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    piCorePlayer and USB Audio

    I would like to activate the USB Audio interface to connect an external DAC.

    As I do have only little Linux know-how and no experience with ALSA, I am wondering what are the thyical steps to get an external DAC configured.
    I do not find any ressources in the internet what are of help for me.

    Would be great if somebody could help or direct me to a useful page in the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schiff1108 View Post
    I would like to activate the USB Audio interface to connect an external DAC.
    As I do have only little Linux know-how and no experience with ALSA, I am wondering what are the thyical steps to get an external DAC configured.
    (NB: since I'm not familar with piCorePlayer, the following is generic):
    You probably don't need to activate anything, if USB audio is enabled in the kernel (which is very likely), it should be detected automatically (both by the USB subsystem, and ALSA)
    Plug it in and check (example from a RPi3, edited for clarity):
    Code:
    user@raspi3-64$ dmesg|grep USB
    [    2.351587] usb 1-1.3.4: New USB device found, idVendor=10c4, idProduct=8a27
    [    2.353278] usb 1-1.3.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [    2.354949] usb 1-1.3.4: Product: HIRESFI USB DAC ES9023
    user@raspi3-64$ aplay -L
    default:CARD=ES9023
        HIRESFI USB DAC ES9023, USB Audio
        Default Audio Device
    user@raspi3-64$ aplay -l
    **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
    card 0: ES9023 [HIRESFI USB DAC ES9023], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
    You'll have to configure squeezelite to use it, which probably can be done from the web interface. If not, add something like -o hw:CARD=ES9023 to squeezelite's options.

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    I don't know a thing about USB audio, but there's a whole gang of options on the "Squeezelite Settings" page . . .

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    Just select the usb option from the dropdown. Then expand the outputsettings line on the squeezelite options, and pick an output.......there are some other USB tweaks. But we need the know what usb dac that you have.
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    I want to connect to Mutec MC-3+ Smart Clock USB - an audio re-clocker.

    It was much easier then I thought to get sound.
    piCorePlayer is well helping to understand the content of the output setting string.
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    There is sound in all sample rates from 44.1 to 192. Stream is working w/o any interruptions

    Can / Must I do anything to improve sound quality?
    eg Max Sample Rate, Unmute ALSA control, ALSA volume control, any Tweak?
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    On the tweaks page, there is a section called USB Audio Tweaks.

    They may or may not help you.....just experiment.
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