I need to set the volume at “Use Device Controls” and set volume at 94, this is because with some 24/192 albums, some are mastered very hot and I get some digital clipping/distortion if set at 100. But unfortunately DSD albums produce only white noise if anything but 100 is set. Is this just a function of how this works or can this be corrected as I would love to just be able to set the volume at 94 and turn it to fixed, so I can set and forget it
It took me quite a long time to figure this DSD white noise was because of a volume setting in Roon.
The ESS 9018K2M is capable of adjusting PCM + DSD volume internally, but the DAC manufacturer has to make the right decisions to enable it.
There’s another component in the device that converts from USB to I2S before feeding the DAC–it’s likely that the “bad” volume control is happening there, not in the ESS. Many of those chips come out-of-the-box doing stuff like this and need some customization to integrate with an external volume control in the DAC.
Is this the same reason I need to turn down the volume in the first place? I first noticed when I purchased the new hi-res D’angelo - Brown Sugar in 24/192 from PonoMusic, mainly in track 3 has these little static ticks every so often, which I guess would be digital clipping or distortion, the same happens if I upsample the new Adele album (track 2) in either Roon/HQP (PCM, which I prefer the sound of over DSD) or Audrivana+ if I have the volume set to 100 fixed.
I’d like to know if these are things that could/need to be fixed in a firmware update by Union Research (I emailed them a couple months ago to see about this and have heard nothing back)… Thanks for your help here.