AUDIOPHONICS RASPDAC MINI Kit DIY Streamer for Raspberry Pi & DAC ES9038Q2M


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RaspDac Mini

Kit Network Player & DAC 32bit 384kHz / DSD 128

raspdac mini audiophonics

Enjoy the features and the finesse of a RaspDac with this kit designed to be assembled by hand.

Ideal to improve your sound system while having fun, this kit is a very intuitive opportunity to learn the basics of audio-oriented DIY method.

The assembly involves neither welding nor special knowledge in DIY. The only tools required are a H5 hex screwdriver and a P4 Phillips screwdriver.

Once mounted, the whole device constitutes a network drive based on Raspberry PI, with all the advantages that it represents in terms of connectivity.

The digital / analog decoding is done internally by a dedicated DAC ES9038Q2M chip, one of the best component in the field of high-fidelity music. This compact model can compete with devices that are way more impressive from their size or their price.

Saber DAC I-ES9038Q2M

Audiophonics Saber ES9038Q2M

All decoding operations are made thanks to an I-Saber card ES9038Q2M. The latter was specially developed to make the best of a SBC (Raspberry Pi).

This DAC works with its own power stage (DC / DC converter with Mornsurn LT7809 / 7909 controllers). This precision stage is a required for a good digital to analog conversion.

When operated in conjunction with a software solution that has an optimized audio kernel (as is it the case here), the RPI and DAC I-Saber are able to play 32bit 384kHz.

DSD files are also supported up DSD128 (DOP).

The analog output stage is based on two bipolar operational amplifiers NJM 2114 fed with 9V. A third OPA of the same type serves as a buffer. This configuration ensures optimal resolution and a very stable output signal.

Remote control from anywhere

interface Raspdac mini

The ES9038Q2M DAC chip offers hardware volume control function (does not damage audio resolution). This hardware volume is controlled remotely from the user interface (smartphone, tablet ....) for maximum comfort and optimal accessibility in any circumstance.

Similarly, playback options and source selection are made on smartphone / tablet (or any other connected device capable of running a web-browser).

Thanks to its software, the RaspDac mini can stream music from DLNA / AIRPLAY compatible devices.

Finally, an infrared remote control also offers access to the basic functions.

Extensive connectivity


By combining the ports of a Raspberry Pi with those of the ES9038 Saber card, the device now offers an impressive connectivity.

The Raspdac Mini has 4 USB-A ports to which the user can plug a hard disk, a USB drive or even a USB CD drive.

Of course, the device is also perfectly at-ease when it comes to play online hosted files through a wired network (RJ45) and non-wired (Wifi / Bluetooth).

The Mini RASPDAC simplifies your audio setup with an extra S / PDIF input port that can connect an extra digital source (CD player, television, gaming platform ... etc). It can thus be effectively integrated in various cases with sufficient flexibility to make all your digital devices enjoy the RaspDac efficiency.

Dimensions of raspdac mini

More compact and still as powerful

Its dimensions of 60 x 90 x 120 mm allow the RaspDAC Mini to fit easily into your audio environment, regardless of size and complexity.

All ports are on the back of the case so as not to damage the visual harmony of your audio-system with visible cables.

Once your RaspDAC is installed and operational, it is not necessary for its operation to redefine wiring or to access the micro SD card. All of its functions can be set wirelessly.

VOLUMIO Software solution

Volumio raspdac mini

The RaspDAC Mini comes with a Micro SD card including a ready-to-use version of VOLUMIO.

Volumio is among the most advanced softwares for high-fidelity playback on Raspberry Pi. Very complete it remains accessible to neophytes who will gradually discover many options to galvanize their music.

This high fidelity playback software ensures bit-perfect playback. It also supports advanced audio formats such as DSD and high sampling rate for uncompromising audio quality. This simple, free, high-performance soluton enables your RaspDac to become a real high-performance media player.

Warning: Do not update the Custom RaspDAC versions as this may cause the device specific functions to be lost.

Screenshot Volumio 9038

Once connected to your network via Volumio your RaspDAC can stream your music to DLNA / Airplay from any connected device.

Volumio is primarily an open source project. The software is developed by an active team and a large community. The updates and patches are so frequent and it's easy to find help on if concern forums.

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My Volumio, Qobuz and Spotify compatibility

The RaspDAC Mini offers compatibility with many services, including My Volumio. This corresponds to a set of premium features to extend Volumio's capabilities. We find the native support of Qobuz and Tidal, the automatic synchronization and backup of your favorites, playlists, webradios and finally the possibility to control your devices remotely via the site A plugin Spotify is also available and can be activated very easily, allowing you to also enjoy the Swedish streaming service. We have also worked on the integration of Qobuz and Spotify with our hardware. As a result, the RaspDAC Mini is able to retrieve playback information from these platforms and display it on the screen.

My Volumio 13300-logo-qobuz.jpg 13300-logo-spotify.jpg

Sober and comprehensive display

The front panel display will delight fans of sober aesthetic. The screen is indeed protected by a semi-opaque black acrylic surface, making it invisible when the unit is not powered.

When the mini RaspDAC is active, the screen displays all the information needed to identify the music (track name / album / artist / reading time), playlist (track number).

The screen also displays advanced information that will quickly confirm that the installation works as expected : sampling rate, source ...

Screen raspdac mini interface

Input / Output

4x USB-A Female, 1x Micro USB (Power); 1x stereo RCA, 1x Micro SD In, 1x RJ45 Female, 1x SPDIF Female (complementary digital input)


Tests du RaspDAC Mini par Qobuz et Framboise314

" This RaspDAC Mini Audiophonics streamer deserves to be played with the screwdriver to put it in the case because these efforts will be rewarded with high quality sound reproduction. "

Qobuz - Philippe Daussin

inputs4x USB 2.0-A
1x Coaxial
1x RJ45
1x Micro SD
ExitsX1 RCA Stereo
Supported audio formatsUp to 32bit 384kHz
DSD (DOP) 128
dynamic range129dB
THD + N-120dB
SoCBroadcom BCM2837B0
CPUARM Cortex-A53 1.4Ghz
GPUVideoCore IV
Power supplyUSB-C (5V)
DimensionsHeight: 60mm
Width: 90mm
Depth: 120mm
housing material100% Aluminum

Parts Supplied

Parts supplied mini kit raspdac
Acrylic platex2
Acrylic Supportx1
Aluminum housingx2
1.54 inch OLED Screen (White)x1
Screen PCBx1
I-Saber ES9038 DAC with matching PCBx1
Micro-SD Card 8Gb / Software (custom VOLUMIO) pre-installedx1
Infrared remote control (No battery)x1
Expansion slot for Female Micro SDx1
Spacers M2.5 - 20mmx2
Spacers M2.5 - 10mmx2
Phillips screw M2.5 - 15.8mmx2
Phillips screw M2.5 - 8.1mmx2
Phillips screw M3 - 7mmx2
Allen screw M3 - 13mmx8
Metal Nut M3x2
Acrylic Nut M2.5x2
Bracket M3x2
Washer M3x2
RCA Washer Black / Red / Whitex3
RCA Boltx3
Rubber standsx4
Micro-USB cable with switchx1
Female Micro-USB to Male USB-C Adapterx1

Assembly instructions can be found in the "download" tab on this same page or on this link

Some information about the start-up....

  • The Micro SD card must be removed from its adapter and then inserted into the reader, taking care to follow the direction, without forcing it.
  • Once the RaspDAC Mini is powered on, a more or less long delay (a few tens of seconds) is required before a display appears on the screen.
  • To control the RaspDAC it is necessary for you to have a computer, a telephone or a tablet also connected to your local network.
  • To access the Volumio web application, simply enter the address shown on the RaspDAC display on your control device (computer, smartphone, tablet).
  • To use the Coaxial input, press the "Menu" button on the remote control so that "SPDIF" appears on the display.
Data sheet
InputMicro SD
Components / ChipES9038Q2m
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lecture de web stations en HiFi
Moyen simple et peu coûteux de lire des stations web radio avec une excellente qualité musicale. Assemblage facile à exécuter, bien documenté, en revanche mise en œuvre plus compliquée. Je me suis déjà exprimé sur ce sujet.
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Frustration et enchantement
Le montage fut simple et même amusant. J’avais prévu l’achat de l’alimentation mais la connectivité n’est pas très stable avec l’adaptateur mini usb.c’est là la seule faiblesse du hardware. Passons sur la nécessité d’être très bon en programmation pour pouvoir faire fonctionner le réseau sous Volumio ou devoir changer l’heure ( ce que je n’arrive toujours pas à faire sous Mac.)
J’avais lu l’article consacrant ce DAC comme « Qobuzissime ». Je dois dire que j’en ai fait l’expérience. Après la frustration vint l’admiration. Un son analogique très agréable qu’il s’agisse de la conversion de radios internet ou d’entrée numériques audio ( CD, DAT, MD) dont j’ai fait l’essai avec une immense satisfaction d’audiophile. Le prix est considérable même s’il n’est pas exagéré. Pour un néophyte comme moi il serait utile de le vendre monté et configuré et de grâce changer le type d’alimentation électrique .
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Great little DAC
I got the pi/DAC bug a few years ago and have owned/own a iqaudio, Boss v2.0, terradac and pi-fi V2.0. All sound superb and offered fantastic bang for your buck on the music front.

But I wanted to experience DSD and have been looking at options but nothing had caught my eye.

Then I found this little beauty.

Easy to build and set up - well nothing beyond the usual pi stuff. Once up and running, wow. Plays anything I throw at it, gets a bit warm when playing DSD files but to be expected with the extra processing power needed. Sounds amazing, much warmer than the other pi/dacs ive heard. I wouldn't even like to think how much you'd have to spend on a turnkey solution to get such an engaging sound.

Only issue was the crap sd card supplied, corrupted within a few weeks. This isn't a major problem, I've always got a few spare lying around. But make sure you have too, otherwise you'll be without music for a day or 2.

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Nice sound
Just got mine, easy and fun to assemble.
Works fine with Volumio, GREAT SOUND
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Simple à monter
Le montage est facile, par contre il manque 4 vis noir (V4). Il y a bien 8 vis sur le descriptif mais seulement 4 vis dans le paquet reçu.

Sinon le reste est parfait.
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