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Help my OCD (Xonar STX Settings)

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Just picked up the STX today and the difference is definitely there (especially the details of the drums) vs my onboard so I'm quite happy with the purchase.

Anyway here are my settings:

Audio Channel: 2 channels
Sample Rate: Since all my music is 44.1k I went ahead and set it to 44.1k
Analog out: Headphone
DSP Mode: HF

Everything else is default.

For the windows sound settings I set the speakers/mic to 24bit/44.1k. It was at 16bit/44.1k. This is what I'm worried about. Is this right? What does changing it to 24bit do? Also is it bad to set the frequency higher? Am I golden? Thanks for reading.
post #2 of 6
It's not bad but it doesn't benefit either.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I've read some recommendations on setting the bit depth to 24bit. I'm aware that portion does not alter my sound in any way but what's the point if all of my music is 16bit?
post #4 of 6
Are you using somewhere in the digital chain to control volume? What is your music player? OS? If you take advantage of ASIO then those settings don't matter, and I would just set it to 24/48 because only music is 44.1.
 
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I control volume from within the OS when using headphones. OS is Windows 7 x64. Music player is foobar2k.
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Use ASIO in foobar and control the volume of the music with foobar. The sound card will receive a bit perfect copy at 100% volume.
 
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