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In Reply to: RE: A Bargain? posted by Dynobot on March 16, 2017 at 16:01:13
just barely better than a $35 general purpose cobbled together toy.
That buys you a naked board devoid of case, power supply and digital output. Unusable at that level to do anything. BTW, I've ordered a HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro given your recommendation. That was not part of our fisherman's original guideline. Perhaps I should have started there. Let's say $150 vs $640 for an equivalent, operational product.
So at nearly $2k it just wins over the RPi.
I'm not sure where you get the $2k figure. My investment is $640 for the uRendu, $400 for the power supply and because my DAC doesn't support a Linux based USB device, another $500 for the S/PDIF converter. That was an unplanned expense. Call it $1k.
And yes, I would definitely call a $1k device of that sound quality a bargain vs any number of hideously expensive alternatives. :)
ps: I've begun experimentation with my battery supplies. I need more time, but I believe using even a 1A battery provides more resolution than the $13 Jameco linear. Back to listening to it. :)
My battery supply. Using a 7.2V 10Ah NiMH battery with lower ESR than Li-Ion per your recommendation.... and it has a more constant voltage output before drop-off when it begins to deplete.
Okay maybe I exaggerated a little in favor of the RPi.
By about $1300 !! ;-)
uRendu $640. Power supply $60.
A slight rounding error...:)
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