NanoSound Support


Method 1 – Install NanoSound plug-in on existing Volumio installation (Recommended)

Use this way if you already have an existing Volumio 2 installation or you prepare to use the official volumio distribution

  • Download and install Volumio if not already done so. See here for full instructions on how to install Volumio.
  • After connected to Pi (Via Ethernet Cable or Wifi), go to http://volumio.local , go to the PLUGINS -> Search Plugin -> System Tools.  Install the “NanoSound By Nanomesher” plug-in

  • Wait patiently for the Plugin install to finish. It might take 10-15mins depending on your internet connection.

  • Enable the Plugin.  OLED Display should be on if you have one

  • In Volumio, configure the DAC.  In Playback options, set the following options. Remember to set MPD Client Volume Control to On

  • In DAC Model and Output Device, Select “NanoSound DAC” (Available after Volumio version 2.298) or “HifiBerry DAC Plus”


  • Reboot the Raspberry Pi after installation.


Method 2 – Using Pre-configured Volumio Image

This is an out of the box working volumio image with NanoSound & Spotify Connect (volspotconnect)

  1. Download pre-configure Volumio image with NanoSound plug-in installed here
  2. Find a computer with a SD card drive
  3. Use software such as win32diskimager , write the image downloaded onto an MicroSD card
  4. Insert the MicroSD into the Raspberry Pi
  5. Plug the Raspberry Pi using Ethernet network cable (or use the Built-in Wifi Hotspot after power up as detailed in here). You Do Not need to connect the HDMI port to a monitor
  6. Power up by using the power switch on NanoSound DAC.
  7. Go to http://volumio.local or check your ip address using this method and start enjoying Volumio.

Method 3 – Manual Installation – For Experts

For whatever reason, you do not want to NanoSound plug in.  You can perform the below manual installation.

  • Install LIRC
sudo apt-get -y install lirc
  • Setup DAC and LIRC hardware in /boot/config.txt – The important lines are in bold
initramfs volumio.initrd

# For NanoSound DAC
#### Volumio i2s setting below: do not alter ####
  • Setup ALSA hardware mixer in /etc/asound.conf 
pcm.!default {
 type hw card 0
ctl.!default {
 type hw card 0

  • Setup for i2c communications with display and LIRC for infrared in /etc/modules

# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with “#” are ignored.
lirc_rpi gpio_in_pin=17

  • Install python libraries for OLED display
sudo apt-get -y install python-dev python-pip libfreetype6-dev libjpeg-dev
sudo pip install -U pip
sudo -H pip install --upgrade luma.oled
sudo -H pip install --upgrade python-mpd2
  • Download required program, driver and configuration files from here
  • From download, copy all files in nanosound_lirc/ into /etc/lirc/
  • Copy the nanosound_oled software for the OLED display. From downloaded files, copy nanosound_oled folder into /home/volumio
  • Set up the nanosound_oled service. From downloaded files, copy nanosound_oled.service into /lib/systemd/system/
  • Auto start the  lirc and nanosound_oled service
sudo /bin/systemctl daemon-reload
sudo /bin/systemctl enable nanosound_oled
sudo /bin/systemctl enable lirc
  • Reboot to reload the hardware modules
  • To get the GPIO buttons to work without using NanoSound plugin, the “GPIO Buttons” plug in for Volumio can be used.  Configure the GPIO Pin as below. **Note that the GPIO Button plug-in is only needed if you are not using NanoSound plugin