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    Default Sound improvement on Rasberry PI with Falcon player

    hi running my lightshow from a pi 3 b board with Falcon player installed. I have 4 speakers and a FM transmitter. They all get the sound from the PI and then I split the signal quite a lot of times. This makes the quality of the sound very poor a lot of noice in the speakers and the transmitter. Could you give me some input how to improve the quality of the sound?. Please be a bit detailed as I am quite new to a lot of all the hardware stuff that can be used :-)

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    The issue is not so much with the splitting but the base quality of the PI audio. Get a proper audio device. The HiFi Berry works well. Many people use USB Audio devices with good success. Then get a good quality Amplifier. FYI: You should not split the Line output going to the FM transmitter. If you need to feed multiple devices you need a mixer with multiple outputs.

    My setup goes from the HiFi berry line out to the transmitter line in. Then when I want a speaker I get a radio and tune it to my station and drop it where I want the sound. That way I have only power lines running around and nothing picks up any noise from the environment.


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    Definitely agree with Martin. You should be taking your signal straight to an FM transmitter, then using small boomboxes for local audio.

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    Yes, you need the mixer.

    Pi- USB MIXER- transmitter , can't remember the small one I am using but it's the same as the johnsons family light show he uses in his YouTube video. Takes its power from the pi as well and not much larger then the pi itself.

    Then use an old antenna radio to send the sound to speakers. I use an 80s radio with hardline speaker wire and disconnected the originals and got 2 sets of the cheap best buy outdoor speakers and mounted them under the eve of the house. So they are hidden and ran hardlines to them from the cheap 80s radio in the garage.

    Signal quality is perfect now, sounds just like a. Radio station.

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    Mister Softee, are you using anything on the pi in addition to the amplifier such as the HiFi Berry? By the way, the amplifer Matt Johnson uses is https://smile.amazon.com/Behringer-3...-no-redirect=1

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    I have bought the amplifier and that helped so I am satisfied now. Thanks all for your very qualified answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larsande View Post
    I have bought the amplifier and that helped so I am satisfied now. Thanks all for your very qualified answers.
    Are you just running USB Audio from the Pi to that Amplifier?
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    Default Re: Sound improvement on Rasberry PI with Falcon player

    The audio out from the Pi is pretty poor, and output levels are low. I recommend using a Sound Blaster Play 3, use FPP 2.x, and set volume to 70 (otherwise FPP will clip the output). No amplifier needed as this will output reference level audio and sound better than any onboard audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrpop View Post
    The audio out from the Pi is pretty poor, and output levels are low. I recommend using a Sound Blaster Play 3, use FPP 2.x, and set volume to 70 (otherwise FPP will clip the output). No amplifier needed as this will output reference level audio and sound better than any onboard audio.
    Sound interesting. Do you just plug-it into an USB port on the PI and then you can choose it as output sound in the FPP?

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    Yes. Works great. Just make sure you get a USB audio dongle that doesn't need drivers loaded to work. It should say in the description because the ones that don't need drivers mention that.
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