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NanoSound DAC 2 - World's first Raspberry Pi DAC with Colour OLED display, 2 x precise crystal, much improved sound quality and much more.
NanoSound DAC 2 - World's first Raspberry Pi DAC with Colour OLED display, 2 x precise crystal, much improved sound quality and much more.
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NanoSound DAC2 - 2nd Gen All-in-one Raspberry Pi Audio DAC

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 * Note that there is a typo in the reward "NanoSound DAC2 Standard (Basic)". It should read  "NanoSound DAC2 Standard (Early)". Sorry about the confusion!

The original NanoSound DAC is one of the most successful Pi Audio Products launched via Kickstarter, with 274  very satisfied backers and delivered on time.

It was rated a full  5 out of 5 rated by Official Pi Magazine! 

NanoSound DAC is a Raspberry Pi Add-on Board with HIFI DAC, LDO Voltage Regulator, OLED Display, Power Switch, Control Buttons and Infrared Remote.

After the initial successful launch of NanoSound DAC, we have launched a series of Raspberry Pi audio products including:

Now it's time to launch our latest NanoSound DAC2.

Our latest generation Raspberry Pi DAC

NanoSound DAC2 has kept all the benefits of NanoSound DAC and made improvements in all areas.

NanoSound DAC2 - Sound Quality Improvements

  • 2 x ultra accurate active master clock for lower gitter and better DSD performance
  • Improved and wider sound signal paths 
  • Critical electronics component uses top audio grade capacitors by ELNA, WIMA, EVOX instead of much smaller and cheaper surface mount counterparts 

NanoSound DAC2 - Convenience Improvements

  •  Digital knob style volume control for maximum accuracy
  •  Reusable accessories such as NanoSound Amp^2
  • Choice of 1.5" OLED Colour Display to display album artwork
  • Dual power input is now autoswitching instead of using a manual toggle switch

Full Specifications

  • Texas Instruments PCM5122 - 192kHz Sampling Rate / 24bit Resolution Burr-Brown DAC for best sound quality
  • 2 x ultra accurate active master clock for lower gitter and better DSD performance
  • Improved and wider sound signal paths
  • Texas Instruments TPS7A4700 Ultra Low Noise Voltage Regulator 
  • Switchable Power Option with auto-switching. Power from a single microUSB port or independently
  • Infrared Receiver and Remote Control
  • Raspberry Pi Power switch - Turn on and gracefully shut down Raspberry Pi System
  • 4 GPIO buttons and 1 Digital Rotary Knob for Media Control
  • Hi-Fi Audio Grade electronics components. Capacitors from EVOX RIFA, WIMA and ELNA
  • Full open source and available from github allows anyone to take control of the software
  • Choice of different displays with multi-language support.  Basic: No Display.  Standard: 1.3" OLED display.  Pro: 1.5" OLED Colour Display .

NanoSound DAC 2 Models

 The new DAC2 Standard has the same display as prev gen DAC Pro, but is better in every other department!

Accessories - Case

3D printed cases has been developed and will be available during delivery.

NanoSound DAC 2 Standard with case
NanoSound DAC 2 Standard with case
NanoSound DAC 2 Pro with case
NanoSound DAC 2 Pro with case

Accessories - Headphone and Speaker Amp

NanoSound AMP^2 - A Very Efficient Headphone + Speaker Amp Add on for your NanoSound DAC is also fully compatible with DAC2.

Directly drive speakers with NanoSound Amp^2 add-on installed
Directly drive speakers with NanoSound Amp^2 add-on installed

Accessories - NanoSound CD

NanoSound CD is an Upsampling CD Player, Lossless Audio Extractor volumio plug-in on Raspberry pi or Tinkerboard. It  supports CD upsampling playback and bit perfect audio extraction.

It was successfully funded and delivered via Kickstarter in Feb 2019.

NanoSound CD is the perfect companion with NanoSound DAC and DAC 2,

NanoSound DAC 2 with NanoSound CD, connected to an external amplifier
NanoSound DAC 2 with NanoSound CD, connected to an external amplifier
NanoSound CD has a rich set of configurable features
NanoSound CD has a rich set of configurable features

Features:

  • Works with any Audio DAC or internal sound device supported by volumio 
  • Works and tested with Raspberry Pi and Asus Tinker board (Other platforms upon request)
  • CD Playback with up to 4x upsampling (44.1 to 176.4khz) 
  • Choice of 4x, 2x and no upsampling for improved audio quality
  • Lossless WAV or FLAC audio extraction with AccurateRip support to ensure extracted files are bit perfect! 
  • Auto download and tagging of album info
  • Multi-language support (English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
  • Save to Internal, or NAS or USB drive 
  • Fully integrated with Volumio 

What does active master clock and lower gitter means? 

2 dedicated oscillators provides accurate timing for 44.1 and 48khz respectively, resulting in less gitter and better sound quality.   It also let the Pi to do less work by not requiring it to generate signal, hence less heat and better playback performance for CPU intensive playback like DSD.

What does wider audio signal paths means?

Audio signals on the DAC PCB have doubled in thickness and hence less resistance , less loss.

Risks and challenges

Our history says it all, all our previous projects which were funded were all delivered on time.

As you can see from the video and product demos, we already have a product sample in fully working and completed state. Our engineering and development are very confident in delivering the product on time with satisfaction.

Possible Risks of delay:
- Unexpected manufacturing problems during initial production. We will ensure that they are found as early as possible to minimize delays

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    Pledge HK$ 320 or more About $41

    NanoSound DAC2 Basic (Early)

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    NanoSound DAC2 Basic

    NanoSound DAC2 Basic board for Raspberry Pi

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    NanoSound DAC2 Standard (Basic)

    NanoSound DAC2 Standard has a 1.3" OLED Display

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    Pledge HK$ 530 or more About $68

    NanoSound DAC2 Standard

    NanoSound DAC2 Standard has a 1.3" OLED Display. It has the same display as previous gen DAC Pro but is better is every other department. It's the perfect upgrade.

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    Pledge HK$ 690 or more About $88

    NanoSound DAC2 Pro (Early)

    NanoSound DAC2 Standard has a 1.5" OLED Colour Display, It also include full version of NanoSound CD (worth USD$31.99), our upsampling CD playback and extraction plug-in. USB CD/DVD is needed for NanoSound CD

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC2 Pro
    • NanoSound CD Plug-in
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    Pledge HK$ 770 or more About $99

    NanoSound DAC2 Pro

    NanoSound DAC2 Standard has a 1.5" OLED Colour Display, It also include full version of NanoSound CD (worth USD$31.99), our upsampling CD playback and extraction plug-in. USB CD/DVD is needed for NanoSound CD

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC2 Pro
    • NanoSound CD Plug-in
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    Pledge HK$ 1,350 or more About $173

    NanoSound DAC2 Pro x 2 (Early)

    NanoSound DAC2 Pro has a 1.5" OLED Colour Display, It also include 2 x full version of NanoSound CD (worth USD$63.98), our upsampling CD playback and extraction plug-in. USB CD/DVD is needed for NanoSound CD

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    • NanoSound DAC2 Pro
    • NanoSound CD Plug-in
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    Pledge HK$ 1,550 or more About $198

    NanoSound Player 2 Standard (Early)

    Ready to run network audio player with NanoSound DAC2 standard installed. Case will be available as optional add-on during delivery.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC2 Standard
    • Raspberry Pi 3 B+
    • Sandisk 64gb microsd card
    • NanoSound Amp^2 - Speaker and Headphone Amp
    • Power Supply (US/Euro/UK/Aus)
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    Pledge HK$ 1,700 or more About $218

    NanoSound Player 2 Standard

    Ready to run network audio player with NanoSound DAC2 standard installed.Case will be available as optional add-on during delivery.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC2 Standard
    • Raspberry Pi 3 B+
    • Sandisk 64gb microsd card
    • NanoSound Amp^2 - Speaker and Headphone Amp
    • Power Supply (US/Euro/UK/Aus)
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    Pledge HK$ 1,750 or more About $224

    NanoSound Player 2 Pro (Early)

    Ready to run network audio player with NanoSound DAC2 Pro installed. You will also get a full version of the NanoSound CD Plug-in (worth USD$31.99) which support CD upsampling playback and extraction,

    Add your own CD drive to become an upsampling CD and Extractor. Case will be available as optional add-on during delivery.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC2 Pro
    • Raspberry Pi 3 B+
    • Sandisk 64gb microsd card
    • NanoSound Amp^2 - Speaker and Headphone Amp
    • Power Supply (US/Euro/UK/Aus)
    • NanoSound CD Plug-in
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    Pledge HK$ 1,950 or more About $250

    NanoSound Player 2 Pro

    Ready to run network audio player with NanoSound DAC2 Pro installed. You will also get a full version of the NanoSound CD Plug-in (worth USD$31.99) which support CD upsampling playback and extraction. Just add your own CD drive to become an upsampling CD and Extractor. Case will be available as optional add-on during delivery.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC2 Pro
    • Raspberry Pi 3 B+
    • Sandisk 64gb microsd card
    • NanoSound Amp^2 - Speaker and Headphone Amp
    • Power Supply (US/Euro/UK/Aus)
    • NanoSound CD Plug-in
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Funding period

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