Originally Posted by jarrett
Firstly, totally confuses me whether this belongs in computer audio or dedicated source components as USB DACs are computer components and sources :P
What happens when you regularly playback material that is 44.1khz (audio) and 48khz (video)? Do you need to change the sample rate in playback devices?
Why does HRT recommend to leave it at 24/96...does that mean it will output "up to" 24/96 untouched or will windows output everything at 24/96? I just don't want it to upsample or downsample needlessly
There are several guides similar to this one out there, but if you look around companies like dCS publish computer audio setup guides like this one . Depending on your OS and how you configure it, when you play your file it can bypass the built-in Windows audio engine without any resampling and pass a bit-perfect stream to the MSII for DAC duties. If you set it up correctly, when you play a 44.1kHz file followed by a 48kHz file, the sample rate indicator on the MSII should change. If it always shows up as 96kHz or another sample rate then there may be some other settings that need to be changed.
By configuring your computer at 24/96 with settings as suggested by the guide above, you should be able to output up to 24/96 untouched to your external DAC. Hope this helps!