• Loud model is the last one in the series

    andriy.malyshenko05/17/2024 at 09:35 0 comments

    Following the Louder model, a smaller version came into existence. Named Loud Raspberry, It is based on the very well-known MAX98357A DAC. Compared to the Louder model is it not as loud (obviously), delivering 'just' 5W of music power per channel. 

    Why would you want one? For starters, it is much easier to use, just like the HiFi model you need just one line in the config file, enabling built-in overlay. Another reason is that with just a 3 Amp power requirement, you can use it with a standard wall power adapter (any modern phone charger will do). Since everyone has a few laying around, it is easier to get started.

    To get a feeling, how much is the humble 5W, below is the demo video.

  • Louder version is here

    andriy.malyshenko04/18/2024 at 12:37 0 comments

    The project started with a line-level PCM5102 DAC which is very common among both Raspberry and Arduino users. I'm using it in combination with a classic 80's amplifier to get the look that I like and am used to with modern streaming capabilities.

    Sure it is possible to use it directly with speakers, I have just the DAC for it. It is TAS5805M that I used in the Louder Esparagus board. It requires around 20V of input voltage, so I opted for PD-enabled USB-C power sources. They are easy to find these days and 65W ones are just right wattage too. 

    I did some work collecting code and information around this DAC (it will not work out-of-the-box unfortunately). Instruction on how to set it up is available here, and frankly, it takes just a few minutes to get it working.

    Hope that many of the Raspberry Pi owners will find this little box useful.