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    USB to TOSLINK (or S/PDIF) converter

    I'm currently feeding my Touch to my old faithful Linn Classik amplifier via TOSLINK.
    I've really no reasons for changing, except for the curiosity of building and trying a combo RPi+Touchscreen that should be in a way a direct replacement for the Touch, perfectly fitting my needs.
    The standard RPi screen case does not have room for a HAT, and I really do not need an additional DAC, being perfectly satisfied with the one built in the Linn. My idea would then be to feed an all-digital signal to the Linn, but the Linn is too old and does not have an USB input, and the RPi does not have a digital out...
    Looking around the internet I found this:
    https://doukaudio.com/products/douk-...oax-dsd-192khz
    Does anybody know if this works on a RPi? Or has anybody another suggestion for an USB to TOSLINK interface/converter?
    (I wont argue here about the relative merits of different DACs or of TOSLINK over S/PDIF)
    Thanks for your suggestions!

    (PS: not sure if the best place for this thread is here or in the 3rd party hardware section)
    Last edited by scala; 2021-02-14, 11:01.

    #2
    I can confirm that the HiFiMe products work with piCorePlayer although you may need to increase the output level via alsamixer.

    Hifime UAE23HD Digital to Analog (ES9018K2M chip) is a compact audiophile USB D/A converter (DAC) that works with all headphones and amplifiers/preamps.


    The original, best-selling Sabre ES9023 USB DAC (Digital to Analog converter). Great sound quality at a very low price. Optical output bonus feature.


    The 3.5mm output is optical as well as standard jack.

    They are however limited to 24/96
    Jim
    https://jukeradio.double6.net


    VB2.4 storage QNAP TS419p (NFS)
    Living Room Joggler & Pi4/Khadas -> Onkyo TXNR686 -> Celestion F20s
    Office Joggler & Pi3 -> Denon RCD N8 -> Celestion F10s
    Dining Room SB Radio
    Bedroom (Bedside) Pi Zero+DAC ->ToppingTP21 ->AKG Headphones
    Bedroom (TV) & Bathroom SB Touch ->Denon AVR ->Mordaunt Short M10s + Kef ceiling speakers
    Guest Room Joggler > Topping Amp -> Wharfedale Modus Cubes

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      #3
      Excellent, thanks! I did not know these products.
      The second one that you have linked is even rather cheap, and seems to fit well my needs (as I said, I'm not interested in the DAC part, but only in the optical out)

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        #4
        Originally posted by scala View Post
        Excellent, thanks! I did not know these products.
        The second one that you have linked is even rather cheap, and seems to fit well my needs (as I said, I'm not interested in the DAC part, but only in the optical out)
        I tried one of mine in optical mode into a Denon-RCD-N8 for you. This was with a Pi3 and piCorePlayer. Sounds pretty good to me and doesn't need any fidlling with alsamixer in this guise. Delivers 24/96 to the Denon with no issue.

        Edit - But actually I prefer the sound from the HiFiMeDiy DAC rather than digital passthrough. I'm not sure what chip is in the Denon - its a few years old and capable of 24/96 but no higher.
        Last edited by d6jg; 2021-02-16, 17:03.
        Jim
        https://jukeradio.double6.net


        VB2.4 storage QNAP TS419p (NFS)
        Living Room Joggler & Pi4/Khadas -> Onkyo TXNR686 -> Celestion F20s
        Office Joggler & Pi3 -> Denon RCD N8 -> Celestion F10s
        Dining Room SB Radio
        Bedroom (Bedside) Pi Zero+DAC ->ToppingTP21 ->AKG Headphones
        Bedroom (TV) & Bathroom SB Touch ->Denon AVR ->Mordaunt Short M10s + Kef ceiling speakers
        Guest Room Joggler > Topping Amp -> Wharfedale Modus Cubes

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          #5
          Originally posted by scala View Post
          I'm currently feeding my Touch to my old faithful Linn Classik amplifier via TOSLINK.
          I've really no reasons for changing, except for the curiosity of building and trying a combo RPi+Touchscreen that should be in a way a direct replacement for the Touch, perfectly fitting my needs.
          The standard RPi screen case does not have room for a HAT, and I really do not need an additional DAC, being perfectly satisfied with the one built in the Linn. My idea would then be to feed an all-digital signal to the Linn, but the Linn is too old and does not have an USB input, and the RPi does not have a digital out...
          Looking around the internet I found this:

          Does anybody know if this works on a RPi? Or has anybody another suggestion for an USB to TOSLINK interface/converter?
          (I wont argue here about the relative merits of different DACs or of TOSLINK over S/PDIF)
          Thanks for your suggestions!

          (PS: not sure if the best place for this thread is here or in the 3rd party hardware section)
          just posted this on another thread

          Tindie is a marketplace for maker made products. From Raspberry Pi to Arduino to drones, Tindie's goal is to bring innovation to the masses faster than ever before.

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            #6
            Originally posted by d6jg View Post
            I tried one of mine in optical mode into a Denon-RCD-N8 for you. This was with a Pi3 and piCorePlayer. Sounds pretty good to me and doesn't need any fidlling with alsamixer in this guise. Delivers 24/96 to the Denon with no issue.
            Cool. I'll place my order.

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              #7
              Originally posted by scala View Post
              Cool. I'll place my order.
              You will need a suitable Toslink cable but I guess you know that. You may find like me that the sound is better using the analogue into your Linn Classik - it is a few years old after all.
              Jim
              https://jukeradio.double6.net


              VB2.4 storage QNAP TS419p (NFS)
              Living Room Joggler & Pi4/Khadas -> Onkyo TXNR686 -> Celestion F20s
              Office Joggler & Pi3 -> Denon RCD N8 -> Celestion F10s
              Dining Room SB Radio
              Bedroom (Bedside) Pi Zero+DAC ->ToppingTP21 ->AKG Headphones
              Bedroom (TV) & Bathroom SB Touch ->Denon AVR ->Mordaunt Short M10s + Kef ceiling speakers
              Guest Room Joggler > Topping Amp -> Wharfedale Modus Cubes

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                #8
                I am using SMSL PO100. It's amazingly small and working well with iphone and ipad. You may need special OTG cables, but I bought them together with FiiO BTR5.

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