OK, here finally are my official instructions for connecting a USB DAC up to the Touch.
A few words up front: this is not officially endorsed by Logitech, if you have questions about this, don't bother Logitech support, they won't have any idea what you are talking about. This is NOT plug and play, you have to go in and edit a file on the Touch, once you do that, you cannot get music out of any other output, it will ONLY send music to the USB DAC. You have to go in and restore things to the way they were in order to get music out of any other output. The setup will be different depending on whether you plug the DAC in after bootup (known as hotplugging) or already plugged in when booting. Choose which way you want to go and ALWAYS do it that way! (if you forget and get it wrong, it won't hurt anything, you just won't get any music out) Due to some weirdnesses in the way USB DACs are seen by the Touch, the UI beeps and other sounds will usually be turned off when a USB DAC is plugged in. But not always.
Not all USB DACs will work with the Touch. If the DAC requires a custom driver, it will NOT work with the Touch. Only DACs that can be used with generic USB drivers will work. If your DAC can only play up to 48KHz sample rate you may have problems playing 88.2 or 96 files. The server thinks the Touch can go up to 96, but if the DAC can only go up to 48, the linux software on the Touch will do the down conversion, which takes a fair amount of horsepower and may cause problems with playback.
One other thing, its probably not a good idea to use a USB DAC if you are also using a USB disk plugged into the Touch to store the music files. Since there is only one USB port you will need a USB hub, putting both the storage and the DAC on the same port is probably not a good idea, it may work, it may not. Be prepared to use an external server over a network.
So if you are still willing to give this a try, here are the details.
You will need to SSH into the Touch. In order to do this you will need an SSH client running on a computer on your network. On windows this is called PuTTy, its free, you can find it on the web. For Mac OSX its builtin, called SSH.
PuTTy is a regular windows GUI program, when you bring it up you type in the IP address of the Touch, press <enter>. It will then ask for the user, type in root<Enter>. Then it asks for the password. (See below)
For SSH on OSX you have to start a command window, then type:
ssh -l root <IP address>
It will then ask for the password.
To SSH into the Touch you have to turn remote access on, this is done with
Touch the "enable remote access" line, you should see the little square go blue. You will also get a popup which gives the IP address and the password, write these down. These will be used when you SSH into the Touch.
Now plug the USB DAC into the Touch and reboot the Touch (or reboot and plug the DAC in) Pull the power plug and reinsert it to reboot.
When up and running SSH into the Touch (see above). (for each line you see in these instructions type <Enter> at the end of the line)
(thats dash ell)
This gives you a list of the audio devices on the Touch. You should see the USB DAC. Each device will have a line starting with
card <number> <name>
card 3 USB <lots of other stuff>
The name is the one you want to write down. In this case it was USB. It might be something such as "default". In this case the rest of the line will let you know its the USB DAC.
cp asound.conf asound.conf.orig
Now you are going to create a new config file. The only editor available is "vi", which is very weird to use if you have not used it before. It runs in a display mode (default)and an insert mode. You get into insert mode by tapping the 'i', type stuff you want, then tap <ESC> to get out of insert mode. When in display mode tapping 'x' will delete the character the cursor is under. Tapping 'dd' will delete a line. That should be enough to edit this simple file. In the file below replace <name> with the name you wrote down in the previous step. For example
tap 'i', type:
Tap the <ESC> key
(thats <colon><w><q><enter> don't forget the colon)
To quite without writing anything type:
This will write the file and quit.
cp asound.conf.usb asound.conf
(the syncs make sure memory buffers get written to disk)
This gets you out of SSH.
At this point reboot the Touch and the music should now play through the USB DAC. Since you explicitly told the music to go to the USB DAC you won't have any sound when the USB DAC is not connected to the Touch. To get back to normal you have to SSH back into the Touch and type:
cp asound.conf.orig asound.conf
And reboot. You should now be back to normal.
If things get so badly messed up you don't know what to do you can always do a factory reset which will undo all this.
Thats about it. Have FUN!
PS, there IS a way to get music out of all the other outputs and a USB DAC at the same time, but its a WAY more complicated setup, I decided NOT to post that.
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2010-09-19, 18:43 #1
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Instructions for connecting USB DAC to Touch