Digital Output High

pegwill

Member
2011-02-12 11:52 am
Hi Guys

I need your help. I 'm using a WD Tv live to stream my music. I used EAC to rip my Cds to FLAC. The problem I have is that the output levels from the streamer are very high (not enough to cause clipping) but when converted to analogue through my DAC which feeds my preamp the volume control has to be set at its minimum. My CD player, Phono and Blueray does not output at such high levels and works with the preamp volume control about half way. I'm using Toslink to connect to my DAC the WD TV Live only has this as a digital output.

Any ideas?

Many thanks
 

pegwill

Member
2011-02-12 11:52 am
Hi

The DAC is a Musical Fidelity M1, CD - Shangling CD-t 80 and a sony blueray. All play Ok. the signal from the WD TV live streamer is ripped from CD (using EAC) fed by HDD to the streamer at normal CD standard (44 - 16 bit) and then upsampled by the DAC.

I need to reduce the gain from the streamer to the DAC. It is here where my problem lies.

Thanks for looking
 

Hugh Jazz

Banned
2013-02-15 5:19 am
Flac file can be edited for volume. Many ppl use replay gain (file is tagged with voulme decrease) in Foobar software player for this, so all file have same volume. You can do search for edit software and recode for lower volume. Hydrogenaudio.com is good place to ask.
Adjusting Flac Volume? - Hydrogenaudio Forums
I don't use this. I modify hardware. But I think for you maybe modify hardware is not easy and i cannot help because i have not this hardware.
 

pegwill

Member
2011-02-12 11:52 am
Hi Nanoloop

Your assumption and advice is correct. For some reason Eacaxt Audio Copy (EAC) seems to boost the Replaygain. I could not find any information in EAC regarding this feature. I am converting the Wav file to FLAC and I notice in the front end of the FLAC encoder there is an option to check/uncheck a box regardarding Replaygain - however this did not seem to make any difference. There did not seem to be anyway to adjust any settings though.

Passing the FLAC file through Foobar2k and using the Replaygain adjustment significantly reduced the output that now matches the output of my CD player to the preamp. So all is well.

So it would appear to get the best results rip cd using EAC and then pass through Foobar to reduce the playback gain. It has just left me with an awful lot of files to re-encode.

Thanks for your help.

I hope this is of use to others.

Regards