Pi-DAC+

Pi-DAC+

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Audiophile DAC for the Raspberry Pi. Phono (RCA) and Heaphone (3.5mm) output, complete with PCB spacers and screws. 

*** RPi2/RPi3 COMPATIBLE ***

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£ 30.00

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Full-HD 192kHz / 24bit YES
Designed for Pi Zero NO
Raspberry Pi3 compatible YES
Raspberry Pi2 compatible YES
Raspberry A+/B+ compatible YES
Raspberry A+ compatible YES
Raspberry B+ compatible YES
Compatible with original Raspberry Pi NO
Pi-DigiAMP+ compatible NO
Pi-CASE+ Compatible YES
Pi-AMP+ Compatible YES

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Pi-DAC+

The Pi-DAC+ plugs directly on the Raspberry Pi A+/B+/2/3, there’s no need to solder or modify your Raspberry Pi and you can be enjoying Full HD audio in minutes.

The Pi-DAC+ feature the same great Texas Instruments PCM5122 DAC as the original and respected IQaudIO.com Pi-DAC, with Linux drivers built in to Raspbian. No kernel recompilation needed.

The Pi-DAC+ also includes a headphone amplifier delivering, for the first time, an all in one Full HD audio experience for those who listen through headphones, volume is again hardware based under software control and shared with Line Out.

A fully HAT compliant Raspberry Pi expansion board with EEPROM support, the Pi-DAC+ delivers Full HD audio from your Raspberry Pi. As the Pi-DAC+ uses the same audio chipset as the previous Pi-DAC full Linux device driver support is already built into the official Raspbian Linux distribution. 

  • Raspberry Pi HAT (A+/B+/2/3) compliant accessory
  • Full-HD audio – up to 24-bit/192kHz playback
  • Integrated hardware volume control (via ALSA), full 2v RMS
  • Built in High quality audio headphone amplifier (TI TPA6133A)
  • Class leading audio; 112db SNR, and -93db THD
  • Audiophile TI Burr Brown 32-bit/384kHz DAC (TI PCM5122)
  • Advanced ESD protection
  • Uses the digital I2S audio signals to reduce CPU load over USB audio solutions
  • Raspberry Pi powered, no external power requirements
  • Industry standard audio quality Phono/RCA connectors
  • Built in IR header to take optional Vishay TSOP4838
  • Fully built and tested Raspberry Pi accessory 
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • 5/5 star TheMagPi review.

If you intend to mount your Pi / Pi-DAC+ on the official 7" screen then you'll need to also buy the extra spacer pack. 

Reviews

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01/12/16

PI-DAC+ for active speakers

Implemented a PI-DAC+ in a Raspberry PI 3B. Installation procedure on te IQAudio site was really self explaining. After that I have been playing around with KODI, Moode and Volumio installs. No running Volume 2.3 and that works with a few (Volumio) bugs.
The sound of the PI-DAC+ is outstanding, especially considering the cost.
I have the feeling that feeding the DAC from a linear power supply may further improve sound quality.

I an using the PI-DAC+ to empower small self built speaker into network speakers.
The PI/DAC combination is small enough to build into the speaker cabinet, so that will be the next step. Will require some fiddling to extract a Left/Right only signal.

After sales service from IQAudio/Gordon is also outstanding.
Very much recommended!

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28/11/16

Cheap DAC, quality sound

I've now owned/operated the Pi-DAC+ for 6+ months, and I'm very pleased with it. Used in conjunction with Rune Audio, Minimserver, BubbleUPnPserver and various uPnP/OpenHome controllers, it provides an excellent source through my existing setup. I have tried comparing it to my existing Naim CD player, and the differences are subtle to say the least. Good value, good looks in the recently added Pi-CASE+!

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21/10/16

Amazing!

I am really amazed by the clean sound coming from this small card. I knew sound would improve with a DAC, but this is way beyond my expectations. It is a real pleasure to hear when wired to an old amp using the RCA. I cannot even use to max volume (without the DAC I had to play at 100% and it was soft but very noisy). With the Harman Kardon headphones through the 3.5mm output I get a superb listening.

Last but not least, Gordon's support was quick and incredible (a problem with delivery partner actually, not IQaudIO).

Thank you for this little wonder.

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10/10/16

TC

The output/price ratio must be first percentile across consumer electronics! Having flashed a Rune Audio SD card and followed the website DAC installation instructions, my Raspberry Pi, amp and speakers are now effortlessly streaming music into my living room. And the sound quality is superb. Very happy indeed, highly recommended.

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05/10/16

Buy it right now!!!

New life for my music collection.Great sound, very easy to install. I got a little help from Gordon, a very nice guy. PI-DAC+ I have made my best buy in years.
Abel, from Argentina

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21/08/16

Son extraordinaire avec un casque

Cette carte son délivre un son extraordinaire avec un bon casque.
Le rapport qualité / prix est imbattable, installée sur un RPI 2 ou 3 avec Picoreplayer qui est super génial (en serveur ou lecteur) : gratuit et qui fonctionne dans la mémoire ram du pi. J'utilise picoreplayer comme serveur sur un rpi2 avec 8 radios squeezebox + 3 rpi avec DAC+, le systeme est super réactif et le son super !!!

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04/04/16

Lovely new Sqeezebox player!

I assembled your DAC and case with my new Pi 3 mobo this morning. As piCorePlayer has just been updated to support the Pi 3, I am enjoying auditioning my new Squeezebox player. It sounds splendid.

Compliments on the very clever and elegant case design. Assembly was quick and straightforward.

  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.
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28/03/16

Hearing new sounds

I can't believe spending 30 something quid has allowed me hear things in my music collection I haven't heard before! It makes me wonder why you need to spend £100s or £1000s on hifi equipment. Truly excellent product and customer service.

  • 1 out of 1 people found this review useful.
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28/03/16

Perfect Squeezebox

I use this with Squeezeplug as a Squeezebox player. Used to use an old Android phone and it needed reboots all the time. The Pi-DAC+ with Squeezeplug is rock solid.

I'm amazed at the sound quality, especially at this price point. I prefer it to my $300 Headroom Overture DAC. Really phenomenal product -- thanks for making it!

  • 1 out of 1 people found this review useful.
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25/03/16

Fantastic!

just really want to thank you for an excellent product. I bought a PI-DAC+ and have now installed it for local Flac files and got it working perfect with Spotify connect! Using it with Runeaudio on a PI3 with the build in WIFI.

I have used many expensive USB dac's and must say that it stands up fantastic.

I'm using it now through a Violectric V200 headphone amp and MrSpeakers headphones. Magic!

  • 3 out of 3 people found this review useful.
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15/03/16

RPI and PI-DAC+ - Flawless

Today I received the PI-DAC+ from IQAudio. I had been playing with the RPI 3, and found it to be a nice little computer.

The "build" was very simple, just followed the very clear instructions on the site to combine the PI and the PI-DAC+ - it came to life immediately. After burning the Roon RC3 image, and booting the PI, my Roon server immediately recognized the IQAudio DAC/DigiAMP as a networked device, and I was listening to a very nice and wide sound stage, with clear highs, and defined lows.

Needless to say, building the combined device in the Case that I bought from IQAudio was a very straightforward affair.

The only problem I have now encountered: I need another Raspberry PI to use for other projects.....or maybe a DigiAMP?

  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.
Grade 
03/03/16

Unbelievably great

There was an improvement after burn in of a day or so but this card was excellent from the off. It has a silky smooth top end, vivid instrumental timbres and fabulous rhythmic ability. This is the best digital source I have used. It almost sounds like vinyl. I have a Thorens turntable with SME arm and this device is perhaps not quite as transparent but so close and so enjoyable.

The only drawback is having to use Linux to use it- somehow I managed to ruin the sound through installing media players and the sd card corrupted itself. A fresh install sorted it out. I will be getting another if it's compatible with the pi 3, which I am waiting for at the moment!


  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.
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20/02/16

Great DAC with Max2Play

Great sounding DAC! Smooth highs and solid bass. Easily better than the Sabre 9023 which has been my favourite for some time. For Max2Play, before connecting the DAC to your Pi, remove all existing DAC entrys, select the Pi-DAC+ to install the drivers, do the required reboot/shutdowns, then connect your Pi-DAC+. Perfect!

  • 1 out of 1 people found this review useful.
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19/02/16

More than lives up to expectations

'nuff sed

  • 1 out of 1 people found this review useful.
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11/02/16

Wonderful - great sound, easy set up and really practical

Really impressed with this! It worked straight away on my Pi B+ with the downloaded SD card image and has been working well using Shairport-sync to stream audio from my iPhone via the Pi to my very old but lovely (Arcam A32 anyone!!) hi-fi set up. On wifi the streaming works really well. As everyone else has mentioned, the sound quality is fantastic and as well as working through speakers it has a great headphone out. Email support is also great and really helpful - I would thoroughly recommend. My next steps are to see if I can find a way to stream from bluetooth devices and also from a USB stick but that is for another day! Big thank you to IQaudio

  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.
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18/01/16

Amazing bit of kit...

I received this Pi-DAC+ in the post the other day and finally got around to assembling it. After some tinkering before its arrival with various media players I settled on Runeaudio as I liked its interface and the MPD support is great for iPad and iPod controller support using mPad or mPod.

Setup was a breeze, and the smoked case looks the nuts!

Sound quality is incredible. I was blind testing with one of my neighbours against my Cyrus 8vs amp and Cyrus 8SE CD player. We were using a new rip of the same tune using AAC 256bit encoding. To our ears they sounded the same - and I believe as your DAC beds in it may improve still yet further.

I am somewhat blown away by the quality of this little Pi equipped device - holding its own against equipment costing 10-15 times more is amazing. I am one happy chappie and shall be showing my friends this little system so you may get a few more orders yet.

Thanks guys - and it is the icing on the cake that the product is sourced from a UK based supplier too. Awesome!

  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.
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17/01/16

Stunning Sound

Just got my Pi-DAC+ in the mail yesterday. Connected it to my RPi B+, plugged in the cables to my Bryston pre-amp, booted up VolumIO on the Pi and activated the I2S DAC option and turned on hardware volume control.

All I can say is, the sound is absolutely stunning. I'm hearing detail in tracks that I've never experienced before. The Pi-DAC+ replaces an HRT MusicStreamer II+, which was excellent, but no match for the IQAudIO DAC.

A friend of mine brought by his Playback Designs MPD-3 DAC the other day and hooked it up to my system. While I believe it sounded a bit better than the Pi-DAC+, it costs $6000, so for $46 I'm getting close to that sound.

Very glad it "worked out of the box" with my VolumIO system running on the Pi as well.

When my wife went to bed I moved the unit into my study and listened to music using UE Triple-Fi earphones plugged into the headphone jack of the DAC. Once again, the sound was just fantastic.

Just ordered the case and looking forward to its arrival. Might need to order a second unit as a portable headphone playback solution.

  • 4 out of 4 people found this review useful.
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01/01/16

Great service, great product

Definitely an upgrade from my old Squeezebox 2. Next day delivery (during the Christmas holiday week), was also fantastic. I also purchased a case - everything fitted together very easily. Now I'm wondering how good the AMP would sound for a secondary system! Thank you Gordon!

  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.
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29/12/15

Pi-DAC+ Stunning Sound !!

This was a last minute present.
Quickly assembled with Pi and Pi case and SD card flashed with Moode.
Worked straight away, just needing some volume level changes and that was it.
The sound is stunning and is an upgrade on my Marantz CD player feeding digital via co-ax to an Arcam iRDAC.
It has rhythm drive and subtlety when needed. The treble is beautifully judged, detailed and not harsh. The Mid's and Bass are excellent. I was not expecting this level of quality. So far I have tried wav @ 16Bit / 44.1khz and flac @ 24Bit / 96Khz.over a wired connection from my old sinology NAS drive.Right now Cassandra Wilson and her band are on stage at the other end of my room which was getting quite spooky as the afternoon light was just fading which heightened the impression.
A very happy Ray, Cambs.UK

  • 3 out of 3 people found this review useful.
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29/11/15

Putting the High Back in Fidelity

I do not know what audio alchemy Gordon has conjured up over at the IQaudiO laboratories, nor do I need to understand. What I do know is that one can experience this phenomenon and all without the use of mind-altering, bending or expanding substances. The natural high has been restored to fidelity by way of the Pi-DAC+.

After picking my jaw up off of the floor during my first listen using a Bottlehead Crack amp + Speedball + HD650 Headphones, I tried to understand what the hell had just happened? My beloved music library now sounded more organic, ethereal, relaxed. Analog even. There was a level of detail that allowed me to discover nuances in tracks that I am very familiar which had previously gone undetected. There was a rhythm and pace to the music that I had not felt before. I was high on the fidelity, moved and awestruck. And all this from a small, innocuous device that looks like it has no right to be providing such a luxurious musical experience. (The Pi-DAC+ build, PCB quality and construction is however excellent and I was very pleased I chose the translucent Pi-Case+)

Looking back and forth between the tiny Pi-DAC+ and my audio rack stacked with various DAC’s and digital sources….. Son of a….!!!

Gordon is a purveyor of an exceptional DAC for the Pi and provider of outstanding service. Shipping to the US of A was at the speed of light. Packaging was top notch, instructions clear and concise. Highly recommended.

  • 5 out of 5 people found this review useful.
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21/10/15

Pi-Dac+ Best Audiophile Upgrade

I would just like to say how blown away I have been by this wonderful dac.

The sound is crystal clear from it and the soundstage and air created is really truly special.

Vocals and instruments have lots of room and the details from the music shine through.

I have quite a few usb dac's in the hundreds of pounds catergory but the pi-dac+ blows them all away easily.

Basically this is the best money I have ever spent on an hi-fi product.

Cheers to Gordon for his great support too.

Wayne

  • 7 out of 7 people found this review useful.

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Pi-DAC+

Pi-DAC+

Audiophile DAC for the Raspberry Pi. Phono (RCA) and Heaphone (3.5mm) output, complete with PCB spacers and screws. 

*** RPi2/RPi3 COMPATIBLE ***