Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

broken cart, broken heart .........


what more can i say? sigh ........










Friday, September 9, 2011

updates ........


more info about the USB interface will be updated here:


exD



Friday, July 22, 2011

Apple TV and Voyage MPD

have tried Voyage MPD on my ATV for a while, I can say this combo is lovely. :-)



i currently have a 4GB CF card installed, preparing the CF is simple, refer to ATV bootloader for details.

when you have completed the preparation using ATV bootloader, don't partition and format your disk again during Voyage MPD installation, otherwise you may not be able to boot properly.

when you have completed the installation of Voyage MPD, you may have to manually edit the menu.lst file, i have changed the kernel image to its absolute path instead of a link.

here is my menu.lst file,

root@voyage:/boot/grub# cat menu.lst
#
# This file generated automatically by /usr/local/sbin/setboot.sh

# on Wed Feb 23 18:02:21 UTC 2011

#

#timeout 30

default 0

title AppleTV-MPD

root (hd0,3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.33.7-rt29-voyage root=/dev/hda4
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.33.7-rt29-voyage

boot


since my USB interface is fully comply to UAC2, it works right away.

streaming 384kHz audio is just a piece of cake. :-)




here is the official Voyage MPD site,

http://linux.voyage.hk/voyage-mpd

will upgrade to Voyage MPD 0.7.5 soon.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

upgraded to 32-bit

with a new firmware update, the USB interface is now capable to stream at a max. of 384kHz/32bit.




Wednesday, April 27, 2011

ready to ship

the new usb interface module is ready to ship now. :-)



the proposed price is:

1. 192kHz/24 bit version --- US$199
2. 384kHz/24 bit version --- US$249


Saturday, April 2, 2011

full throttle

my new USB audio interface is now capable of delivering audio sample up to 384kHz sample rate.

here is the reported sample rate supported by Mac OS:





playing hi-rez audio files is really fun. :-)

you can download some DXD (352.8kHz) samples here:

2L.no


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

hacking Apple TV

after some listening test, i have decided to settle with linux and setting up a new cas system using an Apple TV (1st gen).



a minimal linux system will be "poured" inside this little machine and act a frontend music player. all of my music files will be placed in a NAS.

since the Apple TV (atv) is using a Pentium M processor and almost any standard x86 linux distribution will do the job.

a peep inside of the atv,



atv is not using standard BIOS, you will need a special bootstrap process in order to boot into a new OS other the standard ATV OS, i've tried this,

atv-bootloader

it works! :-)



Sunday, February 27, 2011

what about Tux ?

let's try connecting the USB audio device to Linux, here is the screenshot,





it's ubuntu 10.10 which has the latest ALSA driver (with USB audio class 2.0 enabled).

Friday, February 25, 2011

snow leopard singing

the USB audio interface is now singing flawlessly with MAC OS X 10.6.5







it can stream 24/192k audio files with ease.

but remember, if you are using iTunes to play your music, it won't stream at its native sample rate, it depends on the rate that is set in you audio midi setup.

if you want to have your audio files playing at its sampling rate, you need a player software that could "switch" sampling frequency in Mac OS X.

some example,

Pure Music, http://www.channld.com/puremusic/index.html
it's non free but demo version is available.
it is basically an add on to iTunes so audio files will be played at its native rate.


Decibel, http://sbooth.org/Decibel/
it's free and formerly called "AyreWave"
again, it can play your files at its native rate but it still contains some bug .......

i'm using Pure Music at the moment.


Monday, February 21, 2011

got it, finally......

after more than a year of development, my USB audio class 2.0 interface finished.

it's complying the USB Audio Class 2.0 standard, will have native support in Mac OS X 10.6 (or later) and Linux (with the lastest ALSA). a custom (ASIO) driver for Microsoft Windows (XP and Windows 7) is also available. :-)




apart from standard S/PDIF (and AES/EBU) output, it also equipped with an I2S output.