Earlier this year my setup was an IQAudiO Pi-DAC+ (similar to your HiFiBerry), Arcam FMJ A19 and Dali Zensor 7s. I auditioned a number of DACs including the Bluesound Node 2 before choosing a Chord 2Qute. The Bluesound wasn’t an improvement on the IQAudiO and certainly not worth the £500 price tag.
If you want to hear an improvement, my recommendation is to spend more on a good FPGA or discrete DAC rather than another integrated DAC. Otherwise, stick with what you have.
yes, but the chord 2qute is not working like the hifiberry…i mean, no ethernet etc…
i need something like a hifiberry which produces better sound…i need a network player…like a aries mini or something else
sorry for my questions i’m really new regarding sound.
You might notice an improvement you might not . But I would say you will. The dac in the bluesounds is no slouch and very good for an integrated device and is on par to what I had prior with Allo USBridge and Arcam irDac. You have to spend about the same or more on a separate DAC to see a big mprovement on the BS in my view so comparing it to a £700 DAC is not exactly fair.
You have the Raspberry Pi … plug any USB DAC into this.
Also, remember that a consumer product costs more than the HiFiBerry (or IQAudio etc.) because of marketing, distribution, retail costs etc. The Burr Brown ICs you’ll find in your HiFiBerry cost a few dollars each and are the same you’ll see in £500 retail products.
Based on your initial post I understand you are currently using the Hifiberry which is both a streamer and a dac in one box (please correct me if I am wrong). The Yamaha has a dac as well but I understand you are feeding analogue out from the Hifiberry directly to the analogue input of the A-S810. If I understand this correctly then you have quite a few options if you want to try. A Bluesound Node 2i is an all in one (streamer + Dac) but it also allows you to take the digital signal (bypassing the integrated Dac) and feed it directly to your Yamaha. These are options to try out if you want as it may (or not) result in subtle sound differences.
I have tried the Node 2i as an all in one (i.e. using the integrated dac), feeding the analogue out to my Rega amplifier. It sounds fine, warm and punchy. I have compared this to an Allo Digi One (streamer only) with a Musical Fidelity V90 Dac, which then feeds the same amplifier. I preferred the Allo Digi One. + V90 Dac but only by a tiny bit. I then tried the V90 Dac with the Bluesound Node 2i (digital out) and the sound was identical with the Allo Digi One. Any differences to my ears were very small.
You have a dac in the Yamaha which you can try using with a streamer. It might work well enough and in that case you avoid adding another box (dac). If you go for the Bluesound node 2i then you can try with and without dac to see what you prefer most.
I think that the Raspberry is actually not used as a DAC…i would like to use it only as a Streamer only…my Yamaha A-S801 should do the rest. So, to use it only as a Streamer I should buy the Allo Digi One?
Maybe I have misunderstood your use case but I as far as I understand, a hifiberry dac pro + is a dac: https://www.hifiberry.com/shop/boards/hifiberry-dac-pro/
This is usually used in combination with a raspberry pi streamer (from Hifiberry in this case). You end up with an all in one solution (streamer + dac).
Sorry in case I have misunderstood what your setup is.
So what do I need as a only “transport” raspberrypi? I’m checking the Allo DigiOne. This would mean, that in that case my RP would be used as a “transporter/bridge” with Ropiee instead of a DAC with my Hifiberry.
As far as I understand actually I have two DAC:
I would like to use the Yamaha as my DAC…the music is saved on my NAS…and should be transported to my Yamaha thru RP
Yep was just looking it mentions windows and Mac but not linux. Your best asking them direct what support it has on Linux before jumping in. Or just try your current raspberry pi using USB to see what options you get.