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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

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 ???

 I'm interested in how the compatibility with the LG G4 was ascertained - I haven't managed to get my hifimeDIY Android DAC to work natively on a stock 5.0+ ROM, but it would only play in Mono. Now running Cyanogenmod 13 with the same issue. The only way to make it work properly is to rely on the USB Audio Player Pro app which uses its own driver...

Hi, just joined to share this information:

Nexus 7 2013, Android 6.0.1: Hifimediy Sabre (UAE23)


This combination works in STEREO!

I am quite pleased that a $42 DAC will work for my new setup (replacing a Behringer UCA222 which was previously used with a [now dead] Nexus 7 2012).

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

Hifime 9018D


Working fine here with Mi4i running Android 5.0.2, MIUI7

I'm interested in how the compatibility with the LG G4 was ascertained - I haven't managed to get my hifimeDIY Android DAC to work natively on a stock 5.0+ ROM, but it would only play in Mono. Now running Cyanogenmod 13 with the same issue. The only way to make it work properly is to rely on the USB Audio Player Pro app which uses its own driver...

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.



HiFime Sabre 9018 work perfectly with OnePlus One running Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 (custom rom Resurrection Remix v5.6.8).


With all the apps that i tested it (Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, YouTube, Google Play Music, default media player) there is no problem.


Occasionally AudioFX is crushing, but doesn't seem to be problem.

@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

HIFIMEDIY SABRE ANDROID DAC


Working:


Lenovo Tab 3 A8 (TB3-850F) running Android 6.0.  Works fine for all system sounds, also works fine exclusively controlled by Neutron Player.


The Amazon Fire 7" (2015) works great with both the Sabre Android EX9023 DAC and the Sabre 9018 USB DAC. I put a review up on my blog at http://t-amps.blogspot.com/2016/05/fire-7-2015-and-android-otg-audio.html. Thanks so much for the DACs!

Hifimediy Sabre U2 (SA9023) working on:

SGS4 Lollipop

SGS3 Lollipop (CM12) with USB2.0 HUB ONLY (problem with usb enumeration and setting of usb-parameters).

RK3066, RK3188 HeadUnits with latest KitKat.

To get 24/96 on Lollipop edit etc/audio_policy.conf in cathegory usb_device:

sampling_rates dynamic

formats dynamic

Hifime Sabre 9018


working with LG G2 

kind of working with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (Stutters every 3 seconds)

Thanks everybody! We have edited the first post, and also added some data received on email.

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