Collaboration for Custom DAP Passion Project

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Hey guys!

I'm new to this forum, after having discovered it while researching to build my own DAP. I'm primarily an IEM user, and really love to DIY; I've been meaning to build a high end DAP, but learning about the electronics has been a bit discouraging. Is there anyone here motivated to build a DAP who might appreciate software expertise as a complementary skill-set to their hardware knowledge?



My plan was to connect a 32 bit micro-controller with a DAC chip, touch screen display, and battery, with 4.4mm balanced and 3.5mm unbalanced out, all in a small form factor.
I was reading about keeping noise-free power supplied to the system, connecting a DAC with a micro-controller over I2S, etc... and found quite a few posts on this forum about people attempting to build custom DACs.



Although I feel extremely excited about writing a custom high performance OS for the micro-controller and implementing digital filters/EQ/other features, I feel a little overwhelmed about all the circuitry and electronics. I was wondering if anyone on this forum would like to work together to build a nice DAP solution.


TLDR is anyone comfortable with DAC hardware excited about building a DAP? I would love to build a custom DAC and am very comfortable with software, but would love to work with someone for the hardware implementation due to my inexperience.
 
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