Hello, I have been assembling a bunch of old Pi’s running Volumio for a whole home system and am looking for a DAC solution that doesn’t break the bank. I am aware that hat type DACs are probably the absolute cheapest solution in a vacuum but a lot of times I have Pi Zeros or older Pis that already have cases and a tall hat compatible case is almost as much as the DAC itself. Then there are the breakout board DACs but that introduces its own issues with cases mounting.
So I am wondering if anyone knows what the absolute cheapest, widely available USB DAC that is plug and play with Volumio even on older Pis (1/2/zero) and can do 24/192. Something like the Apple dongle would be PERFECT but I don’t think it works? The DAC compatibility list is helpful but many entries are old and no longer available and don’t have any information in regards to price.
Thanks for any help you can give.