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Android DAC compatibility list (community updated)

This is a tread to gather experiences on what phones works and doesn't work with the Hifime DACs. Please submit your phone model and software version if it is not listed below.


In general, the Android and Tiny model works with most phones as it uses a simpler and older USB receiver chip (PCM2706). 

Android Lollipop 5.0 is supposed to support USB DACs out of the box, however it seems that some phone makers still haven't implemented DAC support even for 5.0


Hifimediy Android and Tiny DAC

This is the recommended DAC for Android, as it works with most phones, and the Android model comes with a microUSB cable that plugs directly into the phone

Should work with most Android phones running android 4.2.2 and above.


Note: Several reports that the sound is mono with the Tiny/Android models under Android 6.X - Please send a message if you have it working in stereo in Android 6 with this model.


Confirmed working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 running newest software update
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega running Android 4.2.2
  • Samsung galaxy S3 with newest software
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.2.2
  • HTC One X, 4.2.2 (Software number 4.18.401.2
  • HTC ONE M7
  • LG Optimus G Pro 4.1.2+
  • LG G2
  • Motorola Moto G
  • Motorola Moto E (2. Generation) 4G LTE - confirmed working (Dec 2019)
  • HP Slate 7 Extreme tablet running Kit Kat 4.4.2 (volume level change doesn't work)
  • ASUS Padfone S
  • Nexus 5 (5.0.1. and 5.1.1 both tested)
  • Nexus 6p (with microUSB to type-C adaptor)
  • Asus MemoPad 7 - K01A(ME70CX) volume buttons doesn't work
  • Acer Iconia One 10 (Android 5.1)
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503) android 4.4.4
  • Amazon Fire 7" (2015) - Volume control works after 2017 update
  • Lenovo Tab 3 A8 (TB3-850F) running Android 6.0


Not working:



  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (doesn't support USB OTG)
  • Samsung galaxy SII i9100 with Resurrection Remix 5.0.x and 4.4.4 (probably due to kernel)
  • LG Nexus 4 (doesn't support USB OTG)
  • LG g4 (Android 5) plays in mono. Works with USB Audio Player pro app
  • Asus Memo 7' ME173X android 4.2 / ME176C k013 android 4.4
  • Nexus 7 with Android 6 (output in mono only) updated: fixed in newer version


Hifime Sabre 9018 (Standard and Type-C, microUSB versions)

Works with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0 (see below)
  • Nexus 6p Android 6.0 (see below)
  • LG G2
  • LG G4 (H815), Android 6
  • OnePlus One, Android 6.0.1 (custom rom Resurrection Remix v.5.6.8)
  • Amazon Fire 7" (2015)
  • Xperia Z5 Compact - works sometimes (let the phone search for USB devices before plugging the phone for best luck)
  • Huawei Nova running on Android 7.0



Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42
  • Galaxy G7 Edge - works but stutters every 3 second (please try USB Audio player pro)
  • Nexus 6p, 5X Android 6.1+ - sound stutters. Workaround: set in Airplane mode



Hifimediy Sabre (UAE23)

Works with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+
  • Samsung J7 Pro

  • Samsung tablet 3V



Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42


Hifimediy U2 

Should work with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones.

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, Android 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S3, Android 5 CM12 - requires USB HUB!
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) stock rom, Android 5.0.1 (note: may need to disconnect and reconnect from time to time, works better with Onkyo HF Player or USB Audio Player Pro)


Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42


Hifimediy DAC 2 (UAE23+)

Should work with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones. 

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+


Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42


Hifime UX1 

Should work with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+


Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42



Hifime UH1

Should work with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+


Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42


Hifime 9018

Should work with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones.

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+


Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42


HIFIME 9018D

Should work with most Android Lollipop 5.X and above phones

Confirmed working:


  • Nexus 6 Android 5.0+
  • Mi4i (Android 5.0.2 MIUI7)


Not working:


  • Samsung Galaxy Mega Android 4.42



2 people have this question


Playing in Mono is the exact issue I have with the Android DAC - on an LG G4 on Android 6.0, an Honor 7 on 5.0 (EMUI), and an Elephone P8000 on 5.1. Any ideas?

Yes, it's a P20 Pro with EMUI v. 9.0.0.270.

@Mikael

have you updated the P20 to the latest Android version? Recently Huawei started working with DACs, including our type-C DAC. We have tested some of the Mate 20 phones, but not P20. EMUI 9.0.0 with build number 9.0.0.197 works.

"In our experience some Huawei phones doesn't seem to support usb audio at all."


Would have been nice to know before I bought the ES9018 USB-C DAC for my Huawei P20 Pro.

Doesn't work at all, no matter the Android developer settings or UAPP settings.


Can you please state in the OP that Huawei phones generally don't support USB audio at all?

@Kristoffer 

We have not tested this phone, but it seems to support USB OTG so it should work

https://support.hifimediy.com/a/forums/topics/8000000641

HiFime UAE23HD USB DAC (ES9018K2M+SA9023) works with the Fairphone 2 (lineage 15.1/android 8.1).

Hi to all,

I have a strange behavior...

OnePlus 3T, lineageOS 16. HiFimeDIY UAE23 USB DAC freshly bought.

If I connect it directly to the phone from USB-C to classic USB (OTG cable), the DAC turns on (led on) but no sound. If I put in the middle between the OTG Cable and the DAC a multi port HUB (4 ports), DAC working perfectly.


I really don't know what can be the issue. I was considering something related to the voltage but if I connect an hub, I expect the voltage should be "lower"?!


Do you have any thoughts?


Thanks and regards


Roberto

Yes, it works now !! Still an hidden option For Samsung ?

Thank you for this tip and for your help

@jmarie, you have to enable developer mode. 


Go to Settings > About device > Build number


Tap Build number seven times. After the first few taps, you should see the steps counting down until you unlock the developer options. Once activated, you will see a message that reads, “You are now a developer!”


Go back to Settings, where you’ll find a Developer options entry in the menu.


thank you for answering,


In settings I've no USB item, nor developer option (I had them on the S3 with android 4.0) ...

@jmarie

With some phones you need to go to settings and look for USB options.

There are USB mode options inside developer options (need to enable developer options first) and go to Select usb configuration.


Hello all,

I used a Tiny DAC for several monthes with a Samsung Galaxy S3 without problem.

The S3 failed and I bought a new Galaxy A7(2018) some days ago.

My DAC doesn't work anymore (not recognized by the Galaxy).

The phone use Android 8.0.0

Could anyboby help me please ?

Thank you


Sorry for my bad English, I'm French

Thak you for answering!


Your answer is very appreciate to me!


So i don`t have options to use it without rooting and so, so i`ll use it on the computer and anything else, such a pitty, even though i always was conscious of it, so, well...

So, a device with usb audio with usb host function will manage the dac without problems or clics through Poweramp or UAPP?

Excuse me if i didn`t understand something.



First of all, for the best quality you need a bitperfect music streaming, without any affecting of OS mixer . Under Win7 you can use Foobar with ASIO drivers for that or WASAPI out at least. For bitperfect under Android you can use USB Audio Player Pro (UAPP is the best) or other direct players like Neutron, Onkyo, Hiby - all of them has their own usb audio drivers and streams audio directly to USB-DAC. But notice, they all monopolizes USB-DAC, so system cant use it at one moment. If you want all apps play through the DAC under Android, your need to check your ROM has snd_usb_audio driver first. Check this folder exists /sys/module/snd_usb_audio. Then open /proc/asound/cards as text to check your dac determined there. But you need the root access for further doing, so I will not go to the deep of that for now. I have tab a tm-280 too. It is bad for usb audio in case it uses dwc_otg usb driver from DisignWare. You can find info about interrupts from that driver and clicks and pops in sound of usb dac on Raspberry PI forums. You can try to use your tm-280 with UAPP with tweak#1 and 16 bit limitation. But any processor/bus load will be heared as a multiple clicks. So I not recommend that. I think better find any old SGS4 or any newer device for usb audio with usb host function.

from what i`ve been trying:

 *Samsung galaxy tab a 2016 7"-wifi- tm-280 (android 5.1.1) and *Samsung galaxy core 2 (sm -g355hn) (android 4.4.2) dont recognize at all the UAE23( excuse my English..) .
 what i did was connecting it to them, its green light turns on, but when i press play in Poweramp and Tidal app to giving some examples, the devices dont sound.

what i`ve been doing bad?


 

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