I have also posted this question at the volumio forum and hope its okay to repost it here
to get some more replies for a better decision, well I just hope so.
I would like to build a students low budget 'hifi player' based on the
raspberry pi zero. There are a lot of different DACs with different
options available, but I couldn't really find any distortion/noise measurements for
Now I wonder myself, if it would be better to buy a ES9023 based solution with a
MCLK and a Ultra-low-noise LDO with 11.5µVRMS like the SabreBerry Zero:
Or if would be better to get a PCM5102A based solution (without a LDO and without
a MCLK?) like the Phat DAC:
As some people stated that a ES9023 DAC with a master clock seems to sound
worse (because of noisy mclk?) than a PCM5102A based DAC.
My listening equipment is a Objective2 headphone amp with Beyerdynamics DT880
Edition and Yamaha HS80M active speaker. Most of my music collection is usually at 16/44,1kHz.
The Raspberry Zero will also be equiped with a WIFI Adapter, OLED-Screen and a infrared sensor.
Maybe someone can give me an advice, as I am not really sure which of the stated DACs
(or maybe another DAC?) _most likely_ will be the 'better' solution.
I am aware of the fact, that listening experience is very subjective, though.
Will there be a hearable difference between those DACs, using my equipment, at all?