AUDIOPHONICS RASPDAC MINI Kit DIY Streamer for Raspberry Pi 3 & DAC ES9038Q2M


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This RaspDAC Mini Pi 3 has been replaced by its new version, available here : AUDIOPHONICS RASPDAC MINI LCD Kit DIY

Caution: To work, this kit needs to be combined with a Raspberry Pi 3  and a power supply sold separately.

This kit is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. The RPI 4 version is available here.

RaspDac Mini

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

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.


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.

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 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 for your specific requirements

RaspDac Mini is now capable to handle multiple audio-dedicated software solutions such as Volumio and moOde Audio.

Please note that no software are provided with the kit. You have to pick one from the list below :


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 utter beginners.


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.


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 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

Caution: To work, this kit needs to be combined with a Raspberry Pi 3  and a power supply sold separately.

This kit is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. The RPI 4 version is now available here.

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-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 "Menu" button on the remote control so that "SPDIF" appears on the display.
Data sheet
InputMicro SD
DAC / ADC ChipES9038Q2M
Max sampling rateDSD128
Max sampling rate384kHz

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Très belle qualité audio
Mon objectif était de remplacer mon chromecast audio.
Ma configuration :
ampli + lecteur CD Onkyo PHA-1045 de 2010 (une bonne entrée de gamme en HiFi, je l'ai toujours trouvé assez "transparent" et musical, rien à lui reprocher jusqu'à maintenant)
des enceintes Apertura Ariana achetées d'occasion (prix neuf pas dans mon budget même si c'est du haut de gamme "abordable").
chromecast audio
Je construit mon ensemble petit à petit. Le passage d'enceintes bibliothèque Triangle aux colonnes Apertura a déjà été un choc dans le bon sens du terme (scène sonore large, précision des basses, timbres magnifiques, voix sublimes, etc).
C'était maintenant le tour du chromecast audio remplacé par le Raspdac mini. Aucun doute possible, j'y gagne avec le Raspdac mini.
La musique provenant de Qobuz via Volumio est plus présente et plus vivante à bas volume et gagne en subtilité à tous les niveaux d'écoute. La scène sonore est plus vaste sans aucun doute. Sur les enregistrement HiRes, on atteint une finesse assez bluffante pour un audiophile débutant.
J'y ai également gagné au niveau de mon lecteur CD grâce à l'utilisation de l'entrée SPDIF. Je dirais même que le Rapdac mini peut valoir le coup simplement pour cette utilisation comme DAC externe.
Reste maintenant à m'intéresser à mes câbles (RCA, Coaxial SPDIF, alimentation ampli) car je suis encore sur du câble basique.
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Fantastico prodotto
Kit favoloso. Il prodotto implementato con Moode audio è semplicemente strepitoso. Velocità, reattività da ogni device di utilizzo, nonché la comodità di avere tutto a portata di mano (Nas, HD, Spotify/qobuz ecc) in un prodotto piccolissimo e molto bello. Il kit è egregiamente costruito. Il suono della scheda dac sabre è ottimo. Consigliatissimo. N1 audiophonics.
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détail sur le modèle de Raspberry supporté
vous indiquez que seul le Pi3 est supporté, mais j'ai noté une façade arrière en bambou dispo pour le PI4 /Raspdac mini. Cela m'a fait hésiter et j'ai finalement pris le PI3, craignant aussi pour la surchauffe, ne sachant pas si on pouvait mettre un radiateur supplémentaire entre la carte DAC et le SBC. Un petit complément d'info de votre part serait intéressant je pense (+ orienter sur le modèle d'alim 5V 3A qui va bien ) . Merci
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Montage facile et mise en route simple (Volumio -raspberry Pi3B+ -Alim Ifi 5v 2.5 A faible bruit). Livraison rapide et complète mais le livreur n'attend pas pour constater si un problème sur l'emballage, surtout en ce moment. Trouve le NAs sans problème. Webradio , wouch! il y en a tellement.
Petit détail, le film plastique de protection de la facade avant manquait sur un des cotés , mais comme c'est le coté intérieur, pas vraiment génant (4étoile et demi ).
premières écoutes ok, ça descend bas. Switch entre CD en direct et lecture d'un même fichier numérisé je le trouve légèrement plus doux et les voix sont un peu moins en avant. Mais le lecteur cd n'est pas vraiment audiophile. Bref satisfait du produit après ces quelques minutes d'utilisation.
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Excellent rapport prestation prix

Je viens tout juste de monter (montage avec le tuto très simple à faire) et de mettre en service ce lecteur réseau.

Dès le début, c'est très bon ! une bande passante large et de très beaux timbres. Une bonne lecture des plans sonores et de la rapidité au service de la profondeur de la scène sonore (bien sur, en fonction de la qualité de l'enregistrement).

La gestion du volume est très pratique ainsi que la possibilité de pouvoir basculer sur l'entrée numérique.

J'ai monté dessus un disque dur externe SSD (480 go) ce qui permet d'avoir à porté de clic tous mes CD ripper au format FLAC.

Dans un format très petit, on a un concentré de musicalité et de technologie.

Système :
Préamplificateur DIY Kaneda
Amplificateur DIY 40W classe A
Enceintes Studio Lab SLB 102
Câbles Hifi câbles & compagnies
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