so, has wonderful pricey DIY-things, like cheap DC-DC Converter Module 3.3-13V to +/-15V by example but also a lot of DIY-Hifi-equipment..found it originally by their ES9028Q2M Audiophonics-made „Audiophonics I-Sabre ES9028Q2M TXCO„-HAT..
can be also expensive, u have to look exactly, but as said also relatively pricey things and they resident in the EU->means shorter shipping-times (for me)..
interesting site..😉

HDMI I2S LVDS to I2S Input Module HDMI I2S LVDS to I2S Output->24,90€->

Singxer Q1 – USB Digital Interface Board – XU208 Chip (FSx-schematics)

found by chance this XMOS USB-interface board; is well known->
54€ at Ebay..->LINK

(the following picture is not from a Singxer Q-1; just to illustrate (its from another XMOS-XU208)

so far so good, looks like normal XMOS-USB-bridges..
but interesting are the schematics to it and finally some (perhaps) information about the FS0, FS1, FS2, Mute and DSD_ON-pins..(they are nearly on every XMOS-USB-board)..
they say:
„Signal definition:
I2S socket Output Signal Description:
1 , the MUTE is high mute; DSD_ON is high DSD data stream;
2 , all the electricity an average of LVCMOS, voltage of 3.3V ;
3 , 3.3+ output power, low output current 50mA;
4 , the MCLK output 22.5792Mhz or 24.576Mhz clock;
5 , FS0, FS1, FS2 sampling rate indicator level, FS3 not;

(or, from another source: 5) FS0, FS1, FS2 is sampling rate indicator level, FS3 has no use !!)
and with this schematics:

so, the question is, are they frequency-„switches“ or, what they´ve written, „sampling rate indicator(s)“..

(but beware,they also say:“Please note, schematics and firmware (XMOS) are our own development, not the public version“)

don´t know at present, but if they are „sampling rate indicators“ you can connect some LEDs (or similar) to them and then you have your desired „sample rate indicator“ and can display it via a tftlcd or something..(but still unclear about it here; will post here any other info)

2.6″ TFT-lcd (320*240) SPI Arduino Mega 2560 *mcufriend*

lucky me, i got today my 2.6″ (320*240) SPI-TFTLCD-display directly from china, of about 3,40€ !! 😉 (inclusive shipping), unbelievable, from Aliexpress..

all in regard of my planned DIY-DAC (see some posts before and therefore the website is all about 😉 ), cause this TFT-LCD should show the input-source (USB,Coax,Opt.), sampling frequency, filter settings (FIRs), Volume (db) and so on..
okay, there was no information on the sellers-site about the chipset in it (and i need the info for the different Arduino+Raspberry GFX-libraries) i had to google a lot and will now show the „results“:
First, in this special TFT is an „ILI9341„; read out on a RPI3B with „fbtft_device“->

second, problem now was, because there were absolute no documentation about the pin-layout on the backside, how to wire it for SPI ?
so, a lot of googling again and here are the results Part II.:

so, my final wiring is now:
3,3V (5V is not working) Pin5 from the 6pin header at the bottom->to RPI Pin1 (Power)
GND Pin2 from the 6pin header->RPI Pin9
MOSI to MOSI !! means „SD_in“ on the first picture -> RPI pin19
MISO to MISO means „SD_Out“ ->RPI pin21
CS to „SD_CS“ ->RPI pin24 !! (CE0) ((not pin26)->CE1)
and SCLK to „SD_SCK“ ->RPI pin23..
(unfortunately i have only a light screen here now, but i guess it has something to do with the software; i will make here an update if necessary)..
(just as info for other user with similar problems)..
good tuturial: SPI on a raspberry pi->

AK4113 + CS8416 Digital-Receiver SPDIF to I2S converter+ software control + 1602 LCD wiring-diagram

after i looked about some cheap SPDIF (Coax+opt) to I2S converter, i came across these 2 birds:
AK4113: (10$ at Ebay & Aliexpress)and CS8416: (12$ at Ebay & Aliexpress)
they are both capable of max 192khz input and u can select the input-port via the „BUT“-port switch..
The LCD-display should show the Input-Line and the sample-frequency..
and because there were no wiring diagram on the sellers-site i searched a bit/lot and found some wiring-diagrams for these 2 on
(just in case there were also google-user who are interested in such a diagram)

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->

New ES9038Q2M´s out (Part II.) + first reviews..

here are first reviews on the ES9038Q2M-chinese-Boards:-> (many thanks to „Drone7“ there.. 😉 )

->“First impressions… I am quite surprised… My Diyinhk 9018k2m with 3x custom power supplies is bested by this 9038q2m using a single 15+-0-15- supply. (plenty of opportunity here for upgrading )
It does not have the ‚clinical‘ presentation I associate with ESS chips… and seems warmer and fuller yet without sacrificing detail.
Resolution and soundstage is noticeably better than the 9018k2m .
I have wired a 50k audio taper pot and can adjust volume. Not a big range but enough to use as a ‚digital controller‘ direct to a power amp.
Using a rotary switch to change inputs. No switching noises ! Very smooth operation.
Will try switching filters next but can’t see the need really. Who changes filter on a track by track basis? .
I would rather listen to one for a week then try another and eventually settle on a preferred filter then leave it jumpered.
Inputs tested …Usb to i2s, optical, and coax all work.
Downsides ?
… so far no direct i2s driver to be found..:-(
I am using a usb to i2s (raspberry pi player) interface and this works ok mostly… lock not achieved unless the dac is switched on while the Pi boots. If it is on first the Pi does not recognise it.
If anyone finds a dtoverlay for this I would be most interested…“
Maybe on the drivers AUDIOPHONICS I-Sabre DAC ES9028Q2M Raspberry Pi ?
Tried that . Does not work..
I recall reading that the 9038Q2m is equivalent to two 9018k2m so drivers may be very different..
you are not getting noise or glitches between tracks or on changing sample rate tracks – even on high res?
Nope, no noises,clicks,pops or otherwise. Plays smoothly when moving from 24/96 to DSD to 16/44..
Using usb to i2s.(XMOS USB U8->

3pole 4position switch.
Position 1 connects as if jumper J2=optical spdif in,
position 2 as if jumper J3=coax spdif in,
position 3 as if jumpered both J2 & J3=i2s in,
position4 no connection so acts as mute.

It matters not which pin the black wire connects to on that side on the board header as they are all shorted to each other.

New Board:

(Board power supply: AC 15-18VX2 (3 lines) + AC 7-12V (2 lines))

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