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.

myVolumio-Profile-Referral-Page

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.

MyVolumio-Referral-Page-UI

 

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.

MyVolumio Music Player Discovery Feature
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.

MyVolumio UI Music Details
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.

MyVolumio feature on mobile version
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).

MyVolumio music player software Features
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!


audiophile woman

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.

 

Setting menu volumio
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!


volumio-primo

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!


The Volumio Driver for ELAN Home Control System is Finally Here!

Ladies and gentlemen, shall your 2020 start with another great news. As you know, we believe that Volumio should allow you to listen to your favorite music in the way you prefer, from the control point you prefer. And on this matter, we were missing on something big: Home Automation Systems. Until now. 

That's why we partnered with Innovo, a world-class company that develops home automation drivers and apps (make sure to follow them on Instagram @inn.ovo) to create the Volumio ELAN Driver, a driver you can integrate with ELAN Smart Home Control & Automation System, and control your Volumio from there. All your house managed and controlled in one system, and now your favorite Hi-Fi music player as well.

This is the first of a series of Drivers coming for the most important Home Automation Systems. Crestron, Control4 and RTI will follow later this year.

But first, if you haven’t heard about it, what’s a home control and automation system? It is basically having a smart home, where you can control and manage pretty much anything you have in your house, from small things such as windows and lighting to all your entertainment devices as well as home security. 

 

ELAN Home Control System

ELAN is one of the top companies that provides intelligent and personalized home automation systems to stay connected to your home through their control remotes, touch panels and keypads or if you are outside your home, you can control everything from your own tablet or mobile phone and, on top of that, it’s easy to use.

Your music, movies, sports and TV are at your command via a sleek remote, tablet or convenient touch pad in any room. Your security system, climate, lights, garage door, and more are all under your control from your smart devices in any location. The ELAN Entertainment and Control Smart Home System brings this power and convenience to you—personalized to your lifestyle. - ELAN Home Control System

Volumio can now be added as one of the top features you can have through your ELAN controller with the new Volumio ELAN driver.

Volumio ELAN Driver

While there are many advantages of acquiring the Volumio driver to your ELAN controller, the most important we should mention is that our Hi-Fi system is compatible to Elan’s control system, meaning you can listen to all the good music with all the attributes MyVolumio offers, including the hi-res streaming services TIDAL & Qobuz. 

Also, you can manage easily your Volumio Primo with the Volumio driver for your ELAN controller system. With an user interface nice and simple in its use, you can listen to great music at home and have full control of your Volumio Primo and all its features, from browsing, navigation and playback functions.

Now your Volumio player can integrate smartly with an ELAN control system. The Volumio Elan driver makes your life easier by using with the standard Elan Media control to give you a familiar interface, as seen in the video above, providing you an excellent music playback environment in any part of your home.

Now it's time to add the new Volumio ELAN driver to your smart home system to have a full entertainment experience at home.

If you are a dealer, you can get your first copy for free, and later ones can get with a substantial discount. Contact us with your dealership details to receive your promo code before purchase.

 Get your Volumio ELAN driver here

Enjoy!


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.




Meet us in Munich High-End 2019

We all need certainties in life, and for us of Volumio Team, attending Munich High-End fair has been one of those, since 4 years.

High-End Munich is the world's biggest and most important Hi-Fi trade fair. Everyone (Audio manufacturers, designers, distributors, press) is there. For us it has always been a very important appointment since it's a unique moment to spend time with our OEM Partners, discuss new projects and cooperations, see the latest trends in action and listen to some very remarkable audio systems.

But this time, it will be different. This time, it will be special.

We are so proud to announce that, for the first time, Volumio will join Munich High-End show as an exhibitor! Yes, we will have our own booth in Halle 1, stand A21!

And that's not the last surprise we have for you, as we will show not one but 2 world premieres and some really interesting previews. Let's see them all:

VOLUMIO MOTIVO WORLD PREMIERE

It's well over one year since we started working on a new, groundbreaking streamer. Its name is Motivo.

It’s a joint cooperation between Volumio, visionary engineering firm Yottamusic and world-class industrial design firm Design Narratives.

We gathered together around a simple vision: to create the next-generation Audiophile Streamer, with a completely new approach to audio processing and with the ultimate usability.

Motivo in Italian means Meaning. And Motivo is our statement to what enjoying music means to us.

You will know everything about Motivo in Munich, where we will display for the first time our early prototypes.

Did I already mention it is a thing of beauty? Here's a sneak preview for you.

 

 

VOLUMIO LINEO WORLD PREMIERE

You asked for it, we made it. We are ready to bring to market a Linear Power Supply, designed to give the Volumio Primo (and all 5V apparatus) the cleanest possible power.

You will have the chance to see it paired with the Primo in Munich.

NEW USER INTERFACE REDESIGN

Our beloved user interface has been serving us wonderfully over those years, but we thought it was time to give it a nice refreshing.

Following the many suggestions from our community and our OEM partners we are performing an overhaul of the User Interface structure and adding quite a lot of usability tweaks. We are also laying the groundworks for an extended navigation capability, leveraging an all-new metadata system.

For those attending, we will be showing a sneak preview of the new interface at our booth. And here's there's another sneak preview for you.

 

WHERE TO FIND US

Our booth @ Munich High-End is located in Halle 1, stand A21 

Munich High End starts Thursday 9th May and ends Sunday 12th, at MOC Munchen

If you’re just attending the fair, just come to our booth to see all our new previews and have a chat with us.

And for those wishing to listen to Motivo and Primo via exquisite Headphone systems, we will have a listening position at AudioValve's booth, located nearby in Halle 1 stand B05.

Definitely, a great chance to hear our products and to check out AudioValve outstanding offerings. For more information about AudioValve, see: https://www.audiovalve.info/

If you’re looking to have a meeting, to discuss about Volumio OEM or distributorship of our products, we definitely suggest to book an appointment with us using the following links:

OEM MEETINGS (Using Volumio OEM Technology for your Audio products)

https://calendly.com/volumio-hi-end-meetings/oem-munich-high-end

DISTRIBUTORS MEETINGS (Become a part of Volumio network of distributors)

https://calendly.com/volumio-hi-end-meetings/volumio-distributors-meetings

 

That’s it! We really can’t wait for this year’s Munich High End to start, and most importantly, to meet you guys there!