Not work with Raspberry Pi with 22/24 MHz, please order KALI with 44/48 MHz
What is the difference to the 22/24MHz and 44/48MHz board?
Up to 192K sampling rate audio files plays same quality. Only for supporting High sampling rate uses 44/48Mhz. Most of the audio files up to 192Khz only.
22/24Mhz and 44/48Mhz means the Master clocks rate uses on the reclocker board. For both cards 44.1Khz (wave files) and 48khz (streamed music). Master clocks rate is similar to the well-known computer CPU clock rate.
For what do I need a sample rate?
Streaming have 44.1, 48MHz. Some locally stored files will be there with high sample rate like 384khz. We think for streaming no one providing 384khz sampling audio.
Is the KALI 44 / 48MHz board suitable for HiFi lovers or HiFi high end user?
We think practically 1% customers only uses 384Khz sample rate files, this rate audio files limited.
ALLO now manufacturing only with 44/48mhz based reclocker. this will avoid this type confusions. Both KALI Version will give same performance. The KALI 22/24Mhz version sold cheaper, as long as in stock.
Kali The Goddess of Time
Every SBC has a crystal that it used to send digital signals to your DACs.
The accuracy of this crystal is very important in how well the DAC will transform the digital signal into analog sounds. Simply put: a better crystal means a better sound! Most SBCs use a very cheap crystal with lots of jitter in order to save costs.
Furthermore, there are 2 kinds of frequencies for digital files: 44.1Khz (wave files) and 48khz (streamed music). Some SBCs (like RPIs) can output only 48Khz, so imagine the degradation of the sound that was recorded at a different frequency.
Kali will solve both of those problems
First, it has a very low jitter NDK crystal feed by LDOs in series for ultra quiet power supply. Second, the FPGA will read the incoming stream, will buffer the DATA 0.7s while discarding the incoming clocks. Using the NDKs it will reclock the buffered data OUTSIDE the fpga (since fpgas introduce about 200ps of jitter) and provide a MCLK/BCLK that is direct from crystal, providing a jitter-free (almost) to your DAC.
Meanwhile, it will clock the file using the correct crystal (there are 2), fixing the problems outlined in the beginning.
Works great with Piano
Kali will not work if your DAC is a master. Dac has to be slave. We highly recommend our Piano 2.1 - they were designed to work perfectly toghether!
The million dollar question (actually $69): how does it sound?
Well, the music will "open up". The stage will sound bigger, more tri-dimensional. You will hear sounds, words, instruments that were drowned before in a sea of digital mud.
Is it worth it?
Do you enjoy a better wine/microbrewery beer, or anything will do? Do you have some medium/good speakers or you are using the cheapest PC speakers? Do you love music or just want to hear some beats?
We can?t answer the question for you. It?s your choice.
The basic design includes FPGA based FIFO board
22Mhz clock I2S input/output: 44.1k / 88.2k / 176k
24Mhz clock I2S input/outut: 48k,96k,192k
FIFO Memory: 4MB SRAM
Can be use with external Crystal Oscillators for MCLK or upgraded to a higher quality, multi-frequency clock that comes with automatic Fs switching and better performance
LED indicators (Power, Full, Lock, Empty, Sample Rate, Mclk)
DC power supply: (5V/3A) with Filter circuits
Sampling frequency 48k,96K,192K is deriving from 24Mhz master clock , 44.1k,88.2k,176.k deriving from 22Mhz master clock.
Automatically switching frequencies according to the input I2S signals
Extremely fast and very low propagation delay Flip-Flops are added on I2s signals output from FPGA, for synchronization with MCLK before sending to DAC
Ultra-low-noise voltage regulators for optimal audio performance
Integrated EEPROM for automatic configuration (with write-protection)
Purchase stand-alone Kali unit or get the Vana Player bundle (Sparky + Kali + Piano 2.1 + Volt + CM + 5V Adaptor + Acrylic Box)
HAT Size / Not HAT compliant
Technical Specifications LED indicators Power, Full, Lock, Empty, Sample Rate, Mclk
DC Power Supply (5V/3A) with Filter circuits
Operating Temperature -25C to 85C
Board Size LWH = 58mm * 77.54mm * 23.8mm
Why it?s the Reclocker in 2 differnet version (22/24 Mhz or 44/48 MHz) available? For what solution it need 2 different versions?
This is to support different types of music files ,
?2 kinds of frequencies for digital files: 44.1Khz (wave files) and 48khz (streamed music). Some SBCs (like RPIs) can output only 48Khz ?
Kali 22/24 Mhz will support only upto 192 Khz music sample rate ,
Higher frequency 44/48 MHz oscillators are used to support upto 384 kHz music sample rate
It?s like Single board computers à Kali à Piano DAC
When a music file pay from single board computer ,many single board computers use poor crystal where kali come in to picture ? kali will provide better clock and to the DAC it will give buffered audio + sable clock from kali .This way we can avoid jitter and better reproduction of the recorded audio .
The precise timing of a digital music stream is vital to high performance, and if that isn?t done properly (usually because of poorly designed digital-clock circuitry) performance suffers.
Note -: Jitter is best defined as digital timing errors
ALLO Kali 22/24MHz 192kHZ tested with Usb Module "Isolated XMOS 768kHz DXD DSD512(DSD1024) high-quality USB to I2S/DSD PCB" of Diyinhk
The sound improvment in the customer setup is very huge more than any audiophile cable upgrade and that only for less 75€.
The pin connection on the bottom side of kali. The pins where the customer use was to small, thats why the kali was never locked the signal. Now he use larger crimp pins and kali works like he expected. He know kali was not made for such installations.