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pHAT DAC

If music be the food of love, play on. But make sure you use this super little DAC to get the best out of your Raspberry Pi audio! Read more...

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£12
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If music be the food of love, play on. But make sure you use this super little DAC to get the best out of your Raspberry Pi audio!

This pHAT provides a super affordable high-quality DAC for your Raspberry Pi. It pumps out 24-bits at 192KHz from the Raspberry Pi's I2S interface on its 2x20 pin GPIO header.

Use pHAT DAC to build a tiny, lush-sounding streaming music device, or use it with Scroll pHAT to make a beautiful spectrum analyser!

Features

  • 24-bit audio at 192KHz
  • Line out stereo jack
  • Optional landing for dual RCA phono connector
  • PCM5102A DAC over the Raspberry Pi's I2S interface
  • pHAT DAC pinout
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi 3B+, 3, 2, B+, A+, Zero, and Zero W
  • Female header requires soldering 

Software

pHAT DAC doesn't require a Python library like most of our other HATs and pHATs, but does require configuration to work properly. We've put together a slick one-line installer to get everything set up just right. See the tutorial below for more details.

Our software does not support Raspbian Wheezy.

Notes

The kit has a 3.5mm stereo jack pre-assembled but doesn't include a dual RCA phono connector. If you need one then grab it here.

Reviews

4.91 Average

35 Reviews

David Hunter

Ordered a 2nd unit because I managed to damage mine by shorting some of the pins out on the edge connector when it was powered up. Now the right channel is almost inaudible :-( Its a fantastic thing though, just treat it with more care than I did.

Philip Wheeler

Useful help from the customer service, suggested using HiFi berry settings. Managed to get this working for Kodi in OSMC using these instructions. https://www.hifiberry.com/build/guides/enabling-hifiberries-in-osmc/ It is hard to tell if the sound is an improvement over the standard set up with HDMI, I may just have bad hearing, although I am sure I can hear more fine details in the sound. Very happy with service.

Raggio

Fit perfectly with the raspberry pi zero W. It's the perfect tool for an audio streaming Pi! Just install Shairport-Sync + Adafruit SD read only script, plug it to your Hi-Fi and forget it: AirPlay Audio easy as with an Apple TV: Essential and incredibly functional. Just to say, it also has remove volume control!

Jeff

A few minutes of soldering headers and downloading software and *boom* my sweet old JVC PC-200 is rocking like it never did! The setup script didn't install shairport-sync (?) but after I added that, it popped up as an Airplay device and it works like a charm. FWIW I have this on a Pi Zero W.

Nicolas

I recently purchased this DAC and am fully satisfied. This material offers a good value for money and I was able to realize a project with a RPI zero W. I use Volumio and it is controlled with a smartphone. The product was well packaged and the shipping costs reasonable for France.

Bo Krogsgaard

I bought this DAC along with a Pi Zero W about three months ago, in the hope that i could generate tinnitus masking sounds in my bedroom while trying to fall asleep. It seemed like a plausible and affordable solution, and in case it failed, i could make a retro game device out of it. Turned out the sound quality was so good that i had to go invest in a soundbar for it. Especially realtime sound generators can make use of the DAC's capabilities, but even compressed sound files sound a lot better through this than your average laptop sound card. Pink noise, binaural beats, metronome / heartbeat, rainfall audio files, and my favourite collection of ambient music - the DAC passed all the tests. The only gripe i have is the lack of a mixer device. It cuts off half a star, but at this price, combined with the fact that i do not need to wear my tinnitus masking devices when i am at home, it's only fair to round the rating up instead of down. To close this off, i want to thank the people who posted asound.conf snippets - you folks most likely saved me a day or two, much appreciated! PS: The above is based on the RCA output option - i haven't tried the quality of the mini jack.

Steve Cook

Used this pHAT with my son at a 24-hour maker event to build a Raspberry Pi Zero W powered theremin. Next step is to build an app interface to choose between different synth sounds and backing drums. Getting the pHAT DAC working was probably the easiest part of the project! And the sound quality was great for our purposes.

John Christensen

I've paired this DAC with my pi zero w to stream music in our bedroom. For such a small device, this DAC packs a punch. The sound is clear, vibrant, and in some respects sounds even better than my dedicated stereo downstairs. I'm currently using Volumio as my streaming software and with a little tinkering, I was able to get everything up and running in about 20 minutes (including my soldering time). In order to get this to work I had to install Volumio on a SD card, place it in a raspberry pi 3 and enable my wifi settings. I then placed the SD card in my Pi zero, booted it up and then under the Volumio settings, I enabled the i2c device and selected the Phat Dac. I then plugged the whole contracption into the auxillary port to our radio (I'm sure you could do the same with just a powered speaker) and got instant solid music. Everything has continued to work flawlessly since. I've very impressed by this little DAC and would highly recommend it.

BillK

I bought this to go in a portable "mp3" player. I used the hammer headers to mount it to a Raspberry Pi Zero, a little solder and using the recommended script I was away. It could only be improved if it was solder-less, but this isn't an issue for most.

Dominic Durrant

Had been reading about DACs but they seemed to cost a lot of dosh and then came along pHAT DAC at ВЈ12 so I thought I would give it a go and WOWEEE was I amazed!!! Using a cable splitter I attached the pHAT DAC to my 2.1 speaker system (A Single Audio Pro Addon T10 and a pair of Audio Engine A2's) and then followed the very simple set up on the tutorial and once I had paired my iPhone to it I cued up some music and waited for the inevitable silence. But No! I got music and it was music like I have never heard before. Have to mention also that I used Hammer Headers too and this made it even simpler and also quicker to set up.

Ben

Very nice little DAC for the RPi. I use the DAC with OSMC on RPi 3 and RPi zero W. It took some trouble sorting out but when you configure it the right way it works like a charm .So for newcomers my configuration of pHAT DAC on OSMC for RPi 3 (OSMC installed by NOOBS with cable internet connection) and RPi_Zero_W (OSMC installed via https://osmc.tv/download/, last versions support WiFi). To acces the command line in OSMC: Menu POWER > Exit, immediate press escape when blue screen pops up again. Default userid/pwd: osmc /osmc To configure WiFI in OSMC: menu My OSMC > Network In /boot/config.txt add the lines: dtoverlay=hifiberry-dac dtparam=audio=off In /etc/modules add the line: snd_soc_hifiberry_dac In /etc/asound.conf add the lines: pcm.!default { type hw card 0 } ctl.!default { type hw card 0 } Reboot In menu configuration menu System > Sound: change Audio Output Device to ALSA:Default (snd_rpi_hifiberry_dac Analog) Succes! Ben

jumpjack

As far as I know, common audio cards cannot be DIRECTLY used to drive an IR LED to use it as a remote control, because IR protocol is based on a 38000 Hz carrier, hence an hardware hack is needed: https://jumpjack.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/worlds-cheapest-remote-control-replicator-just-1/ Being this audio card capable of 192000 Hz, I guess it's just a matter of connecting a single IR LED to its output and driving it with the proper waveform to be able to turn the raspberry PI into an IR remote control!

Balazs

Does what it says on the tin. The install script worked flawlessly, and the output quality is absolutely amazing, and not just for its price, but in general. It just works :) No hardware volume control, but to be honest, the quality sort of demands a good amp anyway, so i don't really think that's a big issue.

Wesley

I bought the pHAT DAC to use in combination with MoOde Audio on my Pi Zero to enable higher fidelity audio output, and for ВЈ12 this is an absolute bargain! I have installed my pHAT DAC on my Pi Zero and used the Zero4U USB hub to provide enough USB ports to enable me to use a WiFi dongle and USB thumb drive, which is used in my car to create a WiFi AP that I can connect to and stream music to from my iPhone, or play some HD audio tracks that are stored on the USB thumb drive. The sound quality of this is great too - much better than my iPod connection in my car and you cannot go wrong for the price. Must have for any Pi audiophile!

Paddy Gaunt

Easy to install (following instructions, I did it manually rather than run the script) Sound is good. Certainly compared with the sound from an HDMI to VGA with 3.5mm audio jack which was completely useless.

Zsolt K??ti

I expected a usable piece and got a wonderful one. It is better that my excellent CD player (http://www.lampizator.eu/lampizator/REFERENCES/Philips%20CD753/PhilipsCD753.html). Paired with Dayens Menuetto and Monitor Audio Bronze 2 it makes me smile any time l listen. I am running OpenELEC/Kodi on my Pi Zero.

fabien martin

Pi zero + wifi dongle + pHAT DAC + https://www.hackster.io/fvdbosch/raspberry-pi-zero-airplay-speaker-d99feb made my last hour. Easy to step by step follow install instructions and nice sound coming from my living room stereo amp. I totally recommend this hardware setup + this hackster guide for any newbie wanting to get a cheap and small airplay like device. Even the soldering work was enjoyable! Big fan of Pimoroni products, #teamrobot but always interested in sound related projects. Time now for a bier enjoying some rock blasting from my stereo. Keep on delivering us good products! (and nice tote bags btw)

Andy J

I bought this to go on my Pi Zero and be my SharePort - Airplay, connected with line out to my Bose Companion 2.1 system also using Max2Play software. All I can say is the incredible sound and quality of the audio just has to be heard. My wife is quite amazed at the quality of sound we get. Very happy with PiMoroni shipping and wonderful customer service - one of the best with Pi's and add-ons. Thank you

Ruud van den Dries

I ordered an pHAT DAC for use with a rPi0. After soldering all 40 pins to the zero and than to the DAC, in noticed that I had soldered the pins upside down to the DAC, but very very neathly.... Removing them again took me some time and in the end, Brut-force. But after soldering it the correct way, all was well! Great product, high quality, sturdy and good sound. I already had a rPi2 with HiFiberry DAC+ and now I'm looking in making a multi-room audio system with several Volumio2 installs throughout the house, running on rPi0 & pHAT DAC's. It is great fun building your one, more economic Sonos system :D Love your products, and enthusiasm! Keep it up! Regards, Ruud

Jun

volumio RC2 + Pi zero + pHat DAC + usb Wifi No setting! ^____^ only hotspot connet and wifi setting, Dac selection after enjoy now !!!

Tom

Having remastered old soldering skills, I had some difficulty getting Volumio to work with my Zero. Not that fault of the DAC, but it set me back a bit. I ended up installing Moode on the zero, which is a different off shoot of the same parent software to Volumio. Once I had worked out I could access Moode via wifi to manage headless set up, I was away. Finally! The software already has the PhatDac built in as an IS/2 option. So it's a case of selecting, rebooting and you are away. For such a small piece of kit, you really do get a great sound out of it. While I am not using it at the moment, I would recommend the RCA adaptor. It doesn't look as elegant once you have pieced everything (zero, PhatDac, case). But, the additional flexibility will ultimately be appreciated.

Aminder

This hat has been so valuable, as I have managed to get it to work with a wifi dongle to stream via shairport any music/podcast/bbc radio to the kitchen, it has brought to life a 10 year old iPod dock and solved the problem of having a wider choice of things to listen to whilst cooking, rather than sticking to dab. Recommend for radio/podcast/music lovers who want a cheap way of getting wireless audio from your phone/ laptop to anywhere in your house.

Mike Clarkson

PiZero from factor, nice sound and easy to set up - what more could you want? It's perfect ... well almost. What would be REALLY cool would be a footprint for a PAM8403 (or similar) amplifier on the card, with its few extra components. A compact DAC with on-board amp would be so convenient. So what do you think about releasing a version 2 guys? Maybe with & without the amp preinstalled. Even without the amp, it's still a hit. Well done!

Martin Borus

Used this to setup a PiZero based web radio player in a afternoon. I started from a fresh, current Jessie Lite image. The installation instructions worked with no problem and even provided a audio test. After installing mpeg321 mp3 files played right away. Getting mdp/mpc to run was reasonable easy (manually adding the card by name to the mpd config did the trick. Compared to the trouble of getting a Wolfson/Cirrus audio card to run this was really painless. Now if only there was a line input phat...

Qubit

'- Very good sound quality! - Good price! - The installation procedure is super simple. (Why can't the others do that)

Nick Hoffman

/etc/asound.conf pcm.dmixer { type dmix ipc_key 1024 ipc_key_add_uid false ipc_perm 0666 # mixing for all users slave { pcm "hw:0,0" period_time 0 period_size 1024 buffer_size 8192 rate 44100 } bindings { 0 0 1 1 } } pcm.dsp0 { type plug slave.pcm "dmixer" } pcm.!default { type plug slave.pcm "dmixer" } pcm.default { type plug slave.pcm "dmixer" } ctl.mixer0 { type hw card 0 }

Marco

HI. A very good DAC for RaspiZero, with a specific form factor. Very nice. The only problem is that for generate a goog image por Zero, you need a lot of time, another Raspi (B+) and is a little complex (update, upgrade, dist-upgrade, raspi-update, etc, so you get a Jessie Linux ...... ): https://volumio.org/forum/#p18306 I have put a image of Volumio1.55 specific for Raspi Zero with PhatDac with WIFI config for Edimax dongle (Network Name:volumio/No Security) on my drive google (i cannot put the link here, if you want it, contact me jimenoma3 gmail). You only need to put this image in a SD (2 Gigas minimal) with dd, config your Wifi (you can, for facility, use your mobile as a Access Point) with Network Name "volumio" and NO Security, and boot the RaspiZero with the PhatDac and a wifi Edimax dongle connected, et voilГЎ. Your Zero will connect to the mobile Wifi, so now yo can config the Network on Volumio for your real home wifi, so in your mobile navegator go to: 192.168.43.3:80 (put the IP address of your Raspi, yo can see in the mobile) and change the Network parameters to your Home Wifi settings. Regards, Saludos, MarcoA.

Michel Thibault

Je vous le recommande Г  100% Facile Г  installer, excellent son et le prix est raisonnable. De plus le shipping est trГЁs rapide. Bravo!!

Marco A. Jimeno

HI. A very good DAC for RaspiZero, with a specific form factor. Very nice. The only problem is that for generate a goog image por Zero, you need a lot of time, another Raspi (B+) and is a little complex (update, upgrade, dist-upgrade, raspi-update, etc, so you get a Jessie Linux ...... ): https://volumio.org/forum/#p18306 I have put a image of Volumio1.55 specific for Raspi Zero with PhatDac with WIFI config for Edimax dongle (Network Name:volumio/No Security) on: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkNJU-R-TAlM2JrZlRGa2ZRZzA/view?usp=sharing You only need to put this image in a SD (2 Gigas minimal) with dd, config your Wifi (you can, for facility, use your mobile as a Access Point) with Network Name "volumio" and NO Security, and boot the RaspiZero with the PhatDac and a wifi Edimax dongle connected, et voilГЎ. Your Zero will connect to the mobile Wifi, so now yo can config the Network on Volumio for your real home wifi, so in your mobile navegator go to: 192.168.43.3:80 (put the IP address of your Raspi, yo can see in the mobile). and change the Network parameters to your Home Wifi settings. Regards, Saludos, MarcoA.

Ian Nichols

Neat little board, easy to connect, easy to set up. Sound is good - about the same as a modestly priced CD player Like with the Pi Zero, not having the header soldered means you can just use the lines you need and are free to pick whatever layout you like. I put mine beneath a zero (a pHAB-dac?) so I can save even more space by having the output socket between the boards.