Originally Posted by bmichels
ANDROID & 24/96 files ?
Lot of discussion here to know if HiFi-M8 can play the 24/96 content (WITHOUT DOWNSAMPLING) from recent iDevice; but... what about Android ?
--> Will the HiFi-M8 connected to an Android device be able to play WITHOUT DOWNSAMPLING native 24/96 files ? Which Android devices will be supported for sure ? ( galaxy S4 ? Note 2 ?....)
thanks for your Answer
There is basically no way for manufacturers of DACs to guarantee that they will work as intended with Android devices unless they work specifically with the handset manufacturer or a custom ROM maker. The availability of USB-OTG protocols, USB audio specific protocols, and then appropriate playback apps are all over the place. When you mix in custom ROMs, all bets are off. There are a couple main threads for Android device compatibility with USB DACs here on Headfi and basically, it is one big crapshoot. Your best bet will probably be a recent generation Samsung Galaxy handset as they seem to be the only manufacturer outside of DAP manufacturers who have put any thought into USB audio playback. I can get playback via USB DACs from my Note 2, but it requires USB Recorder Pro to get 24/96 files to play without downsampling. USB Recorder Pro is a godsend in this way, but they have no real interest into turning it into a proper music player so it isn't ideal still.
I am still on the fence with hi-res. I have some well-recorded 16/44 stuff that sounds better than some of my 24/96 and 24/192 stuff. With the expense and HDD requirements of hi-res, I feel like until the whole industry moves to hi-res releases (or more efficient compression is available), I am focusing my efforts on getting recordings that are well-recorded rather than re-collecting everything in 24/96 or better.