First steps

Unpack it

Your DAC comes in an antistatic bag.


If you ordered the RCA version, everything is already soldered.


If you ordered the DIY version, the output connectors are not soldered. You have to do it by yourself. Use enough solder for the RCA connectors. If you use 0.5mm solder (that’s what I recommend), you will need a lot of it. Don’t be stingy with it!

Identifiy and solder the P5 header on the Raspberry Pi

Soldering is not hard even if you don’t solder very often.


Check our our soldering guide for more details. Note that the small Nylon spacer is not part of the standard version. It has to be ordered separately from our Accessories page.

Plug it onto the Raspberry

If you ordered the configuration with the Nylon spacer, mount this spacer onto your Raspberry Pi first. Another option is using a long 3mm screw and some nuts. Make sure, that the HiFiBerry DAC does not touch the electrolytic capacitor on the Raspberry Pi.


Connect it to your audio equipment (receiver, amplifier, …)

Connect the HiFiBerry DAC output to a line-input of your amplifier or receiver.

Install the software

The easiest way is using the standard Raspbian distribution (or other distributions, that are based on it). You only have to update your system to the newest kernel. Login at your raspberry and use the following commands:

sudo rpi-update
sudo reboot

If you’re using Volumio (formerly known as RaspyFi),  you have to enable I2S DAC support on the settings page and reboot. In this software, the HiFiBerry DAC support is already included.

Configure the software

Most likely, the modules are not enabled yet on your system. Add the following lines to the file /etc/modules:


Reboot again now

Test it

Check, if the sound card is enabled with “aplay”:

pi@raspberrypi ~ $ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: sndrpihifiberry [snd_rpi_hifiberry_dac], device 0: HifiBerry DAC HiFi pcm5102a-hifi-0 []
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

You can use aplay, to playback a WAV file. For other file formats (MP3, FLAC, …) I recommend to use mplayer.

Talk about it

We and your friends want to hear about your experiences with the HiFiBerry DAC. Send us picture of your setup by email, post it on Twitter @crazyaudio or post it to our Facebook page. Sharing your experiences will also help other HiFiBerry DAC users to find new ideas how to use the board.

Having problems?

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