Moode/Volumio on a raspberry pi vs. Samsung Bluray-player (spdif-coax) Impressions..+SRC4392 (+beta „Project 2“)

hi there, 😉
long time not seen..its a little bit silent here lately but absolutely no worry/problem..
okay,
i´have here some Samsung Bluray-Player (BD-H5500); not the worst; only with some spdif-coax output..
some days ago i thought the only, true,real good sound is via some very good CD-transporter/drive/device + directly via spdif into the ES9038Q2M and go 😉 ..
but as i heard today again the ES9038Q2M with the raspberry pi (Model 3B) and some flacs i felt its really a class of its own !!
1-2 level (soundwise) higher !!
(at present btw. i think Volumio (hated it a long time) has a very good sound/tune; a bit better than Moode 4.1 (then picoreplayer and so on)..DietPi (V6.8 now) is still „in the lead“ (IMO) but usability-wise Volumio is great..)
so, back to topic: i really don´t know why the flacs on a pi (and via I2S) had a such great sound/tune in comparison to some „normal“ CD-spdif-combos (IMO)..absolutely don´t know why; but it is (and this is said by really a lot of people in the „Hifi-world“ ;-)..(maybe its because of this delta-sigma-conversion and the „required preliminaries“)..
by that i think meanwhile the spdif-„conversion“ on the ES9038Q2M could be a problem; its not soo high-class/hi-fi as expected..(spdif-receiver-side)
in my praised DIY-audio-forum->http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/314935-es9038q2m-board-129.html, they are looking lately for some „SBC 4392“ asynchron frequency decoder boards for spdif/usb decoding with 144 db !! thd and ultra-low jitter too..

Link (60$-90$)
think absolutely the same here and because only of „hearing“ out the „distortion/jitter“ via the spdif-receive-unit/decoding on the ES9038Q2M..
(so to see u must use such a SRC4392 before your ES9038Q2M and then via I2S in it, bypassing the onboard-spdif..)..
so, by that i definitively want to try out some AD797 in future (have now some Muses8920 in it) and i also want to buy definitively a new, „Green“ ES9038Q2M V1.07 because i still think the „Blue“-ones (have one here) sound really not so hi-fi as they could/expected (we discussed it here a few weeks ago)..

by that i revive my „Project 2“ a little bit; means BT/Web-control for the different-filter+HW-Volume settings on an ES9038Q2M (u can meanwhile buy it as „set/package“ with display and rotary encoder/apple-remote but nevertheless)
this time i used some „Geekcreit ESP32S Devkit-V1„-board (links/first thoughts about also at the forum-> link-FORUM ) (first post)

(ESP32S connected to a PCF8754 via some 5-3.3V logic-level-converter, controlling a 4-port relay and then to the 4 jumper on the ES9038Q2M..HW-volume via some MCP4131 will come hopefully later..)

but as said earlier, i hear almost no differences between the filter settings on these ES9038Q2M, but when, i would prefer JP3+JP6=“linear phase fast roll-off

(as said, here now listening to it with this filter-setting on a pi with Moode 4.1; and so „dry„; absolutely low latencies, perfect (but as said, Volumio/DietPi sound a little bit better (IMO))
many greets for now 😉

 

Alsamixer-/control I-Sabre-K2M (-Q2M)=“Game-changer“ + Audiophonics ES9038Q2M Kali-Edition..

so, !! 😉
don´t understand/got it at first, but as „Terry“ sent us a link to the new Audiophonics-ES9038Q2M KALI-edition->
https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/diy-dac/audiophonics-dac-i-sabre-es9038q2m-kali-edition-raspberry-pi-i2s-spdif-pcm-dsd-p-12811.html, (Link-forum here)
i´ve looked through the description (after a few times visiting) and saw
„DietPi-compatible“ and this picture:

then i looked through some other audiophonics-documentation and there it says:(Link-Audiophonics-topic->LINK)
„..Audiophonics I-Sabre K2M DAC Board ALSA Driver !!“->“.. SatoruKawase/I-Sabre-K2M“ !!
and this is exactly the same repository „SatoruKawase/I-Sabre-K2M“which „Kennyliveforever“ mentioned and from, i guess, DietPi download the binaries for the changed „I-Sabre-K2M“.dts-overlay !
so, thats really a „game-changer“ !!
it´s so possible now to change the ESS-HW-control+FIR-selektion+Sources „on the fly“, means via an „alsamixer-terminal“ !!

millions of new possibilities“ 😉 (display and usability-wise)
(just tried here right now to change the filter-settings via an alsamixer-terminal->no success..same with input-selection+HW-volume-control..guess its audiophonics/mcu-specific; but nevertheless a great improvement !!)
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I´ve just seen at audiophonics too that it is possible to upload some driver (in this case audiophonics-ES9028Q2M) via the plugin-upload option in Volumio !! (maybe we´ll get there some new/updated „generic“ ES9038Q2M-driver too !!)(LINK)

thats all wonderful, greets for now !! 😉

Again: The „..there are no differences between Op-Amps“- fable !! (OPA2134-NE5532-Muses8920)

so, 😉
again: i´ve changed the NE5532 on the ES9018K2m today to an „OPA2134“ and i hear absolutely great differences..
The OPA2134 is very „airy“,“lively“ (in comparison to the NE5532) see this post:->http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/2018/04/op-amps-ne5532-vs-opa2134-vs-muses-8920-02-essabre-link-dietpi-6-5/
and has (brings back) a certain „glance“ in the high-middles/highs..and this is all too because its very less „distorted“ than a NE5532 par example..
okay, it misses a little bit the „push“ from a NE5532->all said and written in the above mentioned post and some other..
(update: for me also too „thin“; but for this we have our lovely „Muses8920“ 😉 )
but the main fact is that there are absolutely great differences; okay i have here a Cambridge Audio Azur 540A amplifier and some phenomenal Mission-Cyrus-speaker; so more „monitor/neutral/british“-sound..
but i dont get it, why some people say (like in my „praised“ diyaudio.com-forum too) they hear almost no differences and „..there is to be cleared if its to hear at all“
???
are they (some) completely stupid there or what ? 😉
and such crap i´ve read also as i started to read/buy/change the Op-Amps on our lovely essabre-boards too and this „comments“ almost hindered me to start it at all..
so, to come back to start:
upshot: there are great differences by the different OP-Amps and u can hear it loud and clear !! 😉

„Allo Katana“ on the way->.dts accepted for rpi-mainline-kernel; Diyaudio.com forum

so, 😉
the long promised „Allo Katana„, a „monster triple-dac“ hat->controller+psu/dac/output and with 6 Op-Amps from Allo is appearantly in the last stage..
(picture is from here-> http://www.forum-hifi.fr/thread-7848.html and relatively „fresh“ and/but i don´t know if this is exactly the promised Katana-DAC/HAT, but looks so..(95%))

by that if u really want some fresh/new audio-(dac-hat) info 😉 go to the phenomenal board diyaudio.com/forums..
absolutely superb there; there are sooo much super interesting threads->for example this http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/vendor-s-bazaar/310338-dac-allo-ess9028q2m-rpi-35.html or http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-line-level/317577-allo-boss-dac-1-2-performance-4.html and so on and on..(some Link is also in the sidebar on the right->links)
this site is absolutely „low-mo“ 😉 in regarding/comparison to the super interesting infos there..

by that, as said, the „allo-katana“-.dts was accepted by the rpi-mainline-kernel maintainer->(link maybe later) and i first thought:“yeah, then we finally have our es9038q2m.kos for the chip“, but they said, this .dts adresses the special mcu by Allo which adresses then the ess9038q2m-chip..

anyway, here is (imho) a super interesting excerpt of the code for the .dts file: (sound/soc/codecs/sabre-ess.c and sound/soc/codecs/sabre-ess.h) from here:->https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/pull/2519/commits/e67122b366f539713cf6ef91c63ab00cb269113d
it shows the different register of the es9038q2m (or in this case the allo-mcu but the basics are the same i think) + the adressing->

some user over there is also a few steps before reading out the mcus on our chinese-9038q2m-boards (i tried something similar a few months ago in trying to read out the mcu on a ES9028Q2M via the onboard SWIM-interface and with a ST-Link V2 but with no success)..
so, as said, very interesting, but go and visit these phenomenal diyaudio.com forums !! 😉

Wonderful pics -> DIY-project by Terry (ES9038Q2M+Kali reclocker) + LME49720 impressions + ESP32S

first, 😉
here is some beautiful pic by „Terry“ again on his DIY-audio project (an ES9038Q2M+Kali reclocker i guess); wonderfulst !!
also the attached TFTLCD-solution->the layout of the screen and so on..
a treasure chest on ideas for other user in building their own DACs !! fabulous !! so many thx again !! (we´ll maybe get more pictures in future !)

second,
the LME49720 just arrived; i tested it here on an ES9028Q2M (DietPi-ympd, I-Sabre-k2M overlay):
for me too „thin„; it had a lot of air and liveliness/agility but absolutely, as said: „thin“..
after i put my Muses8920 back in i´ve got the feel: thats really hi-fi (with the Muses.)
but meanwhile thats all „whining“ on a high level and it really depends on your personal taste (on this high level->one wants to have more „push“, prefered more „rock“, the other one prefered more „classical“ music/tune and so on..)..
but nevertheless i would prefer the Muses8920 in comparison to the LME49720 by 15-20% 😉
(had not the possibility here right now to check it against the OPA2134/NE5532)..

third,
the Geekcreit ESP32S arrived here yesterday (Link) (5,50€); 2 cores, wlan b/g/n, bluetooth on board, 4 !! spi-s and so on..think about how to use it for the DAC-control (spi-display,source-selection,filter-settings, HW-volume etc.)..

greets for now 😉

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