Decibel
Decibel 1.2.11
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Audio player tailored to the needs of audiophiles.   Demo ($33.00)
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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, 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 processes all audio using 64-bit floating-point precision, providing the highest possible playback quality for files
What's New
Version 1.2.11:
  • Fixed an issue for multichannel playback on certain audio devices such as the Metric Halo ULN-2
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Chawya22 reviewed on 18 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 1.2.11]

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Chawya22 replied on 18 Feb 2014
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.
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Chawya22 replied on 22 Feb 2014
Was finally able to contact the developer and the licensing issue has been resolved. Still waiting for access to the support forum.
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lamontDakota commented on 22 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 1.2.11]


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Jadco reviewed on 29 Mar 2013
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.
[Version 1.2.11]

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Ozron replied on 03 Jun 2013
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.
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GeoProf commented on 29 Dec 2012
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.
[Version 1.2.11]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 26 Dec 2012
The BEST Music Player on OSX! The Developer is very responsive and caring about his users. The forum is also very helpful!
[Version 1.2.11]


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droscar commented on 25 Dec 2012
Version 1.2.11 is available at the developer's site.
[Version 1.2.8]


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June8 reviewed on 10 Nov 2012
Cannot say anything because it crashes whenever I want to play via Airplay.
[Version 1.2.8]


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Wickedsp1d3r commented on 02 May 2012
I have about 4000 songs in my current playlist. The application always freezes when quitting and I have to force quit it. Very frustrating!
[Version 1.2.8]


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Robotank commented on 14 Feb 2012
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]

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Ozron replied on 20 May 2012
Great comments Robotank. Agree completely!
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muirtone reviewed on 14 Feb 2012
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.
[Version 1.2.6]

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Robotank replied on 14 Feb 2012
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.
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Arjuna replied on 21 Apr 2012
Bitperfect is still buggy, but Fidelia is amazing in my view.
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zitronenmelissa rated on 05 Jul 2012

[Version 1.2.8]



Sergiyakov rated on 05 Jun 2011

[Version 1.2.2]



Djhack1639 rated on 21 May 2011

[Version 1.2.2]


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Date:26 Dec 2012
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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, 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 processes all audio using 64-bit floating-point precision, providing the highest possible playback quality for files sampled at all bit depths.

Decibel has an intentionally minimal user interface designed to be instantly intuitive and non-intrusive.

For audiophile users desiring more control over their audio, Decibel can take exclusive control of the output device (using hog mode) and send audio in the device's native format. Additionally, Decibel can automatically adjust the output device's sample rate to that of the playing track, preventing audio quality degradation associated with software sample rate conversion.

Finally, Decibel can load and play files entirely in memory, eliminating audio glitching associated with disk access.


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