Little Status-update: ES9028Q2M->Volume Buttons (works !!) + LEDs (works not..)

a little Status-update concerning this article->

I´ve connected a 4-dip Button and i can confirm that it works !!…for the Vol+ and the Vol- square..thought the bottom (left on the picture) 4pin-square is for the FIRs (digital filter settings), but apparently not..

(PS.: and it sounds very good !! (absolute better than per software/-mixer !!))
(Edit: to be correct->its not really a HW-mixer/volume control; it only just increases the „internal“ volume „in“ the chip; but it has really, super interesting effects on the output; think its only a change by 40% (up and down) or so; but very interesting !!, u must try it by yourself)

so the only last 4pin square is the „input“-one..cause i have no other inputs and mainly dont know where to connect on this board, this question stays unanswered..
The LEDs on the other side (PCM and DSD) stay dark/nothing..tried a lot..
by that, maybe in future i can read out the MCU on this ES9028Q2M via the „SWIM“-interface, because the ST-LinkV2 which i actually bought could/should also be used for 8bit/this MCUs..

(Edit 11/12/2017): tried to read out the onboard MCU STM 8S103F3 via the „SWIM“-interface and with a ST-Link V2->didnt got it to work too; always a „St-Link-USB communication error“; so long for now..)


Moode V4Beta11 Install script..(+Audiophonics ES9028Q2M Driver Linux-Kernel 4.9.51)

because there are here so many searches concerning „Moode Audio“-image here´s a „install-script“ for an almost automated install->moode-automatic-install
its from the „official“ Moode-/supportforum->

and there´s also a new „driver“-package for the Audiophonics ES9028Q2M linux-kernel came across via the „Volumio“-forum because the hardware-volume wasnt working for the new Volumio-releases..(but this is absolute „Audiophonics ES9028Q2M-related because they implemented this „HW-Volume-control“)..->Q2M_kernel_4-9-51
but another thing is, if i look in the archive there are such „ and i-sabre-k2m.dtbo“ files which can be used for the Q2Ms too, and so somebody have to/could try to use them/modify to take the full advantages (and higher sampling-rates) out of these ES9028Q2M/ES9018K2M-chips..

any experiences/results->please leave a comment here..

SMSL M8A – ES9028Q2M DSD512/768khz capable..

according to their marketing, the M8A with one ES9028Q2M and a XMOS XU208 inside, is, as per their description, absolute DSD512/768khz-capable:
they say its primarily „solved“ by their custom-made/specialized XMOS XU208-firmware..
so if someone gets a hand on this firmware, rewrite it a little bit, everybody with a XMOS XU208-USB-bridge could eventually benefit from this and everyone with such a USB-Bridge could get DSD512/768khz..(with an ES9028Q2M).
but i guess we have to wait for that/its just only an idea 😉

Link ($249)->Newegg->

DAC:ES9028Q2M DAC chip
Input: USB/Optical/Coaxial
Output: RCA analog output
Dynamic range: 125dB
SNR: 117dB
THD + N: <0.0003%
USB: DSD: 2.8224/5.6448/11.2896/22.5792 MHz
USB: PCM: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/352.8/384/705.6/768 KHz

„M8A as upgrade version of M8Hardware upgrade:Using the 2nd gerneration of XMOS USB audio solution XCore200 Xu208.DAC chip using ES9028Q2M.Upgrade for sampling rate:upgrade from 384kHz DSD128 to 768kHz DSD512.Driver is exclusively customized and support native DSD,which is very advanced in audio range.
Newest-Driver (M8A)->SMSL-M8A-XMOS-V4.11.0-2017-06-12

DSD-LED (+Volume and FIR-Buttons) on these ES9028Q2M-Boards..(DIY)

because here is so much feedback/and website-views on this ES9028Q2M i thought i write  something about it again..
after thinking about programming this STM 8S103F3 MCU on the board (and see some Arduino IDE tuturials to become a LED blinking par example->—v32/experiment-1-blinking-an-led , super nice a MUST to watch !! 😉 ) and examining the layout i see that there are also these „Vol+“,“Vol-„, „Delay“ (means filter-settings (FIRs) i think) and the „DSD“ + „PCM“ holes for Diodes/LEDs..


so i think u need only an LED (i would say Blue for DSD and Red for PCM) and a 220 Ohm-Resistor->


to make this LEDs „shine“ 😉
also with such Buttons (here i had measurements about 1cm*0,7cm (100mm*70mm)) it must be possible to have a HW-Volume and Filter-Control..
but u have to solder it right 😉 ..

another possibility would also be to solder some 4 Male 2.54mm Pin Header on it, and connect it then to a STM32F103C8T6 by example to control it via this (and with a bluetooth-receiver-transmitter and bluetooth-app par example..)
still thinking about; greets for the moment 😉


ES9028Q2M+ Volumio 2.323 (17.11.2017) + Hints about 384khz in general

i normally „hate“ this Volumio->came back to it by chance..

so, very smooth and clean..not so many pops,clicks and noise..relaxed..->try it !! 😉 (i wondered myself->relatively good alternative to the other rpi-audioplayer at present)

I used „Generic I2S DAC“ and then came „Hifiberry-DAC“ automatically..
tried to upsample it to 384khz but was not possible „ALSA-error“->and so we are back to the main problem with 384khz and this ES9028Q2M-Board (tried to recall it here, before i forgot it again):
Over I2S and the RPI3B its normally only up to 192khz->for more (384khz) u need a kernel patch..
In picoreplayer u can use the „es9023“ overlay and the the „384khz“-option then (as said some articles before); but picoreplayer is not so comfortable..
same at present with MoodeV4B9 and „hifiberry-dac“->because it has not now the advanced and realtime-kernel as before also no 384khz: same at present with Dietpi..
DoP seems possible; and so we come to the next article->DSD-LED (+Volume and FIR-Buttons) on these ES9028Q2M->

UPDATE: MoodeAudio V4 Beta9 + ES9028Q2M (chinese-board) (DoP)

got here after a few updates Beta9 to work..
tried a lot, but with at present only „Generic 2 I2S-hifiberry-dac“ settings available and without the advanced or realtime-kernel i got only max 192khz over the bus..(with this ES9028Q2M)
so i fiddled a lit bit around with the DSD-settings, and it was only „DoP“-possible (see pictures) (not native DSD !! afaik – but have no problem with that here) with this board + actual settings but u have to set „Sox resampling=enabled“ and „DoP=yes“..curiously with sox resampling disabled-> no DoP !! (just for info)
DoP -> „yes“:

(DoP „no“->then no native DSD also->only PCM):

(rem.: it displays „DSD“ anyway->its related to the file (extension)) 

(Update: Moode V4 Beta9 as 2.6GB compressed to 920MB image here->Link (Google-Drive))

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