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WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi

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The WM8960 Audio HAT is a sound card for your Raspberry Pi, allowing playback and recording of audio with an integrated Stereo CODEC.

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If you love to work with Electronics, but have always found audio to be the trickiest part, then you will be delighted with the introduction of the WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi, which is a fantastic little expansion module for Raspberry Pi Boards that conveniently adds stereo audio playback and recording in one of the easiest ways known to Makers. And of course, just to make your life as a Maker as easy as possible, these Pi HATs also include a set of 8Ω 5W speakers with a JST-PH2.0 connector so that you don’t even need to find your own to use with this module.

The WM8960 Audio HAT features all of the important parts to deliver great quality low power stereo audio for your projects, and can be integrated within minutes by simply plugging the module into the top of a Raspberry Pi before installing the necessary drivers and testing to see if it works. This is arguably one of the easiest ways to add quality Audio to a Pi project, even offering the option to connect the left and right speakers up separately, or via a single 4-pin JST-PH2.0 connector – which is the same connector that the included 8Ω 5W speakers use.


WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Input Voltage

– 5V DC                                            

  • Logic Voltage

– 3.3V

  • Control Interface

– I2C

  • Audio Interface

– I2S

  • DAC Signal-Noise Ratio

– 98dB

  • ADC Signal-Noise Ratio

– 94dB

  • Earphone Driver

– 40mW (16Ω@3.3V)

  • Speaker Driver

– 1W Per Channel (8Ω BTL)

  • Raspberry Pi Compatibility  

Raspberry Pi 3B+ | 3B | 2B

– Raspberry Pi Zero W | Zero | Zero WH

– Raspberry Pi Boards with 40 GPIO Headers

  • Dimensions

– 65 x 30mm


WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi  -  Pin Mapping:

    HAT Pin    

Raspberry Pi (BCM)

Raspberry Pi (Board)





5V Power








I2C Data Input




I2C Clock Input




I2S Bit Clock Input




I2S Frame Clock Input




I2S Data Output




I2S Data Input






Typical Applications for WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi:

If you love to work with Electronics and Raspberry Pi, but don’t have the time or inclination to figure out all of the complexities of audio recording and playback, then this WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi is the perfect solution for you. And instead of focusing on complicated audio, you can get straight to the important work that you love most, enjoying projects like:

  • Adding audio to your little robotic buddy, so it can keep you updated on important news, or even reply when you  shout at it  tell it that you love it.
  • Integrating sound effects and music into your custom Game Arcade machine or personalised handheld console.
  • Adding value to the world by creating an amazing project like the amazing “HANDTALK” Sign-Language Translator.

These are just a few great ideas on how to use the WM8960 Audio HAT for Raspberry Pi, but of course you can always just choose to use it for simple audio too.


Additional Resources:

  • Official WM8960 Audio HAT Wiki page, featuring the user manual, schematics, datasheet for the WM8960 Stereo CODEC, as well as demo code for getting started.


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