General Issues with USB Dongles and external USB DACs

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liggerz87

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I'm not rooted and have may update neutron player still doesn't do high res audio I think if your on beta it's been fixed but if your running stable then it's the feature drop next month that will have fixed it
 
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Nope, it doesn't work the way it is supposed - external DAC is supposed to process the signal. But instead the pixel 6 pro internal DAC processes the signal and sends that processed signal to usb DAC. I can see it on my THX Onyx when playing MQA tracks - it shows yellow LEDs instead of magenta.
6 months to wait for another f**k up by Google.
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xryptic

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Nope, it doesn't work the way it is supposed - external DAC is supposed to process the signal. But instead the pixel 6 pro internal DAC processes the signal and sends that processed signal to usb DAC. I can see it on my THX Onyx when playing MQA tracks - it shows yellow LEDs instead of magenta.
6 months to wait for another f**k up by Google.
Nice
Actually it works. So I had the exact issue you encountered with the Tidal app. Uninstalled it and installed it back fixed this, you will now get the prompt that Tidal needs access to the DAC pop-up. After which, the THX Onyx DAC now shows magenta for MQA Master tracks.
 
Not sure if it's the June update, but after moving to the June update and Kiri 3.01, I was able to install UAPP pro and get a prompt everytime I connect my Chord Mojo through an Apple USB adapter, where am able to play bit perfect upto 24 bit 192 kHz and color changes in the Mojo confirm that. I get a prompt even when I use my Samsung USB c to 3.5 mm adapter. It's a pleasant surprise.
 

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Not sure if it's the June update, but after moving to the June update and Kiri 3.01, I was able to install UAPP pro and get a prompt everytime I connect my Chord Mojo through an Apple USB adapter, where am able to play bit perfect upto 24 bit 192 kHz and color changes in the Mojo confirm that. I get a prompt even when I use my Samsung USB c to 3.5 mm adapter. It's a pleasant surprise.
Yeah, a lot of people in Google's Issue Tracker for this bug are saying it was fixed with the June update. Good news!
 

tHe_riDDle

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My issue with dac didn't solved yet I'm on 5th June 2022 update on Awaken OS using POCO F1. If anyone get to know any solution please let me know.
 

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    Nope, it doesn't work the way it is supposed - external DAC is supposed to process the signal. But instead the pixel 6 pro internal DAC processes the signal and sends that processed signal to usb DAC. I can see it on my THX Onyx when playing MQA tracks - it shows yellow LEDs instead of magenta.
    6 months to wait for another f**k up by Google.
    Nice
    Actually it works. So I had the exact issue you encountered with the Tidal app. Uninstalled it and installed it back fixed this, you will now get the prompt that Tidal needs access to the DAC pop-up. After which, the THX Onyx DAC now shows magenta for MQA Master tracks.
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    Not sure if it's the June update, but after moving to the June update and Kiri 3.01, I was able to install UAPP pro and get a prompt everytime I connect my Chord Mojo through an Apple USB adapter, where am able to play bit perfect upto 24 bit 192 kHz and color changes in the Mojo confirm that. I get a prompt even when I use my Samsung USB c to 3.5 mm adapter. It's a pleasant surprise.
    Yeah, a lot of people in Google's Issue Tracker for this bug are saying it was fixed with the June update. Good news!
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    anyone with the june update tried this? has the fix from the beta release now been included in the main release?
    I just sideloaded the latest OTA. I was previously on the 12 beta. LDAC and USB DAC are both working....so far.
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    My issue with dac didn't solved yet I'm on 5th June 2022 update on Awaken OS using POCO F1. If anyone get to know any solution please let me know.
    Wrong forum friend. :( This is the Google pixel 6 (Pro) forum.
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    Can confirm neutron player works I'm on stable release I didn't bother with beta or nothing had phone 28th march
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    Yep. Saw this article on Android Police and made an account here to say that I was having the same issue and found a workaround that fixed the screeching sounds for me.
    Important words above are "for me". Who knows if it'll do anything for you but the steps are simple enough that you should definitely give it a try.

    1-Unplug DAC/phones
    2-Open Android Settings
    3-Choose Sounds and Vibration
    4-Turn off the last four options
    They should be
    -Dial pad tones
    -Screen locking sound
    -Charging sounds and vibration
    -Touch sounds

    And that's it! I would reboot my phone after that and then plug in the phones/DAC just to make sure but shouldn't be necessary.

    Hopefully that did it for you as well and it could give Google a clue where to start to actually fix it.

    EDIT: Just edited wording to clarify that this workaround is specifically to fix the screeching sounds some people are reporting. If you get no audio at all (or if applications crash), this might not help. We just need to wait for Google to implement the fix this summer.
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    There is another problem with the Pixel 6 (6 and 6 pro) devices. External USB DACs and dongles do not work properly. USB Host API or the DAC offloading and hand-over are bugged. Apps like Tidal, Neutron, USB audio Player Pro crash or can't play music in high res. The problem has already been reported by some users. There has been no statement from Google yet.
    A work around for me to get music playing and stop apps freezing was switching off the toggle for "allow all apps use mic" in system/privacy settings.
    But this does not solve the issue, as the apps still can not access the USB Dongles or external DACs directly and by pass android system limitations and software processing.
    Google skips the 3.5 port and users are forced to use dongles, etc., which do not even work properly.
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    Yep. Saw this article on Android Police and made an account here to say that I was having the same issue and found a workaround that fixed it for me.
    Important words above are "for me". Who knows if it'll do anything for you but the steps are simple enough that you should definitely give it a try.

    1-Unplug DAC/phones
    2-Open Android Settings
    3-Choose Sounds and Vibration
    4-Turn off the last four options
    They should be
    -Dial pad tones
    -Screen locking sound
    -Charging sounds and vibration
    -Touch sounds

    And that's it! I would reboot my phone after that and then plug in the phones/DAC just to make sure but shouldn't be necessary.

    Hopefully that did it for you as well and it could give Google a clue where to start to actually fix it.

    Appreciate the post, but unfortunately it doesn't fix the larger kernel issue. Android still resamples all audio, and the phone freezes up if you grant an app like Tidal direct access to the DAC. However, this does remove the static/screeching noise in some instances as the OS doesn't have to trip over itself to mix audio streams (like system sounds and a music stream)

    The best everyone can do is star and comment on the issuetracker threads (see my post here for links), and submit your own feedback reports and support tickets from settings. Just insist that it's a widespread bug and that you want to submit a bug report
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    It's really funny reading the comments on tech news sites. most commenting how usb-dac/LDAC 990 is so rarely used that it doesn't matter that it won't work properly.

    Anyway, I am really disappointed in the Pixels. But we only have 2 other choices - Samsung and Oneplus. I'm not sure what to think anymore. I mean many of us on xda who purchased 6/6 Pro, knew there would be bugs. That's fine. but when a basic feature doesn't work at all? I am lucky because I didn't experience any of the issues that others have had - except this one (and some battery drain on 5G).

    If it gets fixed at the end of summer - it'll be almost a year since the 6 series was released. They need to do better. Much better.