Configure OSMC for HiFiBerry boards (Alpha 2, end of 2014)

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Raspbmc configuration wasn’t easy for HiFiBerry products. With the new OSMC (the successor of Raspbmc) it is a bit easier and the audio bug in the previous XBMC has been fixed now. This post explains how to configure OSMC alpha 2 for the HiFiBerry boards.

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For a long time, XBMC on the Raspberry Pi was not working correctly with sound cards that offer 24bit playback. While there is a fix to this problem now, it has not been included in all versions yet.

Update system, install some tools

ssh -l pi ip-of-your-raspberrypi
$ sudo apt-get -y update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install -y curl wget binutils alsa-utils
$ sudo reboot

Configure /etc/modules

ssh -l pi ip-of-your-raspberrypi
$ sudo bash
# cat >/etc/modules <<EOT
# reboot

If you’re using another card than the HiFiBerry DAC+, use the suitable module instead: snd_soc_hifiberry_dac, snd_soc_hifiberry_digi or snd_soc_hifiberry_amp.

Check the sound card is configured correctly

ssh -l pi ip-of-your-raspberrypi
$ aplay -l
card 0: sndrpihifiberry [snd_rpi_hifiberry_dacplus], device 0: HiFiBerry DAC+ HiFi pcm512x-hifi-0 []
  Subdevices: 0/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

Enable HiFiBerry output in the menu

Go to System/Settings/System/Audio output and select the ALSA output device. Now your sound output will go to the HiFiBerry sound card.