Pi Musicbox v0.7 on a WD PiDrive Node Zero

Donald Bell has created a guide and video for installing the latest Pi Musicbox v0.7 on a WD PiDrive Node Zero at https://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Home-Network-Music-System/. Hopefully WD will start selling it with a Zero W (as well as that nice white case) and it’ll be a very smart setup.

I’ve just built one of these following this guide. I didn’t bother with the speaker or amplifier as I have a stereo system already. I have the headphone output connected to my amplifier.

The only problem is the audio level is very low. I have to turn the volume up to twice as high for Pi Musicbox as it is for any other audio.

Does anyone know of a way to get the audio level higher on a set up like this?

If you run alsamixer you should be able to adjust the output level.

Is this comparison against other audio sources with them also plugged into the same input on your amplifier? Is it a line-level input or something else?

I guess I need a USB soundcard with a line-out not a headphone out.

Yes, the other inputs are line-level.

I have the level as high as possible on alsamixer

I now have a different USB sound card which has phono sockets for line out and seems much better - proof that you get what you pay for.

Pi Musicbox on a WD PiDrive Node Zero works well :grin: