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Old 27th July 2016, 07:38 PM   #1
Miller-8 is offline Miller-8  United Kingdom
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Default Which DAC for Raspberry Pi?

I have a Raspberry Pi 2 and want to use it to stream music and to control a DAC board feeding my amp. Can anyone recommend a good one?
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Old 27th July 2016, 08:49 PM   #2
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2xRCA output or SPDIF to DAC on the amp? Cheap option for a DAC HAT is a China special 5122. Or buy the real thing from IQaudio or HIFIBerry.

As for streaming.... Either SSD or USB drive with power is needed .... or store music on phone/tablet and upnp through through the pi2 using Bubbleupnp.

HTH

J.
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Old 27th July 2016, 09:06 PM   #3
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I used HiFiBerry DAC+ with RPi 2 and RPi 3. It works fine. They have several options:
https://www.hifiberry.com/dacplus
And I used Pimoroni pHAT DAC with RPi Zero because it has the same form-factor as RPi Zero:
https://www.adafruit.com/products/30...FQyraQod7FwH3g
It's using the same driver as DAC+ therefore the installation is the same.

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Old 29th July 2016, 11:42 AM   #4
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Build your own DAC! This is DIY after all��
You could run mpd on the pi, looking at an NFS mounted NAS or similar.
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Old 29th July 2016, 03:09 PM   #5
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The OP seems to have made one post then run. Something weird going on with his profile too. Seems to redirect to an older user called Petros***?
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Old 29th July 2016, 06:30 PM   #6
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Build your own DAC! This is DIY after all��
You could run mpd on the pi, looking at an NFS mounted NAS or similar.
Don't stop on DAC also create your own mpd, NFS, NAS and pi of course. It's DIY overall
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Old 30th July 2016, 10:09 AM   #7
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The OP seems to have made one post then run. Something weird going on with his profile too. Seems to redirect to an older user called Petros***?
Still here. I registered here years ago and just came back recently. I'm considering an Audiophonics Sabre V2 DAC.
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Old 30th July 2016, 10:49 AM   #8
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Don't stop on DAC also create your own mpd, NFS, NAS and pi of course. It's DIY overall
A lot of it is open source...
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Old 4th August 2016, 04:54 PM   #9
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I've been using a HiFiBerry DAC+ at work with a USB drive of ALAC files and Volumio. I find the sound a bit fatiguing and perhaps bright or bass-shy. (Graham Slee Novo as a headphone amp, which I think if anything errs the other way). I've pondered putting together a better power supply then the SMPC wall-wart, but I haven't seen anyone else complain about this DAC, so I wonder if I have something misconfigured... ?

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Shayne
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Old 5th August 2016, 07:11 AM   #10
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Have a look at the new Mamboberry DAC.

IMO the best of the quality HAT breed (Hifiberry/IQAudio/Audiohonics I-SabreV3).

We have been tweaking and discussing stuff around HAT DACs for quite some time.


Don't forget to plan for a (or two) good powersupply. Usually I recommend the iFi iPower.
Even though it's a switching supply, it's IMO better and cheaper then many linear supplies.

Good luck.

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