Volumio Primo

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Volumio – Primo

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
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Volumio’s Audiophile Music Player and Streamer: a superbly balanced sound in an elegantly simple form factor with an impressive set of input and output capabilities. This is the Music player we’ve always dreamt of.

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“When you consider the flexibility and outstanding sonic performance on offer, the Volumio Primo looks like a very attractive option at the price”

Nominated the Best Sounding Device on the Market by Soundcheck

“Primo was the one we immediately liked the most. The device had the most detailed and balanced natural sound.”

Jens Neugebauer, Soundcheck Hamburg founder

“The Sound Quality is remarkably good… Soundwise, the Primo is a winner in its class.

… The Primo offers very good Sound Quality and Build Quality for the Money.”

Hans Beekhuyzen, The Hans Beekhuyzen Project

“This is very quickly turning into one of the best bits of hardware I’ve had the pleasure to review.”

The Art of Sound

“Most importantly, the Primo sounds excellent. Used via the RCA connections it is one of the nicest sounding digital front ends under £1,000 I can remember testing…”

AVForums.com

For Music Lovers, By Music Lovers

Uncompromised Bit-Perfect Audio Playback


Hi Quality Audio Output powered by ESS  ES9028Q2M DAC


USB Audio Output up to PCM 32 bit 768 kHz and DSD512


SPDIF Audio Output up to 24 bit 192 kHZ


Supported Formats: DSD, WAV, FLAC, Alac, Aac, Vorbis, Cue, Mp3 and more


Playback control and configuration via Web-app from anything with a browser


Powered by ASUS Tinkerboard S

HDMI Video Output


UPNP DLNA Renderer with Open Home support


Integrated WebRadio directories


CIFSSMB and NFS Network Attached Storage compatibility


Multilanguage


Alarm and sleep function


Wireless and Wired Network Connectivity

Engineered for Audio Quality

1. Voltage Isolator


2. 2x Low Noise Voltage Regulators


3. Low Dropout Voltage Regulator


4. ESS90x8Q2M DAC

5. High Precision Clock Oscillator


6. DAC Microcontroller


7. 26B RAM


8. Dedicated USB BUS

Versatile Output Options

Play Any Digital Material You Want

As Volumio, Primo is a universal player: from mp3s to Hi-Resolution flacs, Internet Radios, DSD files and of course Hi-Res Music Streaming services like TIDAL and Qobuz.

If that wasn’t enough, Volumio’s plugins store offer a variety of other third party integrations like Spotify, YouTube, TuneIn Radio and much more

First Class Networking

Being Primo a network music player, its networking capabilities must be up to the task. And they do: Gigabit Ethernet for ultra-fast transfer speed and an external Wi-Fi antenna for optimal signal.

First Class Performance

The core of Primo is the ASUS Tinkerboard S which is simply the best integrated computer available. Thanks to its fast CPU, dedicated USB path and integrated memory it offers unmatched performances.

The Ideal Partner for MyVolumio

Already Empowering 200k Devices

Technical Specifications

Analog output ES9028Q2M DAC via I2S, PCM 24 bits 192kHz , DSD128  via DoP
SPDIF output PCM 24 bits 192kHz
USB output 4X USB 2.0 , PCM 32 bits 768kHz
CPU Quad core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A17 with passive heatsink
RAM 2GB
Internal Memory 16GB Emmc
Video Output HDMI, up to 4K resolution
LAN Gigabit
Wireless Networking 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR with External Antenna

Volumio Primo Hi-Fi Edition

A special Volumio Primo edition, for the discerning Audiophile

Together with our distributors and dealers network, we created a special Volumio Primo edition tailored for the needs of the most demanding music lovers.

Volumio Primo “Hi-Fi Edition” features a special MyVolumio lifetime plan with exclusive benefits.

Volumio Primo “Hi-Fi Edition” is not available for purchase online anywhere, but only from selected dealers and phisical stores.

Volumio Primo Hi-Fi edition exclusive benefits:

MyVolumio Superstar lifetime plan included (value of 199 euros)

Lifetime cloud storage backup of Favourites, WebRadio favourites and Playlists

Dedicated First level Support

Contact us to know your  nearest affiliated dealer 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR CUSTOMERS

Our logistic center is located in Hong Kong, and all shippings happen from there (we moved to Hong Kong since we started offering Worldwide shipping).
If you are buying from Europe, you might be required to pay import custom duties. In case it happens, please do accept them and immediately contact us.
We will then find the best solution for your case.

USEFUL RESOURCES


Volumio Primo USER MANUAL  -   Volumio Primo Quick Start Guide

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QUESTIONS

  1. Peter Kühnlein

    Rated 5 out of 5
    It really sounds great!!

    Peter Kühnlein

    It really sounds great!! Maybe I got to buy better speakers to get even better soud quality. Looks like my speakers now are the weakest limp of my audio equipment 😉

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  2. Peter

    Question

    Peter

    Are there plans for airplay2?

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    • voladmin

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      No

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  3. One person found this helpful
    Michael

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Well worth the wait

    Michael

    Missed out on the first run, pre -ordered for the second production run , waited patiently for International shipping issues to be solved , great communications from the team keeping me in the loop
    on the delays..
    While I will do a more comprehensive review at a later date just got to say well worth waiting for
    set up was incredibly easy. hook up to my existing network shares was way easier than I expected .

    I”m told I am the first Canadian owner of a Primo , as a fan of the Volumio project and had tried it out on a home rolled HTPC
    I was planning to build a silent fan less pc with a linear power supply for my digital music needs when time and budget permitted
    but checking out H.B.”s review on YouTube on the Primo convinced me to give it try before spending thousands more.

    It arrived well packed and on un boxing , you can feel the quality of the build.
    It found my Cambridge 851D DAC and within a few min. there was Music..glorious music ..a few tweaks in the settings and it was even better
    my old approach of using a computer as both storage and a player was resulting in some jitter and drop out from my NAS and other network share locations
    the Primo seems to have cured that right up..

    Sound quality ..well considering I was using an up market USB cable that I paid almost as much as the Primo for and that i was running that through the Cambridge DAC
    I was expecting a noticeable improvement and there was ,very impressive indeed

    That was a couple of days ago , today the Cambridge DAC cant seem to connect , it says no signal , so I hooked up the old PC again its seeing the USB signal so I don’t now whats going one yet
    I was a little disappointed and was intending to do a reset on the Primo to see if that took care of it , but before doing so i thought lets see what it sounds like
    through the Primo RCA outputs and straight into the amp

    I expected a noticeable drop in sound quality without the Cambridge DAC/USB… except there wasn’t!

    I don’t quite understand…while I know the Primo DAC chip is newer than the 851D dual dacs
    to me the Primo sounds though its RCA outputs sounds just a little less brittle in the highs and generally a tad warmer
    to me the 851d was perhaps a bit better in the bass at lower volumes but once I gave it some volume
    it was fine. Of course listening is subjective and everyone ears are different .

    But I never though the Primo might eventually replace my 851D
    It just might . I am a two channel guy an old fart with a love for music
    from my very fist single 45of my own when i was five .The Tornadoes “Telstar”
    that was the early sixties..

    I have had a lot of gear over the decades and I don’t impress easy these days
    but my thanks to Michelangelo and the projects crew

    I think you have your self a winner in the Primo and i think its going to be more than a little disruptive
    in the sound quality for money spent to achieve it audio space.

    I would get your name on the wait list , its worth the price and the wait .
    and “enjoy the music”

    (1) (0)

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  4. Paul Tirimacco

    Question

    Paul Tirimacco

    Tinkerboard + Volumio will play FLAC files… but will it play Multi-channel FLAC files? I understand the DAC chipset inside Primo is only stereo; however, could the Tinkerboard inside Primo decode the Multi-channel FLAC and then send the raw PCM bitstream over HDMI? This would permit the Multi-channel audio content to be sent to a modern surround sound AVR for conversion to analog (totally bypassing on-board DAC chipset). Would be great if possible! Kindly advise.

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  5. Albert Gallagher

    Question

    Albert Gallagher

    Is the power cable compatible with American power outlets?

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    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      We will send you the proper US power cord 😉

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  6. Yann Bourdeau

    Question

    Yann Bourdeau

    Does it support Tidal MQA file?

    Thanks

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    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      We do receive MQA encoded TIDAL master files on Primo, however you will be able to unfold MQA files only if you use a MQA capable USB DAC

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  7. Larry

    Question

    Larry

    What about external storage? I have around 1 TB of FLAC files I’d like to connect. Ideally I’d like to connect external memory directly to the Primo rather than through a wired home network. Maybe I’m but I don’t see how this is done.

    (0) (0)

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    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      Sure: simply connect your external hard drive on one of the 4 USB ports 😉

      (0) (0)

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  8. Gervasutti

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Real easy and plug & play out of the box system.

    Gervasutti

    I am another (one of 20) lucky owner of Primo. I’m extremely satisfied with it, no need to speak about great sound quality (everybody will speak about it) but there’s another important point to speak about… real easy and plug & play out of the box system.

    (0) (0)

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  9. Paolo francesco steri

    Question

    Paolo francesco steri

    Supporta il dsd 1024 tramite uscita analogica? Grazie

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    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      No, arriva fino a DSD 128

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  10. Riva Antonio

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Riva Antonio (verified owner)

    It sounds great, clear and detailed how I love.

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  11. John

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Pretty special for its price.

    John

    I am using the Primo DAC straight into my Linn Kinos Pre-amp via the analogue output. It is sounding quite splendid like this!

    I may connect up direct to my Power Amp (Lejonklou Tundra) and try that out, given the hardware volume control on the Primo. I will let you know how that sounds.

    I need to spend more time with the Primo, but I can already say that it is pretty special for its price.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  12. Juan

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Juan

    I received my Volumio Primo few days ago. Although I haven´t had the time to use it for a long period of time, I can say that my first impressions are very positive.
    The installation and setup was straightforward. I just leaved the Primo loading all the software for the first use a little bit more time than specified in the instructions. It took at least 15 minutes to be ready.
    The sound is very clean and detailed. A lot of separation between the different instruments. The voices are warm and natural. In summary, a very realistic sound. I am enjoying it very much.
    Honestly, Michelangelo and the Volumio Primo team have done a great job.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  13. John Hills

    Rated 5 out of 5
    The Primo is sounding absolutely splendid

    John Hills

    This little device is amazing. I have it installed in a very good system with Linn Amplifier and Q-Acoustics Concept 500 loudspeakers and it makes superb music.
    I had a problem.
    No problem, Michelangelo received the Primo back and repaired it for me. It is up and running again and sounding splendid.
    For the cost, it would be near on impossible to get anything else that performs at this level.
    Icing on the cake for me would be Roon End Point capability.

    Update…
    I have just installed Roon Bridge manually and it is working perfectly on the Primo 🙂

    The Primo is sounding absolutely splendid as a stand alone unit using analogue connection to my Linn Amp. I am very impressed with the music and the way the unit works so fast and very smoothly.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  14. Albert Gallagher's

    Question

    Albert Gallagher’s (verified owner)

    Why will plugins not work. I subscribed to Virtuoso Plan and Qobuz. I subscribed to Spotify Premium, would not work. Qobuz told me problem was with Volumio Primo. The only thing that works is internet radio stream. I also find that Bluetooth doesn’t register on any of my devices. What gives here?

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      Hi Albert,
      1) Qobuz works just fine, we can help you with that if you write us at the support at volumio.org mail (this is for customer care)
      2) Spotify Premium works via a plugin
      3) Bluetooth is not available on Primo as of now (we will add it in the future)

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REVIEWS

  1. Peter Kühnlein

    Rated 5 out of 5
    It really sounds great!!

    Peter Kühnlein

    It really sounds great!! Maybe I got to buy better speakers to get even better soud quality. Looks like my speakers now are the weakest limp of my audio equipment 😉

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  2. Peter

    Question

    Peter

    Are there plans for airplay2?

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      No

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  3. One person found this helpful
    Michael

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Well worth the wait

    Michael

    Missed out on the first run, pre -ordered for the second production run , waited patiently for International shipping issues to be solved , great communications from the team keeping me in the loop
    on the delays..
    While I will do a more comprehensive review at a later date just got to say well worth waiting for
    set up was incredibly easy. hook up to my existing network shares was way easier than I expected .

    I”m told I am the first Canadian owner of a Primo , as a fan of the Volumio project and had tried it out on a home rolled HTPC
    I was planning to build a silent fan less pc with a linear power supply for my digital music needs when time and budget permitted
    but checking out H.B.”s review on YouTube on the Primo convinced me to give it try before spending thousands more.

    It arrived well packed and on un boxing , you can feel the quality of the build.
    It found my Cambridge 851D DAC and within a few min. there was Music..glorious music ..a few tweaks in the settings and it was even better
    my old approach of using a computer as both storage and a player was resulting in some jitter and drop out from my NAS and other network share locations
    the Primo seems to have cured that right up..

    Sound quality ..well considering I was using an up market USB cable that I paid almost as much as the Primo for and that i was running that through the Cambridge DAC
    I was expecting a noticeable improvement and there was ,very impressive indeed

    That was a couple of days ago , today the Cambridge DAC cant seem to connect , it says no signal , so I hooked up the old PC again its seeing the USB signal so I don’t now whats going one yet
    I was a little disappointed and was intending to do a reset on the Primo to see if that took care of it , but before doing so i thought lets see what it sounds like
    through the Primo RCA outputs and straight into the amp

    I expected a noticeable drop in sound quality without the Cambridge DAC/USB… except there wasn’t!

    I don’t quite understand…while I know the Primo DAC chip is newer than the 851D dual dacs
    to me the Primo sounds though its RCA outputs sounds just a little less brittle in the highs and generally a tad warmer
    to me the 851d was perhaps a bit better in the bass at lower volumes but once I gave it some volume
    it was fine. Of course listening is subjective and everyone ears are different .

    But I never though the Primo might eventually replace my 851D
    It just might . I am a two channel guy an old fart with a love for music
    from my very fist single 45of my own when i was five .The Tornadoes “Telstar”
    that was the early sixties..

    I have had a lot of gear over the decades and I don’t impress easy these days
    but my thanks to Michelangelo and the projects crew

    I think you have your self a winner in the Primo and i think its going to be more than a little disruptive
    in the sound quality for money spent to achieve it audio space.

    I would get your name on the wait list , its worth the price and the wait .
    and “enjoy the music”

    (1) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  4. Paul Tirimacco

    Question

    Paul Tirimacco

    Tinkerboard + Volumio will play FLAC files… but will it play Multi-channel FLAC files? I understand the DAC chipset inside Primo is only stereo; however, could the Tinkerboard inside Primo decode the Multi-channel FLAC and then send the raw PCM bitstream over HDMI? This would permit the Multi-channel audio content to be sent to a modern surround sound AVR for conversion to analog (totally bypassing on-board DAC chipset). Would be great if possible! Kindly advise.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  5. Albert Gallagher

    Question

    Albert Gallagher

    Is the power cable compatible with American power outlets?

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      We will send you the proper US power cord 😉

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  6. Yann Bourdeau

    Question

    Yann Bourdeau

    Does it support Tidal MQA file?

    Thanks

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      We do receive MQA encoded TIDAL master files on Primo, however you will be able to unfold MQA files only if you use a MQA capable USB DAC

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  7. Larry

    Question

    Larry

    What about external storage? I have around 1 TB of FLAC files I’d like to connect. Ideally I’d like to connect external memory directly to the Primo rather than through a wired home network. Maybe I’m but I don’t see how this is done.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      Sure: simply connect your external hard drive on one of the 4 USB ports 😉

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  8. Gervasutti

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Real easy and plug & play out of the box system.

    Gervasutti

    I am another (one of 20) lucky owner of Primo. I’m extremely satisfied with it, no need to speak about great sound quality (everybody will speak about it) but there’s another important point to speak about… real easy and plug & play out of the box system.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  9. Paolo francesco steri

    Question

    Paolo francesco steri

    Supporta il dsd 1024 tramite uscita analogica? Grazie

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      No, arriva fino a DSD 128

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  10. Riva Antonio

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Riva Antonio (verified owner)

    It sounds great, clear and detailed how I love.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  11. John

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Pretty special for its price.

    John

    I am using the Primo DAC straight into my Linn Kinos Pre-amp via the analogue output. It is sounding quite splendid like this!

    I may connect up direct to my Power Amp (Lejonklou Tundra) and try that out, given the hardware volume control on the Primo. I will let you know how that sounds.

    I need to spend more time with the Primo, but I can already say that it is pretty special for its price.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  12. Juan

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Juan

    I received my Volumio Primo few days ago. Although I haven´t had the time to use it for a long period of time, I can say that my first impressions are very positive.
    The installation and setup was straightforward. I just leaved the Primo loading all the software for the first use a little bit more time than specified in the instructions. It took at least 15 minutes to be ready.
    The sound is very clean and detailed. A lot of separation between the different instruments. The voices are warm and natural. In summary, a very realistic sound. I am enjoying it very much.
    Honestly, Michelangelo and the Volumio Primo team have done a great job.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  13. John Hills

    Rated 5 out of 5
    The Primo is sounding absolutely splendid

    John Hills

    This little device is amazing. I have it installed in a very good system with Linn Amplifier and Q-Acoustics Concept 500 loudspeakers and it makes superb music.
    I had a problem.
    No problem, Michelangelo received the Primo back and repaired it for me. It is up and running again and sounding splendid.
    For the cost, it would be near on impossible to get anything else that performs at this level.
    Icing on the cake for me would be Roon End Point capability.

    Update…
    I have just installed Roon Bridge manually and it is working perfectly on the Primo 🙂

    The Primo is sounding absolutely splendid as a stand alone unit using analogue connection to my Linn Amp. I am very impressed with the music and the way the unit works so fast and very smoothly.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  14. Albert Gallagher's

    Question

    Albert Gallagher’s (verified owner)

    Why will plugins not work. I subscribed to Virtuoso Plan and Qobuz. I subscribed to Spotify Premium, would not work. Qobuz told me problem was with Volumio Primo. The only thing that works is internet radio stream. I also find that Bluetooth doesn’t register on any of my devices. What gives here?

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • voladmin

      admin voladmin

      Hi Albert,
      1) Qobuz works just fine, we can help you with that if you write us at the support at volumio.org mail (this is for customer care)
      2) Spotify Premium works via a plugin
      3) Bluetooth is not available on Primo as of now (we will add it in the future)

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

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