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About

After the success delivery of our first NanoSound product campaign, NanoSound DAC, we continue to build up our Audio Range for Raspberry Pi.    

Our mission is to provide the Best Audio and User Experience with NanoSound using the Raspberry Pi Platform 

What is NanoSound?  

NanoSound is an audio product line designed for Raspberry Pi. Partnering with Volumio, we built a true Hi-Fi Digital Music player which is feature rich, an audiophile sound system offering Bit-perfect playback and uncompromised Audio Quality.

NanoSound series include Analog and Digital interfaces boards, Amps and speaker which Audiophiles can build their own audio system. You can mix and match and choose the best components which suits you. Assembling is extremely easy as our nearly previous 300 backers of NanoSound DAC have tried. No soldering required!  

We also provide Ready-To-Run kits which works out of the box.

NanoSound showcase at The MakerHive, Hong Kong
NanoSound showcase at The MakerHive, Hong Kong

 

 

NanoSound Design Concepts

We combine our software & electrical engineering skill with an Audiophile passion:

  • Minimized signal paths for Best Audio Quality - Eliminate the needs for expensive cables
  • Maximized Efficiency & Small Foot print. For example, our DAC + Amp^2 combo can be powered by one single microUSB power cable - powering a Raspberry Pi computer, OLED display, Headphone Amp + a Speaker Amp!
  • Modularized Design - Upgradable & Mix-and-match the components depending on the situation. 
  • Easy to install - Ready to Run or One Click Plug-in installation
  • Open Source - Anyone can take control of the software
  • Upgradable Software - Nanomesher and Volumio will be continuing to install software.

Planned Software Improvements

As part of the campaign, we will be improving the Volumio Plug-in so that NanoSound devices will work like a standalone player, without relying on mobile or PC to control .

Planned features include:

  • Menu navigation with remote control and display
  • Play and Selecting songs to play from USB / NAS / Internal
  • Displaying status such as wifi and LAN connection
  • OTA update

Why Raspberry Pi?  

Raspberry Pi is a small and affordable computer. More than 14 Million Raspberry Pi were sold worldwide. The latest Raspberry Pi 3 comes with built-in Wi-Fi, Quad-Core CPU and has 1GB of RAM.  

It’s low in power consumption , fan-less (means far less noise) and support for I2S (protocol for carrying digital audio data) made it a perfect platform for uncompromised audio quality at an affordable price.

What is I2S? How does it compare to USB DACs?

Quote From Wifipedia: I²S (Inter-IC Sound), pronounced eye-squared-ess, is an electrical serial bus interface standard used for connecting digital audio devices together. It is used to communicate PCM audio data between integrated circuits in an electronic device. The I²S bus separates clock and serial data signals, resulting in a lower jitter than is typical of communications systems that recover the clock from the data stream.  

I2S is the protocol of choice for digital audio signal transmission. This allow for much shorter signal paths comparing to other signal paths such as using USB DAC.  

Shorter Path is always a good thing as it avoids signal lost and you spending money on expensive cables!

What are the benefits of NanoSound & Raspberry Pi Combination?

On top of Bit-perfect playback and uncompromised Audio Quality, there are many additional benefits

  • NanoSound & Volumio software are open sourced. The developers work actively and provide more features and fix issues.
  • NanoSound components works with 40-pin standard connector by Raspberry Pi.  

Both means your investments are protected for the future .

NanoSound benefits over bluetooth speakers

  • NanoSound does not rely on a phone to operate.  It works standalone as a digital audio player.  Your phone does not need to be within range like Bluetooth Speaker.  In fact, you can should it off and just enjoy music!
  • NanoSound does not compress the sound like bluetooth speakers.
  • NanoSound allows you to choose your own speakers, allowing for much better quality sound
  • NanoSound allows you to place your speaker freely, allowing for Stereo Separation
  • NanoSound is smart, upgradable and customizable designed by audiophiles 

NanoSound Series

 

NanoSound DAC

Successfully funded in Kickstarter, our most popular product is already in store. NanoSound DAC is a Raspberry Pi audio add-on board for audiophiles. With a 24bit / 112dB Hi-Fi Audio DAC (Digital Analog Converter) onboard, it dramatically improves the audio quality of your Raspberry Pi. It is compatible with HiFiBerry DAC+ driver.

The NanoSound DAC is available now in store

There are 2 versions of NanoSound DAC

  • NanoSound DAC Pro comes with OLED Display and Full Copper gold plated RCA connector
  • NanoSound DAC Basic does not comes with a OLED display (but it's upgradable). It comes with a gold-plated RCA Connector
DAC Prod (Left) & DAC Basic (Right)
DAC Prod (Left) & DAC Basic (Right)

NanoSound Digital

 NanoSound digital is all-in-one audio add-on for Raspberry Pi NanoSound Digital provides essential functionalities including high-quality S/PDIF audio output, Media Control Buttons, Display, Remote control and Pi Power Switch, all in one package which fits neatly on top of your Raspberry Pi. NanoSound Digital is the S/PDIF digital output version of NanoSound DAC. It is compatible with HiFiBerry Digi driver

  • NanoSound Digital Pro comes with OLED Display 
  • NanoSound Digital Basic does not comes with a OLED display (but it's upgradable)
Prototype of NanoSound Digital Pro (Top) and Basic (Bottom)
Prototype of NanoSound Digital Pro (Top) and Basic (Bottom)

 

Coaxial Digital (left) and Toslink Optical (right) output
Coaxial Digital (left) and Toslink Optical (right) output

NanoSound Amp^2  

 

The amp add-on board for NanoSound DAC, NanoSound Amp^2 (Pronounced as "Amp Square"), include both a headphone amplifier as well as a very efficient 5Watt speaker amplifier. It runs very cool due to its up to 90% efficiency allowing the whole unit (Raspberry Pi + NanoSound DAC + NanoSound Amp^2) to be powered by one single microUSB cable (or individually if you choose to). It's surprisingly loud and is enough to power a large room or a small lounge as demonstrated.

The NanoSound Amp^2 is available now in store

NanoSound Amp^2
NanoSound Amp^2

 

DAC Pro + Amp^2 with Case
DAC Pro + Amp^2 with Case

 

NanoSound Power Amp^2

Our aim for Power Amp^2 is to build the most powerful and best sounding Amp on Raspberry Pi foot print.   A power supply for Power Amp^2  is included if you choose this reward. Additionally, like the Amp^2, we have added an independent Headphone Amplifier for personal enjoyment.

Specification:

General

  • Input Power: 24V
  • Power on/off controlled by Pi
  • Mute controller by Pi

Speaker Amp

  • Output Power: 50W @8Ohm
  • High Efficiency: 92% @ 60W 8Ω 
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N): 0.007% THD+N @ 30W 8Ω
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio (SNR): 103db @8Ω 

Headphone Amp  

  • Input Voltage: 5V
  • Output Power: 24mW @20Ω, 22mw @32Ω 
  • Signal-To-Noise Ratio (SNR): 100db @20mW 
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD+N): 0.01% @25mW

NanoSound Speaker 3

 

NanoSound DAC System w/ Speaker 3
NanoSound DAC System w/ Speaker 3

With Dual driver and a 3 inch Woofer, we have specifically engineered the Speaker 3 to be as full range as possible for it's size.  With great clarify and full bass, it's a perfect companion for our Amp modules.

Specification of Speaker 3:

  • Power Rating: 25 Watt
  • Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 88dB +- 3dB 
  • Frequency Response: 80Hz - 20KHz

 NanoSound Speaker 5

For deeper and punchier low end , we introduce a larger 5" Woofer in Speaker 5, with a wider frequency response and a higher power handling.

Specification of Speaker 5:  

  • Power Rating: 40 Watt  
  • Impedance: 4 or 8 Ohm  
  • Sensitivity: 88dB +- 3dB  
  • Frequency Response: 45Hz - 20KHz

Due to weight and shipping requirements, Speaker 5 will be available on special order and not available as reward.

Rewards Summary

Rewards Summary for NanoSound Components
Rewards Summary for NanoSound Components

 

Rewards Summary for NanoSound Ready-To-Run Systems
Rewards Summary for NanoSound Ready-To-Run Systems

 

Risks and challenges

Our first NanoSound DAC project was delivered successfully with proven track record.

As you can see from the video and product demos, the prototype is pretty much 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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    NanoSound Volumio plug-in v2

    It will include a lots of extra handy features to allow you to run your NanoSound “standalone” without using web or Volumio app. It makes your NanoSound a lot more portable:

    - Menu items to play from NAS, USB, Internal Memory, Playlist
    - Toggle Repeat and Shuffle of current Queue
    - Over-The-Air update

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    NanoSound Digital Basic (Early)

    Adding bit-perfect audio experience to your Raspberry Pi while reusing your existing DAC which has Toslink or Coaxial Digital input. Digital Basic does not include OLED display but it's upgradable

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    NanoSound DAC Basic + Amp^2 (Early)

    Adding bit-perfect audio experience to your Raspberry Pi. Onboard small speaker amp & Headphone Amp in a small foot print. NanoSound DAC Basic does not include OLED display but it's upgradable.

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    NanoSound DAC Basic + Amp^2

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    NanoSound Digital + Case w/ Case (Early)

    Adding bit-perfect audio experience to your Raspberry Pi while reusing your existing DAC which has Toslink or Coaxial Digital input. Comes with 3D Printed Case.

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    • 3D Printed Case (choice of Black or White)
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    PowerAmp^2 (Early)

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    NanoSound DAC Pro + Amp^2

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    NanoSound DAC Pro+Amp^2 w/Case(Early)

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    NanoSound Digital System (Early)

    Ready to Run with Raspberry Pi 3 power supply and software preinstalled. Comes with Toslink optical & Coaxial output. Just plug into your DAC and enjoy.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound Digital Pro
    • 3D Printed Case (choice of Black or White)
    • Raspberry Pi 3 with original Power Supply
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    NanoSound Digital System

    Ready to Run with Raspberry Pi 3 power supply and software preinstalled. Comes with Toslink optical & Coaxial output. Just plug into your DAC and enjoy.

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    • 3D Printed Case (choice of Black or White)
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    NanoSound DAC System (Early)

    Assembled and Ready to Run with Pi, Headphone and 5 Watt Speaker Amp. Just add your own speaker & headphone and enjoy.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC Pro
    • NanoSound AMP^2
    • 3D Printed Case (choice of Black or White)
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    NanoSound DAC System

    Assembled and Ready to Run with Pi, Headphone and 5 Watt Speaker Amp. Just add your own speaker & headphone and enjoy.

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    • NanoSound DAC Pro
    • NanoSound AMP^2
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    NanoSound DAC System w/Speaker 3(Early)

    Assembled and Ready to Run with Headphone and 5 Watt Speaker Amp.

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    • NanoSound AMP^2
    • 3D Printed Case (choice of Black or White)
    • NanoSound Speaker 3
    • Raspberry Pi 3 with original Power Supply
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    NanoSound DAC System w/Speaker 3

    Assembled and Ready to Run with Headphone and 5 Watt Speaker Amp.

    Includes:
    • NanoSound DAC Pro
    • NanoSound AMP^2
    • 3D Printed Case (choice of Black or White)
    • Raspberry Pi 3 with original Power Supply
    • Sandisk 16GB Card - Preinstalled
    • NanoSound Speaker 3
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Funding period

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