I am looking for an all in one linux/alsa (ubuntu for now) media
solution. So far I am using kodi to -
1 - Watch TV (MythTV backend)
2 - Play video files
3 - Play music files
4 - Play CD's and DVD's
5 - Play commercial Blu Ray disks (MakeMKV + kodi makemkv plugin)
6 - Browse Internet (Firefox + Chromium + kodi advanced launcher
7 - Steaming video from internet (Amazon Prime Instant Video + kodo
plugin for Amazon Prime)
The one thing I cannot do from within kodi yet is play my heritage
analog sources (turntable and open reel tape deck). I can play them
using ecasound and the line input of my Xonar D2 sound card.
Currently my audio output is sent (hdmi) to a surround sound preamp
(Emotiva UMC-200) and then to a 5.1 speaker system. I wish to replace
the preamp with appropriate software running on linux and my Xonar D2
sound card. The reason for this is twofold.
1 - The hdmi audio stream uses lossy compression for anything more
that two channel sound and I wish to avoid this.
2 - I wish to implement a bi-amplified electronic crossover for my
main speakers (the sound card has 7.1 channels so there are enough
channels for a 5.1 channel system with the bi-amplification) using
software and my sound card.
The two problems I have are -
1 - What appropriate software is there to implement the surround
sound preamp and electronic crossover (I would greatly prefer not to use
pulseaudio, only alsa and other existing linux applications).
2 - Kodi has no options to redirect the output audio stream so that
the surround sound preamp and electronic crossover would have to be
implemented as a virtual alsa sound card unless one of you can think of
Any suggestions and links would be greatly appreciated.
I'd like to install updated packages on the linuxaudio.org server today.
I'll start around 14:00 CET. If there are any compelling reasons against
updating today then please let me know!