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Let's put everything in perspective

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. :)

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