Updated on 23. October 2018.
Kingrex have resolved the small bug that we have reported for UD384. It’s nice to see a company that listens to their customers. You can get the latest firmware update from their web site here.
Here is the list of D/A converters that work with AP-Linux. Few of them we tested in our lab, and others have been reported to work by AP-Linux users. So we cannot guarantee that this information is 100% correct.
If you own a D/A converter that works with AP-Linux, send us an e-mail and we will put it in this list.
Accuphase DC-37 DSD DAC
Advance Acoustic MDX-600 24-bit/192kHz
Aqua Acoustic La Scala MKII 24-bit/384kHz
Arcam D33 DAC 24-bit/192kHz
Acram Irdac II 24-bit/384kHz
Audeze Deckard DAC 32-bit/192kHz
Audio-GD NFB 11
AUNE X1 MKII DAC 24-bit/96kHz
AUNE T1 Valve DAC 24-bit/96kHz
Aqua Acoustic La Voce DAC
Benchmark DAC2 24 bits/192 kHz
Burson Audio Conductor DAC
Bel Canto DAC3 24bit Data at 192KS/s
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 100 24-bit/192kHz
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic plus
Cary Audio DAC 100 24 bit/192kHz
Creative EMU 0404
Creative EMU 0204
Creek Evolution 50CD
Dion Audio DAC 32
DIYINHK USB to I2S/DSD PCB
iFi nano iDSD
Fiio E17 DAC
FOSTEX HP-A7 DAC
GAMAX mini 24-bit/192kHz
Goldenote DAC 7 24-bit/192kHz
Kingrex UD384 32-bit/384kHz
LEAD AUDIO DAC LA-100
LKS Audio MH-DA002
M2Tech HiFace Evo 32-bit/192kHz
M2 DAC from SMSL
Matrix X-Sabre DAC 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD
Matrix Audio X-SPDIF
Matrix Audio M-Stage HPA-2 24bit/192kHz USB DAC/ Headphone Amplifier
MHDT Paradisea+ DAC
Meridian Explorer 2 (MQA worked)
Micromega MyDAC 24-bit/192kHz
Muse Audio Mini USB DAC 24-bit/192kHz
Music Hall C-DAC 15.3 24-bit/192kHz
Musical Fidelity M1 DAC mkII
Musical Fidelity V-Link192 24-bit/192kHz
Musical Fidelity V90-DAC
Music Streamer II 24-bit/96kHz
Music Streamer HD 24-bit/192kHz
Nu Force DAC-80 24-bit/192kHz
Nu Force DDA-100
Onkyo DAC-HA300 (DSD native, flac and other)
Peachtree Audio Nova 24-bit/96kHz
Pioneer N-70A (up to 384 kHz/32-bit LPCM, 5.6 MHz DSD)
PS Audio Nu Wave DAC 24-bit/192kHz
Sennheiser HDVD 800 24-bit/192kHz
Schiit Modi 2 Uber 24-bit/192kHz
Simaudio Moon 100D 24-bit/192kHz
Teac UD-H01 32-bit/192kHz – Some say it works, some say it doesn’t
TEAC UD501 DSD
Violectric DAC 800
Yaqin DAC-K9 24/192kHz
Yulong D200 DSD 384KHZ DAC
Yulong DA8 384khz DSD DAC
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 100
24Bits/192Khz. Dac must be set in USB2 mode.
(out of the box it’s in USB 1.1 mode.)
Is “Cambridge Audio DAC DacMagic 100″ supported? Sorry I could not understand the comment on that… Thanks.
Audiophile Linux V.2.1 & Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 100 work together like charm!
see link for screenshots:
Did anybody ever try the Mytek 192? Does it work?
I think that Mytek works because one of the Linux kernel developers works with Mytek. I would also like to hear that DAC.
Hi, any info about the the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2? Thanks a lot!
Hi I’ve tried some dac’s and all work perfecly, I’ll number them here the first has the best performance.
1. John Kenny Cuinas
2. HRT Musicstreamer HD
3. Arcam rDac
4 Musical Fidelity M1 DAC mkII
I have a headroom total bithead and it picks up AC line hum on several laptops I tried it with (Asus and Lenovo). It’s near unlistenable with those laptops (on Apple laptops it sounds ok for some reason, but I don’t use those). It also really wants more than 6 volts of power: they advise you to use 1.7 volt lithium aaa cells (very expensive) and they tell you outright that while it works on 5v usb power, it doesn’t sound as good. Overall imho it’s a piece of crap, not recommended.
It should work.
I bought a Mytek 192 now. It perfectly works with my Laptop running Fedora Linux 19 (using MPD 0.17 for playing audio files). I didn’t install AP-Linux since I had Fedora with MPD already up and running.
I just installed the ALSA driver for the mytek following these instructions:
The sound quality is great. But I didn’t manage to play DSD files so far. I’ll contact the Mytek support about this. Does AP-Linux include a player that supports DSD? Is it possible to install that player in Fedora (without installing AP-Linux)
In the next version of AudioPhile Linux there will be support for DSD files. In the meantime, grab this copy of mpd and enjoy your DSD files 🙂 https://github.com/lintweaker/mpd-dsd
Dear Mlerota, thanks for the advice.
Do I have to reconfigure MPD after installing that version?
I just installed it but I cannot run MPD at all anymore now.
When I try to start it, it says:
No such audio output plugin: pulse
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Of course that you have to. It’s another version of mpd and probably you have overwritten the config files. And about pulse, you will not have true good bit perfect sound with pulse and without real time kernel. You need to tell mpd to speak directly with alsa and disable pulse on your pc. You don’t want pulse to downmix or do anything with your music. And for DSD files you will need to tweak the configuration file. I suggest that you install AP-Linux and then install this version of mpd.
No, by reinstalling MPD the configuration (inside .mpd) is untouched: Everything in there looks like it did before (my music and playlist directories are still there).
I don’t like to install AP-Linux since I still need that Fedora installation for other software.
Can you send me a valid output element to have my MPD “speaking directly with alsa”.
I already tried to replace:
name “Alsa output”
but now I get: No such audio output plugin: alsa
Open a topic on a forum and post the output of configure script that you used when you installed mpd.
Here it is: http://www.ap-linux.com/forums/topic/mpd-dsd
Do you know if the Audinst HUD-MX2 is supported? It has a VIA Envy VT1728 usb chip.
Thanks in advance,
It should work. This discussion proves that there is driver in kernel.
Thank you, I will give it a try
Do you know if the new ARCAM irDAC is supported ?
I am thinking of buying this DAC myself and according to their FAQ (which is downloadable from their website) it works on all Linux distros they tested but you must select usb ii. So it looks good 🙂
Did anybody ever try the HiFiMan HM101?
Does it work?
Testing M2tech HiFace-2 USB/COAX, works fine so far.
DAC TEAC UD-H1. Working.
I bought the TEAC UD H01. A 16bit works fine. 24bit does not work well. I use MPD with ALSA driver latest version. What configuration do you have? A 24-bit works well? thanks
It should work without problems. Try it with deadbeef of audacious.
As far as I know, this DAC requires drivers for both windows and OSX (no available drivers for Linux). In my expierence, this DAC on linux, playback capability through USB is limited to 16bits. Trying to playback at 24 bits sources results in a lot of jitter/noise. I really would like to know based on what you say that it should work without problems? I’ve read that linux should natively support class I and class 2 audio protocols, and this DAC it is supposed to comply with both. Windows does not support class 2 audio protocol, that’s why usually drivers are needed. But on the contrary, OSX natively supports class 2 audio protocol, so it doesn’t need any driver to work with these kind of devices (i don’t understand why drivers for OSX are supplied for this DAC). The same should be true for Linux. If any of you could make it work with ALSA at 24/192, could you explain how? Thanks!!
since your knowledge of English is better than mine, why don’t you try to write about this issue directly to ALSA developers? I think our mutual problem is related to drivers that, somehow, are not compatible with this DAC. Please keep me updated for any news about this. Thank you
I own the TEAC UD-H1. Works fine at 16 bits at any frequency from 44 to 192. The problem i’ve found was trying to playback 24 bits at 192. Audacity gives an error (only 16 bits play back). MPD trough ALSA produces a lot of noise. Could any of you successfully playback at 24 bits (of course avoiding any kind of conversion o re-sampling).
AP Lnux 3+Teac UD-H1+DeadBeef are playg all samples and all bit’s.
SimAudio Moon 100 D DAC work great
Followed your instructions
And Never looked back
My Pro-Ject USB Box S is working perfectly.
It only outputs at 44.1, is that why it wasn’t added to the list above?
Anyway most of my music is all 44.1, so I guessed this DAC would be enough.
Sounds good to me anyway 🙂
What about JDS Labs ODAC?
This link says it’s supported…Let us know if it’s working…
I don’t see the Audioquest Dragonfly on the list of DACS that work with this distro.
If it does work…how do you handle playing files back in their native sample rates.
Just setting a high sample rate in Jack or DeaDBeef rate doesn’t seem to be a good solution. Any help would be appreciated.
If the native sample rate is 44.1, you set that rate in qjackctl. In new version of AudioPhile Linux you won’t have to do anything. The native sample rate will play automatically.
Waw! This distro is all I ever looked for and am very interested in installing this!! But I have one question: I have the Musical Fidelity V-DAC II and didn’t see it in the supported dac list. So, is the V-DAC II supported?
Hope to get a reply and keep up the great work here!!! 🙂
Burn CD and boot live OS. Then try. If it’s working, send us a message 🙂
Thanks for the very “logical” reply! 🙂 I’ll test it as soon as I have time to put together a dedicated “audiophile” pc and delve into audiophile linux! One of the next weekends or so… and then I’ll post my findings! 🙂 Now I am listening hirez files through Amarra on a macbook pro and use my linux machines (old ones!) for other stuff…
any news? I also have a V-Dac II and I’m curious to know if it works properly.
On top of that: if I connect V-dac and EMU 0404 USB on USB ports, can I control both DAC’s with AP-Linux?
Of course. One dac will be card0 and the other will be card1.
Sorry for this very late reply.
Up untill now I didn’t try AP linux with the Musical Fidelity V-Dac ii. I had other priorities.
My system evolved a lot since my posting here about the V-DAC. I upgraded a lot in my system and am now using a Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC.
I still didn’t have the possibility to build a dedicated linux machine with AP Linux. I’m now using jriver on my macbook pro and still spin a lot of my 3000+ cd collection & LP collection. I’m still planning on building a linux based Music server but that will take some more time & funds I suppose. When I’m going to build it I want to do it decent with decent parts like for instance Paul Pang materials & SSD disks. For the moment my audio funds go elsewhere.
When completed I’ll post my findings about Mytek dac support on AP linux.
Grtz & enjoy the Music!
is there support for ASUS Xonar essence ONE ?
It should work without problems. Tell us if you try it.
ASUS Essence One Mk II MUSES Edition works great in PCM mode. DSD never managed to run 🙁
I also read the post on your website on classes of USB/DAC.
It would be nice if in this list of compatible DAC’s, you would mention which class they are in according to you (together with a link towards a page that explains why that specific DAC was given that specific classification).
Does anybody know whther the Arcam AirDAC works good with AP-Linux?
(I would like to connect my laptop with the ethernet port on the AirDAC)
Hi. I’m currently using my new ARCAM irDac with AP Linux: it’s all working. I first tried Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with MPD and GMPC, but the sound is much better on APL.
Thanks to Mark and all the staff.
A question: how can i connect to internet from Fluxbox? I can’t find a menu selection, I’m still searching for it… am I so blind?!?
If your network cable is connected and you have DHCP setting in your network, you are connected to the Internet.
Just now solved: I had first to login to Cinnamon, configure the broadband USB pen and set it on automatic connection. On the next boot i got internet. Thanks again and sorry to bother you.
Confirmed as working on v2 – Matrix HPA-2 24bit/192kHz USB DAC/ Headphone Amplifier
Just to confirm the new ap linux version 3 is working good with my Acoustic-Fun PDM-10s Pocket DAC.
Thank you guys!
Compatible with M2Tech hiFace TWO?
MERIDIAN EXPLORER also supported!!!!
Does anyone knows if the “Music Hall dac25.2” is supported?
Pro-Ject Pre Box RS Digital just works fine with AP Linux v3.0.
Like AP Linux as it’s working on “old” hardware…
I tried AP Linux with my DAC, the T+A DAC 8. It sounds great when using Deadbeaf with both 16/44.1 and 24/192. But with Audacious, there’s no problem with 16/44.1, but when I change the setting to work with 24 bits, it gives me a message “ALSA error: snd_pcm_hw_set_format_failed: invalid argument” ( I used Alsa). Could you please give me a hand to solve this?
Hey newmem08! I also own a T+A DAC 8 and had a longer conversation with the technical service of T+A (the Head of R&D actually also uses the DAC 8 at home with Linux 🙂 )
The point is that the default settings for Buffer and Period Time won’t work with high quality data. Instead, one has to change them manually. For me it works great if i take
buffer_time = 8000 microseconds
period_time = 400 microseconds
One also has to chose the seconds Hardware device and not the first one. Since the ID of the DAC 8 seems to be just “Device”, the mpdconf for instance looks like this:
name “T+A DAC 8 mode 2”
with these settings the functionality and quality is great and all functions work properly.
Geek Out (rev 1.5) works fine, supports DSD with MPD, sounds better than my Dragonfly did…
Does anyone know if the MYTEK DSD 192 DAC works with Firewire and APLInux V3.0 out of the box?
Is there some experience in this case?
I intend to buy this thing.
AudioEngine D3 works
What about the iFi iDSD Nano, does anyone knows if it works?
Anybody tried Alpha USB converter?
April Music, Eximus DP1 supported USB.
Argon DA2V2 works out of the box. Just choose “audio codec digital stereo” in Pulseaudio control
Will this work with the Schiit Gungnir DAC?
Send mail to the manufacturer. We cannot know.
FWIW My Schiit Gungir Multibit worked on Fedora kernel 5.2.7-100.fc29.
lsusb showed it as Bus 001 Device 013: ID 0d8c:0004 C-Media Electronics, Inc.
Showed up in Gnome3 like another available sound card.
I can add the Miniwatt N4 and the iFi iDAC to the list working with APL 3.0.
I nearly forgot the hiFace TWO converter.
Installed Audiophile Linux Today!!!
It worked with may chinise USB-I2S board + my custom DIY DAC
Simple and fast!
Thank you very much!
I’m a linux newbie.I have a DAC WeiLiang Breeze Audio 24bit 96kHz USB SA9203 DAC HIFI EXQUIS Breeze-SE2 ES9023. Can it work on AP v3?
I don’t know Fuzio. There are many DAC out there. You should try and send us feedback.
I bought emu 0404 PCI card for using it’s optical spdif with my dac. I found this distro and install it on my intel Atom D2700 PC. Everything installed fine but system doesn’t see soundcard. I try enable integral soundcard in BIOS and it works properly but my 0404 PCI don’t. I think noone got same trouble yet in AP-Linux with same card. I saw discussion in forums about same problem in other Linuxes but I don’t want to install any other software in this system because it may degrade sound quality.
It seems to me that the system can’t recognize right the card or a driver.
02:00.0 Multimedia controller: Creative Labs SB0400 Audigy2 Value.
Please take me advise what have I do to fix this problem. And sorry for my bad english.
with best regards
Tempotec Fantasia D/A dac work!
Works with C-MEDIA 6631A USB to S/PDIF Audio Controller based DACs , DSD – PCM actually not working without added HF noise.
I have full compatibility with Accuphase DC-37 DAC. DSD works perfectly too.+
Anyone tried the Fiio E10k ? I’m seriously considering this distribution, i really love audiphile tailored stuff and that minimal dark interface is awesome. 🙂
I have one and intend to try tomorrow.
2023/04 OpenSUSE 15.4 and AsRock B550M-ITX/ac works out of the box.
Deadbeef has to use Alsa output plugin so unaltered sample rate goes to the Fiio device.
Device: Fiio e10k Olympus 2
[220398.731926] dragonrise 0003:0079:0011.000F: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Joystick [USB Gamepad ] on usb-0000:06:00.4-2/input0
[220407.306605] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 6 using xhci_hcd
[220407.559761] usb 1-1: New USB device found, idVendor=2972, idProduct=0047, bcdDevice= f.13
[220407.559777] usb 1-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=3, SerialNumber=0
[220407.559784] usb 1-1: Product: FiiO USB DAC-E10
[220407.559790] usb 1-1: Manufacturer: GuangZhou FiiO Electronics Co.,Ltd
[220407.583313] mc: Linux media interface: v0.10
[220408.381967] usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio
Nu Force DDA-100 works with 3.0 out of the box.
I have the FiiO X3 2nd Generation working (largely) out of the box:
A little Alsa selection was needed to get to the right device.
This on Raspian (Debian) on a Raspberry Pi I. It sounds great!!
Can anybody confirm that Nuforce DAC-80 works fine on ap-linux?
Thanx in advance.
It works but you have to set
I can confirm that the M2 dac from SMSL works like a charm
Arcam rDac is listed, but not the newer irDac
Can anyone tell me if it Works?
I am considering buying the Gustard X12 or assembling the y2 (amb.org). Both use the Xmos usb chip.
Does anyone know if they work with APLinux?
Yes, iFi Nano works with v5.0 ‘Vanilla’ firmware. I use it via VLC Player.
When is the T+A MP2000R dac/streamer supported to play native DSD?
How about Audioquest DragonFly? Has anyone tested version 1.2 or one of new versions, Black or Red?
How about JDSLabs ODAC ver 1?
I can attest that Fulla Schiit works well (plug-and-hear) in Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit AMD.
airDAC AD200 by RadSone would work???? I use their player on Android (radsone) and is awesome. So I’m really interested in buying from this company.
Hello, I currently have an order on amazon pending, but I might have to cancel it now that I found this. I ordered one of these https://www.asus.com/us/Sound-Cards/Essence_STX_II/
I suppose DSD is not supported by the TI 1792A DAC?
I don’t know. I don’t have all the cards. Search for it on the internet.
I have a Evo DAC Two. Product of M2Tech.
It plays PCM files at 32bit and 384000kHz.
But doesn’t play DSD files.
DAC itself supports DSD files..
Can’t APLinux play DSD files on Evo DAC Two?
If not, when will APLinux updated?
AP-Linux plays DSD files without any problems since version 3. So the problem is in your DAC. You should contact M2Tech for support or next time buy a dac that has native support in Linux.
Thanks a lot.
Hi, is the ESS ES9016K2M DAC (e.g. used in the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro laptop) supported by AP-Linux?
How difficult is to add a new DAC driver?
The Acram Irdac II is supported.
Re: ” Teac UD-H01 32-bit/192kHz – Some say it works, some say it doesn’t*
TEAC UD-H01 works very well with all bit depths and sampling freqs that this DAC supports.
My settings :
“hw:DEVICE” in the mpd config
DeaDBeeF ALSA output plugin set to ‘TEAC USB AUDIO DEVICE, USB Audio Front speakers’
ALSA resampling disabled
Remove all DSPs for regular PCM, for DSF enable DSP ‘Resampler (Secret Rabbit Code)’ Automatic sample rate, SINC_BEST_QUALITY .
Creek Evolution 50CD works out of the box (USB 2.0 mode)
PS NuWave DSD sounds stunning.
Parasound Zdac v.2 DAC and Headphone Amp works excelent.
iFi Zen USB DAC provides DSD playback @ 64, 128 and 256 with usb3
Wonderful sound … This platform is a fantastic service to mankind, many thanks!
Does anyone have any information about the sporadic popping noise some linux users experience during audio playback with some USB DAC’s? I have an Audiolab 8200CD I use in USB mode (this is a USB1 device), I can playback PCM music files using various versions of Ubuntu and AP Linux V5, but I have the annoying popping sound during playback. With Ubuntu (pulseaudio off, using alsa directly) both 44.1 and 48 KHz files have the problem, but with AP Linux V5 (using mpd) only the 44.1 kHz files have the problem, this in itself is weird.
There is the old forum thread describing the problem;
this thread seemed to stop years ago, so when I moved to Linux music I assumed it had been sorted out, but to my horror it still persists. Some people have speculated that the USB driver Xhci has problems handling asynchronous USB transfers (which the Audiolab DAC’s use), but there is nothing to prove this as far as I know.
Is anyone else aware of this issue? Also has anyone tried AP linux with an
Audiolab DAC? Thanks (btw I have an ASUS MOBO, which uses Xhci to emulate USB 1 & 2)
Some DAC’s doesn’t play along with Linux very well. Especially the ones that are made for Windows OS only. I had one Audiolab DAC for testing and it didn’t have this issue. But I didn’t like the sound at all.
Thanks for your comments Marko. The Audiolab 8200CD is advertised to
work with Windows and Mac OS 10.4.11 and above, so I was hopeful it would
be painless with Linux. I do like the sound as it seems a natural sound to
me, but I’ve only ever used PCM music files.
I’m fairly sure the various Audiolab DAC’s use the same Texas Instruments USB receiver chip, so maybe if some users don’t experience the popping
then it could be a hardware issue such as Motherboard.
The only way you can be sure if it’s a hardware issue is to plug it in some Windows or Mac OS computer and if it pops, then it is a hardware issue. If it’s not,
then it’s the software. If you have the Widnows OS installed next to AP-Linux on the same machine and if it pops there and not on another PC, then it might be a
motherboard or power supply.
Update on Popping sound with Linux playback;
1) I tried my Audiolab 8200CD DAC with an old Windows XP2 PC, no popping there; which suggests the DAC is ok. (Don’t have an APL/Windows dual boot
2) I’m sure the PSU is not to blame; I’ve tried 3 PSU’s in total, Streacom, Hdplex, and now a bespoke linear PSU, same popping sounds remain.
This steers me to think that the ASUS mobo is the problem, but in APL 48Khz
files play without the popping (only 44.1 Khz pops), which steers me to think it’s the s/w. I use a UEFI boot, I have seen people say use legacy, maybe UEFI causing this.
Does anyone know of people that have had similar problems with an Audiolab DAC?
What chip does this product use? Does it have a Bluetooth module(https://www.feasycom.com/product-QCC3007-Bluetooth-5-Audio-Module-Evaluation-Board.html)? Or just one chip?Is QCC3007?
My ASUS Mobo does not have any bluetooth. I don’t follow why you’re asking about bluetooth, I’m connecting my ap-linux machine to a USB DAC with a USB cable.
Hello, audiophile linux is wonderful.
I have a Fiio Q5 and it works, but it is not recognized for DSD. it worked completely in ubuntu studio. What can I do?
I can confirm that the Emotiva PT-100 Preamp/DAC works perfectly fine under Linux, I’ve well tested under Linux Mint/Ubuntu and MoOde Audio with excellent results.
Q5 and it works, but it is not recognized for DSD. it worked completely in ubuntu studio. What can I do?
Q5 and it works, but it is not recognized for DSD. it worked completely in ubuntu studio. What can I do?
I’m using APLinux since a long time ago. Now using V5.
The PC I’m running it on is an old, but good for this, HP DC7900 2GB intel core duo.
Now the PC fried and so I need to buy another (used…) PC dedicated to music and to APLinux only.
The question is: will there be a new version of AP Linux (e.g. v6) in the next time? If so, when and will it need the same HW requirements as the former versions?
I need to decide if I buy another old DC7900 or I need a newer and more performant PC (hope not so, indeed).
Hi Luca. I’m happy that you use AP-Linux. How things are now, new version is not close. I don’t have an idea when I will be able to continue working on it. When the new version launches, it will need the same HW requirements. So you can still use this HP. Maybe go with the bigger amount of RAM. 4GB.
I have a Hegel HD12 DSD DAC.
This dac can accept only native DSD64,
higher sample rate eg. 128 or 256 is not supported, also DOP is
Using older Audiophile Linux V4.0 i can play dsd64 .dsf files without problem.
But with V5.0 (kernel linux-rt-5.2.10-rt5-1) there is no sound at all.
The DAC’s display is flashing in an unusual way, alternate display dsd and 128, suggesting to me something is not OK, and there is no sound.
How can i solve this problem. Is there any setting that can help?
Thanks in advance!