DAC for Raspberry Pi?

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  1. Ziradog

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    I have a Pi set up with a HiFiBerry DAC+ to stream music in one of our bedrooms. I am going to do a similar set up for the garage. I was wondering if anyone could suggest another low cost DAC to try? I like teh HiFiBerry but I want to take this chance to explore. Thsi being a garage system, I don't want to spend big $. Suggestions?

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  2. for_p1

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    For garage use, just connect amplifier to stereo output of Pi 3. No need to add any DAC.
     
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    The audio output from the Pi is just slightly worse than a 1970's transistor radio. My standards for the garage are a little better than that. The Pi with the HiFiBerry DAC I have in the one bedroom is pretty decent - at least as good as a basic CD player. It was $30-ish. Thinking something along this line (<$50 - $60), either USB DAC or a "Pi HAT" DAC, just to try something different.
     
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    Get Audioquest Dragonfly then.
     
  6. 45rpmspinner

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    Allo makes both a slave and master DAC [in several variations] for the PI. I've no experience with their products, but did just order one of their Volt+ T-amps.
    Shipping is a bit high, but still possibly worth a look.

    https://www.allo.com/sparky/miniboss-rpi-zero.html
     
  7. E-Stat

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    Allo Boss.

    I prefer using the RPi as player only using a digital output to feed my choice of DAC. I began with a HiFiBerry Digi+ and replaced it with the significantly better Allo DigiOne.
     
  8. mars_volta

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    PHAT DAC
     
  9. cvt01

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    I use the Topping D30 slightly above your budget but it can decode DSD. I had no luck with the HifiBerry module I purchased. I could not get it to work for some reason - I suspect it was a hardware issue as I tried several Pi player distributions. The Topping connects through USB and my RuneAudio recognizes it and they play along nicely.
     
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    Looks like these require soldering the header, an is meant for Pi Zero?
     
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    Interesting. What makes it better that than other i2S Dacs?
     
  12. Ziradog

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    That's a little pricier than I want to spend for the garage. Maybe for the bedroom.
     
  13. E-Stat

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    First of all, the DigiOne is not a DAC. It outputs a digital signal over either coax or BNC, the latter of which I use for my Music Hall DAC 25.3.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Correct
     
  15. ldatlof

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    If you are looking for cheap and to use in the garage the Behringer UCA-202 fits the bill at $30 for a new one.
     
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    I like the Hi-Fi Berry DAC+ with the Burr brown chip. Sounds good enough for me.
     

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