Volumio v2.444 out / „Allo Katana“-support -> works on „chinese“-ES9038Q2M too !! / massive.. ;-)

so, 😉
a new Volumio is out->V2.444 ; its here->https://volumio.org/get-started/..
changelog says: „..Pi kernel bump to 4.14.56, Allo Katana support etc.“..
tested it here rightaway with the ES9038Q2M (2*AD797)->“massive“ 😉

but back to the Katana-overlay: at first „hear-out“ i´ve got the feel its more „massive“, more „accentuated“ (especially with the 2*AD797)..
don´t know at present if its the Katana-option, or the optimized Volumio-„footprint/improvements“ (see changelog)..
unfortunately i´ve got only 192khz/24bit with „audio resampling on“ (set it up for 384khz but got only 192/24)->

by that, there´s also a new „Volumio ESS9028QM„-option; works too (with the „Blue“ ES9038Q2M) (but didnt test if it reaches 384khz)..
but anyway there´s absolutely an improvement „sound-wise“ again !! „sounds“ again more „right“; really heavy, absolutely to recommend !! (RPI 3B-ES9038Q2M-2*AD797)

by that i´ve experimented a little bit more with „node-red“ and now with „MQTT-broker,-subscribe+publish“ and so on; really freaky, u can seamlessly connect an android app (->picture) with a pi zero as mqtt-broker and then via bluetooth (or websockets) to an arduino or esp32s..as said absolutely „whacky“ 😉

(„IoT MQTT Panel“->google/android-playstore->

(this is as said, all for (in favor) of our lovely „DIY-DAC„-project , display and usability-wise)..
(will post maybe then more..)
but as said, really a sound improvement with the new Volumio (+“Katana“-option)..
greets for now 😉

ES9038Q2M: „Project 2“->building a BT-controlled HW-Volume-control (digital pot 10kOhm) MCP4131

so, 😉
because its a little bit silent around here lately, we still don´t know if the „Blue“ ES9038Q2M has a „shitty“ pcb and the „green“-ones sounds better, i have still buffer/“lock“-problems in windows using the V4.36 Singxer-driver on the Skysong-XMOS-USB in sample rates above 16/44 i wanted to use the onboard-HW-volume control, to which u can connect a normal 10kOhm-potentiometer (see pictures) easy..


i tested it here, and it works far not so good as expected and i guess u have a very small range of about 20% or so (in my feel) too..
i thought i could easy use the Arduino with analogwrite () and connect one pin to the middle of the onboard-3 pin but what i´ve read so far is that the Arduino can only send out PWM-signals so u need an external digital potentiometer (thats what i´ve read so far, don´t know if its true) and control it via the (in this case) SPI-bus/protocol..
for this u can buy a cheap MCP, in this case a MCP4131 of around 0,89€ and a Dip-8 socket (0,51€) etc.,etc..(more to come..)

(very good tutorial for this right now:

i will post here any „improvements“ (and (maybe) a full tut) asap..!! 😉

„Project 1“->Cambridge Audio Azur 540A IR/BT-Remote DIY – *Works* !! ;-)

so, 😉
after i´ve got my „Arduino Mega 2560 R3“->on sale 11,99€ Amazon->LINK a few days ago, i just wanted to revive my „Project 1“ Cambridge Audio Azur A540 Remote via a „Bluepill“ (STM32F103C8T6) or an Arduino; original post here-> http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/2017/12/programming-subkurs-i-ir-receiver-raspberry-pi-project-1-cambridge-audio-azur-540a-remote/..

I´ve ordered an Arduino because this Bluepill/STM32-programming via the Arduino IDE is still very complicated at present imo, because there were nowhere really clear,simple instructions and libraries (pin assignments and so on)..(more maybe later)..
so i´ve decided to „fall back“ on this original Arduino-thing, hoped it would be easier at first for me..
long story short: (I´ve made a really long TuT over at the forum->http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=18)
because i didnt know how to send and receive IR-signals (simultaneously) and which pins i then i have to/use edit in the boarddefs.h (Arduino IRremote-library) i switched over to my HC-06 Bluetooth-Modul….
etc..etc 😉
Full story (as said) here->http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=18

and now it works here absolute fantastic !!! 😉

DIY-DAC: Display Audio-params->already there->HiFiDuino-TFT../too complicated at present..

so, 😉
after listening for days through this super phenomenal Skysong-XMOS-USB-ES9018K2M-Combo (a really hifi-upgrade by 10-15%) i came back to my STM32F103-„Bluepill“/Arduino project to build your own DAC/display audio-parameter (Input,sample-frequency and so on)..
and i knew there was already such a project and it was !!!!
its the HiFi-Duino-TFT-Project on http://www.dimdim.gr/arduino/tft-hifiduino-code/ !!! (based on the famous/original HiFi-Duino-project/code; is well known)
and here->Universal USB to I2S Interface Indicator->http://www.dimdim.gr/arduino/universal-usb-to-i2s-interface-indicator/

after reading the documentation about it, our „F0,F1,F2,F3,DSD-on etc“-schematics became a really new sense->they were already used by this above mentioned code for example and also in conjunction with the Anamero-Combo-boards..look here->

the code looks like this->
// —————————- Amanero ——————————————————————————
#ifdef Amanero
* I1 = F0
* I2 = F1
* I3 = F2
* I4 = F3
* I5 = DSD_ON
* I6 = DSD 64 or 128
// Check for PCM or DSD
if (digitalRead(I5) == false) // PCM detected
type = 0;
if (digitalRead(I1) == false && digitalRead(I2) == false && digitalRead(I3) == false && digitalRead(I4) == false)
SR = 32;
else if (digitalRead(I1) == true && digitalRead(I2) == false && digitalRead(I3) == true && digitalRead(I4) == false)
SR = 176.4;
else if (digitalRead(I1) == true && digitalRead(I2) == true && digitalRead(I3) == true && digitalRead(I4) == false)
SR = 352.8;
else if (digitalRead(I1) == false && digitalRead(I2) == false && digitalRead(I3) == false && digitalRead(I4) == true)
SR = 384;

and so on !! burner 😉  ..
you can get the sketch here->Link or via the forum (http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/forum/); i will upload it there later too..
so to see, the absolute breakthrough i would say 😉
but this are only „teaser“; for me its absolute to complicated right now/at present and i don´t know if i continue to „walk on this way“/have the time for it in the near future but for introduction..
greets for now 😉

Programming-Subkurs I: IR-Receiver -> Raspberry Pi / + „Project 1“: Cambridge Audio Azur 540A Remote

because this site is all about „Building your own DIY-DAC“ 😉 (and audio in general) i just new invented a new category: Programming (Rpi+STM32) + „Projects“-> in this case „Project 1 – building your own Cambridge Audio Azur 540A Remote“ 😉
okay, got a wonderful IR-Receiver+Remote-Set (HX1838) from Aliexpress today->0,78€ !! (inkl.shipping)->Link

and have here at home an „Cambridge Audio Azur 540A“ – Amplifier..

(really good sound (more maybe later), got almost everyday better 😉 )
but with a really horrible, horrible IR-Remote->i have to point to from 1cm away 😉 ), so i thought i build an own ir-modul (receiver and transmitter) with this DIY-things and a STM32F103C8T6 „Bluepill“..
long story short: tried to setup LIRC on a RPI according to this TUT->https://tutorials-raspberrypi.de/raspberry-pi-ir-remote-control/
bu there was no output in the console..googled a lot and the solution is->“LIRC not working on Raspbian Stretch Raspberry Pi“->
„## 0.9.4 disruptive update
The configuration is so much changed that updating from 0.9.0 requires
manual intervention. This could be done using the update scripts or as
a completely manual process. Many users will always need some manual steps“
from here->https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=192891
another thing is, its not a .sh file (as wrongly described) , but a python one, so->“sudo python3 lirc-old2new„..
(now it works..)
(more to come..)