So, say changing your Xonar settings to 2 channels, will the playback devices change to 2 channel as well?
I can't test it myself right now, since my U3 is at home...
yes, see it for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2qT_baLFNQ
Although that's only a benefit if you have actual 24/96 files. The vast majority of music is 16/44.1 (meaning it came from a CD).
It's a good idea to set the bit depth to 24, since it won't negatively affect anything. I believe in general it's recommend to the sample rate to whatever the majority of your audio is going to be though. If you set it to a higher value you will needlessly incur sample rate conversion on everything, which means you will lose "bit-perfect" playback.
An easier option is to use WASAPI exclusive mode where you get automatic sample rate switching so that the source file is sent to the DAC with no conversion (meaning you get bit-perfect playback for every file - even if they are of different sample rates). I use MusicBee and it does this. I tested it using my HRT streamer and I could see the sample rate lights on the DAC switching as a sent it different sample rate audio files via music bee in WASAPI mode.
...Nice wallpaper btw
Oversampling technically deals with the sample rate, not the bit depth.
Setting the bit depth to 24 is good because the padded zeros in between 16 and 24 bit give you headroom to lower the volume digitally without losing resolution.
I think I'll go for the X1. Your review matches my imaginings nearly perfect. Maybe I want to have a little more detailed sound like the Q 701. But new pads and a better head-band will cost me a lot of money in Germany and I have to mod the headphone. In such a price class I don't want to mod anything. I want a headphone that is as good as it gets in his price class, and the X1 will have this comfort out of the box.
The only point I'm lacking is the positioning of the X1 in gaming and the overall detail in the sound. Is the X1 as good as the Q 701 in the positioning? Remember I don't want to use it only for gaming, my pro gaming time is over ;) But a good positioning should be nice....
And overall, the Q 701 is definitely the winner when it comes to details right? Or will a cable swap on the X1 change this judging dramatically?
Oh boy, I can't decide.... :D
If he can just save $100 more bucks (give or take) I'd advise him to just get the K712. Like the Annie, it is a great all rounder and actually does have a little more bass impact...
There it is! How could we forget and why aren't we suggesting it???
He doesn't need to save any more money... just get the MA900 and pocket what's left over.