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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. LajostheHun
    The current offering is rather average indeed,but the concept is what I like.Bluetooth is not quite there yet for Square.
  2. StanD
    There are a few Bluetooth headphones that support Apt-x, if your source also supports Apt-x that is a good combination. Even the SBC codec can do well at higher data rates (EDR). There aren't many good products but you can find a few but they are expensive. Who knows what the future holds, hopefully good stuff.
    I picked up a Samsung Level Over, although the ANC is not spectacular it gets the job done and the SQ is surprisingly good. It supports Apt-x as does my smartphone so it's pretty good for when commuting as well as general listening.
  3. bavinck
    Does anyone know if ifi micro idsd works otg with a note 3 without using UAPP?
  4. aznpos531

    Which 4.4.4 ROM are you currently using and which 5.0.1 do you plan to flash to? I'm looking at JFLTE-GPE 5.0.1 right now but apparently OTG isn't working on that ROM.
  5. DanBa
    The iFi nano iDSD and the iFi micro iDSD can work with the Galaxy Note 3 using UAPP (i.e. User space/Third party USB audio) or not using UAPP (i.e. native USB audio: Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, ...).
    A list of standard USB DAC reportedly interworking with the Android-powered smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note3:
    stock Samsung Galaxy Note3 > digital USB audio out >> USB OTG cable (ID pin grounded) >> USB DAC >> amp >> headphones

  6. bavinck

    Wow, very helpful post - thank you so much. However, I have a dragonfly 1.2 dac that the list says works natively, but when I try it with my note 3 otg I get distorted sound and it does not recognize the bit rate tidal or neutron is sending it. Any ideas there?
  7. h1f1add1cted

    I use still the Google Play Edition ROM ported from a Samsung S4 developer edtion short i9505G, but this ROM works fine on a regular Samsung S4 i9505 and its freaking fast and stable.
    I'm waiting too for that JFLTE-GPE 5.0.1 ROM http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?s=2a89f241a2f3d53eefc85ed9fb017387&t=2557353 but it's not really ready yet, so I keep my 4.4.4 ROM.
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  8. aznpos531

    Do you have a link to the 4.4.4 Google Play ROM you're on now? I'd like to try it out. I tried a few different ROM's but didn't really feel like sticking with any of them.
  9. jagu
    Just got my ifi Micro iDSD which can be connected directly to Android phones via the OTG cable alone (USB female end).
    Looking for a better OTG cable than those found on e.g. ebay. Any ideas where to find one? I have a custom OTG cable (micro->usb mini) from Forza Audioworks but not sure they make the one that ifi Micro requires.
  10. DanBa
    More details can be found or asked by following the link to the source of the reporting information.

    I think you should test one by one different components of your setup, and with different music players in Native USB audio as well as in User space / Third-party USB audio.
  11. DanBa
    As the iFi micro iDSD has a standard-A plug, a USB OTG adapter cable (i.e. micro USB OTG (ID pin grounded) plug to standard-A receptacle) is needed to connect the Android device to the iFi micro iDSD.
    I think Forza Audioworks has such a cable:
    . USB (1st end): USB micro-B (with USB micro-A functionality, OTG enabling)
    . USB (2nd end): USB A-type (Gold Plated)
    To be sure, you should ask Forza Audioworks for confirmation.
    Another USB cable provider: Elijah Audio
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  12. snudley
    Merciful advice needed here.
    Just purchased an Oppo HA-2 DAC/Amp and am trying to get the digital files to the device from my HTC One M7.
    I've tried using the Onkyo HF player, HibyMusic, n7 player, and the built in music player in the device. All do the same thing: play the music thru the headphone jack or phone speakers, with nothing going to the DAC.
    None of the apps have any instructions relating to USB OTG needed for the file export, and my phone is supposed to have this ability built in.
    To make matter worse, I plugged in a friend's Iphone today, and the DAC fired right up and decoded the music perfectly. Also, it works great hooked up to my pc.  Grrrrr...
    I must be missing something very simple, but I'm going nuts trying to figure it out.
    Can anyone help or recommend some kind of point by point tutorial I can watch/read?
    Thanks in advance.
  13. LajostheHun
    The USB output might need to be enabled somewhere in the menu system to act as as a USB host without that it won't do anything. I don't have an HTC phone but for my Sony this was under "sound" setting. Good luck.
  14. StanD
    You are using an OTG cable, right?
  15. snudley

    Absolutely. Came with my amp.
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