I have two Raspberry Pi 3s set up to act as Spotify streaming devices for old stereo systems.
I have one set up for a smaller 00s digital radio stereo system with an iPod dock and all that, for which I went with an Adafruit DAC Bonnet as I wasn’t overly concerned about studio-level sound quality. As it is, that one works perfectly with excellent output quality.
For my big, beefy 90s hi-fi system, I went with a Pimoroni Pirate Audio DAC as it seemed to be the one recommended for sound quality (as the successor of the hardware recommended on the Balena website writeup). Unfortunately, this is the device giving me problems. The sound quality is awful: highly compressed, distorted, overdriven.
The solution from users on the Pimoroni support forums seems to be to manually turn down the gain for the compressor: https://forums.pimoroni.com/t/pirate-radio-poor-audio-quality-rasbian-stretch/7015/5
Since BalenaSound and Pimoroni’s custom software use completely different architecture, would anyone be able to suggest how I could achieve the same solution using BalenaSound?