I’ve got a raspberry pi, playing flac files from an external USB hard drive through a USB DAC (a Beringer UCA202) and am very happy with it. I still get some VERY minor glitches in the music now & again. From reading around it seems that these tiny imperfections may well be due to the design of the Pi itself and the USB bus struggling so I won’t bother trying to ‘fix’ them, instead I’m thinking of trying an i2s DAC soon.
Of course I’ve seen the Hifiberry but that requires soldering headers onto the Pi and I’ve only got the use of one arm so soldering & the like can be a bit hit & miss - I’d rather avoid it if I can!
My favoured option is the Wolfson Audio Card that’s designed so that it connects to the P5 header CONTACTS on the Pi’s circuit board without the need for the actual P5 headers to be soldered in place! Here’s the link:
Has anyone got any experience of these & do they sound any good?
Will it work with the drivers etc in volumio?
There’s a fair bit of into on enabling the i2s for the Hifiberry - enable i2s support in volumio then make a tweak ‘etc/modules’ so that it refers to the Hifiberry with ‘snd_soc_hifiberry_dac’ - it’s unlikely that line would be the same for the Wolfson card, does anyone know what it should be or how I can find out myself if I get one??