Today I received my Teac UD-H01. After hooking it up via optical from my motherboard, I noticed the sampling rate was locked at 48khz. After fiddling around with the Teac and testing the connection of the optical cord I went into the setting of the realtek drivers only to find that the max sampling rate allowed going through was 48khz. I switched it to 24/192 and no sound was coming through, then I switched it to 24/96 and at least then I got sound. What is really bloody stupid is whatever is playing is LOCKED at the frequency the onboard is set at. It didn't matter whether I played CD rips or 192khz vinyl rips, it was stuck at 96khz (as shown by the Teac).
How do I fix this? Do I need a Musiland Digital Times? Or do I need to scratch the amp/Dac idea altogether and get a soundcard and an external amplifier? I was so excited about this Dac that now I am ready to just.... give up on the idea of computer hifi.
One thing I noticed as I was flipping through settings and trying different music, I couldn't tell a difference between anything at all. Maybe this hobby isn't getting it.