Knowing how voltage dividers work, this probably isn't possible. But, is there a way to run an audio signal back through an R2R arrangement and get 8bit digital signals back out without complex circuitry?

  • \$\begingroup\$ You can turn any DAC into an ADC by adding an analog comparator. \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Tweed Sep 20 '15 at 11:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Where would I add it? Elaborate please. \$\endgroup\$ – nkeck72 Sep 20 '15 at 13:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Connect the DAC to one input, connect your analog voltage to the other, and connect the output to your logic. The logic (e.g., firmware running on a microcontroller) then runs an algorithm such as successive approximation to determine what the analog voltage is. \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Tweed Sep 20 '15 at 19:32

I think you're looking for a Flash ADC:


You can't use the same arrangement though. You need a lot more resistors.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Makes sense. I'm guessing there isn't a way to do it without some form of an IC? \$\endgroup\$ – nkeck72 Sep 20 '15 at 2:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ You could build the comparators out of transistors, but that sounds kinda painful. ICs make things easy! \$\endgroup\$ – Daniel Sep 20 '15 at 2:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Im for the ICs most of the time but a 6502 and the VIA plus some other bits and doodads and you suddenly find yourself running out of breadboard space. This is the main reason I chose an R2R DAC. I wonder if maybe instead of 255 comparators (just for 8 bits- \$\endgroup\$ – nkeck72 Sep 20 '15 at 2:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I use a different style? Is there another that may save space? \$\endgroup\$ – nkeck72 Sep 20 '15 at 2:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Just find an off the shelf SPI ADC or something... ? \$\endgroup\$ – Daniel Sep 20 '15 at 2:47

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