Hi all, experts like HeadophoneAddict in particular, as you are really helpful with all your answers. I'm planning to use DAC only portion of the D4.
1. when plugged to an USB port of my notebook, can it play (receive and covert) PCM stereo audio at 24-bit 96kHz? either from .wav or .flac, via foobar2000?
2. if not, what other high-quality portable USB DACs have this abbility?
3. I looked on iBasso D10 and I really like it (but didn't find the answer as well). Does it mean that when the input is optical (spdif) there (not usb used), it is able to play 24bit/96KHz files and that is its advantage? If not, why are they putting 24/192 DACs inside?
This website is simply incredible (and huge)! But I've been through all 21 pages and haven't found the answer prior to buying D4, but I'm learning many new things along the way so it was good!
P.S. big majority of my music is stored in 24-bit 96kHz format (DSOTM is in 24/192), either my SACD rips (via marantz HDMI) or many old LP rips, so 24/96 is very important to me. I haven't listened to 16bit /44kHz in a while, but have hard time of finding proper portable DAC.
2 & 3. iBasso D10 will do 24/96 via optical (the D1 only did 24/48 via optical, as does my Apogee mini-DAC via USB). The only other portable to do 24/96 optical is the Headroom Micro Portable Amp with DAC at 2x the cost.