Rather than spend hundreds of dollars on hi-fi streaming gear, some audio fans swear by a Raspberry Pi. That’s how it is; You can revolutionize your home audio with an affordable Pi computer – all you need is a DAC. And there are plenty of official options to choose from.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation started selling the DAC HAT two years ago. These HATs, which were originally designed by IQaudio, add analog audio components to a Pi computer. You can use a Pi DAC+ to connect your Raspberry Pi to an amplifier or A/V receiver, for example.
And if you want to pair your Raspberry Pi with passive speakers, there’s always the Pi DigiAMP+, a HAT with an integrated amplifier. These components are quite effective and are often used in music streaming projects. (One of my favorite projects turns the Raspberry Pi into a touchscreen music streaming interface.)
These are the hi-fi HATs offered by the Raspberry Pi Foundation:
These HATs received a little redesign on December 2, which is why we’re highlighting them today. Of course, this redesign is mostly superficial. Hi-Fi HATs now use a green circuit board (instead of black) and are slightly redesigned for faster manufacturing. (In functional terms, the update doesn’t change anything about these boards.)
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you may receive a redesigned hi-fi HAT when you order from a retailer. But this is not guaranteed. I’m sure retailers like CanaKit still carry the old black boards, which may take some time to sell out.
You can find all of the Raspberry Pi hi-fi gear on the company’s product page. Please note that the Raspberry Pi Foundation does not sell directly to consumers. You have to buy these things through a retailer like CanaKit.
Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation