If the PecanPI+ is a great upgrade, I can’t wait to finally hear it!
Apparently the device is now on its way to us in Hamburg. Time to take a closer look at the devices to be tested.
The PecanPi+ will compete against these boards in the first round:
Boss2, Nanosound Dac one, Hifiberry Dac+ RCA, Hifiberry Dac2 HD, DACBerry NTB
AUDIOPHONICS ES9038Q2M and Melopero Dac Zero.
The Boss2 is the evolution of Allo’s Boss DAC which was a good mid-range car, I would say. The Boss2 is now certified in the audiosciencereview to jump into the upper league.
The Nanosound Dac one from nanomesher comes with a great compact Raspberry4 metal case and remote. Here I especially like the total package, which is also sold at a very atractive price!
The Hifiberry DAC’s are new in my soundcheck. How they sound I can not yet say. For them speak availability and a wide range of housings.
The Dacberry NTB is an Analog Nutube 6P1 soundcard with a PCM5142 DAC in master mode from OSAelectronics. Oriol from OSAelectronics in Spain develops electronic devices with a lot of enthusiasm. Highlighted are his extremely high quality Ultra low noise power supplies and a considerable range of DAC boards.
The Nutube board produces a warm, unique tube sound and delivers excellent linearity.
The AUDIOPHONICS ES9038Q2M is an in-house development of AUDIOPHONICS from France. audiosciencereview writes in its summary:
‘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.’
The Melopero Dac Zero I found in a store from Italy. A board for the Raspberry Pi Zero. A good Zero board for a mobile volume player on the road is always nice to have. Let’s see what the Melopero does for a figure.
The following ‘Best of’ round consists of
orchardaudio Pecan Pi, audiophonics EVO Sabre, collybia Mamboberry HD+, Volumio Primo, Abacus AroioDAC, allo piano 2.1 with kali
It’s fair to say all these boards play ‘insanely’ well!
The allo piano 2.1 plays with two dedicated 384 kHz/32bit high-quality DAC PCM5142 for best sound quality. The Kali reclocker was a real gamechanger in its time and has raised the soundstage even further.
The German made AroioDAC was a real surprise in our soundcheck how precise it brings the tones - and at a very reasonable price. The manufacturer just told me that some boards should be available again soon!
collybia’s Mamboberry is the result of the love of the developer Vasilis Tounas
for the ESS Sabre 9023p DAC chip. To the distinct audiophile sound is paired an extravagant choice of electronic components. (e.g. NICHICON’s “Muse” capacitors and Crystek clocks).
The Volumio Primo was the first music streamer from Volumio itself. Unpack the package and enjoy music via Volumio is the motto here! The sound of the device is convincing and we also liked the stable casing. The used Tinkerboard made volumio faster than from the Raspberry. In the current version even balanced output for ‘big’ amplifiers are available.
The EVO Sabre board is the flagship of audiophonics. With two ES9038@2M, balanced out, SPDIF/USB/RPI4,BT two displays, remote control and aluminum case it leaves nothing to be desired. Meanwhile there is also a plugin which simplifies the installation at Volumio.
… and then the PecanPI. Orchardaudio’s last trump. Big, precise, sovereign. Dual flagship Burr-Brown PCM1794As in monaural mode. Balanced and RCA output, steel case and a volume control knob. Hats off and chapeau!
I think we can look forward to an interesting evening!
I will keep you updated.