VOLUMIO soundcheck invitation for Hamburg, Germany

Hi nanomesher!

WOW, this is a great offer and a pleasure for us to test one of your new audio products.

We value your solutions that really work. In particular the infrared remote control, the OLED display and of course the Nanosound CD plugin.

We remember your DAC2 in our last soundcheck as good player. Along with the other functions i discribed you are unique in this area.

i read on your site that you did made improvments in sound:
“NanoSound DAC 2s has made small but important improvements to DAC 2”.

I also read that the NanoSound ONE Player have also the PCM5122 as DAC and comes also with these improvements.

If you not saying there is a big difference in sound between both I am more curious whether this small, smart DAC ONE alu case will bring a great sound to the amplifier at this attractive price.

HI everybody,

thanks alot for your tests! I’m planning to build a pi with a DAC, all completely battery powered.
Right now I have a Pi Zero with BOSS mini and a Lehmann Audio Rhinelander. The Pi Zero I “stole” from my kitchen where it should be again in the future.
I read a lot of good things about that Abacus Aroio so probably I will try that device but with an isolator.
@ judydudi,: Did you had any troubles with higher bitrates with the mentioned isolator and the Aroio?
I would like to place the PI and the DAC in different housings connection them with a IDE(?) cable. Has sowebody done this before? Will the Aroio work with a Pi Zero too? The power of the zero is ok for me and I think it needs less power.
Test on!
regards Han

Hi Nator,

thanks for sharing your project.
Aroio should work as expected in your setup.
To be 100% save, you should call https://www.abacus-electronics.de

My favorite mobile setup is Dacberry pro+ with Raspberry Pi 3A+.
OSA does have a case for the Pi3A+ with OLED support for the Dacberry ONE+, so for this i had to make headphone hole bigger.

good luck!

Hi judydudi,
it won’t be a mobile setup. Batterys are for the “cleanest” power source only :slight_smile: Maybe just “High-End” magic, but on the other hand I like to have some simple electronics to plan and build. It will be in an 19" Rack, maybe not the batterys. So if someone is interested in pictures during the build I can post ist. Let me know.

do you plan to test a “real” Reference DAC ? I think it would be interesting if someone heres a difference to a 1000€ DAC.

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The pecan is far superior to most boards? Much speaks for it!

After years of listening to almost all I2S RPi Dac’s and some USB Dac’s, we come across a handful of devices that inspire us, even excite us. the PecanPi definitely belongs to this group.

I expect the PecanPi® DAC Rev 2.0 board the next days and will prepare it for the next soundcheck.
Thanks leo for the great support!

At the moment I can’t say when the next souncheck will take place. you know why.

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Hi folks,
the year is gonna to be over.
looking back we had two nice soundchecks this year.
Thanks for all followers and supporters.

We will start next year as soon as possible.

Still think it’s the best idea to come together to compare all best I2S DAC boards on the market.

these are the new boards we have to compare:

  1. PecanPI DAC Version 2.0 just arrived at Soundcheck!
    An ultra-high performance next-generation stereo Dual 1794A DAC
    Many thanks for leo, for his great support!

  2. NanoSound One DAC
    a case included PCM5122 DAC board for RPI4

  3. OSA DacBerry RDY+
    A PCM5142 DAC incl. headphone amp
    Many thanks to Oriol for his great support!

Will compare them with classic selection (primo, mambo, …)
So, next comparing will be interessting again. :wink:

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.



I hope these can return soon as more and more people are vaccinated.

Any interest in adding my new amp to one of your sound checks?


Hello Leo,
many thanks for your offer.
But of course I’m interested in your new amplifier :smiley:. Your DAC board is already superb, so how will your amplifier be?
We can make to rounds of listening one with your Starkrimson® Stereo Ultra, one with my pimped Cambridge Audio amp.

I see you have a 20% off preorder pricing to June 30th. :+1:

I’ll do next soundcheck after summer vacation.
Best, jens


I am sure we will be able to arrange something. I have a unit that will be going to Greece for review. Maybe after you can have it for one of your soundchecks.


Hi There,

Any plans to organize dac testing days soon? I had a privilege to join one of the events and looking forward to it. By the way, I have an Audio Note signature DAC 2.1 signature which I can bring for reference to test if you want. :wink:

Hi Judidudi,

I always have enjoyed your talks about the soundcheck evenings and really miss them. I hope, the Covid situation will let you continue this activity in 2022.

BR, Zoltan

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Hello Again, any organisations for 2023? :):slight_smile:

People should again start organizing hi-fi clubs and events. My hometown Tartu hi-fi club is starting to gain some momentum again after covid crap. Tartu audioklubi was started back in 2014, but was almost dead between 2017-2022. To start hi-fi club it may be quite tricky to find suitable and affordable room, also sorting out finances.

Athens audiophile club is probably most active and famous hi-fi club, they even have nice homepage - http://www.aca.gr/ Tartu aduioklubi doesn’t have such kind of nice page yet, but it may change as I started to build our page and write about some of our gatherings Tartu Audioklubi - Kogunemised

I hope that audio enthusiasts get their events going again soon :+1:

For the next one of these events I can send you my new DAC…

Hi guys ,
You are certainly right in thinking that these real meetings for audio exchange have become too rare.
I myself had retired but would now like to organize a soundcheck again. Thanks for not forgetting me :wink:
I guess many DAC board manufacturers have gone on standby as well.
All the more I’m happy that there is movement in the scene again.
The new PecanPi+ DAC board from Orchardaudio makes me curious. Thanks for the great offer! Leo, when can you send me the new board?

I would then want to do a volumio soundcheck with only available I2S Dac boards.

E.g. PecanPi+, EvoSabre, Primo, Boss2, Piano 2.1, NanoSound ONE, Dacberry, Sabreberry.

Here we go…


@judydudi that would be really a nice and welcomed comeback!

Happy to support in any way we can!

@judydudi I really looking forward to a upcomming soundcheck. I can’t contribute any exotic DAC boards, but I’ll gladly bring my hifiberry dac+ if desired. If it can be something external with USB, I can also bring a Chinese DAC. I would also like to hear it in comparison with an I2S Dac.

Probably in early April.