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Decibel is an audio player tailored to the particular needs of audiophiles.

Decibel supports all popular lossless and lossy audio formats including FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, Speex, True Audio, Apple Lossless, AAC, MP3, MOD, DSF, DSDIFF, WAVE and AIFF.

For lossless formats such as FLAC and WAVE, and for Ogg Vorbis and specially tagged MP3 files, Decibel supports gapless playback with seamless transitions between tracks. Decibel also features replay gain adjustment for more comfortable listening.

Decibel has an intentionally minimal user interface designed to be instantly intuitive more...

What's New

Version 1.3.1:
  • Fixed an incompatibility with OS X 10.7
  • Tracks from cue sheets now play correctly

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Chawya22 Member IconReview+12
Chawya22
+1

A good sounding audio player which allows native playback of many audio formats without conversion. The unfortunate side is the dubious continued development or support. I purchased Decibel in Dec 2013 and attempted to join the support forum, for some questions I had. I'm still waiting for forum posting approval almost 2 months later. I was initially concerned, at the time of purchase, that there had been no updates in a year. The positive reviews I read were encouraging, so I pulled the trigger. I'm hoping this wasn't a mistake.

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Version 1.2.11
Chawya22
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Update: Since there is no support, I tried to solve some of the problems I was experiencing by doing a clean install. Surprise, when starting Decibel again I was informed I'm in demo mode. Using the license email I was supplied 2 months ago, I was informed my decibel-license (Not Available). So now I'm out $33.00 and no one to complain to. The world of Shareware. Buyer beware.

Chawya22
+1

Was finally able to contact the developer and the licensing issue has been resolved. Still waiting for access to the support forum.

Pl_svn
+0

same here with this 1.3 update: "This copy of Decibel is Unregistered" =:-0

contacted developer. let's see! :-/

lamontDakota Member IconComment+194
lamontDakota
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Those three freebies are hardly "similar" to Decibel. Comparable music-players are Amarra Hifi, Fidelia, and Media Center, etc., at a more-or-less similar price-point.

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Version 1.2.11
Jadco Member IconComment+11
Jadco
+1

For a good review of three Mac playback apps, including Decibel, that use itunes only as a database:

http://www.stereophile.com/content/listening-103

Ideally you would send the output of Decibel to your DAC and amp by way of asynchronous USB.

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Version 1.2.11
Ozron
+1

Considering the initial review was over 2 years ago, only the update at the end is relevant. And considering their verdicts, you only give Decibel 2 stars? And don't add any comments of your own? Completely useless review mate... As a comment it would be fine however.

GeoProf Member IconComment+881
GeoProf
+1

For some reason, when I Command-click a FLAC file, Decibel is not listed as one of the apps it can be played with in the “Open With” menu. MP3s and AACs do list Decibel in the "Open With" menu, but not FLACs.

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Version 1.2.11
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3698
Jazzyguy
+4

The BEST Music Player on OSX! The Developer is very responsive and caring about his users. The forum is also very helpful!

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Version 1.2.11
Wickedsp1d3r Member IconComment+124
Wickedsp1d3r
+0

I have about 4000 songs in my current playlist. The application always freezes when quitting and I have to force quit it. Very frustrating!

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Version 1.2.8
Robotank Member IconComment+969
Robotank
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I've been using Decibel for a couple months, and I'm very pleased with it. The sound is great, and I like the minimal interface. I do hope that some form of global control comes in a future version (i.e., global hotkeys, menubar item). Native FLAC support is also essential for me in an audio player.

Regarding comments from a certain individual about player sound quality, I'd like to clear a couple of things up. Strictly speaking, iTunes can be bit-perfect (i.e., it will accurately process the digital information in a sound file) with some features disabled and its digital volume slider at 100%. Where quality degradation usually occurs is along the path between the player and the speakers; Decibel's features are designed to minimize such degradation by minimizing the amount of processing, alteration, and interference to the digital signal. For example, iTunes enables by default the Sound Enhancer feature and (I think) the equalizer. Other possible stops beyond the player include CoreAudio-handled sample rate conversion and audio stream mixing (for handling simultaneous audio from multiple applications). Decibel omits features such Sound Enhancer, can automatically adjust the output device's sample rate to match the track playing, and can "hog" the output device so no other apps can send it audio (bypassing the mixer). There's also integer mode with some caveats (see link below) Memory play can also improve quality and avoid skipping by avoiding interference that can occur when disk access is occurring. The point is that avoiding unnecessary alteration, interference, and processing helps maintain the integrity of the digital signal, and thus the quality of the sound. For a more thorough and technical explanation of how audiophile players work, see this paper by the developer of Audirvana (which uses similar principles to Decibel: http://www.amr-audio.co.uk/large_image/MAC%20OSX%20audio%20players%20&%20Integer%20Mode.pdf
).

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Version 1.2.6
Ozron
+2

Great comments Robotank. Agree completely!

muirtone Member IconReview+0
muirtone
+0

I am currently listening to Decibel, and find it does enhances the music in the way others have said. I too would like to have equalization, the Fletcher-Munson curves would be nice.

Has anyone compared it to Bitperfect, and Pure Music? Does it support Direct DSD streaming without PCM conversion on supported DACs? Is there device integer support, or is the way things are set up on the Mac not allowing this?

I use a NuForce D/A convertor, Beyer DT770, Senn HD600, and Genelec 8030A Nearfield Monitor Speaker, and I hear a difference.

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Version 1.2.6
Robotank
+2

You could always use something like Audio Hijack Pro for applying equalization (though I think Decibel will eventually have AudioUnits support). Regarding your third question, Decibel does support integer mode. Last I heard, however, there's a bug or deprecation in Lion that prevents it from working.

Arjuna
+0

Bitperfect is still buggy, but Fidelia is amazing in my view.

Echorob Member IconComment+269
Echorob
+1

Audio players do not differ in sound quality unless something is seriously wrong, in which case it will certainly not be “sonically better”.

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Version 1.2.5
Surfspirit
+0

Educate your self!

Penguirl Member IconComment+1057
Penguirl
+2

Seems odd to use Taylor Swift for the screenshot of an audiophile oriented app when she has no talent at all other than a good engineer.

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Version 1.2.5
BigJohnson
+3

No talent???

So I guess it's just a fluke that she's smashed several records and won nearly every award possible? Everyone else must be wrong, right?

Just because YOU don't like her is no reason to criticize her as a performer, especially on this website that is all about software, not music!

There are millions of artists, and no matter which one was used in the screenshot, somebody wouldn't like it.

Penguirl
+3

There's no accounting for taste, or lack of. Keeping this software related I'll say this: AutoTune.

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Version 1.3.1
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Sergiyakov
Version 1.2.2
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Djhack1639
Version 1.2.2
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Date 22 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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