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Android Box with USB DAC Support

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reachkalyan.kr

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Hi,
May be it is outdated discussion but i am not able to find out in HFV.


"Anybody own Android Box with USB DAC support .
Which model android Box and DAC ?
How about the performance ?
I know hdmi can be used for Audio .But Iam looking for one which can support USB DAC 100% .
Basically looking for playing FLAC and WAV content from NAS"
 
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Hi,
May be it is outdated discussion but i am not able to find out in HFV.

"Anybody own Android Box with USB DAC support .
Which model android Box and DAC ?
How about the performance ?
I know hdmi can be used for Audio .But Iam looking for one which can support USB DAC 100% .
Basically looking for playing FLAC and WAV content from NAS"
Hope you want to attach an USB-DAC to Android TV box.. If so, most of the ATB have support for USB-OTG..You can connect the USB-DAC to it and take the connection..
 

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Hope you want to attach an USB-DAC to Android TV box.. If so, most of the ATB have support for USB-OTG..You can connect the USB-DAC to it and take the connection..
Thanks. I do remember there is an option to switch usb audio in settings.But I read lot of information saying that DAC is not responding/Failed during this process.So I don't want to take risk in that case. Hence the query with model name which successfully running in our hfv forum success cases.Moreover Iam looking for max possibilities of Good quality Audio
 

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Why you want to go with the noisy usb interface?
Take android TV box with Coax/Spdif out and connect with your DAC, for flac and Wav that should be more than Enough..
Avoid USB ports for audio if possible.
(correct me if I am missing something)
 

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Thanks. I do remember there is an option to switch usb audio in settings.But I read lot of information saying that DAC is not responding/Failed during this process.So I don't want to take risk in that case. Hence the query with model name which successfully running in our hfv forum success cases.Moreover Iam looking for max possibilities of Good quality Audio
Ok..I had tried the USB-OTG function on ATB, but that was only for brief time..

If USB audio quality is a concern, then as @drkrack suggested, use co-axial or optical out..

My brother uses Xiaomi Mi box 3, it can do digital output via mini Toslink adaptor and I have used it that way without any issues..
 

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I use mi box connected to my dac by usb. Earlier i used to connect using optical out. But i found usb clearly better and less noisy. Even youtube is better by usb. I think it depends on dac a alot.
 

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Ok..I had tried the USB-OTG function on ATB, but that was only for brief time..

If USB audio quality is a concern, then as @drkrack suggested, use co-axial or optical out..

My brother uses Xiaomi Mi box 3, it can do digital output via mini Toslink adaptor and I have used it that way without any issues..
Earlier I used mibox s with DAC connected thru optical output(Plex) but it gave abnormal noise for few audio songs(FLAC /wav I don't remember) .I believe it is not capable of delivering the proper output thru optical ( for certain sampling freq).
 

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I use mi box connected to my dac by usb. Earlier i used to connect using optical out. But i found usb clearly better and less noisy. Even youtube is better by usb. I think it depends on dac a alot.
That's great news let me try that.Which model is that DAC and mi box (version).
 

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That's great news let me try that.Which model is that DAC and mi box (version).
I have mi box 3 and audiogd dac which uses amanero 384 usb interface. I guess any dac which has linux kernel support for its usb interface without any additional drivers should work fine.
 

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Why you want to go with the noisy usb interface?
Take android TV box with Coax/Spdif out and connect with your DAC, for flac and Wav that should be more than Enough..
Avoid USB ports for audio if possible.
(correct me if I am missing something)
Few Audio files giving abnormal noise high Pitch sharp buzzing noise.But Iam very much sure that is not the problem with the file or ATB.
I am assuming it is sampling frequency range issue something caused by app (Plex & bubble upnp) or hardware itself.
Let me try with other android boxes which is lying around.
 
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Earlier I used mibox s with DAC connected thru optical output(Plex) but it gave abnormal noise for few audio songs(FLAC /wav I don't remember) .I believe it is not capable of delivering the proper output thru optical ( for certain sampling freq).
Oh k.. I had connected it thru optical to on old AVR and used to play movies thru Kodi.. Didn't notice any issues.. I hadn't used plex..
 

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Few Audio files giving abnormal noise high Pitch sharp buzzing noise.But Iam very much sure that is not the problem with the file or ATB.
I am assuming it is sampling frequency range issue something caused by app (Plex & bubble upnp) or hardware itself.
Let me try with other android boxes which is lying around.
When i was using optical out i never noticed buzzing but sound was grainy. Never noticed until i connected using usb which was more smooth with little or no grain. I also use a chinese lps with mi box which even makes it more smoother than stock power supply.
 

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Few Audio files giving abnormal noise high Pitch sharp buzzing noise.But Iam very much sure that is not the problem with the file or ATB.
I am assuming it is sampling frequency range issue something caused by app (Plex & bubble upnp) or hardware itself.
Let me try with other android boxes which is lying around.
That sounds more like a file issue or decoding software issue ; or hardware not getting adequately powered etc.
I got lot of digital glare with USB interface, it was unbearably harsh with Ess Chipsets.
 

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I may be going OT, if so please forgive me and ignore me. But I wanted to ask can we use android box for upnp/dlna? (haven't used an android box ever) I have been using volumio on rpi3 with khadas Tone board. But now I have become fed up with it as there are too many frequent bugs with volumio. So looking for alternatives for streaming.
 

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IMO optical is limited to 96khz 24bit and coaxial is limited upto 192khz 24bit.

USB whereas can support 32bit and depending on the DAC upto 768 khz

I2S is considered more better.

Also optical and coaxial does not carry ground.


I suppose the SQ will depend a hell lot depending on the DAC and the type of flagship chips on it.....and the source recording
 
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