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!
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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.
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
Miscellaneous accessories that can be used with Simpfony.
|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.|