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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

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.
Hi there, Nexus 5X with Android 8.0 Oreo here working really well with Sabre Android DAC. Am using this Tronsmart usb-c to micro-usb adapter to bridge the gap. Thanks for the nice product.

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.



@Thomasznilsson 

Can you try the Hiby application? It is reported to work on other Samsungs.

http://www.hiby.cd/cpcc/index_49.aspx

Anybody have a rooted device, currently only working in mono with the Tiny that could give a try with changing the usb_device setting to AUDIO_CHANNEL_OUT_STEREO?


@Alexander Vershinin @hifime Yes, I'm rooted, gave it a go, but unfortunately no change. Rebooted a couple of times too :( Good idea though - any others?
I should point out that that was tested on the LG G4, CM13.

@Jack Jennings Could you paste here all text from /proc/asound/cardX/stream0, where X is the number of your USB-DAC in system (the largest number)? Open file in the moment of music playing.

@Alexander Vershinin

I tried setting channel_masks AUDIO_CHANNEL_OUT_STEREO and then rebooting, but it didn't fix the mono issue.

I also checked  /proc/asound/cardX/stream0 (card1 in my case, and there was both stream0 and stream1), but both 'files' are empty/blank. (I checked the files when music was already playing).


My device: Nexus 7 2013, Stock Android 6.0.1, rooted.

USB DAC = 2013 version of HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC ES9023 96kHz/24bit (w/ Tenor chip).


Any other ideas?


@Jack Jennings Well, I made some reformat:

  

Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio DAC at usb-xhci-hcd.0.auto-1, full speed : USB Audio

Playback:
  Status: Running 
    Interface = 1
    Altset = 2
    Packet Size = 96
    Momentary freq = 48000 Hz (0x30.0000)
  Interface 1
    Altset 1
    Format: S16_LE
    Channels: 2
    Endpoint: 2 OUT (ADAPTIVE)
    Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000
  Interface 1
    Altset 2
    Format: S16_LE
    Channels: 1
    Endpoint: 2 OUT (ADAPTIVE)
    Rates: 32000, 44100, 48000

  And you can see that TI USB-reciever chip has two Altsets - 1 for 2 channels (stereo), 2 - for 1 channel (mono), but for unknown reasons Altset 2 has been used for output. I have no idea except some problem exists with setup hw parameters in the moment of USB-DAC detecting in the system. To see that try to install CatLog from google play and post here logs of the moment you pluging your DAC and starting playing (run catlog, plug in dac, start play, stop catlog, save and post it here).

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

@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.


@Jack Jennings WOW! You should better save it in UTF-8 text file and post here a link to a cloud. Or at least use Code Snippet... Ok, I repaired it already. Align to log, you have ALSA installed in your system. Could you check /etc/asound.conf exists and post it (link or code snippet) here?

@Alexander Vershinin

Nothing called asound.conf in the ETC/ folder :(

I have apns.conf, audio_effects.conf, audio_platform_info.xml, audio_policy.conf and a few others like mixer_paths.xml and media_profiles.xml...


Thanks by the way, I really appreciate the effort!

Is it worth my capturing a log from when I use USB Audio Player Pro to play music (where it works properly)?

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