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I installed Libreelec (with Kodi) on the Raspberry Pi2 and I did connect it to a PC Monitor (HDMI). PC Speakers connected to the monitor or even to the Raspberry Pi (3,5 mm jack) give me poor sound quality.

I am undecided, what to buy in order to improve sound quality. For reason of space in my room I would like to buy a small soundbar (like Bose solo 5 or similar) but since I'm not an audio expert, I am not sure if it would be a good idea.

First of all - how would I connect the soundbar to the monitor given that I have only one hdmi port (the second one is mhl-and it seems is not working). The Raspberry Pi also lacks of audio inputs. I believe that a 3,5 mm jack connection would also give poor sound quality.

If is necessary I could buy a cheap audio adapters or one of those products from brand Hifiberry (DAC or AMP?) but I am confused and don't have the knowledge to choose the right thing.

Any suggestion?

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if you just want audio-output, use a GPIO-dac, like hifiberry and such. It will be a better solution than an usb-dac because less work for the Raspi. I you want audio-in & out, I'll recommend the PiSound from Blokas. Works and sounds really well, costs you <> $ 100.-

  • Thank you @stephanbrun but I've already solved it by buying a Hifiberry digi+ sound card. The card must first be configured in the Libreelec OS, but it's a piece of cake. The card provides a digital output for sound and I connected it with a toslink cable to the soundbar. There was, however, one issue with the first attempt: it seems that the wifi dongle on the usb port of the Rpi used too much el.power so the sound did not work at all. After I removed the dongle and moved it to the usb hub, everything worked fine! I hope this might be helpful to someone else. – Dunav Rajna Jan 29 at 12:58
  • @DunavRajna how did you configured sound card with LibreElec? I am using USB sound card. can you provide me any links to the resources? – Sagar Guhe Feb 18 at 13:04
  • @SagarGuhe I did follow the instructions on this link: hifiberry.com/build/documentation/… However, I am not sure if you will take advantage of that instructions since it is refered to a different type of soundcard (not usb plug). – Dunav Rajna Feb 18 at 13:12

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