Does Decibel mute between tracks?

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Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by pl_svn » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:19 am

... sorry, I'm new to all this and I'm considering a dac (Schiit Bifrost) and I'm a little scared by "clicks" that, accordingly to what I'm reading, occur on "mute" and/or sample rate changes (the latter is not my case)

so...the answer is? ;-)

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by sbooth » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:47 pm

What do you mean by mute? Do you mean output silence? If so, there is a user configurable option to do so between sample rate changes, but Decibel does not insert any silence between tracks of the same sample rate.

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by pl_svn » Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:31 pm

Jason, Schiit owner, answered my question about user reported "clicks" this way:

"There is no issue with clicking. It's the internal muting relay doing it's job. The relay activates on sample rate changes, or dropouts in the digital signal. Some computer players mute between tracks, which causes the clicking"


so... I guess your answer is *no* and I can order my Bifrost, right? :-)

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by sbooth » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:52 pm

I don't understand what "mute" means in this context. Some DACs, such as the Wavelength Proton, have a built-in analog volume control that can be adjusted via software. To me, setting that volume to 0 between tracks would be muting. Outputting zeroes (silence) between tracks doesn't qualify as muting in my book, because it is really no different than a silent passage in a classical piece, for example.

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by pl_svn » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:33 pm

... as I understand it "mute" stands for "dropping the signal". anyway... once I have this DAC in my hands I'll let you know ;-)

thank you once more

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by sbooth » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:27 pm

I look forward to the result of your testing! Decibel doesn't drop the signal between tracks, so hopefully you will be OK.

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by pl_svn » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:19 am

my Schiit Bifrost DAC is finally here and (apart being great :-p ) no "clicks" = confirmed: Decibel doesn't mute (drop the signal) between tracks

thanks Stephen :-)

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by sbooth » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:21 pm

Excellent!

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by mattn » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:29 am

Enjoyed learning about a DAC I'd never heard of. Thanks for posting about it!

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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by pl_svn » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:49 am

... when a couple of months ago I put together my hi-fi system and, for the first time ever, faced this new (to me) territory of computer digital audio... as I'm "pretty old-school" (pure single-ended tube ampli :-p ) I found this young company that also makes really great single-ended tube earphone amplifiers and I immediately knew who I could trust for a DAC :-)

but their Bifrost DAC is higly reputed also out of tubes territory ;-)
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Re: Does Decibel mute between tracks?

Post by pl_svn » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:54 am

sbooth wrote:Excellent!
so now... I'm waiting for an "iOS Decibel" ;-)

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