General Issues with USB Dongles and external USB DACs

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coolpoete

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I found another solution for myself at least. I bought a more "generic" USB DAC from Amazon just to see what would happen. As it turns out it does work just fine with no crackling during playback on any apps. The only thing of course is whether or not this performs on the level of the Fiio which I doubt. For me I really wanted more so the adapter and amplifier more so than the DAC. I have switched back and forth between the devices and the cracking is there but only on my phone so it's not a faulty DAC. I suggest to read up on the product page to see if it lives up to what you need but I'm returning my Fiio for now. I don't use Tidal and will only on occasion use FLAC so it's fine for me.
 
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coolpoete

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Update: I bought a better cable to replace my KZ Z10 Pro IEMS and all of a sudden now there is a slight stutter when turning the screen on and off. So I thought it was the cable and switched back to the previous cable and it's still doing it. Tried the cable on my Samsung tablet and it's not doing it. Same apps on both. It doesn't continuously crackle like the FIIO dongle. At this point I'm sure people just switch to Bluetooth and give up. This is ridiculous.
 

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Update: I bought a better cable to replace my KZ Z10 Pro IEMS and all of a sudden now there is a slight stutter when turning the screen on and off. So I thought it was the cable and switched back to the previous cable and it's still doing it. Tried the cable on my Samsung tablet and it's not doing it. Same apps on both. It doesn't continuously crackle like the FIIO dongle. At this point I'm sure people just switch to Bluetooth and give up. This is ridiculous.
This may be a hardware issue with the Pixel 6 series as the updates have never changed anything. From A12 to A13, there has always been occasional stutters when playing back High Quality or Master Quality tracks through Tidal (for me). Furthermore, this is only noticeable when I use a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. It doesn't occur over Bluetooth, hence why I think this could be hardware related ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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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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    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.
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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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    Google is going the Apple way by certifying hardware that is compatible with the P6P and P6. Their response will be to buy a certified DAC or wait for a software patch