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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

thank you for answering,


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

Well, that means alsa is on audiodriver layer only in your ROM. I can't find any unusual in your log. So I think the problem is more deeper than we can fix. UAPP's log is not helpfull, becase UAPP uses its own usb audio drivers. There is nothing to compare.
@Alexander Vershinin OK fair enough, never mind then. As I said though, it does the same thing when I'm running a stock ROM, which is weird :( So the G4 isn't compatible after all?

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

@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 guys, I know that a poster above said that this DAC (Sabre 9018 USB) will work with OnePlus One. Just wondering is this only ROM/kernel specific? I'm currently on Sultan's CM13 Stable. How the volume operation works? Does it respond to volume buttons or software only? Thanks in advance.

Thanks for looking into this. Yes it might not be fixable by a simple conf file edit, we must hope that Google will repair this asap. We have confirmed Sabre 9018 and Sabre DAC (uae23 -newest batch with Savitech chip) works (in stereo) Android 6 with Nexus 6p. 

@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.


@ Sarath - we have not tested with nexus 5x, but would be very surprised if it didn't work with the 5X.

Sony Xperia X works with DAC/ AMP  I went to a hifi store to test the dragonfly usb dac with the phone. I didn't expect it to work, but it did. I am on Android 6.0.1

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

Thank you for this tip and for your help

@Zuhairi Zainudin yes, it is ROM and kernal specific, as some kernels might have removed this feature. CM seems to generally work now, but a couple of years ago it often didn't work even when Samsung native Android worked.

Thanks. OK so from my understanding now the new SA9023 USB Receiver Chip has better Android 6 support unlike the PCM2706 right? 

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

Hello there

Can anyone confirm whether the type c version works with NEXUS 5X ???

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