USB DAC compatibility List

Name: Kguss DAC-K3PRO
Receiver: N/A
DAC: ES9018K2M
Async: YES
Working with Volumio: YES
Tested Versions and Platforms:

  • x86 => V3.396
  • rPi4-8GB => V3.416
  • Odroid N2+ => V3.417

Harware Mixer on Volumio: None
HW Mixer string: N/A
Comments:

  • USB: 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz
  • OPT: 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz
  • COAX: 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz

Buying Link: Kguss DAC K3PRO TPA6120A2 ESS9018K2M Mini Hifi Usb Dac Gedecodeerd Audio Hoofdtelefoon Versterker 24BIT 192Khz Amp DC12V Us/Eu|Hoofdtelefoon Versterker| - AliExpress

Name: Pro-ject pre box s2 digital

Just a remark on this DAC.

  • They state MQA, but actual using it is a different balgame.
  • With a vast majority of MQA tracks, this DAC fails. It can’t perform the full encoding and start switching MQA off/on/off/…
  • They have decide that it’s nice to have the LCD screen on all time, which results in a LCD burn in.
  • Support is not on par. Filed complaints more than a year ago. On the MQA part => nothing they can do. On LCD part => Silence. (Raised a support request again)

Carefull with that one connected to raspberry pi with volumio.
I’ve managed to burn one of the clocks three times by playing tracks of 44,1 or multiples followed by 48 or multiples (or vice-versa). The first times it occurs, it just makes some noise, and a power cycle resets it. But eventually it would stop working.
A pitty, as I loved the sound, specs and form factor.
Support from the retailer was good, they changed or repaired the unit every time, until I’ve decided that was enough and trade it for another model.

With the Pre Box S2 Digital, i use a SPDIF Cabel. I bought a Hifiberry Digi2 Pro.

Who updates the TOC? It appears a bit out of date compared to what’s been listed.
I know two of mine aren’t listed int he TOC.

Nobody, the community member who used to do this does not visit the forum very often anymore.

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Updated the list. To be honest, this will happen occasionally as it’s a very time consuming thing to do.

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Yes, I figured it’s time consuming. Easy enough to search :slight_smile:

Name: Topping E50
Receiver: XMOS 2e 16-core processor XU216
DAC: ES9068AS
Async: YES
Working with Volumio: YES
Tested Versions and Platforms: X86, rPi, Odroid N2+
Harware Mixer on Volumio: No
Comments: Real value for the money, see the review

  • USB IN: PCM 44.1kHz-768kHz/16bit-32bit
    DSD DSD64-DSD512 (Native), DSD64-DSD256 (DoP)
    MQA Full Decoding
  • COAX/OPT IN: PCM 44.1kHz-192kHz/16bit-24bit
    DSD DSD64(Dop)
    MQA Renderer Decoding
  • Output Impedance: 20Ω(SE), 100Ω(BAL)

Buying Link: Topping E50
Review: Topping E50 review

Name: Fiio K7
Receiver: USB Receiver
DAC: Dual AK4493s
Async: Capable of Async Playback YES
Working with Volumio: YES
Tested Versions and Platforms: 3.429 in PC and 3.631 in Raspberry
Harware Mixer on Volumio: NO
Comments: Direct DSD, totally plug&play
PCM 384kHz-32bit/DSD256(USB DAC)
PCM 192kHz-24bit(COAX)
PCM 96KHz-24bit(OPT)

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Name: Denafrips PONTUS II 12th
Receiver: STM32F446 (USB)
DAC: R-2R DAC
Async: YES
Working with Volumio: YES
Tested Versions and Platforms: Volumio 3.449 on Rasperry Pi 3B+
Hardware Mixer on Volumio: NO
HW Mixer string:
Comments: Successfully tested up to PCM 352.8kHz and DSD256. When playing the first track, there seems to be missing the first 1/10th of a seconds (both in PCM and DSD). Continuous playing works normally. Files stored locally in INTERNAL.
Buying Link: https://www.denafrips.com/pontus

Name: OPPO BDP-105
Receiver: Unknown chipset (USB)
DAC: ES9018 (ESS)
Async: YES
Working with Volumio: YES
Tested Versions and Platforms: Volumio 3.449 on Rasperry Pi 3B+
Hardware Mixer on Volumio: NO
HW Mixer string:
Comments:

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Name: Fiio K5 Pro ESS
Receiver: USB Receiver
DAC: ESS ES9038Q2M
Working with Volumio: YES
Tested Versions and Platforms: RPI zero/2b/3b+/4b Volumio 3.XXX
Hardware Mixer on Volumio: NO
Software Mixer on Volumio: Yes
Comments: Inkl.Haedphone-Ampfiler

32 Bit/768 kHz and DSD512 (USB)
24 Bit/192 kHz (Coax)
24 Bit/192 kHz (optically)

Name: LOXJIE D10
Receiver: Specs state: “second-generation XMOS solution”
DAC: ESS SABRE DAC ES9038Q2M
Async: Yes
Working with Volumio: Yes
Tested Versions and Platforms: Volumio 3.512; RPi 3b+
Harware Mixer on Volumio:
HW Mixer string:
Comments: Specs state: “PCM supports up to 32bit/7 68kHz, and DSD supports up to DSD512”
Bus power or USB PSU; both connectors are micro USB; official PSU for RPi 3b+ was suitable in my use.
Max current draw unavailable spec; likely requires PSU if the connected RPi also supports an external drive or similar peripheral.
Note the volume adjustment (2/4 buttons, not knob).
Extremely unique chassis comes in blue or red.
Fun manufacturer factoid: The chassis was supposed to be available in black or red (surely to match the similar desktop amp LOXJIE A10 color options), but a factory error resulted in production of blue instead of black.
Buying Link: Available from multiple online vendors.
Review: LOXJIE D10 Review







Name: KORG DS-DAC-10R
Receiver:
DAC: Cirrus Logic / Crystal CS4390
Async: Yes
Working with Volumio: Yes
Tested Versions and Platforms: Volumio 3.512; RPi 3b+
Harware Mixer on Volumio: Yes
HW Mixer string:
Comments: Has the highly unique feature of also being a vinyl record digitizer (MM cartridges) if used with KORG’s proprietary software Audiogate.
Bus-powered (USB type B), can draw max 500 mA - other USB peripherals on Pi (e.g. 2.5” storage drives) may need discrete PSU.
Released ~2015 with a chipset dated from 1998 (!):
Cirrus CS4390 Data Sheet
The chipset is on the Cirrus page of discontinued products, and is listed as “obsolete” and unavailable on the Mouser website as of this posting.
The manufacturer’s website lists supported OS’s for Audiogate (unrelated to many/most/all of the device’s purely DAC features).
Utility of this model as more than a DAC is approaching EOL for certain OS’s, if not already there (e.g. Windows), but it’s function as a DAC is compatible with Volumio.
The chassis is about as Mac-friendly looking as they come, and is heavy for its dimensions. The light ring behind the volume pot changes color to indicate music file sample rate and works best if you like green, purple and blue (red means trouble).
For further specs:
KORG DS-DAC-10R Specs
Review: This model’s DAC performance has not been tested and published, but a similar model with same chipset was:
KORG DS-DAC-100 Review
Note that as usual, DAC measurement shortcomings in the review are not shown to be audible.
Buying Link: Still widely available; original retail price USD $500-600; now commonly available for $300 or less (new).