Review on Up2Stream HD DAC

I already have some experience with the Products from Arylic, the S10 and the Mini V3 pcb.

They all accept Hi Res Files (not DSD) up to 192 but then down-sample to 44.1KHz/16bits.

I was mightily impressed by the flexibility of these pocket money streamers (pocket money in terms of Audiophile spends of being less than £100),

S10 Connectivity USB, Wifi, Network, Bluetooth, aux input, aux output

Mini V3 has the same but no network port but what it does have is the ability to add SPDIF and an external DAC. I added an ESS9023 and SPDIF and improved the sound quality (already pretty good).

The Arylic products can be controlled by a phone app, a Web Link or IR remote. They can be linked as a multiroom setup and have extensive software sound manipulation possibilities via the purchase of a $20 software app see ACPWorkbench Stereo Equalizer Software-Arylic.com For more details.

For Music connectivity;

Spotify connect ,Airplay, Qplay, DLNA, UPnP, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Qobuz, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Napster and Amazon music amongst others in their ability to connect to Music Services.

In Terms of a Bang for Bucks Streamer you have to spent a hell of a lot more to start to outperform them.

What Makes the Up2Stream HD DAC different is that this time around it doesn’t down sample but outputs up to 24/192 and also has APTX HD and Airplay 2. Still no DSD capability or MQA (although there is talk about this being included in a future software update). This is a relatively new product Jan 2022 launch and its pretty good but a lot dearer at $249 (watch out for offers, I picked mine up with a substantial discount). Up2Stream HD DAC - High-Res Multiroom Wireless Aptx HD Audio Streaming – Arylic

It’s a bare board setup probably around Raspberry Pi size but totally designed around audio with the Dac being an ESS 9038Q2m.

It has SPDIF optical and Coaxial, RCA outputs, IIS output among access to MCU GPIO pins for add on devices.

Straight off the Bat it sounds really good whither I feed the analogue output to my Cayin Valve amp or feed the RME ADI-2 DAC FS by SPDIF.

Currently its only controllable via the Phone app, there is no Web app yet, a separate purchase IR controller is available. The Software tool that is used on the other Arylic products isn’t available yet.

So why buy it? If all it is offering Full HD (24/192) for some streaming apps Qobuz HD and Tidal HiFi and DNLA, UPNP.

Well, I’m putting my faith in Arylics promises of future updates including an External Display, they are promising Amazon HD (Yes Please) and MQA (not fussed).

They have a great User Forum and some folks out there are using some of the DIY boards for great builds and multiroom systems. I’ve printed a 3d case for mine (see pics)

I’m currently listening to this using a set of HEDD Headphones through my RME and loving it even at 16bit Amazon feed. So do yourself a favour check out the Arylic products both your ears and pockets will be pleasantly surprised.




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@C3pored Craig,

Thanks for sharing your experiences :+1:

I have one on order so looking forward to listening to it. The Tidal Connect Angle will be important for some friends of mine :slight_smile:

Happy Listening, Kevin

Hi, can you share the case specification for shearch sites where can do in Spain, Thanks.

I’ve loaded the design for the case into Thingiverse.

You can download it from there for printing

Best Wishes

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Hi, very thanks.

Regards.

Hi all, i has been received my new UP2Stream HD, i have one question:

Is this module compatible with new board?

Up2Stream S/PDIF In Board : Lacking a digital input for your DIY board but want an easy solution? The S/PDIF input board lets you easily add S/PDIF input to your device. It contains both an Optical input and Coaxial input jack. With this board, you can connect any device with S/PDIF output as a digital audio input source.

ETA for case?

Thanks.

Hi, the SPDIF IN board should be used, but has some issues:
1, the PINs are not related, make sure connect the correspondly based on silkprint.
2, the accessory has OPT and COAX, these two shares the SPDIF pin, so if you need to seperate OPT and COAX, you need to try to modify the board manually.

Hi, what this connector is for: (+/-12V balance output for external device). Are there pins on the board for activating an external amplifier, like they were on previous GPIO1 and GPIO2 boards?

This +/- 12V is used drive external OP chip for pre amplify

Hi @zpl1025 ,

Could you just clarify:

  • The HD has COA-IN and GND on its silk screen, presumably these are direct connections for coax SPDIF input and no other circuitry is needed?
  • There is no option on the 4Stream app to select Coax input. Is it shared when Optical is selected?

Many thanks.

Hi Simon,

  • The Optical is OK. The COAX would have some issue, and need an extra circuit to regular the signal for consumer devices.

  • The 2 inputs are seperated.