Has anyone experimented with ASIO output on HiFace2?
To me it sounds the cleanest and with the most dynamics, even though Peter (foobar2000 output plugins author) claims that there is no reason to use it under Windows Vista and beyond, what piqued my interest is this.
Choosing Audio Quality Output Mode
Choose the best output for your hardware in this order:
1) If your hardware has a native, well-behaved, ASIO driver, use ASIO.
2) Otherwise, on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer, use WASAPI exclusive.
3) Otherwise, use Kernel Streaming if it works.
4) If none of the above are possible, use DirectSound or WaveOut. Neither of these provide hardware direct output, so choose based on performance.
If you have problems, start with DirectSound and get MC working. Once you have audio working and are comfortable using MC, then experiment with other audio output choices.
ASIO is a sound card communication system created by Steinberg.
If your soundcard has a native ASIO driver, this is the most direct (and normally best) way to communicate with it.
Please note that ASIO4All is basically Kernel Streaming with an ASIO wrapper. There's no good reason to use ASIO + ASIO4All vs just using Kernel Streaming directly in Media Center.
For more information, see ASIO.
And I swear it sounds quite better than either KS or WASAPI in foobar2000, the feed goes into Chord DAC64.
Edited by Andrew_WOT - 11/22/12 at 12:27pm