I am confused by (1) the CD rips to ALAC using iTunes and (2) using the resulting ALAC files with a DAC.
First, when I use the most recent version of iTunes and rip to ALAC, there are no settings, just "Automatic". The resulting files are apparently 868 kbps.
Second, I'm looking to use a DAC that can read ALAC files over USB, but this DAC is limited: "ALAC files were restricted to sample rates of 96kHz and below", presumably meaning 24-bit, 96 kHz.
So if I'm correct in my math, 24 bits/sample * 96000 samples/second = 2,304,000 bps = 2304 kbps. That limitation of the DAC apparently exceeds the 868 kbps rips produced by iTunes, so I'm good to go with these ALAC files using this DAC, right? And what would be the point of having a DAC that can handle 24-bit, 192 kHz ALAC files?