I have some updates. I have had a crazy year working on other higher priority projects. I might have some more time to renew interest in this as I have the framework built and a new system to get prototypes up and running.
Stay tuned. Still nobody has anything like it on the market which is both astonishing and sad.
I'm interested in this. Keep us posted.
Yup, you should make this a relatively high priority I would say...
If possible it should also be as generic as possible so it will work right out of the box with Windows or Linux machines. Would be great if it was recognized by the newer androids devices as an external sound device but I don't know if the androids can support that. I should plug one of my USB sound cards into my Galaxy SIII and see if they are recognized... Hmmm...
I have an SIII, and I haven't tried USB Audio. I don't even know if it is supported. But yes, my intentions were to after releasing something that works with a wire, make a version that supports bluetooth audio. The sound quality will be lower obviously because bluetooth can't handle the bitrate, but that should make tablet/phone installs much easier.
I have a generic tablet here as well that even came with the adapter included but I haven't done much with it.
Status Update April 08th, 2013:
I have working hardware that will output low-level 8 channel, 24bit, 96KHz sound. So that is 7.1 audio using Windows sound outputs at better sound quality than most sound cards. Now I can (hopefully) bolt on my amplifier and voila!
http://tabletrepublic.com/forum/late...view-3203.html) that I am interested in is not available in Hong Kong. So I will need to find a reliable mail order source in China to get it. I will keep you posted.
On Audio over USB I have a Sony Xperia Z (4.1.2) which supports my Fiio USB D/A without issue, but my other phone, Samsung Note (stock 4.1.2) will not. So it all depends on the kernel. I hope the x7 would have this function (fingers crossed)
But to get the sound and channels I wanted, it had to be done. :(
The better news, is that since my last amplifier design, the silicon company released a new product that seems to have addressed the issue I was having. So I am going to re-layout that board and see what's what.