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Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17 2014 12:29
by cyclesimon
Not sure if anyone has played with the Wolfson audio card available from element 14 yet. I would like to know if it can be made to work with Volumio as it looks promising. Has HD audio out as well as a built in class D amp to drive speakers directly. It is very well priced.

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17 2014 23:49
by pinacolada
I am also curious if it will work (in the near future)I have heard positive remarks about it from people who already have it.
It is in the same price class as the hifiberry which I also consider but with the amp, the inputs and the analog/digital outputs more versatile.

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Thu Mar 27 2014 13:24
by LeChuck
Anyone used this yet? Got a spare co-axial input on my amp not doing anything, considering getting one of these to hook it up.

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Sat Mar 29 2014 11:47
by gswg
The pogo pins it uses for connecting the i2s have received some bad feedback in the element14 forum - making bad connections and such.

Maybe try this one: http://www.iqaudio.com (blatant advert for my DAC - :-))


Gordon

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Sat Mar 29 2014 22:10
by Twerp
gswg wrote:The pogo pins it uses for connecting the i2s have received some bad feedback in the element14 forum - making bad connections and such.

Maybe try this one: http://www.iqaudio.com (blatant advert for my DAC - :-))


Gordon

Dammit! Wish I'd known about this the other day before I bought an ES9023-based pcb. Looks very impressive though.

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31 2014 18:54
by LeChuck
Somebody with Volumio must own one!

Just looking for the cheapest way to get spdif output and this would be a winner

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01 2014 22:33
by AlfaNovember
I have the Wolfson card. So far I've only used it with the manufacturer-supplied OS image, and it sounds good. I've had no trouble with the pogo pins, fwiw.

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03 2014 09:54
by LeChuck
AlfaNovember wrote:I have the Wolfson card. So far I've only used it with the manufacturer-supplied OS image, and it sounds good. I've had no trouble with the pogo pins, fwiw.


Thanks.

It's getting excellent reviews. Interesting read about it here: http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.ph ... Audio-Card

Thinking I'll move my USB DAC to my PC in the office room and get at Wolfson card at some point.

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04 2014 11:07
by shano
I just got one and I'm wondering which output to use. I have an optical lead here with a 3.5 headphone size jack on one end. Can I plug that into wolfson card and get digital audio? Image

What about the yellow spdif output, would that be mono using coaxial cable?

confused :roll:

Re: Wolfson Audio card with Volumio

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04 2014 15:08
by tyres2
I just got my Wolfson Pi audio card. Not much problem setting it up. The pogo pins slotted in ok. I'm currently using it with Squeezeplug, as I don't think Volumio currently supports it (correct me if I'm wrong!)? Squeezeplug does support the Wolfson card, and it's pretty simple to set up. I selected to use the SPDIF out (coaxial). I plugged in the cable, selected some music, and away it went. Sounds good, and more particularly in view of many people's experiences with USB Dacs (including me) there are no clicks or pops, even playing hi-res tracks at 96k and 192k. Also good not to have to do any soldering (and have to buy a soldering kit just to get this one thing done!).

It would be nice to use Volumio with it, so hopefully the card will be supported at some point. I think the Wolfson drivers are supposed to be included in the Raspian distribution sometime soon.

Also I'm glad to see that CPC/Farnell are now offering a box that will house the Pi and the Wolfson card. From CamdenBoss

http://uk.farnell.com/camdenboss/wolfso ... dp/2407263

I'm also aiming to try the card out with the custom Raspbian image supplied by Wolfson.