Raspberry Pi and Plex = poor mans single room Sonos alternative?
September 4, 2014 12:04 PM Subscribe
My friend has a multi-room Sonos system. I like the idea that he can pick up his phone/tablet, browse music, select something and have it play to one of the speakers in his house. I'd like to have this experience too - but not spend as much and limit it to only the stereo in one room. Will a Raspberry Pi running Plex plugged into a stereo give me this?
posted by mr_silver to Technology (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My flat is small to the point that a multi-room Sonos system would be overkill. As a result I can't really justify spending money on that, especially when I have a perfectly good stereo sitting in the lounge. Not at least until I move into my mansion!
However I do have a microSD card, a 5V power adapter, a hard-drive (in a powered caddy) and an understanding of Linux so I wondered whether or not it would be a fun project to buy a Raspberry Pi, install Plex, plug the Pi directly into my stereo and use the Plex apps on my phone and tablet to control the music.
(side note: I have too much music just to load the whole lot onto my phone and stream it to the stereo using AirPlay or something similar)
I tried downloading and installing the server on a netbook and it seems to work provided I’ve also installed the Plex home theatre part too. However I’m well aware that this is on fairly beefy machine compared to the specifications of the Pi.
I therefore have two questions:
1. Has anyone else done what I’ve done? How well did it work?
2. Do I really have to run the Plex Home Theatre on the Pi just so I can route sound through the Pi’s audio output? That seems overkill especially since I was trying to avoid running anything graphical on the thing and (once configured) only connect locally using SSH.