Best audio settings for external USB DAC

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  • 11. Oktober 2018 at 11:35 #38568

    Hi everyone,

    I’m actually using Max2Play for a year now on a Raspberry Pi3 plugged on a DAC NAD D1050 using a USB cable.
    I’m using Squeezelite and LMS to play rip versions of my own CDs stored on a hard drive plugged into the Raspberry (All files are FLAC files).
    I was wondering what were the best settings to have the most untouched and pure audio signal from the Raspberry to the DAC.
    Actually, my Squeezelite settings are :
    Sound card : hw – NAD USB Audio 2.0, USB Audio – Direct hardware device without any conversions, CARD=N20,DEV=0
    ALSA parameter : 80:4::
    Command line options : -v (because i’m using Jivelite)
    Use USB-DAC : checked

    In Logitech Media Server settings, I have set the output volume level to „100%“, set the Bitrate Limit to „No limit“ and the LAME quality to „0 (Optimal quality)“

    I have not also disabled the build-in audio paramater in raspberry’s settings. Would it help to do so ?

    Are all those settings the best for quality sound ? Is there anything I should change ?

    Thanks for your help

    Best regards

    • This topic was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by julandco.
    12. Oktober 2018 at 9:17 #38583

    Hi Julien,

    That all looks good. You can disable the build-in audio but it should not make much of a difference. You can also activate the max USB current in the Raspberry Settings and make sure your power supply is sufficient in the Health Checker in Settings/Reboot.

    12. Oktober 2018 at 12:49 #38586


    Thanks Heiner ! I’ll check theses settings as well.


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