look familiar... We've taken pieces of UI from our favourite Music Players and combined them together to offer an easy and intuitive environment, without loosing the uniqueness of Volumio's distinctive look.
  • Allow for more expansion in the future: the new Ui is the first milestone in a bigger overhaul project (codenamed Volumio3). We want to allow advanced navigation capabilities (interlinking and semantic browsing) and providing credits, lyrics and additional informations in an easy and convenient way. This will take place by the end of this year, and we designed the user interface to be ready to adopt those new changes.
  • Great focus on mobile: Mobile use is where we focused the most, with adaptive and dynamic menus.

Let's see some screenshots:

 

Notice the left bar and bottom bar? Needless to say: this layout works...

 

An easier placement for settings...

Queue, for those who can't live without...

 

And a great news... We are seriously preparing for multiroom...

 

 

The mobile playback view, in all its glory...

 

Browsing on mobile...

 

Album view on Mobile...

 

Multiroom view on mobile...

 

HOW TO ENABLE THE VOLUMIO3 UI BETA

Super easy:

  • Update to latest version (the new UI is available starting from version 2.598)
  • Head to Settings, Appearance and scroll to the bottom
  • Enable The experimental Volumio3 UI
  • Click save, and restart Volumio
  • Once restarted, refresh your browser page
  • Enjoy!

Since this is a major overhaul, we are keen to receive your feedbacks. So make sure that you let us know what you think, what does not work, what you would like to be improved in the dedicated forum thread.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

As you might have understood, the contribution of MyVolumio are providing us with a great boost, which we are re-investing heavily in both the Free and Premium side of Volumio. And yes, we have many many new features and updates coming:

  • Multiroom synced playback
  • Advanced Browsing Capabilities
  • Hiresaudio.com integration
  • Deezer Integration
  • Bluetooth integration
  • Credits and Lyrics
  • Analog Input playback

Those great improvements are to be gradually released from here to the end of the year. So, if you needed one more reason to try MyVolumio, now you have it: this will help us bring to you those functionalities as soon as possible!

Enjoy and have a great summer!

 


Volumio with Superphonica: a great deal to replace your old streamer with a Volumio Primo

Dear Folks, other good news for our beloved community: we are glad to announce a new and very very interesting partnership! So please welcome our collaboration with Superphonica!

First of all, what is Superphonica and why we love it.
Superphonica is a creation by the same team of Computer Audiophile (now Audiophile Style). It is an online marketplace for buying and selling used audio hardware. We believe it is a fresh breath for the second hand audio marketplace scene: just snap photos with your phone and list the items for sale, all from your phone, laptop, or desktop. It takes just a couple of minutes.

There are no costs to list an item and Superphonica gets a tiny 1% fee only when your item sells. Those fees are then reinvested to finance new reviews and articles on Audiophile Style, one of the best Online Community and Blog in the Audio Industry.

 

We have recently met Chris, Superphonica's founder, and we have found a man that share with us an immense passion for the Audio and Music industry. We found many synergies between Volumio and Superphonica, and we decided to start a collaboration right away with the aim of bringing great benefits to the entire Volumio Community.

This is how Chris explains his vision:

“Superphonica is the marketplace that we always wanted and dreamt of. We were tired of our grandfather's classified section, so we created the Rolls Royce of marketplaces for audio. We also wanted to bring pricing down to a level that makes sense for everybody. There is zero cost to list an item for sale and only a 1% fee when the items sells. If items don't sell right away they remain available until they sell without the need to re-list or touch anything. In addition, all the money Superphonica brings in, goes to hire writers at Audiophile Style who review the gear you love. Sell on Superphonica and get more than just money in your pocket.”

So, how does the Volumio-Superphonica collaboration work? And why it's a great chance for you all?

A GREAT CHANCE TO REPLACE YOUR OLD STREAMER WITH A SHINY NEW VOLUMIO PRIMO

Yes, for all of you craving to get yourself our Volumio Primo Streamer this is a great chance to put on sale your old streamer on Superphonica and immediately get 10% off on Volumio Primo!

It's super easy:

  • List your Streamer for sale on Superphonica (or any other piece of Audio equipment)
  • Once your listing is created, you will receive via mail a 10% off coupon code for Volumio Primo
  • Head to the Volumio Primo page, add it to cart and insert the code at checkout
  • Smile, you got yourself a fantastic Audiophile Streamer and a great deal!

So, if you were considering upgrading your Streamer and getting yourself a Primo, be quick and get this deal while it lasts!


Join us on an epic journey called Volumio Motivo

There are some moments in life that remain indelibly in our hearts and souls. One of those moments happened a couple of weeks back, for me and the Volumio Team. We were setting up our booth in Munich High-End trade show (yes, we had a booth for the first time in Volumio history) and after a couple of hours, we received the first production-like prototypes of Volumio Motivo.

Then, I carefully unwrapped the prototypes from their protective package. I had, for the first time, Motivo shining in my hands.

Boy, this was a moment. A defining one. And after one year of hard work, passionate commitment and countless challenges, it was finally real.

It was so beautiful, so well proportioned, so finely crafted. Even its weight was just perfect.

Yes, I had a moment of magic in this rainy German afternoon.

This is what I saw.

Volumio Motivo 45 degrees

 

We choose Munich High-End for the world premiere of Volumio Motivo because it was the perfect place for such a Groundbreaking product. We wanted to share our vision with all the Industry and make a bold and refreshing statement: this is our vision for the next generation Audiophile Streamers.

And then… The show opened.

Volumio Motivo High End Munic

And all the visitors, friends, partners, curious, press that saw the Motivo had the same shine in their eyes as I had the very first moment I saw it. I must admit, I never thought, even in my wildest dreams that one day we would have showcased such an iconic piece of equipment.

Volumio Motivo Front

But, should you think that the Motivo is only an evocative design with lots of output options and a touchscreen, you’ll be very wrong. And here starts the boring part.

VOLUMIO MOTIVO: A WORLD’S FIRST TECHNOLOGY

You might have read in our previous post that Motivo is the brainchild of a Joint Venture between world-class industrial design firm Design Narratives and R&D and audio design Company Yottamusic.

Yottamusic has been working for 10 years on their the core-technology which is now in the Motivo: METACLOCK.

This Technology has 3 core principles:

  • Do not use a generic SOC (System-on-chip to handle communication with the DAC)
  • Use an interface that, other than USB and I2S allows faster data transfer
  • Use a dedicated FPGA (a particular kind of processor which is extremely optimized for certain tasks) to handle communication with the DAC. Therefore emancipating the Audio Quality outcome from the OS\CPU combination.

It works this way:

  • The audio stream is sent from the CPU via a high-speed BUS (SDIO) to a dedicated FPGA
  • Here the stream is reclocked via a double buffer and stored on a high-speed memory
  • It’s then sent, at the right moment to the DAC

The results that it brings:

  • 104dB THD+N
  • 110dB SNR
  • Jitter: 200ps Maximum
  • Network data correction

This means that with Metaclock technology, Volumio Motivo is able to achieve outstanding sound quality performances without the need of esoteric (and expensive) designs, following our core principle: the best possible sound quality with an unbeatable price\performance ratio.

Integrating Metaclock technology is being probably the biggest challenge Volumio Team has faced so far: since this technology has never been done before, in this way, there is no standard to follow nor any HOWTO nor literature. We are currently working hard to implement the very complex software integration to take the most out of this technology, without compromising on usability.

But, as soon as we were able to make the Motivo sing, all the struggle and the pain immediately was gone: Motivo sounds like I never, never, never heard anything before.

In this moment I understood why we were all doing this. And this is where the name Motivo was born: Motivo means Meaning and Purpose in Italian.

VOLUMIO MOTIVO TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

For those of you craving for technical specifications, here they are:

Balanced and Unbalanced Analog Audio Output up to PCM 32 bit 768 kHz and DSD 1024
USB Audio Output up to PCM 32 bit 768 kHz and DSD512
SPDIF and Toslink Digital Audio Output up to PCM 24 bit 192 kHz
I2S over HDMI Audio Output
8'' Onboard OLED Touchscreen
HDMI Video Output
Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless 2.4 and 5 GHz + Bluetooth 4.1
Physical Volume Knob + Turn on\off button
Programmable state LED

THE BEST IS YET TO COME, AND WE WANT YOU TO BE PART OF THIS JOURNEY

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that stopped to our booth and told us wonders about the Motivo. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that wrote us (we’re overwhelmed by this reaction) asking more details and availability for the Volumio Motivo (the press already named it "A Gorgeous Audio Streamer").
We want to say thank you to all our community members, for making us what we are today. We want to say thank you to all our partners who believe in us and what we want to achieve.

We want to say thank you for reminding us once again why we are doing this, and why Motivo is something important for all of us.

Now, the road which will lead to Motivo manufacturing has started, and our goal is to have it on sale starting from September 2019. The Motivo will be positioned as our flagship Integrated Streamer and although it will be priced sensibly higher than Primo it will offer, as always, an unbeatable Quality\Price ratio.

And this is where it gets interesting: as always, we think the best way to deliver what you guys want is to involve you directly in our developments. 

So, we want to invite you to join us the final design phase of Volumio Motivo. We want you to be part of this success, and we do strongly believe that your help will make the difference for Volumio Motivo, as it was for everything we've done in the past.

By entering your email below, you'll join a dedicated mailing list where we will ask your opinion about some final decision about features, design choices and product variants. You will be kept closely posted on the development of the project. And as a final thank you, you'll get priority access to preorders when available.




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