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Android phones and USB DACs

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by nztechfreak, Feb 9, 2012.
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  1. StanD
    Rooting a phone is not for the light hearted as some phones are easy to brick, some easy to recover softbricks and some can't be brought back at all. I haven't rooted an Android phone since my HTC Incredible or tablet since my Motorola Xoom, since the newer devices and versions of Android perform admirably. The previous versions of Android needed help and some overclocking.  The best place to look for rooting and installing custom ROMs is xda-developers.com. You will have to learn a bunch before embarking on that journey and find a ROM that suites your needs.
    I have a Note 3 which supports native USB audio and in general performs rather well so I haven't considered rooting/ROMing it.
    My Note 3 is able to run all of my DACs, without a powered USB Hub. My iPod Touch 5G, using a Lightning CCK cable can run with a FiiO E18 without a powered Hub but can't run my other DACs without the powered Hub.
    I've had success using an OTG Y cable and a small USB Battery pack, sometimes referred to as a JuicePack.
  2. DanBa
    #VRheadset requirements: #USBaudio out, #4Ksmartphone, #3Dsound, #HDR, #DolbyVision.
    What do you think is insurmountable?
  3. DanBa
    Thanks !
    Onkyo HF Player is another music player app which includes its own USB audio soft/user space driver.
    It can play and output native DSD (DoP); or it can convert DSD to "pure" PCM and output the PCM audio stream.
    DSD file > Onkyo HF Player running on Galaxy Note 3 > PCM audio stream >> XMOS USB 384K/32bit DAC
    It can play DXD music file and output DXD (i.e. 352.8kHz PCM) audio stream
    DXD file > Onkyo HF Player running on Galaxy Note 3 > DXD audio stream >> XMOS USB 384K/32bit DAC
    It can handle upsampling (44.1 => 88.2; 44.1 => 176.4; 48 => 96; 96 => 192).
    44.1kHz file > Onkyo HF Player running on Galaxy Note 3 > 44.1kHz PCM audio stream >> XMOS USB 384K/32bit DAC
    44.1kHz file > Onkyo HF Player with upsampling activated running on Galaxy Note 3 > 176.4kHz PCM audio stream >> XMOS USB 384K/32bit DAC
    There is no hardware volume control for this V1.0.0 release.
  4. h1f1add1cted
    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Stock Android 4.4.4 can play without 3rd party player apps like UAPP, Onkyo HF or HibyMusic with ALL apps with the iFi micro iDSD currently only with 16bit/48kHz tested. More testing will follow with HiRes music.
    DanBa likes this.
  5. jimmypowder
    Good to know as I'm frustrated with my HTC One M8 not being able to play Tidal via a ifi micro idsd
  6. rhadorn
    Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop, OTG cable, Dragonfly 1.2
    The first time I tried Spotify, it worked, the fly glew up green for 44.1. The sound was actually better than with Android 4.4.
    For several weeks now, the Android does not recognize the Dragonfly anymore and persists sending the sound either to the jack outlet or... the phone's speaker! Other USB OTG functions work still fine, like attaching a USB key as external storage. UAPP still works fine, thanks, but Spotify is also an important source of music to me.
    Does anyone have an idea how I could cure my system?
  7. m-i-c-k-e-y
    Tried Onkyo HF Player on my Galaxy Note 3 on Android 4.4.2.
    Can't access my microSD music folder. Disinstalled. 
  8. StanD
    I have a Galaxy Note 3 from Verizon running Android 4.4.4 and Onkyo HF Player works fine for me, I keep all of my music on the ext microSD card. I had to go into settings->Music Folders and select the extSdCard folder where I keep my music before it could find my music. Did you do the same?
  9. head-hi
    More VR news:
    I like where this is going.
  10. m-i-c-k-e-y
    Yep did it bro. Configured the said settings. Synced, nothing...Will try again..
    Update: No go..
  11. StanD
    See if you can get it going. Looks/sounds like a nice piece of software. Good luck.
  12. m-i-c-k-e-y
    It recognized only directories from main memory. Yeah it looks/sounds promising...
  13. StanD
    Did you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Folders Selection screen and find "extSdCard?" I missed it the first time.
  14. m-i-c-k-e-y
    Yep! Settings 'extSdCard' remained checked but no music files appeared on main screen.
    On main memory 'Emulated' it was recognized though..
    With UAPP or Hiby, I have no problems however.
  15. StanD
    Bummer as it worked for me, you would probably like it. Did you try the "Sync now" button?
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