PiRistona SA5026A

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PiRistona SA5026A
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PiRistona SA5026A

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I've acquired a beautiful antique Aristona SA5026A. Plan is to make a nice music player out of it using a Raspberry Pi B+ and a Suptronics X400 AMP/DAC HAT.

Power consumption

Weird, it consumes about 5 Watts when AMP is turned on, and it doesn't matter if and how loud music is playing. With AMP off (jumper on) it consumes about 3.5 Watts.

Volume control

There is a knob on the X400, and volume can be set from within Volumio. The two seem to work independently. I seem to get less noise when the knob is turned low and volume in Volumio is turned up, than the other way around.



Rune Audio

Tried v0.3-beta (29/10/2014), could not get it stable. It consistently threw kernel panics when rebooting, and the WebUI kept crashing.


Tried volumio-2.246-2017-07-31-pi.img. After first boot you should wait while a lot of stuff is happening, like partition resizing. If you reboot it to soon you'll end up with a non working system. Got DAC working from within the WebUI:

  • Go to Menu
  • Choose Playback Opions
  • Enable I2S DAC
  • Choose IQaudIO Pi-DigiAMP+
  • Save and reboot


Got DAC working, needed two lines in /boot/config.txt:


After a reboot I could select this as default audio output in OSMC \o.


  • Switch AMP on/off from the Pi to save 1.5W when not playing music
  • Check if there is space in the Aristona and decide on how and where to mount the Pi and HAT.
  • Decide on speakers.
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