Hifiberry DAC+ HW Parameter Optimizing Volume

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  • 29. November 2016 at 15:38 #24338

    Hi

    thank you for your latest tips about getting best audio quality

    Top 5 Tipps für das optimale Max2Play Setup

    Question: i’m confused about the best settings for a Hifiberry Dac+

    i entered
    -o hw:0 -V Digital (or ‘Master’ for IQAudio …)
    to the command line options of Squeezelite in its Advanced Settings menu?

    BUT what does the following statement mean?
    Important: With HiFiBerry sound cards, the official recommendation from HiFiBerry is that you should keep the playback boost off and reduce the Digital Volume slightly to about 96%.
    Do i have to make any further settings?

    kind regards
    Thomas

    kind regards

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    29. November 2016 at 16:23 #24346

    Hi there, good question, I would also like to know…

    I have two RPIs with Max2Play – and on both I have the setting “Disable Build-In-Audio on RPI3” activated)

    1. RPI3 with IQaudIO Pi-DAC+

    Here I used -o hw:0 -V Digital and it seems to have worked. Should I use “Master” instead of “Digital”?

    2. Audiophonics RaspDAC with I-Sabre V3 DAC ES9023 TCXO

    Here I also used -o hw:0 -V Digital – this card uses the Hifiberry DAC (not DAC+!) I2S driver, and supposedly has no hardware volume controls. I believe the setting made a difference, does that make any sense?

    @ Thomas – check this out to set max volume 96%: https://support.hifiberry.com/hc/en-us/articles/205385241-Mixer-controls-on-the-HiFiBerry-boards.

    But that does not work for my I-Sabre… alsamixer says no volume control.

    Any help or comments?

    Best regards,
    JCU

    29. November 2016 at 16:47 #24353

    Hi Jason!

    nice to hear again from u

    my comments
    RPI3 with IQaudIO Pi-DAC+
    u are right
    use ‘Digital’ according to what the command “amixer” in SSH session delivers back

    Audiophonics RaspDAC with I-Sabre V3 DAC ES9023 TCXO
    “amixer” in SSH session delivers ‘Master’
    therefore i would use
    -o hw:0 -V Master

    Thanks for the max volume 96% link – will do so
    more thanks for your help with the power button Audiophonics Network Player
    I finally was successfull
    if there is a chance i could sent u the updated ‘how to’

    kind regards
    Thomas

    29. November 2016 at 17:16 #24355

    Hi Thomas!

    Great to hear from you too, and that you were able to get the power button working on the Audiophonics Network Player. I bet you were relieved when it stopped blinking! 😉

    Perhaps (probably!) I am missing something… when I SSH into the IQaudIO RPi and enter ‘amixer’ I get the following output, and no indication regarding whether to choose ‘Digital’ or ‘Master’:

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    [email protected]:~ $ amixer
    Simple mixer control 'DSP Program',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: 'FIR interpolation with de-emphasis' 'Low latency IIR with de-emphasis' 'High attenuation with de-emphasis' 'Fixed process flow' 'Ringing-less low latency FIR'
      Item0: 'FIR interpolation with de-emphasis'
    Simple mixer control 'Analogue',0
      Capabilities: pvolume
      Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
      Limits: Playback 0 - 1
      Mono:
      Front Left: Playback 1 [100%] [0.00dB]
      Front Right: Playback 1 [100%] [0.00dB]
    Simple mixer control 'Analogue Playback Boost',0
      Capabilities: volume
      Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
      Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right
      Limits: 0 - 1
      Front Left: 1 [100%] [0.80dB]
      Front Right: 1 [100%] [0.80dB]
    Simple mixer control 'Auto Mute',0
      Capabilities: pswitch
      Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
      Mono:
      Front Left: Playback [on]
      Front Right: Playback [on]
    Simple mixer control 'Auto Mute Mono',0
      Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
      Playback channels: Mono
      Mono: Playback [on]
    Simple mixer control 'Auto Mute Time Left',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '21ms' '106ms' '213ms' '533ms' '1.07s' '2.13s' '5.33s' '10.66s'
      Item0: '21ms'
    Simple mixer control 'Auto Mute Time Right',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '21ms' '106ms' '213ms' '533ms' '1.07s' '2.13s' '5.33s' '10.66s'
      Item0: '21ms'
    Simple mixer control 'Clock Missing Period',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '1s' '2s' '3s' '4s' '5s' '6s' '7s' '8s'
      Item0: '1s'
    Simple mixer control 'Deemphasis',0
      Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined
      Playback channels: Mono
      Mono: Playback [on]
    Simple mixer control 'Digital',0
      Capabilities: pvolume pswitch
      Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right
      Limits: Playback 0 - 207
      Mono:
      Front Left: Playback 207 [100%] [0.00dB] [on]
      Front Right: Playback 207 [100%] [0.00dB] [on]
    Simple mixer control 'Max Overclock DAC',0
      Capabilities: volume volume-joined
      Playback channels: Mono
      Capture channels: Mono
      Limits: 0 - 40
      Mono: 0 [0%]
    Simple mixer control 'Max Overclock DSP',0
      Capabilities: volume volume-joined
      Playback channels: Mono
      Capture channels: Mono
      Limits: 0 - 40
      Mono: 0 [0%]
    Simple mixer control 'Max Overclock PLL',0
      Capabilities: volume volume-joined
      Playback channels: Mono
      Capture channels: Mono
      Limits: 0 - 20
      Mono: 0 [0%]
    Simple mixer control 'Volume Ramp Down Emergency Rate',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '1 sample/update' '2 samples/update' '4 samples/update' 'Immediate'
      Item0: '1 sample/update'
    Simple mixer control 'Volume Ramp Down Emergency Step',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '4dB/step' '2dB/step' '1dB/step' '0.5dB/step'
      Item0: '4dB/step'
    Simple mixer control 'Volume Ramp Down Rate',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '1 sample/update' '2 samples/update' '4 samples/update' 'Immediate'
      Item0: '1 sample/update'
    Simple mixer control 'Volume Ramp Down Step',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '4dB/step' '2dB/step' '1dB/step' '0.5dB/step'
      Item0: '1dB/step'
    Simple mixer control 'Volume Ramp Up Rate',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '1 sample/update' '2 samples/update' '4 samples/update' 'Immediate'
      Item0: '1 sample/update'
    Simple mixer control 'Volume Ramp Up Step',0
      Capabilities: enum
      Items: '4dB/step' '2dB/step' '1dB/step' '0.5dB/step'
      Item0: '1dB/step'
    [email protected]:~ $

    EDIT: Since I have disabled to on-board audio of the RPi3, is it possible that that is the reason why it does not differentiate between Digital and Master, i.e. amixer only “sees” one audio device, the IQaudIO?

    An updated Power Button how-to with your edits would be great, aber kein Stress… 😉

    Best regards,
    Jason

    30. November 2016 at 12:16 #24367

    Hi Jason!
    sorry for the confusion – i did some testing yesterday
    for Audiophonics RaspDAC with I-Sabre V3 DAC ES9023 TCXO
    the following statement is working
    -o hw:0 -V Digital
    kind regards
    Thomas

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