Originally Posted by mgoodman
Right now, just waiting on the 24/96 situation.
@ExpatInJapan -- what's the highest SR that Fostex, Sony and CLAS support?
My understanding is that the Fostex, Sony and CLAS are limited by the ipods standard default output, the exception being the ipad 2/3 which has been shown to play high sample rates with CCK and separate Dac/AMPs.
The Fostex hp_p1 has a 32 bit DAC but when playing 24/96 it is downsampled (probably to 16/48) as below using flacplayer app.
(Fostex doesnt provide much spec information).
The Sony is also limited by the ipod OS, I believe.
Wolfson WM8740 (ever popular DAC as also used in the AK100, Fiio x3, upcoming ibasso dx50 etc).
Maximum audio sample rate and resolution 96kHz/26bit.
Specs for ipod/iphone/ipad Up to 48kHz/24 bit.
The CLAS has several editions. I cannot comment confidently on their specs but the blog post below covers it well and may also be useful in relation to the other idevice DAC/Amps.
Here is a blog post by Cypher labs about bitrates, ipods and CLAS
RE:CLAS db and android use
I dont believe that these other DAC/AMPs have ventured far into unlocking the potential of the ipods/touch/iphone to play high resolution files natively as Centrance has set out to do.
ipods native or maximum output by OS limitations varies according to many sources I have read (referring to models from recent years).
.......some say 16/41,others say 16/48 and so on... 24/48........
For me it is largely inconclusive although the CLAS/cypherlabs blog post seems to point to 16/48.
I do hope Centrance continues in their quest to bring us higher bitrates/SR via our idevices and Hifi-M8.
personally the sweet spot for me is 24/48, although the grail of 24/96 would be the icing on the cake.
Corrections and additions on my inconclusive and poorly researched opinion posted at 3am certainly welcome.
Thanks also ameford!
Edited by ExpatinJapan - 7/24/13 at 12:59pm