- Jul 29, 2015
Oh cool, I didn't know that, yeah I'll give that a try. I did install the WASAPI add-on yesterday, but hadn't had time to give it a test. I'll do some playing around with it and the other options your provided and see what results I can get.
One thing about WASAPI, and certain implementations of ASIO (I forget if ASIO4ALL has this issue): Since it makes audio exclusive to teh application being used, no audio will play in any other applications, windows system-sounds, etc. while you have something playing in Foobar2000 using them. That includes when you have something paused, in the case of WASAPI, and some version fo ASIO. . .you have to actually hit the stop button in Foobar2000, while using WASAPI, in order for audio to become available again in other applications besides Foobar.
Personally I use Kernel Streaming for bit-perfect output to my external DAC, now that I have an external DAC that is. Kernel Streaming allows me to get audio in other applications again just by pausing Foobar, rather than hitting stop.
In case it helps, the foobar2000 settings I use are covered here: http://www.fidelizer-audio.com/user-guide/
(But I usually use JPLAYmini instead of foobar2000.)
That site definitely gives good advice on how to set-up Foobar2000. Just be careful when setting teh WASAPI or ASIO buffer-size as low as 50ms, on less powerful systems that could lead to stutter or other issues. Also, unlike some sites, the guide on Fidelizer's site doesn't explain the REASONING behind any of the settings being used, which to me, as somewhat of a computer-geek, is a bit of a peeve
Speaking of Fidelizer. . .look into using it. I've noticed a difference in sound quality with it, very subtle but still noticable, above and beyond just what I get with Kernel Streaming output to my DAC, and I'm sure you can get benefits from it with just WASAPI and onboard sound even without an external DAC. It will optimize your Windows system services to work best with audio applications.