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stew1234 24th July 2011 04:21 PM

ASIO output possible for web browsers?
I've look around for some sort of plugin that would allow chrome/firefox to output audio to an asio driver but haven't seen anything. With more and more high bitrate streaming available this seems like it would be worthwhile. Does anyone know if something like this exists or is possible?


KlipschKid 25th July 2011 04:23 PM

The high bit rate is mostly the video content. Generally, the audio content is similar to a "poor" wma or aac bit rate and is at 48Khz, a standard sampling rate for PCs, so it can be passed through without resampling anyway.

The exception is full HD blu-ray, but then the high audio bitrate is multi-channel and still lossy compressed. The 8 channel audio is only slightly higher bit rate than 2 channel CD. I've never heard of any site streaming full HD at blu-ray bit rates with 8 channel audio. Most ISPs can't stream this reliably anyway.

So I can't imagine that anyone capable of writing a driver ( like say kernel streaming over hdmi from within a flash video played through Chrome ) would bother, knowing it would make little or no difference. Besides anything else, it may need the browser / flash software to be modified to function, so even a motivated third party couldn't do it.

anwaypasible 26th July 2011 03:59 AM

you could use reclock to get flash videos to use kernel streaming.
it isnt asio.. but they say it is a step in the right direction.

kevinkr 26th July 2011 04:05 AM

If you're running something newer than win XP this might not be a big issue..

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