I currently have this as my following setup.
Living room: Asrock J1900 DC ITX/Streacom F1C Evo (Totally fanless and external PSU) > Arcam IrDAC USB Async > Naim XS2 > Bowers and Wilkins CM series.
Bedroom: Pi Zero > Phat Dac > Onkyo Mini HiFi
I’m considering changing from the IrDAC to something I2S based, I have a few spare Pi’s kicking around here, not that there is anything wrong with the current setup, just looking for any sonic improvements if there are any? - Don’t get me wrong it sounds amazing, but always room for improvement.
The IrDAC is a PCM 1796 based DAC, I have looked all over the net but can’t find any comparisons with the IrDAC and any I2S based dacs.
I did try my Pi3 with the Phat DAC which is a PCM5102a based DAC in a A - B test and the Phat DAC is VERY good but no were near as good as the IrDAC, it’s missing detail and top end extension. I’m not criticising this DAC at all, for the money it is incredible.
Do any I2S dacs support DSD? As my Arcam IrDAC doesn’t.
Will I gain much going from Async USB to I2S?
It’s such a minefield out there looking at I2S dacs, there are so many!
I have a JustBoom Amp Zero Phat on it’s way this week which I can’t wait to try