I've mentioned this before but with all the different issues being addressed I thought I should mention this again because I think it's pretty important for anybody who is planning on using this to listen to music through their receiver.
- When connected via HDMI (which is how I'm sure most of us have it), listening to music/audio tracks can be very annoying. Here's why:
I have a Yamaha Aventage RX-A800 receiver. When the receiver is in idle (not receiving any audio), it displays "decoder off" on the front panel. When I start playback from any source, the receiver switches over to the audio signal it receives, which takes almost 2 seconds. During that time, no audio can be heard. What this means is that when I start playback of an audio file, the first 2 seconds of audio is never heard as the receiver detects the PCM audio and switches over. If you are playing a track with a long enough gap of silence at the beginning, you will never notice this. But many, many tracks start immediately, with virtually no gap, which means that the first 2 seconds of each song or track I play gets cut off. This is very annoying and really breaks the flow of music, because the EP950 drops its PCM signal in-between each audio track, even if it is playing from a cue sheet or playing sequentially in a folder. Which means that if you start playing a folder of music, there is a 2 second drop in audio between each track, as the Micca drops the PCM audio at the end of the track, then immediately starts the next track, resulting in the receiver taking those 2 seconds to re-detect the PCM audio.
I have tried selecting PCM output under audio options and the same thing happens. I asked about this in the Yamaha thread for my receiver, and here was a response:
"I'd say your media player is badly designed, there's no reason for it do this. Try changing it's HDMI Output setting LPCM or LPCM Multi-Ch and see if that helps."
The solution to this is to have the EP950 send a constant PCM blank signal when not playing a file, and not dropping the PCM signal between tracks. This would result in smooth playback from one track to the next. When you start the player, and you get to the menu, it should send out a silent PCM blank signal. That way if you immediately browse to your music and start playback, it will immediately be heard, and you won't get that 2 second loss of audio as the receiver switches to PCM audio, because it will already be getting a PCM signal. This may sound like a small issue but it can be very very annoying, especially when listening to a set of tracks that were meant to not have any gaps in-between so they flow together. Playing them on the Micca totally breaks that flow.
Can this please be forwarded? It should be a pretty simple thing to implement and it would turn this player into a much better player for audio tracks.
BTW the same audio issue happens with video files as well, like playing an MKV - the same 2 second loss of audio at the beginning. But since there can be many different audio formats (DTS/Dolby Digital/PCM, etc) there's really no way to avoid that happening unfortunately. With music tracks, it's almost always going to be sent as PCM so by sending a silent PCM signal the issue would be solved for music playback.
From what I understand, any receiver will have this issue since any time you switch audio formats the receiver will need to detect it and switch over.
Edited by eagle_2 - 11/7/12 at 2:11am