My first thought is: is it really necessary? Yes, I know some audiophiles argue that it is, but on the other hand, some audiophiles would argue that the built-in USB is good enough.
Since I don’t have golden ears, I’m going to try out the RPi3 USB driving my DAC, and if I can’t tell the difference with my current setup, I’ll be moving across to a simple RPi3 + DietPi + Roon Bridge.
From personal experience only (not expertise) some Dacs benefit more from a higher quality USB audio source than others so whether it matters, that ‘depends’ as always - on the system and ultimately our ears as you say!
One more thing…the title of this thread is USB audiohat for PI.
Actually this USB board works only with Sparky and will only be sold as a package (sparky + hat + acrylic box) . The PI has USB and Ethernet bus shared. On Sparky we have 2 USB buses (usb 2.0) and a third is on USB 3.0
Sparky has independent bus for ethernet 2xUSB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0
If possible , one of the moderators please change the title .
I guess I am getting confused. I thought you had a hat in the works, so to speak, with spdif output, and I thought that was the DigiOne. Would it be possible to summarize the various projects you have and the time lines for release?
Digione —coaxial/bnc digital output (for RPI only) (testing just started)
USBridge —USB output (clean power and recloaked USB stream) . Will work only with Sparky (testing has been going on for a while)
Thanks for the update. Shipping to Europe - from India or from Europe? For Sparky+Usbridge combo: Is it technically possible to add the Kali reclocker? Or does the usbridge basically do the same thing?