[Guide] List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi

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[Guide] List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi

Postby Twerp » Fri Apr 18 2014 19:20

I2S is definitely the way to go if you have a Raspberry Pi. No more stuttering, better sound quality (in theory) and free up a USB port!

There's a growing collection of I2S DACs for the Raspberry Pi, here are ones I've found. If you know of one that I haven't posted, just post the details on this thread



Attention! Listed DAC´s are (mostly) only compatible with the Raspberry Model B (not B+)


HifiBerry DAC - €35-45 including shipping:

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http://www.hifiberry.com/dac

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HifiBerry Digi - €35-45 including shipping:
Not a DAC itself, but provides SPDIF/Toslink outputs for an external DAC

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http://www.hifiberry.com/hbdigi


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IQaudIO Pi-DAC - $41 including shipping:
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http://iqaudio.com/

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WOLFSON AUDIO CARD £27 including delivery (in UK)
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http://cpc.farnell.com/wolfson-microelectronics/wolfson-audio-card/audio-card-for-use-with-raspberry/dp/SC13232

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BerryNOS mini - $70 including shipping:
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http://shop.g2labs.org/index.php?id_pro ... er=product

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BerryNOS 1543 - $105 including shipping
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http://shop.g2labs.org/index.php?id_pro ... er=product

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RASPYPLAY3 - $44 plus shipping (In Serbian!)
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http://www.saperel.com/RaspyPlay3%20HiF ... berry%20Pi

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Geekroo DAC Hi-Fi Picobber $40 including shipping
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http://www.geekroo.com/1034

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DAC PCM5102 I2S P5 32bit/384Khz Raspberry PI €40 incl shipping
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http://www.audiophonics.fr/en/kits-modules-diy-dac/dac-pcm5102-i2s-p5-32bit384khz-raspberry-pi-p-8884.html
Case here: http://www.audiophonics.fr/fr/boitiers-diy-boitiers-divers/audiophonics-boitier-diy-pour-raspberry-pi-et-dac-pcm5102--p-8928.html

Thanks IRoN!
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TekDevice DACBERRY2 PCM5102 384K 32 BIT I2S DAC $50 including shipping
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http://tekdevice.com/chapter2/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=110
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TekDevice-dacBerry2-PCM5102-384K-32-Bit-I2S-DAC-Module-For-Raspberry-Pi-Rev-B-/390798816509
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Here are some DAC boards that don't fit on the Pi itself but are easily connected via patch cables:


HIFIMEDIY ES9023 I2S DAC ~ £15 including oscillator and shipping:

Available with and without oscillator (included one enables max 96kHz sample freq)

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http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=pr ... uct_id=127

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DIYINHK 24Bit/192KHz ES9023 DAC $24 including shipping (Needs a CRYSTEK957/7050/5032/3225 oscillator soldered to the board)
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http://www.diyinhk.com/shop/audio-kits/26-24bit192khz-es9023-dac-i2s-input-ultra-low-noise-regulator.html

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DIYINHK 384kHz/32Bit PCM5102A DAC $34 including shipping
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http://www.diyinhk.com/shop/audio-kits/31-384khz32bit-pcm5102a-dac-i2s-input-ultra-low-noise-regulator.html
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Audiophonics DAC Sabre ES9023 €21 including shipping
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http://www.audiophonics.fr/audiophonics-dac-sabre-es9023-i2s-vers-analogique-24bit192khz-p-8396.html

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AKOUO Reference Stereo DAC (SABRE ES 9018 DAC) €450 plus shipping

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http://www.akouo.at/dac-112.html

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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby tyres2 » Sat Apr 19 2014 01:11

Twerp wrote:RASPYPLAY3 - $44 plus shipping (A Serbian translation would be appreciated!)


Just a thought, but if you use Google Chrome as your browser it will offer to translate the page for you.
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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby DerekR » Wed Apr 23 2014 01:52

Good idea, Twerp. Useful.

This should be added to the list of 'can be made to work easily' - http://www.diyinhk.com/shop/audio-kits/ ... lator.html

Also, the ESS9023 based board you list from DIYINHK can be ordered from them with the new NDK oscillator soldered in place. Supposed to be better than the Crystek options.
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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby Twerp » Wed Apr 23 2014 08:30

DerekR wrote:Good idea, Twerp. Useful.

This should be added to the list of 'can be made to work easily' - http://www.diyinhk.com/shop/audio-kits/ ... lator.html

Also, the ESS9023 based board you list from DIYINHK can be ordered from them with the new NDK oscillator soldered in place. Supposed to be better than the Crystek options.


Thanks DerekR!
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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby Karim » Wed Apr 23 2014 08:53

Dear all,

i ordered the HIFImeDIY DAC with NDK soldered. Comes perfectly.
I really dont know exaclty how to connect it to the new P5 PINS on the RASP. Can somebody post the wiring scheme probably?

Thanks!!!
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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby Twerp » Wed Apr 23 2014 08:57

Karim wrote:Dear all,

i ordered the HIFImeDIY DAC with NDK soldered. Comes perfectly.
I really dont know exaclty how to connect it to the new P5 PINS on the RASP. Can somebody post the wiring scheme probably?

Thanks!!!

This isn't exactly the same, but should give you an idea of the connections:

ess9023-with-t582.html#p3340
Hardware: Raspberry Pi model A, Hifidiyme ES9023 I2S DAC, NAD 310 amplifier, Tannoy Mercury F3 speakers

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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby Pete » Fri May 16 2014 23:51

I power my pi via GPIO pins 1 & 6. I also use a GPIO IR receiver. Are there any I2S DACs which can be used, while retaining access to GPIO pins? :?
At what point does tinkering with one's equipment start superseding one's enjoyment of music which, of course, should be the primary purpose of the exercise.
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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby jackaudio » Sat May 17 2014 13:06

Hi,
this is a high end dac which uses the sabre ES9018: http://www.akouo.at/dac/dac.html
It has it's own controller, hence does not use any GPIOs (only P5 for I2s access). Maybe you can add it to the list.
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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby Twerp » Sun May 18 2014 09:32

jackaudio wrote:Hi,
this is a high end dac which uses the sabre ES9018: http://www.akouo.at/dac/dac.html
It has it's own controller, hence does not use any GPIOs (only P5 for I2s access). Maybe you can add it to the list.


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Re: List of I2S DACs for Raspberry Pi (Can this be pinned?)

Postby benjiv » Thu May 22 2014 18:55

You can add :
http://www.minidsp.com/products/minidsp ... an-i2s-dac

Curryman DAC ES9023 with clock

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