Originally Posted by rene mauricio
I recall reading some time ago that Windows 8 audio engine gave direct hardware access.
Correct, its called offloading.
As far as I know, there is no software/hardware...
Originally Posted by eightbitpotion
I don't personally think that optical comes to the audiophile arena with any major benefits by itself.
What about a perfect galvanic isolation between the PC and the DAC?
Using modern Toslink, you can get very good results.
Like all timed busses, it does have some jitter.
It is possible to improve on it by using a good quality async USB to SPDIF converter.
At least I perceived a subtle difference using...
Originally Posted by kurt bermuda
I do know this is a fact, DACs don't need drivers if all they are doing is converting a signal from 0s and 1s to an electrical signal on a physical board.
The answer is...
Some practical considerations.
Both drivers have in common that they pass by the Win mixer so no fixed sample rate and no dither.
ASIO doesn’t work if your audio device doesn’t support it.
Most of the time the combination soundcard –...
There are 2 standards for USB audio, USB Audio Class1 and Class2
Class1 is limited to 2 channel 24 bits at 96 kHz
This is because it is tied to USB 1 (full speed)
UAC2 uses high speed (USB 2). Because of this it can do > 96...