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HQPlayer Local

HQPlayer Local

SETUP HQPLAYER LOCAL:

HQPlayer Server (embedded) is a version of HQPlayer that runs on Linux servers. The application is pre-loaded on Antipodes servers and can be installed from Apps/Software Manager/Available Apps.

HQPlayer Server can play directly through ALSA ( the Linux Audio software on the Antipodes) to a DAC connected to the same Antipodes server, or through the HQPlayer NAA (Network Audio Adapter) to a DAC on the same server or to a DAC on a different server; the NAA runs on the Antipodes to which the DAC is connected.

HQPlayer Server on Antipodes servers is a demo installation. It will therefore shut down after 30 minutes and will have to be restarted. You can licence HQPlayer on the Antipodes on which it runs by purchasing a licence key from Signalyst.

This document describes how to set up and use HQPlayer Server on a single Antipodes server.

HQPlayer Configuration Options

HQPlayer Server (server app) and HQPlayer NAA (renderer app) are pre-loaded on Antipodes servers and can be optionally installed by the user.
If you have a single Antipodes server you can run HQPlayer Server using the ALSA Backend option, which does not require the NAA to be installed, or you can use the NAA Backend option which does require the NAA to be installed. If you use the ALSA option you cannot readily switch to a different server/player using the Audio App Switcher.

How to Install HQPlayer Server

Go to Apps/Software Manager/Available Apps and click the HQPlayer Server icon

Then click ‘Install’:

Note that the install may take quite a long time (>15 minutes +). Let the installation complete and wait until you see the ‘Return to Package Manager’ message.

How to Install HQPlayer NAA

Go to Apps/Software Manager/Available Apps and click the HQPlayer Server icon

Then click ‘Install’:

How to set up HQPlayer Server on an Antipodes to play via ALSA

If your DAC is connected to the Antipodes where HQPlayer Server is running you can use ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) to play directly to the DAC.

With this mode you do not need to install the NAA and you do not use the Audio App Switcher.

  • Go to Settings / HQPlayer Server and click ‘HQPlayer Config’:
  • On the next screen enter ‘admin/admin’ and click ‘OK:
  • The HQPlayer configuration screen will be displayed:
  • Connect a USB DAC to the Antipodes and power it on. Go to Settings/System Settings/Custom DAC, and look for the device line item ‘USB Audio Class Digital’; note the Device Name:
  • On the HQPlayer configuration screen in the first line, under the Generic heading, enter the hostname of your Antipodes in the Title box. In the Backend box click the selection arrow and select ‘ALSA’. Then click ‘Apply’.
  • Under the ALSA Backend heading in the Device box click the selection arrow. You should see a line that represents the DAC (see 3. above):
  • Select that option and also select the DOP option if appropriate for your DAC:
  • Finally, go to the bottom of the page and click ‘Apply’. This completes the basic HQPlayer Server configuration for using the ALSA option.

How to set up HQPlayer Server on an Antipodes to play via NAA

You can use the NAA option when the DAC is connected to the same Antipodes where HQPlayer Server is running. Under this mode you can use Audio App Switcher to switch to MPD, Squeezebox Server or Roon for different server/player options.

  • Go to Apps/Audio App Switcher and click HQPlayer NAA so that is shows as ‘Active’:
  • Open the HQPlayer configuration screen (as shown in 4c above):
  • In the Backend box click the selection arrow and select ‘Network Audio’. Then click ‘Apply’.
  • Under the Network Audio Backend heading in the Device box click the selection arrow. You should see a line that represents the DAC that is connected to the Antipodes,in this example an iFi DAC:
  • Select that option and also select the DOP option if appropriate for your DAC.
  • Finally, go to the bottom of the page and click ‘Apply’. This completes the basic configuration for using the NAA option.

How to play music through HQPlayer using the ALSA option

You can open the Library function at the bottom of the HQPlayer Server configuration screen. This will allow you to view the music library on screen, select and play albums:

However we recommend that you use a graphical control app such as HQPDControl (Android). There is currently (early 2019) no equivalent iOS app.

How to set up Roon to work with HQPlayer Server

You can set up Roon to play through HQPlayer Server rather than through Roon Ready.

You can use either the HQPlayer ALSA or NAA options for playback. You should understand that under the ALSA option HQPlayer ‘owns’ the USB output on the Antipodes and you cannot use the Audio App Switcher to switch to Roon Ready. However if you use the NAA option you can switch between NAA and Roon Ready.

  • If you have selected the NAA Backend option in HQPlayer Server go to Apps/AudioApp Switcher on the Antipodes to which the DAC is connected and click the HQPlayer NAA option so it shows as ‘Active’:
  • In Roon Remote go to Settings/Setup/HQPlayer and click ‘Add HQPlayer’:
  • Leave ‘localhost’ unchanged; this is because HQPlayer Server is running on the same Antipodes as this Roon Core:
  • Go to Roon Remote Settings/Audio. Under Networked you will see an HQPlayer zone. Enter a name of your own choice for this zone.
  • You will now be able to select the HQPlayer zone for playback:
  • Playback will be streamed through HQPlayer Server:
  • The configuration screen is also used to fully configure the HQPlayer parameters. You should visit the Signalyst website at https://www.signalyst.com for detailed information about how to fully utilise the facilities of HQPlayer.

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