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ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:41 pm

Orchard Audio, LLC (www.orchardaudio.com) is proud to announce the launch of the second product in the company’s emerging line of high performance audio equipment: ApplePi DAC. This newly-designed DAC is the most advanced and highest performance sound card hat available for the Raspberry Pi.

Many months of development and testing have ensured the ApplePi DAC’s unparalleled performance among its competitors. Using only the highest quality and performance components available along with the latest packaging technologies, the ApplePi DAC was designed from the ground up to offer commanding performance. Performance has been verified on a state of the art audio analyzer from Audio Precision, a recognized leader in audio testing and standards. The product has been entirely designed and manufactured in the United States.

The driving goal behind ApplePi DAC’s creation was to provide exceptional audio quality at a price point that is currently not available in the market, making high performance audio equipment attainable to a wider range of consumers. For less than $250 USD for both the ApplePi DAC and the Raspberry Pi, users can achieve performance currently only available starting at $750 USD. In addition, ApplePi DAC eliminates the need for pre-amplifiers, saving additional money.

With future projects already in the pipeline, Orchard Audio is poised to shake up the audio marketplace and welcome new and returning audiophiles into the market. According to Orchard Audio President Leo Ayzenshtat, “Anyone can notice the difference in quality, but not everyone will appreciate it. We design our products for those who appreciate excellence in their listening experience.”

Currently the ApplePi DAC is only available through Kickstarter here: http://goo.gl/UZfimA

About Orchard Audio, LLC
Orchard Audio is the result of decades of engineering expertise and consulting work for some of the world's most advanced companies, including NASA, Lockheed Martin, L3 Technologies and Siemens. The company was launched in 2017 to independently release its own line of advanced audio products.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:33 am

Check out the reviews:

The Audio Beatnik:
"Ok, specs are great and all, but how did it really sound? Frankly, very good, surprisingly good." and "The mid-range and truthiness of the music rivaled that of the other DACs I have on hand that cost significantly more."
Read the full review at this link: 
http://theaudiobeatnik.com/applepi-dac- ... -it-shows/

Volumio's Founder -- Michelangelo:
"Sound-stage and spatial resolution are just excellent." and "This DAC is producing the most detailed sound to ever come out of my Raspberry PI, all the subtle nuances of my test tracks were there and clearly distinguished from everything else."
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https://volumio.org/forum/orchard-audio ... t9633.html
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:30 am

After one day we are funded 16%. Great start!
We are aiming for 500%.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:21 pm

With only two days into the project we already have more than 50% funding. We are aiming for 500%.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18 ... rry-pi-dac
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:37 pm

With an SNR of 128dB and a THD+N of 0.0005% the ApplePi DAC blows away the competion.

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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:55 am

I will be doing a demo of the ApplePi DAC and the CRISPIN amplifier in Long Island, NY on April 28th, There is room for a few more people. If you would be interested in attending send me a PM to get full info.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:18 am

The ApplePi DAC will be supported by:
-- piCorePlayer starting version 3.5.0
-- DietPi starting version 6.5
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:01 am

I am pleased to announce the support of Roon. The ApplePi DAC and Raspberry Pi combo can be turned into a Roon Network Endpoint.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:00 am

Now you can get and ApplePi DAC system that is completely ready to go out of the box, and includes a 7" touchscreen.

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Here is a video showing it in action:
https://youtu.be/WOCduJMGcFU

Kickstarter project link:
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:12 am

You should consider getting yourself a Wordpress blog or similar.

Also, no lawsuits from Apple yet?
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:41 pm

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You should consider getting yourself a Wordpress blog or similar.

Also, no lawsuits from Apple yet?
My trademark was approved by USPTO.
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Kickstarter Funded!!!

Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:07 pm

The Kickstarter project is now fully funded.

Get your ApplePi DAC product at a discount.

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20 Days Left

Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:17 pm

Only 20 days left in the Kickstarter. This is the last time it will be available at this price.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:24 am

The live demo of the ApplePi DAC and CRISPIN Ultra stereo amplifier will now also be streamed live on YouTube. 04/28/18 @ 2pm EST

Check it out:
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:29 pm

Question: You state this is a dual mono DAC. Does that mean the left and right outputs will always be the exact same signal? I understand that is not what dual mono really means, but have to check.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Fri May 04, 2018 12:50 pm

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Question: You state this is a dual mono DAC. Does that mean the left and right outputs will always be the exact same signal? I understand that is not what dual mono really means, but have to check.
The left and right channels will be different.

The DAC chip is used in monaural mode. This means that a DAC typically used for stereo is used for mono but performance is increased.

The left and right channels have individual DACs.
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Re: ApplePi DAC, Highest Performance Raspberry Pi DAC Launches

Sat May 05, 2018 3:07 pm

orchardaudio wrote:
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user879 wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:29 pm
Question: You state this is a dual mono DAC. Does that mean the left and right outputs will always be the exact same signal? I understand that is not what dual mono really means, but have to check.
The left and right channels will be different.

The DAC chip is used in monaural mode. This means that a DAC typically uses for stereo is used for mono but performance is increased.

The left and right channels have individual DACs.
Ok, that's good. Thanks for the answer.
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ApplePi DAC Tour

Sat May 05, 2018 3:22 pm

The ApplePi DAC went on a tour around the country. Here is what people who have tried it, have to say:

Wayne - Littleton, CO
"This is a very well engineered and built DAC. I again suggest folks sign up for the tour and listen yourself." and "I spent a good week listening to it and came away extremely impressed with what Leo has done with this DAC hat."

Alan - Harrisburg, OR
"I have had the Apple Pie for a while and I must say I am really impressed." and "Any way this is a dammed fine budget setup that punches way above it's weight."

Sharschchandra - Austin, TX
"The build quality is top notch and I really like the layout." and "The unit sound great out of box, very organic, almost neutral and full bodied (compared to ES9038PRO based DACs). The vocals were amazing especially on the JBL 4312B monitors."

Jerry - Camarillo, CA
"This is one sweet little Dac, Leo. I actually left work early today just to spend more time getting to listen." and "You have one helluva nice piece here; I appreciate the gracious demo."

The tour continues to this day, and will continue beyond Kickstarter. If you would like to sign up, go here: https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?t ... msg1665901
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< 24 Hours Left

Sat May 12, 2018 10:36 pm

Less than 24 hours left.

Here is the full list 9f specs:
  • SNR: 128dB (A-Weighted)
  • THD+N: <0.0005% (-106dB)
  • Frequency Response: DC - 22kHz
  • Balanced Output Voltage: 5 Vrms (0dBFS)
  • Balanced Output Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Single Ended Output Voltage: 2.5 Vrms (0dBFS)
  • Single Ended Output Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
  • Supported Bit Rates: 16-Bit and 24-Bit
  • Power Consumption: 4.5W (5V @ 0.9A)
  • Chipset: 2 × Burr Brown PCM1794A - monaural mode
  • Op Amps: 6 × OPA1612 - dual differential output configuration
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