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Question About Playback Delay


BenWaB3

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When I start to play back music on the computer there is a 1/4 to 1/2 second delay during which time the music fades in. This happens whether I'm streaming music in Tidal, Spotify, etc. or if I'm playing stored music on Foobar, JRiver, etc. I looked on the FAQ to see if that is a common problem but couldn't find anything. If anyone tell me what to do to troubleshoot this it would be much appreciated. This system is a computer that is 5 or 6 years old running Windows 7 and my computer literacy would be classified very basic. Thanks in advance!

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I can't think of anything which would affect everything you play ... but you might like to list your system as there maybe something in that.

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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I can't think of anything which would affect everything you play ... but you might like to list your system as there maybe something in that.

 

 

 

Well I can't think of worrying about half a second, I couldn't even time it, let alone a quarter!lol.

 

To the OP, enjoy your life and your music.

 

Ronnie.

 

 

Oh, and welcome to the forum.

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Thanks for the replies (and the welcome :) ). The system is an E-machines computer (not the best, I know). It's running Windows 7 home premium at 64 bits. The processor is a Pentium E5300 - it doesn't list the speed. It has 4G of DDR2 memory. I use ASIO on the Tidal, Spotify, Foobar & JRiver apps. The DAC is an iFi iDSD Micro. Further down the chain, where it wouldn't effect the playback problem, is a Rogue Audio Pharaoh integrated amp pushing JSE Infinite Slope speakers, either model .6's or model 2's.

 

Yeah, I should just let it go but when I call up something to play & it misses that first part of the song & fades in at the previously described time it just annoys the livin' crap out of me & I end up having to drag the bar back again so I can hear it back from the true beginning.

 

Thanks again.

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Ah! Ben, that explains your problem much better. I can understand the annoyance.

 

If the problem is present on both foobar and JRiver it does seem to suggest a 'ghost in the machine'.

 

Has there recently been a software or harware upgrade for the iFi Micro, I would look there first.

 

Do you have another DAC available for comparison purposes?

 

Good Luck

 

Ronnie

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From the ifi web site, re driver

 

 

This V2.23.0 driver update contains improvements and bug fixes, including: • Improvements

 

  1. Stream startup optimized to reduce startup latency. Startup delay is reduced from ~100ms to ~20ms

  2. DFU GUI utility: status output revised, improved support for resizeable dialog, another firmware upgrade now requires to restart the application, ESC key doesn’t close the application
  3. Subdevice creation is more generic now: a subdevice will be created for any IAD or interface that is not claimed by Audio, MIDI, DFU
  4. Stream formats (alternate settings) parsing is more flexible now. PCM and RAW/DSD formats can be placed in any order

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Thanks for the replies. I did pull out the AUNE T1 & tried it. Lo and behold the delay wasn't there! I updated the driver on the micro. The delay isn't as bad but it's still there. I tried updating the firmware but got the error message that I didn't have the proper program to run that. What program should I be looking for to run the firmware update? Thanks again.

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Thanks for the replies. I dug out the AUNE T1 & lo & behold the delay wasn't there! I updated the drivers for the micro after that. The problem isn't as bad but it's still there nonetheless. I'm using the USB input. I tried updating the firmware but got the error message saying I don't have the proper program to run that. What program should I look for to do the firmware update? At least it's a step closer now. Thanks again!

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