[sdiy] Audio converters for DC?

Jay Schwichtenberg jschwich53 at comcast.net
Wed Jul 7 21:45:37 CEST 2021

My personal opinion is that this is in the top 10 ten list of dumb shit 
things to do in SDIY.

These parts aren't made to do this electrically, you've mentioned some 
of the issues.

Then there is the issues of having to go over the I2S interface and 
sucking up uC bandwidth since it's a streaming interface and needs 
constant data.

Jay S

On 7/7/2021 11:58 AM, Mattias Rickardsson wrote:
> Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com 
> <mailto:mbryant at futurehorizons.com>> mentioned in the other thread:
>     You can do DC out with some (but not all) AKM 24/32 bit audio DACs
> Is there any consensus around the practice of using audio converters 
> for DC input/output? Any do's and don't's?
> Is it always possible and unproblematic if the converter doesn't have 
> an internal DC-blocking HPF? For many synth applications such as CV it 
> would be a problem if there is an offset that is not constant over 
> time, temperature and use case.
> I know I have asked about this topic before, but I'm still interested 
> if anything new is on the table.
> Btw I recently saw an offset of some percents of the full scale in a 
> Texas ADC where the internal HPF was disabled by accident. Larger 
> offset than I'd expect.
> I've used Cirrus codec DACs for generating DC offsets, but not AKMs 
> yet IIRC. And at the moment I'm not using that many AKMs for some 
> reason. ;-)
> /mr
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