AUDIOPHONICS RASPDAC MINI LCD Kit DIY Streamer for Raspberry Pi 4 & DAC ES9038Q2M

AUDIOPHONICS RASPDAC MINI LCD Kit DIY Streamer for Raspberry Pi 4 & DAC ES9038Q2M

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Caution: To work, this kit needs to be combined with a Raspberry Pi 4  and a power supply sold separately.

This kit is only compatible with Raspberry Pi 4

RaspDac Mini LCD

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



For its third generation, the RaspDac Mini is now equipped with a color LCD screen and can now display the covers of your albums as well as the visuals of the web-radios being played. Likewise, the layout of the metadata and the reader status data becomes more readable thanks to a screen resolution that is significantly higher than in previous versions. The functionality as well as the audio performance of the kit remains unchanged.

Ideal to improve your sound system while having fun, this self-assemble 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.

Sabre DAC I-ES9038Q2M

Audiophonics sabre ES9038Q2M


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

This DAC works with its own power stage with DC DC converter and integrated linear regulators. It incorporates the latest optimizations (2020) including an anti-pop relay.

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-sabre 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.

Test and review by Audio Science Review

"The AUDIOPHONICS DAC I-Sabre ES9038Q2M finally brings good performance to HAT DACs. It rivals the performance of the higher priced DACs from Allo and Orchard Audio but at lower cost."
Test Qobuz

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.

The new infrared remote included with the RaspDacMini LCD is now the same that we use for our RaspDac EVO. It offers more option for fine control of playback and rendering.

Extensive connectivity

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By combining the ports of a Raspberry Pi with those of the ES9038 sabre 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.

Software solutions


Thanks to the Raspberry Pi 4, the RaspDAC Mini LCD is a real mini-computer equipped with a high fidelity audio output. Installing the software layer is easy (flash an SD card before inserting it into the integrated card reader).

Users wishing to avoid any computer configuration / manipulation can turn to our pre-configured and ready-to-use SD card sales service.

Warning: this multiplicity of choices and options means that the software layer (essential for playing audio) is not supplied with the RaspDac Mini LCD kit. You will then need to choose an approach from the following options.

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Preinstalled moOde Audio


You can get a micro-SD card with a ready-to-use moOde image we edited specifically for RaspDac Mini here.

We made this custom solution to make the process as easy as possible : just insert the SD card in your RaspDac Mini, turn the device on and follow the network configuration. Your RdM is ready to use.

This software solution is suited for user that want to be able to manage more complex integration process in the future. However it might not be the easiest solution to set up for complete beginners. (Requires some user interaction to mount external hard drives / NAS ).

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Preinstalled Volumio


You can get a micro-SD card with a ready-to-use Volumio image we edited specifically for RaspDac Mini here.

Again, the process is really simple, just insert the SD card in your RaspDac Mini, turn the device on and follow the network configuration. Your RdM is ready to use.

If you have no experience with any audio-dedicated software or if you have no idea which solution is the best for you, you will find this one easy to set up and to use.

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Or do it yourself


You already have an unused micro-SD (8GB of memory needed) and you are not afraid of doing the installation yourself. Every software image for the RdM is available for free on this webpage for a DIY installation. You can manage a DietPi installation this way as well.

DIY images installer are available for free without time limitations.

Sober and comprehensive display


The front screen is now a color LCD screen with a resolution of 320x240px. The latter is protected by a transparent acrylic surface making it invisible when the device is not switched on.

When the RaspDAC mini LCD is active, the screen displays all the information necessary to locate in the music in addition to the album cover.

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)

RaspDAC Mini test by Qobuz & 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

Caution: To work, this kit needs to be combined with a Raspberry Pi 4  and a power supply sold separately.

Specifications
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
Power supplyUSB-C (5V)
DimensionsHeight: 60mm
Width: 90mm
Depth: 120mm
Weight470g
housing material100% Aluminum
ColorBlack



Parts Supplied

Parts supplied mini kit raspdac
Acrylic platex2
Acrylic Supportx1
Aluminum housingx2
LCD Screenx1
Screen PCBx1
I-sabre ES9038 DAC with matching PCBx1
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
Acrylic Nut M2.5x2
Bracket M3x2
Washer M3x2
RCA Washer Black / Red / Whitex3
RCA Boltx3
Rubber standsx4
USB-A to USB-C cable with switchx1

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 "Input" button on the remote control so that "SPDIF" appears on the display.
 
Data sheet
InputMicro SD
InputSPDIF
InputRJ45
InputUSB
OutputRCA
DAC / ADC ChipES9038Q2M
Max sampling rateDSD128
Max sampling rate384kHz
ColorBlack
 
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Great for that money!
In words:
- TIDAL CONNECT - !!!
It works after downloading Volumio 2773 from here: https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/blog-diy-audio/23-start-up-evo-raspdac-rasptouch-raspdac-mini-with-a-pre-configured -image.html # rdmlcd) and then updated the installed VOLUMIO in the system menu.
- Display shows:
- Resolution, frame rate, file type: for all playback.
- album cover, artist and track title from Tidal (also in case of TIDAL connect),
- When using a music library: Artist, track title. I don't have an album cover in my library right now because there are only two test files in it.

I love this device. The LEGO factor is one of the best features, its sound is pretty good when using an old HTC mobile charger. Other than my old allo Boss player, but no worse! In terms of services, this is better worth the price. I will definitely get a good power supply for it in the future. It deserves it.
The functions of the remote control work well, although sometimes the display does not turn off when I press the power button on the remote control (3 times in about 10 cases).
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more ugly than the old version
the screen looks tacky.. old version is sleek and modern. what a shame for a great product.
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Excellent rapport qualité/encombrement/prix
J'ai eu quelques temps la précédente version monochrome (même électronique par ailleurs, dont Pi4).
Très bonne intégration, compacte, permettant d'obtenir un mignon streamer/DAC d'excellente qualité pour un prix dérisoire...
Très belle scène sonore avec un son très détaillé mais qui manquait à mon goût d'un peu de "chair", puce Sabre oblige.
Peut être était-ce aussi dû à l'époque à mes câbles, loin d'avoir la qualité requise pour lui rendre justice et aussi à l'utilisation de Volumio auquel je préfère désormais Picoreplayer pour son son plus dense et son interface mobile plus user friendly via Ipeng .
Bref, question de goût et d'association. Mais la pertinence et la qualité de cette solution, vu le prix, sont excellentes.
Merci encore à Audiophonics pour la qualité du service (conseil, livraison, sens commercial) et le rapport qualité/prix des solutions proposées.
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Great sound!
SUperb sound, no issues with connectivity, tidal connect
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Easy
Easy to use with a wonderful and clever display. Totally recommend it
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