ApplePi DAC - Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC

Please see below for DAC comparison. The only other Balanced output DAC Hat that I am aware of is the HifiBerry DAC+ Pro XLR and it’s performance is much worse (see table).

The ApplePi DAC with the Raspberry Pi together cost less than $250. At this price point you will not get any other DAC witht he same performance and features set, because the Raspberry PI is a computer which you can do a lot of things with.

Thanks. I missed the table earlier as I was using my mobile. I’m pretty sure the IQAudio Pi-Dac Pro has balanced outputs … the standard Pi-Dac is single-ended.

I guess I was seeking something more than a summary of technical specifications. I would like to have seen your claim of “the ultimate media player, costing thousands less than high performance DACs” based on some kind of head-to-head. Nonetheless, I look forward to reading some trusted reviews in the near future.

Maybe you could share some prototypes with this community?

The IQAudio Pi DAC Pro is single ended outputs.

I have had two reviews:


As for sharing with the community you can join the Apple Pi DAC tour here:

The tour is essentially an ApplePi DAC and a raspberry Pi being shipped around to different people and they leave their impressions in that forum. Check it out.

I will be doing a demo of the ApplePi DAC and the CRISPIN amplifier in Long Island, NY on April 28th, There is room for a few more people. If you would be interested in attending send me a PM to get full info.

The Kickstarter project is now fully funded.

Get your ApplePi DAC product at a discount.

Just 20 days left in the kickstarter. This is the last time it will be available at this price.

RoPiee just added support see here:

The live demo of the ApplePi DAC and CRISPIN Ultra stereo amplifier will now also be streamed live on YouTube. 04/28/18 @ 2pm EST

Check it out:

The ApplePi Volume-Clocker allows you add hardware volume control to any Rapsberry Pi I2S DAC.

Volume is controlled by a potentiometer R15. Volume is adjustable from 0 dB to -127.5dB, in 256 steps.

In addition to HW volume control this board will also remove jitter from the RapsberryPi’s I2S signals improving audio quality.

It can be powered externally though it’s own micro USB (X6) connector or from the Raspberry Pi. The ApplePi Volume-Clocker cannot back power the Raspberry Pi.


  • Dynamic Range: 144 dB (–60-dbFS Input, 20 Hz to fS/2, A-Weighted)
  • THD+N: –140 dB (0-dbFS Input, BW = 20 Hz to fS/2)
  • Supported Resolutions: 24-bit, 20-bit, 18-bit, and 16-bit
  • Supports sampling rates up to 212 kHz
    *No drivers required.

The ApplePi Volume-Clocker can be added to any reward level for $79 USD, except for the touchscreen one. It can also be purchased separately for $79.

The ApplePi DAC went on a tour around the country. Here is what people who have tried it, have to say:

Wayne - Littleton, CO
“This is a very well engineered and built DAC. I again suggest folks sign up for the tour and listen yourself.” and “I spent a good week listening to it and came away extremely impressed with what Leo has done with this DAC hat.”

Alan - Harrisburg, OR
“I have had the Apple Pie for a while and I must say I am really impressed.” and “Any way this is a dammed fine budget setup that punches way above it’s weight.”

Sharschchandra - Austin, TX
“The build quality is top notch and I really like the layout.” and “The unit sound great out of box, very organic, almost neutral and full bodied (compared to ES9038PRO based DACs). The vocals were amazing especially on the JBL 4312B monitors.”

Jerry - Camarillo, CA
“This is one sweet little Dac, Leo. I actually left work early today just to spend more time getting to listen.” and “You have one helluva nice piece here; I appreciate the gracious demo.”

The tour continues to this day, and will continue beyond Kickstarter. If you would like to sign up, go here:

<3 days left in the Kicksyarter.

  • $25 off ApplePi DAC
  • $400 off CRISPIN Amplifier

This statement is incorrect. IQAudiO does provide balanced / differential outputs with the Pi-DAC PRO.

Pi-DAC PRO, a new breed of audiophile DAC for the Raspberry Pi. With Phono (RCA), Heaphone (3.5mm) & support for Balanced / Differential output (for XLR use in Studio, or home studio)

I was wrong, but I only looked at picture of the DAC, and it does not have balanced connectors, so if you want a balanced output you have to do some soldering. Where as on the ApplePi DAC the connectors are there and ready to go.

Also HiFiBerry has an XLR balanced option.
No soldering needed.

That might be the case, but please compare the other specs, look back at post # 9.

You can sign up for the tour here, and try it out for one week:

Need to be a little more local! :slightly_smiling_face:

Here are some additional specs for the ApplePi DAC:

  • Balanced Output Voltage: 5 Vrms (0dBFS)
  • Balanced Output Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Single Ended Output Voltage: 2.5 Vrms (0dBFS)
  • Single Ended Output Impedance: 100 ohms

Less than 23 hours left. Last chance to get discounted prices.

Both the ApplePi DAC and Volume-Clocker are now available for purchase.

You can buy from my ebay store here:
ApplePi DAC –
ApplePi Volume-Clocker –

You can also send me an email to to buy direct and save 5%.

I am planning on making a full Roon endpoint ready to go, in nice aluminum case.

Cost around $500. Trying to gauge interest…

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