StackOS Update

Stack Audio has made the decision to move away from a Volumio based platform to further improve performance.

As ever, we have listened to customer feedback and paid great attention to this invaluable information.

The new OS for the LINK II has been further optimised to work as an endpoint for the following platforms.

The key to the cleanest audio output is achieved by minimising the workload of the processor. Programs such as Roon, Audirvana, Spotify etc. have already invested considerable resources into delivering world-class music management software. The new StackOS has been optimised to work with the above platforms (which our users know and love) to reduce the work yield of the processor thus improving performance.

  • Roon
  • Audirvana
  • Shairport-Sync (Airplay)
  • Liberspot (Spotify Connect)
  • Squeezelite

Soon to be added features

  • HQ player end point 
  • Bluetooth

We have compiled a list of the supported music management software. Click here for further information.

It has become clear to us that the majority of our customers are not using the LINK’s HDMI interface. Video output can be processor hungry and in our pursuit to further optimise the LINK platform, Stack Audio has made the decision to disable the HDMI output.

It is important to note that the change of OS means that anyone who currently uses a hard drive plugged directly into the LINK, will not be able to make use of this feature with the new OS. Stack Audio is working to introduce HDD support for the new OS in the near future. However, we strongly recommend that customers using HDD continue with the Volumio platform for the time being.

Furthermore, the LINK II has been designed so that the more confident users among us can install certain third party software. This enables our customers to flash the LINK II with other platforms (such as Volumio & Moodie etc.), so that they can enable features such as the HDMI output. It is important to note that by flashing a LINK II with any other operating system will remove the WiFi drivers.

Stack Audio is also extremely pleased to confirm that the update will allow for DSD256 support in comparison to the original DSD128 support. This will give LINK users twice the sampling rate of the previous software bringing further clarity to that all-important output.

Click here to update an original LINK to the new StackOS.


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