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USB DAC--No 44.1--Why?

post #1 of 18
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I purchased a USB DAC and under Windows 7 64 bit, there is no option for 16 bit, 44.1 kHz playback. There is 16 bit, 48 and 96 kHz,and 24 bit, 48 and 96 kHz, but no 44.1.

Can anybody tell me why a manufacturer would omit 16 bit, 44.1 kHz playback?

I am not listing the manufacturer because I do not want the brand to be a factor in the comments.

The company's tech support rep said that everything in Windows 7 is resampled anyway, but I believe that to be half true.

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 18
Why exactly would you even want 44.1 kHz playback?
post #3 of 18
A lot of audio is sampled at 44.1KHz. That's why. Read the properties of your music files.
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Since I do music recording, I've tested out the differences. There's no marked difference between 44.1 playing at 44.1 or 48. They sound the same...
post #5 of 18
What about 48KHz played at 44.1KHz?
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It won't be a terribly noticeable difference since they're so close, but if you have studio monitors, you'll hear a small difference. When you degrade any sound signal, it won't be as good as played in native. But if you play at a higher than native, it won't lose information, it'll just sound the same (44.1 played @ 48 for example).
post #7 of 18
When you're feeding an external dac, if the output doesn't match the music file every step of the way the song doesn't play.

However I'm not sure what the OP's issues are. If possible, can you describe where you're changing the output format, what music player, how the dac's connected etc.
    
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post #8 of 18
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What about 48KHz played at 44.1KHz?
Music is not commonly found at 16 bit, 48kHz, but the audio for regular DVDs is.
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolimits882000 View Post
It won't be a terribly noticeable difference since they're so close, but if you have studio monitors, you'll hear a small difference. When you degrade any sound signal, it won't be as good as played in native. But if you play at a higher than native, it won't lose information, it'll just sound the same (44.1 played @ 48 for example).
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When you're feeding an external dac, if the output doesn't match the music file every step of the way the song doesn't play.

However I'm not sure what the OP's issues are. If possible, can you describe where you're changing the output format, what music player, how the dac's connected etc.

The DAC is of course connected by USB. Using Foobar for playback, ASIO does not work because the device does not have a hardware ASIO driver. WASAPI does not work unless I use a resampler plugin.
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