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Old 1st October 2012, 04:44 PM   #51
swalter is offline swalter  Switzerland
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Originally Posted by DoktorSteve View Post
Hi Stefan, have you noticed a long mute on the ODAC? I think Foobar closes the USB connection when you change tracks manually and the ODAC then mutes. To me the mute time is too long and I loose a couple of notes when the new track starts.

Have you seen any reference to changing the time constant of the mute circuit? I think you need to change C120 to something a lot smaller than 1uF. Maybe we need to ask the elusive NWAVGUY.Click the image to open in full size.

hi DoktorSteve,
do you experience this behaviour only with your first track or every track you play? I do not use foobar and never had this kind of issue. might be some buffer settings in foobar itself that cause the delay?
I have not heared from NwAvGuy for a couple of weeks now, hope he is OK. Maybe George as can comment on your query...

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Old 3rd October 2012, 12:09 AM   #52
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Default phase performance

I believe this issue was mentioned on NwAvGuy's blog somewhere but I'd like to bring it up again and get more opinions. There is a significant phase wrap at 2kHz. I'm not going to argue whether it's audible or not since I just got the ODAC and so far I like it.

I guess I'm more interested in what is it caused by and whether it's possible to be fixed in later revisions.

I measured the ODAC with my very old Creative Audigy 2 ZS sound card. Both produce extremely linear frequency response. The TDH measurement is dominated by the sound card's noisy input so it does not represent actual performance. There is a 360 degree phase wrap at 2kHz on the ODAC output. The ODAC was also 8dB more quiet but I compensated for that to make the measurement more comparable.

Green = Audigy2 OUT -8dB -----> Audigy2 IN
Red = ODAC OUT -----> Audigy2 IN
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Old 3rd October 2012, 08:26 AM   #53
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Hi Stefan,
it looks like the pad under C120 has been reworked - I guess the DACs were a bit quiet with the mute pin tied to ground ! I changed C120 to 3.3uF but I don't think it reduced the mute time. I saw another design using 2.2uF so I wonder if 22uF is not correct in the schematic.
The mute is only a problem with Foobar 2000. I can see the music appear in the graphic display then the sound starts. 2.2uF and 110k would give a time constant around 0.25s which seems about right. I may just bypass the 110k with 10k and see if that makes a difference.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 05:23 PM   #54
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Yes, the card was too quiet with the mute pin shorted to ground.

The values selected for the RC were to minimize the 'power on' pop. (RC time constant to release the mute ) This pin has no effect on inter-track muting.

George Boudreau
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Old 3rd October 2012, 06:15 PM   #55
miero is offline miero  Czech Republic
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George, can you update the schematics for new revision please?
I'd like to fix it on my first-batch ODAC. Thanks.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 06:23 PM   #56
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Thanks for the reply George.

To be honest I had never even connected the odac with the O2 powered up before so I don't know what the power up click was like. Now I get 3 slight clicks when I do this. I can't find the cap I took off so I will have to live with it!

The inter track muting is still a bit of a mystery then:
I only get it with the ODAC not with the internal soundcard or my UCA222.
I get it with both Foobar and Media Player but it may be more noticable with Foobar.
The normal transition from the end of one track to the start of the next is no problem - only the manual selection of the new track.
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Old 3rd October 2012, 06:28 PM   #57
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Miero, I think there is no new revision. The change I made was due to a misunderstanding. I think the error in the tracking was in the second batch and was fixed before release - it would have been pretty obvious as there would be no sound!
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Old 3rd October 2012, 07:28 PM   #58
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DoktorSteve PM me and I will send you a replacement cap
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Old 3rd October 2012, 07:30 PM   #59
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You are correct. The pad for the cap C120 'grew' into a stitching via and shorted to mute pin. This was a screw-up on the pcb manufacturers side but it required we 'hand adjust' the pad to clear the via.
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Old 21st October 2012, 09:53 PM   #60
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I'm wondering why the Cbyp cap on the MIC5205-3.6YM5 (pin 4) was omitted? Does it run better without it? Or would it improve noise to add it?
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