I’m just wondering if Audirvana supports gapless playback or not? Based on what i’ve read around the internet, i learned that it’s supposed to, but upon doing some tests on the program’s playback capabilities, it seems that only lossless files are gapless while lossy formats, such as mp3 include a small gap of silence (where there shouldn’t be one on songs from different albums). So my question to the community (including Damien) is is this normal behavior? Other music players, such as JRiver seem to play both lossless and lossy formats with the correct gapless playback information. Thanks.
Hi. I mainly play FLAC/DSF on Audirvana which are gapless. However, on testing a few MP3’s yes I detect a “micro gap” or click.
Audirvana can play gapless. MP3 is not gapless.
The popular [MP3] format defines no way to record the amount of delay or padding for later removal.[notes 1] Also, the encoder delay may vary from encoder to encoder, making automatic removal difficult. Even if two tracks are decompressed and merged into a single track, a pause will usually remain between them.
The confusion possibly arises because iTunes does play MP3 “gapless” - I’m not sure how it does this but at a guess it does some sort of mini fade - it also analyses every track imported to prepare for gapless play.