A beautiful web radio for a living room music system


© Lead Image © Christos Georghiou, 123RF.com

© Lead Image © Christos Georghiou, 123RF.com

Article from Issue 254/2022

An LCD in an unusual format, a self-designed housing, and matching software make a simple Raspberry Pi web radio the perfect centerpiece for any living room.

Special projects deserve special components, which is why a display with unusual dimensions acts as the basis for my living room music system. However, the path to the final version was fraught with challenges.

A web radio based on a Pi Zero (Figure 1) came to life in 2018 as a lightweight tinkering project with a keyboard, mini-speakers, and a small LCD screen [1]. Now, however, it has found a permanent place on my audio/visual (AV) receiver (Figure 2). Today, it is no longer controlled by a keypad, but by an infrared remote control. This solution works well, but it has one obvious drawback: The display is simply too small for couch potatoes.

Figure 1: The original version of the web radio started in 2018 as a small tinkering project.


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