I have a 24bit / 96KHz external soundcard. When I install the drivers (ASIO), it installs a control panel that tells me it's in 24bit mode. However, Windows 7 control panel tells me 24bit is not an option. From my understanding, 24bit is not compatible with windows and can only be used in ASIO mode and not DirectSound.
So essentially setting Musicbee to use the ASIO driver with my external soundcard is the only way to get my music in actual 24bit playback?
Is this really necessary for music files or would it be in my best interest to switch my external control panel settings to 16bit to match Windows 7? It seems to me like the mismatch in control panel settings is irrelevant since Windows is clearly using 16bit.
I listen to a combination of flac, wav, 320 mp3, and lower quality MP3s.
Thanks for any clarification.