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  1. @One and a half Since I see you like to experiment, in the "low price very good sound" group of DACs, I would recommend looking at the Khadas Tone Board, discussed in this thread.
  2. It was linked in post 1 but maybe not that visible, therefore thanks!
  3. plug: NO, the 40 pin header is for Khadas own SBS, NOT for the raspberry. I use the Khadas with the raspberry on USB port. I confirmed this works with AudiooLinux and Moode. I expect it will work with PicorePlayer too.
  4. Since I typically use the Khadas while I'm "on the go", I usually connect my Headphones directly to the RCA output, but an HP amp could be used...
  5. Yes it is a raspberry pi, and the headphones are HiFiMan 400i. For the "case", I guess you could also buy this one ...😀 https://www.sonore.us/toneDAC.html I cannot tell for sure, I'm sort of guessing, but the name clearly hints of what is the DAC inside.
  6. Hi Jud, the Khadas Tone Board can be used immediately as a USB Dac, powered by the USB itself. In the box you get a USB-A to USB-C for the USB connection. The Kahdas also has a Coax entry. To use it you have to power the board, either through the USB -C plug or through its PIN header . I guess it is called a "development" board maybe because you can use it also with the SBCs produced by Khadas, called VIM. The Khadas "Vim" edition is called that way simply because it has the pin connectors to use it with the VIMs SBCs already soldered to it. The generic edition (the one I have bought) is used "standalone" as you can see from these two pictures of my "headphone travel system" on the minuscule bedside table of the hotel I was a couple of weeks ago... I bought a case for the board from Audiophinics, but I haven't received it yet https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/aluminium-boxes-cases/aluminum-case-for-khadas-tone-board-p-13626.html
  7. My bad explanation.. I still have it and using it almost daily. it is my travel companion used with a raspberry pi running Moode Audio, which I bring with me in my work travels every week.
  8. I have had it for about a month and I'm very happy about the results I'm getting. I do not have uber expensive stuff, but I tend to talk and recommend only stuff that I have owned or at least used. It remains my very subjective opinion...but in this case, somebody also took some measures as I mentioned
  9. I just posted the same info in response to the thread Suggestions for a low-cost DAC. After doing some search on the forum I realized that, despite having been mentioned here and there since Dember 2018, this un-assuming small card/DAC does not have a thread of its own, which I'm now starting. In fact, I think that my recommendation stands even when you remove the "low cost" terms and it becomes a strong recommendation for a low-cost DAC but with very high quality for the cost. The Khadas Tone Board (99$) measures as DACs costing multiple time its cost, as you can read here. I have had it for about a month and I'm very happy about the sound I'm getting. The sound is clear, detailed and airy, with an unbelievable sense of rhythm. It decodes all PCM resolutions up to 384 kHz and DSD up to DSD256, no MQA More info here: https://www.khadas.com/tone https://www.khadas.com/tone-specs
  10. If you go for it, please report your impression. I was much pleasantly surprised by its sound.
  11. I'm surprised this has not been mentioned yet in this thread, where it definitely belongs! My strong recommendation for a low-cost DAC but very high quality for the cost would be the 99$ Khadas Tone Board https://www.khadas.com/tone https://www.khadas.com/tone-specs It measures as DACs costing multiple time its cost, as you can see here. The sound is clear, detailed and airy, with an unbelievable sense of rhythm. It decodes all PCM resolutions up to 384 Khz and DSD up to DSD256, no MQA
  12. I'm not really understanding why you are specifically searching for a "ES9018" chip... Otherwise, my recommendation would the 99$ Khadas Tone Board https://www.khadas.com/tone It measures as DACs costing multiple time its cost, as you can see here. Unfortunately, it uses the much newer ES9038Q2M chip and not the older 9018. It is USB powered and it does have 2 RCA outputs. And the sound is clear, detailed and airy, with an unbelievable sense of rhythm. It decodes all PCM resolutions up to 384 Khz and DSD up to DSD256, no MQA.
  13. Hi Peter, difficult to say if it is the N100 or the DAC. An easy way to assess would be to try using a different, maybe low cost, streamer, say a raspberry pi 3b+ using Moode or Volumio connected through USB, costing you 30-40€.
  14. Quoting myself.... I confirm that with AudioLinux 0.6 32 bit also the Allo Boss works as expected using the "/boot/ config.txt" line dtoverlay=allo-boss-pcm512x-audio Alsa cards list: [[email protected] etc]# aplay -l **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: Control [Khadas Tone Control], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio] Subdevices: 0/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 1: BossDAC [BossDAC], device 0: Boss DAC HiFi [Master] pcm512x-hifi-0 [] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 [[email protected] etc]#
  15. In fact, I wrote an email to Piero and he confirmed that "all special overlays will not work in 64 bit version (audiolinux or not)". The 06 64 bit is indeed working with my USB Khadas Tone Board, but I prefer to install the 32 bit version and keep more flexibility in the devices I can use.
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