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Can Raspberry Pi read HiRes (24/96) Flac files and provide HiRes (29/96) output through its USB ports for onward conversion by a USB/SPDIF unit?

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Not a full answer but low key network flac player using mpd and raspberry pi describes a system which appears very similar to what you describe. –  Mark Booth Nov 16 '12 at 14:49

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No it cannot. It's hardware limited. There could be a solution to get SPDIF out but requires desoldering and resoldering the pin outs afaik. There are threads on this in the RPi forum.

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Thanks for your answer and welcome to the StackExchange community :) Could you provide some of the links you are talking about? –  Morgan Courbet Dec 20 '12 at 17:31

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