Hardware Compatibility

Simpfony leverages standard hardware not traditionally used in the whole-home audio space. While any hardware that conforms to industry standards should work, some hardware may have quirks or otherwise not comply with standard protocols. Below is a list of hardware actually tested by our engineers for standards compliance and compatibility with Simpfony, along with our results. This list is constantly updated, so check back often!

If you've used hardware not listed here and would like to report your results, please send details to support@simpfony.com.

Status Key

Recommended — works well, no issues.
Functional — works, but may have minor quirks as noted.
Not Recommended — does not work or has major issues as noted.

Zone outputs / DACs

Simpfony works with any standard USB sound output device.

Manufacturer Model Ports Status
AudioQuest DragonFly 1.2 1 1/8" stereo analog female
HiFiMe Sabre 9018 USB DAC 1 combined 1/8" stereo analog and optical digital
24-bit/96 kHz DAC.
HiFiMe Sabre USB DAC ES9023 1 combined 1/8" stereo analog and optical digital
24-bit/96 kHz DAC. (old version had volume control with only 8 steps; this is no longer a limitation of the current shipping version)
HRT Music Streamer II 1 stereo RCA female
Higher-end USB DAC with asynchronous USB; max 24-bit 96kHz
Parasound zDAC v.2 1 analog stereo RCA female, 2 analog XLR balanced, 1 1/4" headphone, 1 1/8" headphone
High quality 24-bit/192 kHz DAC
Topping C1 1 optical digital, 1 coaxial digital
Digital only
Topping TP23 1 stereo speaker level
Integrated USB DAC and 25Wx2 class-D digital amplifier; max 16-bit 48kHz
Topping VX1 1 stereo speaker level
Integrated USB DAC and 25Wx2 class-D digital amplifier; fixed 24-bit 96kHz
Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II 1 combined 1/8" analog and optical digital
Excessively loud; hardware volume control only controls analog output.
Xitel MP3 Streamer 1 1/8" stereo analog female
Good low-cost USB DAC; max 24-bit 48kHz. No longer available
C-Media based generic DAC
Does not support standard hardware modes required by Simpfony. Very inexpensive (a few dollars) dongle-type output or combined output/input, often sold as "3D sound". Usually shows as "C-Media USB Headphone Set" in Simpfony Assistant.

Inputs / ADCs

Simpfony works with any standard USB sound input device.

Manufacturer Model Ports Status
Xitel In-Port Hotwire 1 1/8" stereo male
Basic ADC; in-line configuration; max 16-bit 48kHz

Combined Zone output / DAC and Input / ADC

These units have both output and input capability in a single device.

Manufacturer Model Ports Status
Behringer U-Control UCA202 1 analog stereo RCA female output, 1 digital optical output, 1 analog/phono stereo RCA female input
Digital and analog output, analog input. 16-bit only
Sound Blaster X-Fi HD 1 analog stereo RCA female output, 1 digital optical output, 1 analog/phono stereo RCA female input, 1 digital optical input, 1 1/4" headphone output, 1 1/4" microphone input
Digital and analog outputs can be used simultaneously as seperate zones; digital and analog inputs can be used simultaneously; only one analog input can be used at one time.

USB hubs & extenders

USB hubs can be used to add additional USB ports to support more zone outputs, line inputs, or other accessories.
USB extenders can be used to remotely locate zone outputs, line inputs, or other accessories away from the Simpfony system using Cat5/6 cable.

Manufacturer Model Ports Status
Anker USB 3.0 13-port +1 aluminum hub 13 USB 3.0 ports, 1 high-power charging-only port
Cannot use all 13 ports due to lack of multi-TTs and Simpfony's high-definition audio.
Elektron Overhub USB 3.0 7-port multi-TT powered hub 7 USB 3.0
Gefen EXT-USB2.0-LR Cat5 USB 2.0 330ft Extender 2 USB 2.0
The gold standard in USB extenders. Extend USB over Cat5 up to 330ft. Deals well with less than optimal conditions such as multiple junctions/patches in Cat5 run. Can be used with a hub at the remote end to increase the number of ports beyond 2.
IOGEAR GUCE62 BoostLinq USB 2.0 over Cat5 164ft extender 1 USB 2.0
Great option for remotely locating a single zone output, line input, or CD player up to 164ft away. Not recommended for multiple devices using a hub at remote end (see IOGEAR GUCE64 for that scenario).
IOGEAR GUCE64 BoostLinq 4-port USB 2.0 over Cat5 164ft extender 4 USB 2.0
Great option for remotely locating any combination of up to 4 zone outputs, line inputs, or CD player up to 164ft away. This is the extender Simpfony offers as a bundled option.
LinXcel UH-217C-US USB 2.0 7-port multi-TT powered desktop hub 7 USB 2.0
Very good, inexpensive hub.

Accessories

Miscellaneous accessories that can be used with Simpfony.

Manufacturer Model Ports Status
LG GP70NS50 Super-Multi Blade 8x Portable DVD drive 1 USB 2.0
Allow customers to play CDs directly in Simpfony with this high quality, slot-load CD drive. Use with a USB extender to conveniently locate the drive away from the Simpfony system. This is the CD drive Simpfony offers as a bundled option.