I have a RaspPi B+ and am looking to match it to a DAC which will give me good performance. I’ll be connecting to an amplifier. I’ve reviewed lots of threads including the list of I2S DAC in this forum, however it’s not helping me choose due to my lack of knowledge.
- I don’t want to do any soldering so would like a DAC that either fits onto the Pi B+ or connects via USB - what’s best?
- It should be as close to plug and go / out of the box ready as possible, am happy to do a little tinkering in Linux, however do not want to compile kernels
- I have no preference on audio connection types, either 3.5 jack or phono output, unless someone tells me that I should
- Price is flexible, perhaps around $100 US, more or less is fine, however $200 and I’ll need to ask permission from the wife. $500 and I will be sleeping in the spare room
- I see all kinds of different DACs for the Pi, some have big colorful things on them, others don’t. The HifiBerry Digi doesn’t look to have lots of parts, The BerryNOS 1543 has all kinds of lumps and bumps and there are ones in between. Is this something I need to be aware of, which is “best”?
I also read that a few companies are bringing out new B+ compatible DACs in the next few weeks (e.g. Elements 14). I’m happy to hold off if something good is on the horizon.
I guess my question can be :
Is there a real leading DAC for the B+ that is considered the one to go for which stands out for all the right reasons? If you could only buy one Pi B+ friendly DAC, which would it be?
Looking forward to hearing your feedback and ideas