Originally Posted by Bill Mac
I have a question for those playing DSD SACD files from a hard drive connected to the USB input on the 103. I get a faint click between tracks once when the track ends and then once when the next track starts. Is this normal? It's not a big deal but if I could do something to eliminate it that would be great. The interesting thing is when I play the same files with DSD converted to PCM there are no clicks between tracks. Is it possible in DSD direct that the clicks are not muted for some reason?
Are your DSD files in .dsf format? I used to extract to this format because .dsf supports tagging of files whereas .dff does not.
If the files are from PS3 rips using SACDextract then it is now known that the .dfs file extraction method results in incorrect file termination because .dsf requires the actual DSD data in predefined data chunk sizes right up until the end of the file (before the ID tag portion starts) and SACD extract does not pad the data to fill the last data chunk, resulting in audible clicks.
I could hear them on my system so I now extract to DSDIFF .dff files instead.
There are two ways, however, of extracting .dff files from a SACD iso.
The first is to extract each track into it's own .dff file, which is identical to the .dsf method except that there are no longer any clicks but unfortunately there is no facility to tag these .dff directly (although Foobar can add sidecar tags to be used only within Foobar. (I don't use Foobar but use JRiver Media Centre (and love it))
The second way is to extract the SACD iso to a DSDIFF edit master .dff file which is one long file with a .cue file to enable track navigation. This is done directly through SACDextract (And more easily though Sonore iso2dsd GUI for SACDextract)
I use this latter method because the Oppo cannot do gapless play back of sequential .dff or .dsf files whereas the continuous .dff edit master plus cue file IS gapless. It just requires "playing" the .cue file rather than playing the .dff file.
I hope this is helpful (and clear?)