Raspberry Pi mini PC owners might be interested to learn that this week Element 14 has announced the launch of a new Raspberry Pi sound card in the form of the Wolfson Audio Card which is now available to purchase for around $33.
The Wolfson Audio Raspberry Pi sound card has been created in collaboration with Wolfson, and has been designed specifically for the Raspberry Pi offering owners audio flexibility similar to that found in a full-scale desktop computer.
The Wolfson Audio Raspberry Pi sound card is fitted with a 3.5 mm jack (4-pole) for a headset/boom mic combination for gaming or VoIP applications together with 3.5 mm jack for microphone input.
“Raspberry Pi, whilst doing a fantastic job of being a small and powerful computer, does this by a number of compromises. One of those is the limitations on its audio capabilities. Out of the box, Raspberry Pi provides good quality audio across the HDMI link, lower quality stereo audio by way of its 3.5 mm stereo jack, but no capability to connect microphones or other external audio sources, such as attaching directly to loudspeakers.
The Wolfson Audio Card solves this by providing similar audio flexibility that would be provided by a PC soundcard. Not only this but the Wolfson Audio Card was produced in partnership with Wolfson, the premier audio solutions chip company, to produce superior sound capabilities for the Raspberry Pi.”
Other features of the Wolfson Audio Raspberry Pi sound card include on-board MEMS microphone, 3.5 mm jack stereo line input for connection to devices such as digital audio players (iPod etc.) or mobile phones and a 3.5 mm jack stereo line output for connection to devices such as external stereo amplifiers or powered speakers. As well as On-board class D power amplifier for external speakers and a phono jack for electrical (not optical) S/PDIF digital input.
For more information on the new Wolfson Audio Raspberry Pi sound card jump over to the Element 14 website for details. Read out essential guide if you are interested in Raspberry Pi displays and HATS.