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Old 26th January 2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default 96/24 out of a computer

G'day folks

I'm having a few issues with getting 96/24 out of my computer.

I just came across Foobar and WASAPI which is amazing, lowered the noise floor considerably.

My problem is playing 96/24 rips.

I'm having some difficulty finding drivers for my soundcard which will be addressed as time allows.

My question however: Can one output a 96/24 signal via digital coax out of a computer soundcard (soundcard and appropriate drivers allowing) or am i simply barking up the wrong tree?
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Old 26th January 2012, 09:29 PM   #2
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Yep. But not with a regular run-of-the-mill variety sound card.

I use an M-Audio card:

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Old 26th January 2012, 10:21 PM   #3
wwenze is offline wwenze  Singapore
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Motherboard onboard Realtek.

Unless your computer is so old that it's still using AC'97.
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Old 26th January 2012, 10:53 PM   #4
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Oh, and one thing about Windows Vista/7, is you need to go into Control Panel -> Playback devices -> Properties -> Advanced to set the default format to 24/96 or whatever you need.
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Old 27th January 2012, 12:35 AM   #5
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Thanks folks. Now I know what im trying to do is possible. Now i just need to do it.

My soundcard is an old c-media of an unknown chipset. With current drivers my only options are 44khz and 48khz out.

Im going to try and install all the c-media drivers one by one to see if i can find the right one (there is only about 10 of them). otherwise plan b is a new soundcard.

I've been looking at the M-audio and the Asus ones. Trying to sort through the marketing and get something high quailty but without the frills and unnecessary crap is always fun however.

Any recomendations?
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Old 27th January 2012, 01:15 AM   #6
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Old 27th January 2012, 03:42 AM   #7
wwenze is offline wwenze  Singapore
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Old cheap C-Media... immediately comes into mind is CMI8738. Comes in 4-channel and 6-channel variants. God they were horrible, I think the faulty motherboard sound it was meant to replace sounded better.

Just get another sound card. Or rather, if your computer is that old to not have 24/96 from the motherboard sound (available since Intel HD Audio standard became widespread, which was, quite a few years ago. At the start of the dual-core era I think?), you can probably get a second-hand computer with Realtek ALC88(last digit) for the price of a good sound card.

EDIT: Or new motherboard + CPU + ram if you're willing to spend a little more.

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