Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT
A couple of questions for hiFace users:
- Do you max out KS buffer size in foobar2000 playback settings
- With the latest drivers, what is the preferred playback bit-depth settings, 24 or 32bit
- Do you see it as an audio device in Vista 64bit, I can only see it in device manager, not in control panel Sound configuration. In foobar2000 Playback selection it's only available as KS: hiface Kernel Streaming, although 1.02 driver supposed to support DS as well, guess it's somehow related to the fact I can't see it as audio card in Windows.
Originally Posted by Patu
Bit-depth interests me also. I now have 16 bit chosen in the foobar2000.
As far as I am concerned, I think it is better to use 24 bits or 32 bits for 2 reasons :
First, from an objective point of view, I have some 24/96 and 24/88 files and I don't want them to be truncated if I set the bit rate at 16 bits.
Second, from a subjective point of view, I find the 24 bit output the most natural when using KS. 32 bits is very very close to 24 bit output to my ears (almost indistinguishable, but each time I did A/B/A comparisons I ended up listening to 24 bits).
Both are much better to my ears than 16 bit output even when playing 16/44 material.
When using asio4all, I don't have the choice, and I have to set the output at 32 bits.
Anyway, if we don't hear the difference it might just mean that it is insignificant and that we shouldn't care that much about it
In my opinion, there is much more difference between cPlay vs. foobar 0.8.3 vs 0.9.6 than between 24 vs. 32 vs. 16 in the same player.
As for latency, I didn't do much extensive testing with the hiface, but I don't think the KS latency affects its sound. I leave it at 1000ms most of the time.
I noticed a bigger difference in latency settings with asio4all, but it is useless to speak about it since it works only for windows xp.