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Introducing the ORATORIO by LIEDSON: Volumio new OEM partner

Some of you might have noticed a link in Volumio's header called "Custom Solutions". Some of you might have wondered what it is and why we decided to make it so prominent. Well, here's your chance to have a behind the curtains overview of what it means and why we're so proud of this.

Essentially, Volumio is not only your favorite Audiophile Music Player, but it's a technology that we do license to many Hi-Fi companies around the world. The idea is simple: Volumio is the result of the development efforts of our beloved community and of the developers working for the Volumio company. As we are great fan of efficiency, we understood that to create a top-notch music player, we had to involve (both financially and on a co-design basis) the more stakeholders possible: the more ideas we put in it, the more development resources we put it it, the better.

So, what you, in fact, use every day has been funded thanks to all the Hi-Fi companies (there are more than 30, worldwide) that embraced Volumio technology and used them in their product. On the other hand, such companies receive a tailor-made, state of the art streaming software, enabling them to bring new products to the market. And the Volumio company not only provides the software per-se, but a range of services (consultancy on software and hardware, support, branding, fine-tuning of audio performances etc), effectively removing all the complications that software inherently brings.

This is essentially why Volumio OEM has become the choice of many audio manufacturers for their streamers solution, ensuring them a stable, feature-rich and proven platform. And why the OEM program allowed Volumio to grow as it is today.

Enough talking about Volumio, now let's see a case where we can safely assume that the Volumio OEM tailored software, together with exquisite audio and design expertise produced a remarkable result.

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The ORATORIO. Created by France-based brand LIEDSON is an integrated high-end streamer with CD playback and ripping ability built-in. It captivated us not only for its sonic performances, but as well its elegant design. With Volumio OEM Solution, we provided to the ORATORIO a customizable platform where users can manage the device, inheriting proven stability and performance of the Volumio OS, and customizing the looks and feel to provide a coherent package.

Desktop Version

Gilles Aguilera, designer and founder at LIEDSON, created the Oratorio's OS when he first developed the product. Decided to go on a different path, he later on tested Volumio on the device, resulting in a new decision to incorporate instead a customized Volumio version for the Oratorio's main OS. As Gilles explained to us, he chose Volumio because the system is "fluid, responsive with very good ergonomics". 

Mobile Version

 The ORATORIO, more than high-end streamer, a philosophy

Gilles carefully designed and developed the ORATORIO based on its passion for art and audio. Being an awarded painter/sculptor since the age of 18, he was fond by Italian art and the artists surrounding it. In addition, audio was another passion recollected since he was young, creating his first audio server worked under Linux in 2005.

After all, a great product comes with great design. Two years ago, with the help of an Italian designer friend, Gilles developed the first visuals of the Oratorio. Gilles' wife contributed as well with the first model, developing a modernized device with noble materials while keeping it user friendly with its plug and play convenience. 

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All products from LIEDSON are assemble by hand

 

The ORATORIO is built around an aluminum chassis machined in the mass for a weight of 16 kg, the sides and the bottom have a thickness of 10mm, and the front face is 150 mm x 30 mm it serves as housing for the reader CD which is totally trapped, reducing mechanical vibrations to naught. 

The wooden part "the hood" is machined from a noble wood, from 30 years old drowned burl. It is machined to tenths of a millimeter on digital control, to receive the imprints of the internal components (transformers, PCB, capacitor) which are fixed on the bottom of the ORATORIO.

Our products are intended for a demanding clientele seeking custom-built equipment, free from all noise, and unparalleled reliability. - Gilles Aguilera

We can surely agree the ORATORIO provides the complete package. Elegancy, timeless design and universality.

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Powerful integrated technology

With an extended expertise on high-end audio equipment, Gilles carefully chose these four main parameters the audio server needed to follow:

  • No heating,
  • Gold-plated printed circuits,
  • High quality components such as resistors, capacitors and diodes and,
  • Rigorous pairing of each component.

Two years of research was done before choosing what is now the core of the ORATORIO system, an integrated circuit from Texas Instrument, built on the specifications for LIEDSON. According to Gilles, "the advantage of this DAC is that it requires very little electronics to operate, and its biggest advantage is that it happens operational amplifier output, the signal is directly transmitted to matched and non-magnetic resistors from TAKMAN."

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We are extremely pleased with the result of such great collaboration with LIEDSON. Working with their team to build and develop an optimized platform for the ORATORIO, the outcome is a truly first-class product.


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Sound Systems: What New Technology Await Audiophiles

Music makes everyone’s life better. You can bet we’re listening to your favorite songs while writing this article. So how can you make your favorite song sound even better? Technology can answer this.

Innovations keep changing the world of sound with every minute. It improves the way songs are recorded, the experience of listening to them, and even how to play an instrument.

Technology has made music widely available and smartphones play a big role in this. From music streaming apps, to sound mixers and even learning how to play musical instruments, our mobile phones are a big part of our audio experience. There are a ton of apps that can help you curate the perfect playlist. If you want to know more about this, you can check it out in joyofandroid.com.

So what should we expect next? If anything, to be amazed. What if we go completely wireless? Or there could be more nature-friendly devices. The future is here to surprise you.

Let’s delve into some possibilities!

1. Ferroelectric Nanogenerator (FENG)

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This is a very thin, foldable material. It can convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and vice-versa. This kind of technology is only experimental at the moment, mostly used for research. It was used for LCD touchscreens, LED lighting, and even flexible keyboards. All these devices operated without the need for an external power source.

One day, this material could be used to make full-sized speakers. This material was already used in a Michigan State Spartan Flag. With the help of FENG, the Michigan State fight song was played, with only an iPad as a source.

(Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2211285518303318)

2. Going Completely Wireless

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Wireless devices aren’t something innovative anymore. With the apparition of earbuds, the popularity of all kinds of wireless headphones has been on the rise. Yet, there’s still a lot of room for improvement until we achieve the maximum potential.

Wireless audio has been greatly improved by the aptX HD and LDAC codexes. Additionally, battery life—a major place of improvement, is increasing. There are now devices that can go as long as 38 hours on a charge. With these improvements in mind, we wouldn’t gasp if wired headphones would become obsolete anytime soon.

The popularity of wireless headphones will skyrocket after the launch of the Apple AirPods 2. It is said that the second generation of AirPods will focus more on health and fitness, in addition to sound.

3. 360 Degree Audio

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In 2019, Sony announced its 360 Reality Auto. This is a new music format made to be streamed over mobile platforms through compatible headphones. However, there is a long way to go before this becomes a reality. This is mainly because it changes the way music has to be recorded for 360 degree audio.

There’s work in progress for this, though. The Nokia OZO technology records spatial audio for your video—using your smartphone. Sounds from certain places will be artificially enhanced. And others, from outside the frame of the video, will be suppressed.

In 2018, a new holography system appeared, called Super XFi. The platform duplicates the soundstage of a full-surround sound system in a pair of headphones. This kind of technology uses a specific amp, as well as certain calibration software. These were available only to the creators of the platform, Creative.

This kind of sound can help create a more immersive “sound sphere”. When you’ll listen to a 360 degree audio, you will hear the sounds in the direction that they came from. This will make a big difference while gaming, for example. The 360 degree audio has been compared to the difference between an HD TV and a standard one.

4. Eco-Friendly Gadgets

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Since protecting the planet is on everyone’s minds at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more gadgets made out of eco-friendly materials. Big companies, like Apple, said they will use more recycled materials in their production process.

There’s already the Tri-Art Audio S-Series TA-0.5 turntable. It's completely made out of hemp and beeswax soaked bamboo. Those materials aren’t just eco-friendly.  Bamboo is perfect for audio due to its rigidity and vibration dampening properties.

(Source: https://www.vinyloftheday.com/tri-art-audio-bamboo-turntable/)

5. Synthstrom Deluge

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This synthesizer is made in New Zealand and there are a few reasons why it’s special. First of all, it’s an uncommon all-in-one synthesizer, sampler, and sequencer. It has 128 pads for sequencing, a dual-engine subtractive, FM synth, and 64 MB of RAM. Additionally, there are built-in effects, CV outputs, and many more features.

What’s so revolutionary? It doesn’t need an additional computer to create music. This kind of device is a big innovation for portability. It broke the norm. With this one, you could make music anytime, anywhere the inspiration strikes.

(Source: https://synthstrom.com/product/deluge/)

6. Damson Cisor

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At first glance, one would be tempted to say that this is just a portable speaker. Well, yes, it is, but it is also ahead of its time. What is revolutionary about it is that it makes use of its surrounding environment. It will turn your windows, floor, or tables into a speaker. How? It uses the surface’s vibrations to amplify sounds.

This wireless speaker has changed the way portable speakers should work. And, even though it’s pretty small and lightweight—it provides great sound quality. We’re going to be frank—we kind of like looking at it too.

7. Smart Headphones

Smart-Headphones

These headphones are called Mindset—don’t mistake them for your usual wireless headphones. If you’re having trouble with your concentration, then you should definitely consider buying these. Mindset will track your focus and give you alerts when it drops.

There are EEG electrodes that sit on your head, in a  comfortable manner. They measure electrical activity. Using these kinds of headphones will train you to deal with being distracted. They also come with voice cancellation, to help you stay focused.

(Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mindset/headphones)

Take Away

As you can see, innovations in sound systems can be made in a plethora of directions. The quality of sound is continuously improving. There’s a clear focus on portability and convenience. Gone are the times where you needed expensive and massive devices to properly experience your favorite song.

From self-powering gadgets to eco-friendly materials and more portable devices, anything is possible. Or maybe all of the above combined? Just like in any domain, there are endless possibilities for improvement.

What are the next technologies in HiFi you think will be the most interesting to see?


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Volumio Primo wins EISA Award for Best "Digital Source" Product 2020-2021

We believe every significant moment in our lives are worth sharing. For Volumio, such gratifying moment happened today.

Over the past seven years we have committed to give music lovers the best audiophile experience in an innovative approach. Starting with the Volumio project, the music player software that gave life to our eponymous company and an incredible community, this aspired us to give more. A couple of years later, after a thorough research, our community support and long hours of hard work, we launched the music player and streamer, Primo. It was such a thrill introducing our first complete audiophile product!

But the most wonderful feeling was the great response we've received since. When we launched the Primo in 2018, it did not cross to our minds that in less than two years, we would receive the most prestigious award in the Hi-Fi Industry. Today, we are proud to announce Volumio Primo received the EISA Award for Best Digital Source Product 2020-2021! Dreams do come true, it's a proven fact for us.

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It all started as a hobby...

We believe that Volumio is the real proof that if you do something with passion and effort, you can accomplish anything. From deciding to go through an unusual path for the audiophile world and encountering many struggles since the beginning, Michelangelo Guarise, founder and creator of Volumio, described his thoughts after receiving the great news from EISA:

"When we started the Volumio project a couple of years ago, there were many people doubting us (sometimes even laughing at us) for creating something strange; a new principle of having a dedicated OS for low-powered devices. Regardless, we continued with the same approach of being totally different due to the following reasons: the Open Source aspect of it and subsequently, the involvement of the community in the design process. Later on, we tried to create something radical with the Primo, still embodying the philosophy of Volumio: sound quality, great usability and nothing more, wanting to steer away from the audiophile weasels that you can find in many devices. This achievement is truly special because it shows that our philosophy that was seen as absurd and not brilliant in the beginning, turned out to be a winning one. Moreover, it feels important because many people enjoy the Primo." - Michelangelo Guarise, Founder and CEO of Volumio.

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Volumio Primo can be controlled with any device.

Volumio Primo, an EISA award-winning product

In case you haven't heard about them before, the EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) has been around for over 35 years representing the biggest worldwide editorial collaboration of consumer electronics. Currently with 61 international experts magazines, every year they gather and select the best CE products to be honored with the prestigious EISA awards. And this year, Volumio Primo was chosen as one of the best products in the Hi-Fi industry, winning the Digital Source category award.

While focusing on the range of performances, the EISA Awards judges describe the award-winning Primo in these words:

"This unassuming-looking little black box is a highly affordable solution to all your digital streaming needs, for not only will it play music stored on home network devices, it also allows you to access a huge range of online music services. With simple operation via web browsers or apps, and an on-screen GUI delivered over HDMI, the Primo includes digital outputs to feed any DAC while also playing music via USB stores. Compatible with music formats all the way up to DSD, via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, this small wonder is the perfect way to start your streaming adventure."

We could not have said it better, the set of capabilities that Primo offers is what captivates the audiophile audience and we are glad the EISA members could see and agree with us.

All goes back to the design philosophy, creating a music player and streamer devices that provides three main principles. Of course, the first one to mention must be sound quality, followed by universality and last but not least, practicality. These simple but essential elements are shown in the Primo streamer through various features, from the ability to play every music format and sources thanks to the Volumio OS, to the set of multiple input and output capabilities. A certainly tiny, but powerful device.

An achievement for many of us

One more last thing we want to say: THANK YOU!

This award is dedicated to ALL who were and are part of the Volumio journey. This award is for the Volumio Team, for every contributor, every users who gave us feedback, every user who is listening music now with the Primo, every member of our community who supported us throughout all these years, and last but not least, to the great partners and Hi-Fi companies that believed in the Volumio project and use our technology.

Are you ready to start your streaming adventure?  

Now let's celebrate and continue to build a great Hi-Fi future! Cheers!

 


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Volumio is here for a thousand more years!

You've probably heard it before, but we are prepared for whatever happens in the future. Some place far away (being specific, between mainland Norway and the North Pole) there is this remote island called Svalbard, where over a million plant's seeds are protected in the global seed vault hundred meters into a mountain. In case the world encounters any disasters, there are our future generations we need to think of. Therefore, we know precautionary measures had been taken.

However, there are other things being preserved over there that we believe are important for the next generation. What about music? Have you thought about how the world of music and streaming will be in a thousand years? We can imagine it today, but we don't know exactly for sure. But in a thousand years, people will definitely know about today's music and streaming. Specially about Volumio, because plant seeds are not the only thing being protected in the Svalbard archipelago...

Volumio is part of history

We have discovered that Github introduced its Archive program, a data repository conserved in the Arctic World Archive (AWA), where many open source softwares have been stored in the Github Arctic Vault, a facility 250 meters deep in the Arctic mountain. And we could not believe it when we received the news and found out that Volumio is one of the open source softwares archived in the Github Arctic Code Vault! It gives me the chill just even writing it...

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Github, being called the world's leading software development platform, decided to established their Archive program with its partners to save the best and consequential open source softwares to preserve them for all future generations, being the purpose protecting these OSS by storing various copies, on an ongoing basis, across various data formats and locations so many years later, next generations will be able to learn and understand how technology is today.

"It is a hidden cornerstone of modern civilization, and the shared heritage of all humanity. The mission of the GitHub Archive Program is to preserve open source software for future generations.

Future historians will be able to learn about us from open source projects and metadata." - Github Archive Program Site. 

A celebration for many years

Volumio has been selected officially as one of the most important OSS Project in the world. Since July 8, 2020, our open source software is now being stored in what it used to be a decommissioned coal mine hundreds of meters deep in the remote island, on silver halide film designed to last over 1,000 years! A proud and important step forward we couldn't have ever imagined, having the possibility of being protected and remembered for many years ahead. We couldn't be more proud to announce the excitement of being part of the world's future and to learn how important our project is it today and it will be tomorrow.

This goes without saying that this achievement is thanks to all the developers and members of a community that made Volumio a reality, every contribution made must be celebrated! Without all the contributors, Volumio wouldn't have been a dream come true.

Today, let's celebrate we are all part of history.

Cheers!


A new staple of your everyday wardrobe: The Volumio T-shirt is now available!

First and foremost, we have to say thank you to our community. For the past few months we have been asking your feedbacks and ideas on how to create the perfect design for the Volumio T-shirt. As most of you participated in this project, and among the many design options you've chosen, we came up with the one we saw you like the most. A simple and elegant design expressing Volumio with its logo, we also added the best quality in terms of fabric and production. Today, we can finally say the Volumio T-shirt is finished and ready for you to wear it everywhere you go!

 

This is dedicated to all the Volumio community, now you can listen to music on your favorite audiophile music player, but also wear it whenever you go and feel the comfort and quality you deserve.

The Volumio t-shirt wouldn't be possible without Cipriani Couture. The fashion company based in Italy helped creating the designs options and was in charge of the whole production process. Its amazing team provided the creativity, and expertise while choosing the highest quality of textiles for the garment and printing technique for the logo, providing the best usability to the product.

The price for the Volumio T-shirt is €29.99. The high-quality of the garment gives a high value to it, produced entirely with 100% organic cotton with handmade silk-screen printing, all Made In Italy.

The Volumio T-shirt is perfect to use every day, you chose your preference and we listened! The t-shirt comes in Black color with short sleeves. You can see the size range and measurements available below:

US S / EU M → Heigh: 62cm. Chest Width: 50cm

US M / EU L → Heigh: 62cm. Chest Width: 53cm

US L / EU XL → Heigh: 66cm. Chest Width: 56cm

 

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You can find the t-shirt to be incredibly versatile because of the simplicity in our design and the materials used. For most of us, a t-shirt always express how we are or what we like, now you can show the Volumio everywhere you are headed!

Needless to say, we are extremely fortunate to build such a great community these past few years that has been enjoying using Volumio the way we do while developing. Our concept for this shirt is you, the Volumio community.

Your new favorite t-shirt has arrived and it's ready to be worn by you!

Get the Volumio T-shirt here!


Invite your friends and get rewarded with MyVolumio Referral Program!

There is this nice feeling you have when you share something you love to your peers... Whenever you tell your friends about your favorite song or band, or even a purchase you've made that went beyond your expectations, the first thing we do is tell about it to our close ones and invite them to try it too. But the best feeling is when they try it and enjoy it as much as you do! Here at Volumio, we've proud to announce the launch of the MyVolumio Referral Program. Now you can share your love for music and Volumio, and consequently, getting rewarded for it.

We can say we are extremely proud of the community we have built these past few years. We've noticed how much you guys enjoy Volumio as much as we do developing it. Therefore, we have decided to have our referral program for you to be rewarded while sharing Volumio to your close ones.

The MyVolumio Referral program is dedicated to ALL MyVolumio users. If you have a MyVolumio account, whether it is the free or premium account, you are instantly eligible to participate.

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How does MyVolumio Referral Program works?

  1. You must have a MyVolumio account. If you don't have it yet, it only takes two minutes to create one.
  2. After you have signed up or logged in on your MyVolumio account, you can find on your profile page the Referral section, simply click on "Start sharing now" and you are in!
  3. You will get an unique referral link that you can share it in different platforms to everybody you know.
  4. Once your friend signs up to MyVolumio through your unique link, it will count as one referral.
  5. You get rewarded! The rewards are according to the milestone program and your subscription type, and the leaderboard program.

What are the Milestone & Leaderboard Campaigns?

MyVolumio Referral Program consists of two campaigns: Milestone & LeaderboardFor each milestone achieved, you’ll receive the rewards according to your subscription type (Free, Virtuoso or Superstar). At the end of each month, the top 1 on the leaderboard will receive the big prize!

What are the rewards?

Milestone rewards are received depending of which plan do you have active on your account. You can win Virtuoso and Superstar premium plans according to your subscription. We separated the rewards according to your active susbcription type to be fair to all users, and get the rewards according to the value of your subscription.

Milestone Rewards:

  • 1 Referral: 5% discount on Volumio Primo
  • 5 Referrals: Additional month for free on your subscription. If you have MyVolumio Free, you will get one month free of MyVolumio Virtuoso.
  • 10 Referrals: Additional two months for free on your current paid subscription. If you have If you have MyVolumio Free, you will get one month free of MyVolumio Virtuoso.
  • 30 Referrals: One year for free on your subscription. For MyVolumio Free users, you will receive a one year of MyVolumio Virtuoso.

Leaderboard Reward: The one with most referral each month will receive a MyVolumio Superstar Lifetime plan!

 

You can see your unique link, the rewards, a real-time count of your referral and the leaderboard on the Volumio UI or myvolumio.org while logged in on your account, as you can see in the image below.

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We've seen you enjoy Volumio, so why not share your love to the rest? Our goal is to help you share their your experience with Volumio and excitement with the rest. As an user, with the Referral Program you’ll get rewarded whenever your unique referral link is being used by everybody you know when they sign up to MyVolumio and grow our community!

This program's goal is for our users to invite other people to join Volumio. If you are enjoying Volumio we want you to show to your friends and closed ones why you use our services and why they should try it as well. And from there, you receive all the rewards. Therefore, is important to mention we do not accept any fraudulent participation and behavior on the program. We do this with good intentions, hence, we expect the same from all participants.

Let's share with MyVolumio Referral Program today! Create your account today or log in to your MyVolumio account and participate!

Happy Referring to all!

 

 


MyVolumio music player features

Discover Your Music With MyVolumio Latest Credits Feature!

Ever wondered when you are listen to your favorite music, what's the story behind each song or album? Who are the people being acknowledged behind each record?  Many other questions come to our mind when we play music, especially when we play the music we enjoy the most. We want to know who were the people behind each masterpiece we listen. Today, after a great deal of work, a new feature is added to MyVolumio users.

The Music and Artists Credit Discovery feature will allow you to answer all the questions above and more by exploring the behind the scenes of the music you listen on MyVolumio.

 

You can see on the video above a quick overview of how this new feature works.

The new released is available to all MyVolumio Superstar subscribers. We believe is an important addition for the audiophile, letting you find out detailed information about songs, artists or albums.

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You can read the biography of your favorite artists.

 

From the biography of an artist to the story of the studio where an album was recorded, all this information will be easily accessed on the User Interface. You can access to all this data on the browse menu, or in the playback page.

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Want to know who play what? Now you can!

 

The Music and Artists Credit Discovery feature gives you the opportunity to learn the story of each album, the credits list, or even the instruments that were used to record from all the music on your local files. And not only for your local files, but also for MyVolumio compatible services such as Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, and more.

The feature comes in different languages (French Version)

 

Adding to all these capabilities, the data can be available in the current language you use on the software, but if that's not the case, the will appear in English.

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You can also enjoy it on the mobile version.

 

And this is where we say thank you to all the contributors that made this release possible. This new addition to MyVolumio would not have been possible without the help of Jo, his creative mind came up with the idea, worked on the cloud side of it and the design, making this vision a reality.

Another important contribution we must acknowledge is to Agnes & Bence of Ollala Design Studio. For all Volumio users, this great team worked on the usability of the Volumio UI, releasing a refreshed web user interface, with many fixes. The Ollalla Design Studio team explained "In this release we designed and implemented the newest iteration of the music browser. The main goal was to provide a flatter and more content rich music experience for the users while maintaining consistency with the existing UI. This project was definitely a good start to get to know Volumio and the team. Stay tuned for the leap of developments that are coming! Volumio has a bright future and we'll make sure to polish the UI this pearl."

A big thanks goes as well to Chris for his great insights, code contributions and suggestions, Gkkpch, Balbuze, Ash, Giacomo, Monica, Stefano, Massimiliano and all Volumio team members which do awesome things for this project.

Last but not least, we have to thank Wikipedia and Music Brainz (to which we are proud to be Supporters) for their amazing collective work over the years. The contribution of those 2 projects to mankind wisdom and access to information is invaluable. Without them, the work we've done on this feature would not simply be possible. If you appreciate freedom of information, think about the fact that those 2 projects have huge operational costs to be run, so consider making a donation to keep them making the world a better place ( Wikimedia foundation Donation Link, Metabrainz Foundation Donation Link).

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Learn all the credits in the Credit Section

Now that we've shown you what the Music and Artists Credit Discovery features does, the facts you can read and learn about your favorite music, and the refreshed Volumio web UI; we want to invite you to see it for yourself and try it out!

The feature is available to MyVolumio Superstar users, just update Volumio to the latest version and enjoy the feature, in the event you still cannot see it, simply refresh your browser page.

This new release brings also many improvements for the free Volumio system (as you know, the financial boost coming out from MyVolumio is reinvested in the whole platform, no just the freemium part). All users are getting a reworked Album and Artist overview pages (with a more informative readout of the item, such as genre and file type), and a whole bunch of minor fixes. Next on our roadmap is to further improve the "customizability" of the browse page to allow you to "PIN" your favorite items for faster access and extra convenience.

Last but not least, we want your feedback! What do you think about this new addition to MyVolumio? Do you find it useful and interesting? Are there other credits information about your music you would like see? Give us your opinion or write down any questions you may have in the comment section!

Enjoy!


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A Woman in a Man's World? Hi-Fi Edition

Not too long ago I was someone completely unaware of the Hi-Fi term and industry. Music has been a main important thing in my life but my knowledge only consisted on putting on my earphones and playing my favorite music on my iPhone or computer, which sounded relatively good for me.

Yet, I didn't know that there could be something more, something that will improve my experience of listening to my favorite music in the best quality possible.

I met Michelangelo a few months ago and right away he talked to me about Volumio. I would be lying if I said I understood about Hi-Fi and Volumio after the first conversation with Michelangelo. Oh no... it was a new world for me and took some time to understand what this audiophile world was about.

Before I go deeper into this matter, let me introduce myself. My name is Monica, I am currently part of the Volumio team and I am a woman.

When I joined Volumio, a whole new experience began. I was very intrigued so I've learned about the Hi-Fi industry, who is an audiophile and what an audiophile seeks. The importance of high-quality sound reproduction and how this enhances somebody's daily life.

But... how have I never found out about this before? If music is something I am passionate about and I listen to it everyday, why shouldn't I enjoy it to the maximum as well?

Are we getting enough room in the hi-fi community?

After doing some research while working in Volumio, I noticed something peculiar: only 10% of Volumio's users are women. Even when I go online and search something related to the hi-fi industry, I see that mostly men are the ones part of this community. The million dollar question is: Why?

Today, we can say there are many fields, such as audio and technology, that are elements and needs for both male and female, and whatever comprises this field it should be targeted to all of us. Also, being fair enough, women of all ages have better hearing frequencies than men, isn't that say something?

Women enjoy to listen to music as much as any men. And as a woman, being part of this community but also working in it, made me wonder what we should do about it. I'm glad I decided to join Volumio because it showed me a bunch of interesting and powerful ideas in this industry that keeps growing. Also it demonstrated how I can enjoy what I like to do the most in an advantageously way, and what better time to share it now and encourage more women to join the community and let the women already interested in it, to be part of it. 

We must expand the hi-fi image and communication

I know out there we will find many women interested as soon as they learn about the Hi-Fi community. Believe me, the past 10 years I studied and worked in the fashion industry and now, this new world opened to me with so many new experiences that fortunately keep my enthusiasm high everyday. We are just missing a little communication pointed towards the female audience, to bring out the curiosity and the chance to explore the countless attributes that the audio industry can offer.

Today, I can see most of the communication goes towards the middle-aged men who has the most expensive hi-fi, resulting of an useless stereotyping that does not help the community grow. Should we start changing the face of Hi-Fi?

Based on my personal experience, if it wasn't for Michelangelo I would probably still be unfamiliar about Hi-Fi and everything that consists of. Therefore, my goal is for you and I to invite and encourage the women in our lives to experiment the feeling of listening to any audio in a bit-perfect quality.

At the end of the day we all love music, and we all deserve to enjoy it to the max. 

So, what do you think we can do to change the image of the Hi-Fi industry and give more room to women? Write me in the comments, I would love to hear your opinion!

Let's make this community more diverse! :)


The Contemporary Volumio User Interface is Out!

It is important to keep updated with everything that's going on, right? Here at Volumio we believe refresh is always good, this is why we are thrilled to announce the new Volumio’s User Interface update. We are always working to keep Volumio updated, fresh and of course, with a good-looking design where you can easily know your way around. The principles we follow for the new version of Volumio is to maintain the concept and attributes that defines Volumio and adding the features we believe can be of great use from existing music players, in order to improve our core and give the user more flexibility. 

This updated Volumio version, or what we like to call it, the Contemporary Volumio UI is released with an elegant design, both for the desktop and mobile version, that will give the users a more clean and organized layout. We've been working these past few month to improve the main concept of Volumio in this new version, giving the user an easy-to-use software. Many thanks to Christopher, Bence, Agnes, John and Jackie for the awesome contribution, this UI is the result of their joint effort.

Let see how the Contemporary Volumio User Interface looks like: 

Volumio desktop version

The bottom bar is the main feature of the new version, while browsing through every page on your Volumio, you can see the current audio playing and control it from there without having to go to the main page.

 

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The new design is simple and clean, giving your Volumio a more organized design while browsing through the menu.

 

Volumio desktop version

The left menu can display the integrations or plug-ins you use, becoming an easier way to access it.

 

setting menu

In the playback zone column bar, you can easily change and control the devices in just one click.

 

main page volumio

Keeping the existing structure of the classic Volumio version but adding a few features to keep it an easy-to-use and intuitive design.  

 

And now let's take a look at the mobile version...

mobile version volumio

Bottom bar available while browsing in your music library

 

mobile version volumio

Clean look while going through the menu

 

mobile version volumio

Elegant design on the playback page

 

mobile version volumio

And the playback zones view...

 

How do you like it so far?

This new version is available to ALL Volumio users. It's free for all, just update it and you'll get it right away.

To enable the Contemporary version of Volumio It's super easy, just update to the latest version (Volumio 2.712) and by default the contemporary design will be applied on the UI.

Take a look around and see all the new perks of using the Contemporary Volumio UI, and if for whatever reason it does not work for you, do not worry because you can change back to the Classic version, just go on settings, appearance, and on the bottom of the page you can change the User Interface Layout Design.

Your opinion matter to us! Give us a feedback about it, we want to know what works for you, what doesn't and needs to be improved. Just let us know here in the comments!

And last but not least, be on the lookout for more news, we are currently working on new features and improvement so prepare for more surprises, this new update is just a glimpse of all the things coming out soon!

Enjoy!


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Volumio Primo Turns One!

Times flies so fast! The Volumio Team can’t believe that a little more than a year ago we introduced you to Volumio Primo, the complete Audiophile Music player and Streamer designed and manufactured by our team and partners.  The Primo is, in our intentions, the complete package for the audio lover, providing elegance, simplicity and high-quality, both on the outside and inside. 


Volumio Primo device

All photos courtesy of Lorenzo Chiccoli, follow him on Instagram

 

When we launched Primo, even though every feature was carefully thought-out, this was to us more of an experiment than anything else. Our goal was to understand if there was an interest for Volumio branded products. You can then imagine our surprise when we saw Primo's first batch of 20 units go sold-out in less than 20 hours. Not even in our wildest dreams, we could have imagined that.

And our surprise kept on growing in the following months when we could not get the pace of incoming orders (you might have noticed, that Primo has been regularly unavailable in the first months... luckily we now know how to plan production a little bit better...). Our first year of Primo has been literally a rollercoaster of emotions: the joy of seeing it so appreciated by customers and the struggle to learn how to effectively distribute a product worldwide (keeping customer support and satisfaction as high as we could).

There was so much to learn: from logistics management to customs and duties calculations, production planning, certifications, packaging design, supply-chain, distribution agreements. Luckily, in the process, we met and worked with several great partners from production, to logistics, retail distribution and legal advice that helped us achieve what we wanted. So, it's really fair to say that Primo would not have been possible without the help of our partners.

And most important, Primo's biggest success is the satisfaction of our customers. So we want to say thanks to everyone that believed in us getting, reviewing, trying and listening to Primo.

But enough talking from us. We think that the best way of celebrating Primo's first anniversary is by letting who tried it speak for it: we feel so proud about the reviews and comments, from the minimalist compact box design to the functionality in both hardware and software, the Primo has been reviewed as an all-in-one solution for the audiophile.

We received high praises from big members of the HiFi community, from John Darko saying that Volumio Primo is a "very good sound streamer both digitally and analog-wise and a nicely made product", to Hans Beekhuysen telling the "Primo offers very good sound quality and build quality for the money." 

Audiophile streamer device - Volumio Primo

AVGuide.ch expressed that “The Volumio Primo is an excellent streaming/player software in a modest device with outstanding sound characteristics and a neat GUI with many possibilities". Primo has been reviewed as being an easy-to-use device, any music lover can get and use their Primo. According to Digiphonix, Volumio Primo is "an exciting and pleasant product, especially for a first time user of a networked streamer device, someone seeking a good music source that can grow with their audio gear acquisitions over time and also, for the avid listener that already makes use of lossless music files and streaming."

The Volumio Primo was created to give three main fundamental properties every audiophile should enjoy: the sound quality, the practicality and the wide range of features, all by using best audio hardware combination made of the ASUS Tinker board S and the ESS ES9028Q2M DAC.

To this regard, AV Forums has described the Volumio Primo as “a seriously impressive product that comes enthusiastically recommended.” As well as HiFi Choice saying that “When you consider the flexibility and outstanding sonic performance on offer, the Volumio Primo looks like a very attractive option at the price.”

 

Volumio Primo connectivity

It's called Primo not only because of the Italian meaning "first", being the first of its kind created under Volumio qualifications, but also because Primo means "of top quality or importance". Volumio's purpose is to give our community that, the uppermost experience.

We are kindly grateful to you, because with your help, Volumio Primo came to life and now, according to all the reviews, it is one of the top HiFi music player streamers in the market. Needless to say, this gave us the strong motivation to keep on bringing new products to life (the next of which will be Motivo... ). We have many new products in the works and we are uttermost excited for the future ahead of us.

So, once again: thanks to everyone who made it possible. Thanks to anyone who's listening to music with Primo. Thanks to anyone who talked about it. Thanks to anyone who believed in it. Thanks to anyone who waited impatiently for it.

And... thanks to anyone who hasn't got it yet but will do it now.

Happy birthday Primo!