Decibel is an audio player tailored to the particular needs of audiophiles.
For lossless formats such as FLAC and WAVE, and for Ogg Vorbis and specially tagged MP3 files, Decibel supports gapless playback with seamless transitions between tracks.
Decibel processes all audio using 64-bit floating-point precision, providing the highest possible playback quality for files sampled at all bit depths.
Decibel has an intentionally minimal user interface designed to be instantly intuitive and non-intrusive:
For audiophile users desiring more control over their audio, Decibel can take exclusive control of the output device (using hog mode) and send audio in the device's native format. Additionally, Decibel can automatically adjust the output device's sample rate to that of the playing track, preventing audio quality degradation associated with software sample rate conversion.
Finally, Decibel can load and play files entirely in memory, eliminating audio glitching associated with disk access.
The current version of Decibel is 1.2.11, released on 24 December 2012.
Decibel.zip (21.9 MB)
The full version of Decibel is available for $33. Orders are fulfilled through FastSpring, Feisty Dog's e-commerce provider.
You may view the release notes in HTML.
Decibel requires Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.
Decibel is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). Exclusive access (hog mode) works correctly, however audio is not sent in the device's native format due to an architectural change in Apple's USB audio driver.