Originally Posted by HiFiRE
Regarding the KS vs ASIO vs DS debate: on paper ASIO is the best option as KS, for some reason, in certain cases, still gets resampled, but in practise they probably have inaudible differences.
I had an argument about it at hydrogen audio
I'd be interested to see if it's possible to AB them... other than having a friend with me to click the different output settings, I don't know how to test.
With a good speaker system, it's fairly easy to tell the sound quality difference between ASIO and KS using Foobar. The difference is less obvious with my K1000/K340 setup but can still be heard.
I know other people hear it, too, b/c Bert Doppenberg (or the Oris hornspeaker fame) recommends using KS instead of ASIO b/c KS is more (paraphrase) "natural" sounding to him. He obviously uses SET/oris horn speaker system, not headphones.
I hear this difference, too, but for the same reasons I prefer ASIO. To my ears, KS is a bit more liquid, laid-back, and has slightly softer sounding leading edges, leading to the "natural" sound.
ASIO to me has crisper leading edges, more forwardness and clarity, and better bass definition. ASIO is less forgiving of bad recordings, which will sound less "natural" and more digital. However, on good recordings, I believe ASIO to have better resolution and fidelity.
Before someone posts the usual "ASIO and KS should sound the same" statement, I highly recommend carefully comparing them using music you're intimately familiar with, preferably with revealing speaker systems.