I'm sure this has been asked before but I couldn't find anything specific. I'll soon be buying a dedicated amp/DAC and I'm trying to figure out how DACs handle sampling rates that are higher than their specifications. I currently use the motherboard built-in Realtek ALC889 DAC that supports 24-bit/192kHz playback. Because that mobo DAC can handle higher sampling rates than some other standalone gear, it's making me wonder about how a DAC handles audio files.
Using the Schiit Modi for this example, it's supports sampling rates up to 24/96. If I try to play audio that's 24/192 would it resample and play or would it choke and not play? I'm trying to decide between a few different options between entry-level gear. At the moment, it's a decision between the Schiit Magni/Modi, Fiio e09k/e17, JDS O2/ODAC, or building a my own tube amp and DAC. The Modi is the only option out of those that doesn't support 24/192 and that's throwing me off. I'm leaning towards building my own since that seems like a really fun project that will give me a nice intro into the how audio gear is assembled.
Changed some stuff that I had poorly written.
Edited by harry truman - 6/22/13 at 2:19pm