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Inspired by the threads on the Lejonklou forum, I put together an Intel DN2800MT player and a NAS with SnakeOil on both. 

They sound fabulous: the best digital source I've ever owned and for very little money. Clearly SnakeOil does not get in the way of the music. 

The only part of the installation I struggled with was creating a working bootable USB image. Once I paid close attention to the log output of Rufus I realised why it wasn't working and followed the instructions precisely, which then worked. 

The SnakeOil installation and config guide is pretty good. It took me a few days to work out the best combinations of player, library and control point software and settings to get what I wanted, but I now have a really good set up. 

Here's the hardware and software: 

Player Hardware
  • Intel DN2800MT 1.86GHz Intel Atom N2800
  • Fanless thin case
  • 2GB Kingston RAM
  • 120GB Intel 320 SSD
  • Deltaco Serial ATA-600 0.3 m cable
  • Supra USB A - USB Mini-B, 1 m USB cable
  • ESI Gigaport+ DAC
NAS Hardware
  • Intel DN2800MT 1.86GHz Intel Atom N2800
  • Fanless thin case
  • 4GB Kingston RAM
  • 480GB M.2 SSD 
Player SW
  • Hyperthreading disabled (dual core to dual CPU instead of dual core to quad CPU)
  • SnakeOil 1.1.9 (Blind Testing U9)
  • Boot kernel 4.4.9-rt117-snakeoil-x64
  • Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
  • Cpuset and CPU#1 allocated to user
  • mpd, irq/23, irq/25. upmpdcli all set to priority 99
  • upmpdcli (OpenHome disabled)
    • Uses mpd as the player
    • Could not get Qobuz to work reliably with upmpdcli config so use Bubble UPnP control point Qobuz config instead
    • Could not get internet radio playlist to work with Bubble UPnP control point, so use minimserver playlist for this instead. 
NAS SW
  • Hyperthreading disabled (dual core to dual CPU instead of dual core to quad CPU)
  • SnakeOil 1.1.9 (Blind Testing U9)
  • Boot kernel 4.4.9-rt117-snakeoil-x64
  • Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
  • Cpuset and CPU#1 allocated to user
  • java, irq/26, irq/25 all set to priority 99
  • minimserver
    • I created a m3u playlist for minimserver to provide internet radio for BBC, local radio and Radio Paradise. 
    • Could not get the Radio Paradise FLAC streams to work - mpd complained about the format, so using the AAC streams. 
  • BubbleUPnP (open home enabled for the player)
    • Manages the playlist so I don't need to keep the control app open.
    • Also provides transcoding but I don't think I use that
    • I found the upmpdcli open home support to be flaky, and Bubble UPnP completely reliable in contrast

Control App
  • Bubble UPnP on Android
    • Qobuz streaming
    • Ripped / downloaded sources on the NAS
    • Radio playlist on the NAS

Full credit to Agent Kith for a really robust well-behaved OS interface that gives pretty intuitive control and once set up just runs reliably. 

The music is flowing. I haven't experienced any fatigue or harshness using mpd+upmpdcli. It sounds full, rich, sweet and tuneful.
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