JDS Labs have got some news for all you Playstation owners (PS4 / PS5) – They have found a way you can use your Element II / EL DAC II or Atom DAC with your console.
As some of you more tech savvy readers out there may know, when JDS Labs released their newest DACs they all came as USB Audio Class 2 DACs (UAC2) devices out of the box so they could support higher bitrates amongst other things. This did however mean they were designed for PC/Mac use mainly and consoles were not supported, however you can now change this via a simple firmware change.
The firmware change makes the DACs run as USB Audio Class 1 (UAC1) devices which means your PS4 or PS5 will now see them when connected via USB, you just have to navigate to: Settings ? Devices ? Audio Devices ? Output Device ? JDS Labs XXX DAC UAC1.
One small caveat, the PS4 and PS5 are known to limit USB Audio output volume, so this UAC1 firmware is locked to max volume as a workaround, but you can still adjust the volume at your console.
Please note this disclaimer from JDS Labs Please keep in mind that installing a UAC1 firmware disables UAC2 support and removes the ability to install firmware updates on the DAC, meaning installing UAC1 firmware is a one-way street. Any firmware built for UAC1 will be listed with a warning note.
Additional information and the UAC1 firmware can be found HERE
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