Orange PI Hi-Fi Hat (discontinued)

What is it?

This is Orange Pi Hi-Fi Hat, that adds Hi-Fi audio capability to your Pi. It uses native I2S output of Orange Pi together with Texas Instruments’ fantastic PCM5102A Hi-Fi DAC.

Why did I build it

I want to bring modern hobbyist technologies to the world of classic speakers and amps gear. I build systems that keep that old-school ish look, but add online streaming and smart remote capabilities. I build this project as a possible core of such solution, where small but much capable box with Orange Pi in it drives large Pro-sized and Pro-sounded audio

Why HIFI Hat?

It is a simple yet powerful solution that adds audio capabilities to your Orange Pi based project. Audio quality complies with Hi-Fi standards, which means it is suitable for high quality audio streaming, just like another Big Pi

Why Orange Pi?

It’s capable and reasonably priced, and great value for money. But most notably, Raspberry’s availability is nil at the moment of writing. Orange Pi is not a perfect alternative, not nearly as good support level as Big Pi. But in terms of audio quality it is no compromise, and that what matters most

Key features

  • PCM5100 32bit DAC
  • Up to 384 kHz sampling rate
  • -100 dB typical noise level
  • Triple ultra-low-noise voltage regulator for audio interface
  • Single mini-jack output
  • Dual RCA output
  • Takes power from Orange Pi

How to use

Both software and hardware documentation can be found on project’s Github. You can follow project progress at Hackaday

Where to buy

You may support our work by ordering this product at Tindie