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Orchard Audio ApplePI DAC review

Postby chrisrm9208 » Sun Sep 02 2018 12:14

Take note: the board gets quite hot.


Would appropriately-placed stick-on heatsinks improve things?

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Orchard Audio ApplePI DAC review

Postby orchardaudio » Sun Sep 02 2018 12:34

chrisrm9208 wrote:
Take note: the board gets quite hot.


Would appropriately-placed stick-on heatsinks improve things?



I have been running a board for close to a year straight now with no issues.

This heatsink will sit nicely on the 1794s if you like to keep them a little cooler:
https://uk.farnell.com/fischer-elektronik/ick-smd-a-8-sa/heat-sink-for-smd-87-c-w/dp/4302175
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Orchard Audio ApplePI DAC review

Postby orchardaudio » Wed Oct 03 2018 21:07

Case for ApplePi DAC...

Thanks to one of my customers (Rick D.) I can say that the HifiBerry Universal Case, fits the ApplePi DAC perfectly:
https://www.hifiberry.com/shop/cases/un ... ase-black/

I would highly recommend getting these heat sinks for the DAC chips:
https://uk.farnell.com/fischer-elektron ... dp/4302175

In addition to the heat sinks I additionally recommend drilling a few holes in the top cover to improve airflow.

The case will not work with Volume-Clocker

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Orchard Audio ApplePI DAC review

Postby chrisrm9208 » Sun Oct 07 2018 09:46

I've had my ApplePi DAC running for a few weeks now, and after the running-in period of a day, I have to say it's a goodie. I'd love to have the critical faculties that would allow me to make detailed comments about sound-stages and suchlike but being 61 and a motorcyclist means that my hearing is degraded from my youth. It's not the kit it's playing through; the speakers now sound like NS1000s, so they're doing fine.

What I can say is that there's more music over the HFB DAC+ Pro; it's a richer sound and I can differentiate between areas of the sound-stage more cl;early. I like it and I admire the simplicity of the design. Having spent time in the electronics industry, one becomes very aware of how complexity breeds breakdowns, so someone following Colin Chapman's advice ('Simplify, then add lightness') is one to watch with interest.

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Postby orchardaudio » Fri Nov 16 2018 15:28

For those who may be interested check out GALA, it is essentially a fully stand alone version of ApplePi DAC with SPdif input.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gala ... 19247162#/
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Postby orchardaudio » Mon Nov 19 2018 21:31

20% off all ApplePi products until Nov 30th. Get yours now:

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Postby orchardaudio » Sat Jan 19 2019 20:47

Here is a great write up by very happy customer.
http://www.cfuttrup.com/touch_upgrade.html

If you are looking to build a system with the 7" touch screen that is very useful.
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Postby orchardaudio » Thu Jan 24 2019 00:29

For a limited time...

ApplePi DAC - 30% off
ApplePi Volume-Clocker - 15% off

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