balenaSound has been developed and tested to work on the following devices:
|Device Type||Default mode||Standalone mode (||Multi-room mode (||Multi-room client mode (|
|Raspberry Pi (v1 / Zero / Zero W)1||✔||✘ 2||✔|
|Raspberry Pi 2||✔||✘ 2||✔|
|Raspberry Pi 3 3||✔||✔ 4||✔|
|Raspberry Pi 4 3||✔||✔||✔|
: We recommend using a DAC or USB sound card for these device types. See audio interfaces for more details.
master functionality is disabled on Raspberry Pi 1 and 2 family devices due to performance constraints. They can however function in multi-room client mode in conjunction with another device that supports multi-room mode. Read more about modes of operation here.
: There is a known issue where on the 64 bit version of balenaOS no output is coming through the audio jack/hdmi. See troubleshooting section here (Scroll down to
No audio when using balenaOS 64 bit on Raspberry Pi 3's)
: There is a known issue with all variants of the Raspberry Pi 3 where Bluetooth and WiFi interfere with each other. This will only impact the performance of balenaSound if you use a Pi 3 as the master server to do multi-room bluetooth streaming, resulting in stuttering audio (Airplay and Spotify Connect will work fine, as well as all streaming methods with multi-room disabled). In this cases we recommend the use of a Raspberry Pi 4 as the
master server or a Pi 3 with a bluetooth dongle.
Devices with experimental support have been tested to work, though we have found compelling reasons for not including them as first-class citizens of balenaSound. If you are shopping for parts, we do not recommend you buy a device from this list.
Some of the reasons we've flagged devices as experimental include:
|Device Type||Standalone mode (||Multi-room mode (||Multi-room client mode (||Comments|
|NVIDIA Jetson Nano||✔||✔||✔||- Requires WiFi USB dongle (or ethernet cable) - Requires Bluetooth USB dongle. - No built-in audio support (see this bug). As a workaround, requires USB or DAC soundcard.|
|BeagleBone Black||✔||✔||✔||- Requires WiFi USB dongle (or ethernet cable) - Requires Bluetooth USB dongle. - Requires USB sound card - Requires USB hub as it has a single USB port|