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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

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?


 

btw, i have the next devices:

*Samsung galaxy tab a 2016 7"-wifi- tm-280 (android 5.1.1)

*Samsung galaxy core 2 (sm -g355hn) (android 4.4.2)

*Samsung Galaxy Young (GT-S5360) (android 2.3.6) ¿is possible that any dac works with it)?


Please if anyone has any dac running over those o.s , i`d aprrceiate any information.

Regards!

Hello to everybody!


I am new user of

UAE23 USB DAC (ESS Sabre ES9023+Savitech SA9023)


It seems that works on w764 home premium sp1 over a gigabite b85m-d3h motherboard, the volume and clarity of music has increased, above all volume..quality and clarity are a bit crisp from what i`ve benn listening.

I have nice flac files and nice active speakers,  so..

But positively surprised for the price, to say.


what i have to do to make it work over android both 5.1.1 , 4.4.2  and jelly bean? (if it could) or there`s one that works?

Usb audio player pro is needed?


Regards to everybody

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.

@ Reyden. In our experience some Huawei phones doesn't seem to support usb audio at all. What you can try is the free program HIbyMusic. It is similar to UAPP. 

Is there anyway I can make this work without having to buy UAPP? Im from huawei gr5 2017 with the hifimediy sabre 9018 usb dac via otg cable.

@Hank 

it depends what DAC model you refer to.  The Android/Tiny model should work. Regarding the Sabre 9018 model - it might have some skipping/stuttering issues as it happens with some Samsung's.

Hi there, does it work with Samsung J5 ,android 7.0

Thanks and good to hear it works nice with the S7 Edge International.

No, the DAC will always work as a DAC and amplifier, it's not technically possible to use only the amp part (and analog audio from the phone's internal DAC). 

The differences you experience might be because of different music files, as files you play in USB Audio player pro will probably be higher quality than Spotify, Youtube etc. Also USB Audio player pro has some other advantages.

Work well with Samsung S7Edge International (Exynos)


First, when I plug DAC into the phone, a pop-up message from system ask you to use this device with USB Player Pro, from this step there are 2 cases:


1) If you chose 'No': all the app on my S7 (Youtube, Spotify, system sound...) work well with DAC. With my ear and headphone (B&O H6, Sennheiser Momentum InEar) the output power is clearly improved but the sound quality only a bit better (hardly find out). 


2) If you chose 'Yes', USB Player Pro will open and initialize interface with DAC and from that moment, only USB Player Pro can make sound output, but sound quality seems much better.


I think in the 1st case: only Amp work to amplify signal direct from phone. And in 2nd case: Android system is by passed, both DAC and Amp Chip take into work. Do am I think right?


By the way, the 9018 DAC luckily work perfectly with my phone. I almost satisfy with this excellent tiny combo DAC+Amp. 4.5/5 Stern.



Hi Kim, thanks for the info and great to know that Huawei supports DACs now, as they didn't support USB Audio at all previously. 

Will add it the the first post.

HiFime Sabre 9018 USB TYPE C


Working:


Huawei Nova running on Android 7.0. The DAC works fine (tested with Spotify and Android Music Player)


Im very happy. Sounds perfectly with my Ultimate Ears tiple.fi 10 pro (Multi-BA) :-)!

@Julian, thanks, we have added it to the first post.

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