Raspberry Pi

pCP Team 29 July 2021 pCP 7.0.0

The Raspberry Pi is a small and relatively cheap SBC (single board computer). First introduced in 2012, the range has regularly expanded, resulting in many models and options being available. The Raspberry Pi has proven to be very successful, selling millions every year.

This success, combined with product availability and abundant support, makes the Raspberry Pi the hardware platform of choice for piCorePlayer.

Raspberry Pi 4B

Models #


For the current availability of Raspberry Pi products—see Raspberry Pi - Products

Recommendation #

piCorePlayer will “normally” work on all Raspberry Pi’s.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a policy of maintaining a US$35 price point, so the latest model with the minimum specs will probably be the best value for money. At the time of writing that is a RPi4B 2GB.

Although the Raspberry Pi Zeros are the cheapest by far, but they are often in short supply and can be difficult to purchase in some markets. They usually have a purchase quantity restriction of one per order.

Considerations #

The faster the CPU:

  • the quicker the pCP web GUI displays.
  • the quicker LMS scans the media directories.
  • the more power is consumed.
  • the more heat is generated.

Other factors to consider:

  • Local or LMS format encoding/decoding (ie. DSD256/DSD512).
  • Local or LMS re-sampling.
  • LMS plugins used.
  • Number of players.
  • Number of players synchronised.
  • Size of music library.
  • File transfer speed.
  • USB devices.
  • 32bit vs 64bit.

Additional Hardware (optional) #

  • Cases
  • Audio HATs
  • USB DACs
  • Screens

Power consumption considerations #

More information #

The Software is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of condition, uninterrupted use, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement.
Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.