Foobar2K output bit depth?
Nov 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 23

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I'm curious as to what I should have this set to. I just got a Ultra Micro DAC from Headroom and I believe that is upsamples to 24-bit. Now the majority of FLAC/ALAC/WAVs I play in Foobar are all 16-bit.

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Q1. Should I keep the foobar output bit-depth at 16-bit? Or set it to 24-bit?

Q2. Should I switch this setting if I choose the play one of the few 24-bit albums I have?
 
Nov 8, 2008 at 1:14 AM Post #2 of 23

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Stick to original source for better SQ. That means 16bit and 41khz
 
Nov 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM Post #4 of 23

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Quote:

Originally Posted by skamp /img/forum/go_quote.gif
The DAC's USB input accepts only 16bit/44.1-48kHz PCM, so you need to set foobar's output to 16bit, no matter what your files are.


It's very annoying that none of the documentation that comes with the Ultra Micro DAC states any specifics like this. Cheers for the info though!
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Nov 9, 2008 at 2:56 PM Post #6 of 23

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I guess when listening to 24/96 files then, I'll just leave foobars output bit-depth at 16. So essentially, it's being converted from 24bit to 16bit by foobar, then reconverted up to 24bit by the DAC. Sounds kind of messy to me
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Nov 9, 2008 at 3:30 PM Post #7 of 23

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luckily going from 16bit to 24bit shouldn't change anything, but yes, it's sad it does not accept 24bit in the first place.
 
Nov 9, 2008 at 3:36 PM Post #8 of 23

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Actually,
Just for point of reference, going optical or coaxial you can get 24/96 and 24/192 respectively with the ultra micro. I would also recommend setting your output bitdepth to whatever to source mat is, so 16 44.1 for cds.

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Nov 9, 2008 at 4:03 PM Post #11 of 23

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skamp,
"Due to the USB 1.1 bandwidth limitation, a limited number of interfaces can be
activated at the same time depending on the audio mode selected:
* 16-bit/48kHz ==> 4 channels in + 4 channels out
- Ai+Ao+Di+Do
* 24-bit/48kHz ==> 4 channels in + 2 channels out,
or 2 channels in + 4 channels out
- Ai+Ao+Do or Ai+Di+Ao or Ai+Di+Do or Di+Ao+Do
* 24-bit/96kHz ==> 2 channels in _or_ 2 channels out (half duplex only)
- Ai or Ao or Di or Do"

Cheers,
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Nov 9, 2008 at 4:14 PM Post #12 of 23

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I never knew the above actually. Is it a problem caused by the implementations of the DAC then? My DA100 can't except anything above 16/44.1 from USB, but does support higher bit/ sample rates when connected with a optical or coaxial cable.
 
Nov 9, 2008 at 4:18 PM Post #14 of 23

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I was simply re affirming your point skamp, that it is possible to have higher bit depth and sample rates over 1.1

Enoyin, it is possible, the problem is the implementation of the usb receiver and dac in dacs. Most of them use either the pcm270x or pcm 290x both of which limit to 16/48. Most dac chips handle spdif by themselves and can handle 24/96 or 24/192 from optical and coaxial respectively. Based on bandwith.

*edit* for a bit more explanation, it is my understanding that the acceptor chips have to convert the usb signal to either i2s or spdif before passing it off to the dac or before converting them to analog waves themselves. Herein is the issue.
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