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$74 USB Stick Mini PC + M2Tech hiFace Two

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The idea started after reading this thread about low power consumption setup:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/326831/my-new-3-watt-dead-silent-usb-linux-music-server-pics-added

 

Apparently this little puppy will boot Ubuntu 10.04 Linux for $74 shipped:

 

http://liliputing.com/2012/06/74-mk802-android-4-0-mini-pc-first-impressions-video.html

 

http://liliputing.com/2012/06/how-to-run-ubuntu-linux-on-the-mk802-74-pc-on-a-stick.html

 

Linux support for hiFace 2 mentioned here:

 

http://www.m2tech.biz/hiface2.html

 

Basically we should be able to get a portable rig going after we have confirmed that hiFace 2 is indeed compatible with MK802 running Ubuntu 10.04 Linux. Then connect the digital output of hiFace 2 to portable DAC from iBasso or RSA etc.

 

After that, use a smartphone or tablet as remote control:

 

http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Clients

 

Sound quality should be relatively nice for the money.

 

Full size USB port of MK802 should have USB host function enabled so even USB DACs might work with Ubuntu:

 

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuStudio/UsbAudioDevices

 

Any comments from (potential) owners of M2Tech hiFace 2 here?

 

Thank you.

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you know there are a lot of portable USB DAC right?
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Yes, IIRC the USB inputs of portable USB DACs might not be able to support anything higher than 48KHz/16-bit but others such as iBasso PB2 should take up to 96KHz/24-bit via USB.

 

I am interested in something with coaxial like hiFace 2 so that could be connected to my Colorfly C4 Pro because its "unbearable" user interface / navigation etc. Colorfly could only play FLAC files up to 48KHz/16-bit and WAV files up to 192KHz/24-bit so far.

 

No love for Hi-Rez FLAC files so right now I am just looking for another portable source and then simply use my Colorfly as portable DAC + amp with 6.3-mm headphone jack.

 

Thanks a lot.

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