I’ve been using Volumio on an old Pi3. I use a $9 Apple USB C dongle for a DAC. Works okay.
I am putting together a tiny ITX PC to try the x86 version on. Might also try a Dell Wyse. I have a few questions about DACs. Keep in mind I am using powered speakers (for now).
I have 2 other DACs somewhere around here… Both are PCM2704 based. The Muse Mini RCA out, and the other smaller one that is 3.5mm out only.
Would either of these perform better in x86 than the Apple DAC I am using?
Would they work in hardware volume mode?
Are there any inexpensive (max 75 CAD) USB input DACs out there that would be dramatically better than the three DACs I currently have? Also having coax/volume control would be a plus, but not a requirement.
EDIT: Found a cheap FX-Audio DAC-X6 MKII … would that work in hardware mode? I’m not even sure I fully understand hardware mode lol