Originally Posted by sexpot
awe, now you're making me blush and feel better about my purchase. oh you
the store only had 2 in stock and both them didn't come with the gold caps, doubt i'll notice but i finally got the modmic 3,0 in today as well. great way to start the long weekend.
I wouldn't worry about the caps at all. They will be fine. You will stop using the card long before the caps pop I can almost guarantee that.
Originally Posted by Paul17041993
never had an issue with 96K, its only if you run 96K or more on 5.1 speakers on your motherboard's onboard audio you'll get "artifacts" etc (100% software, causes all sorts of issues when the threads get too full), hardware DSPs will decode errorless unless there's a driver bug of some sort...
funfact; the standard is 44.1K for all audio and video formats, it just uses space on your disk better, but higher upsamples can help quality still.
Most people wont notice the artifacts and/or errors with a higher sampling frequency in windows but I assure you they are there, measured and tested. The windows vista audio stack engineers have acknowledged this themselves in their blog. Its unfortunately a downside of the global mixer's resampling engine. It comes down to; even if you can't hear it but there are errors and setting it higher than you need wont make it sound better(it cant by definition, you can't add samples that were never taken, and interpolating is not acceptable), then why do it at all? Because 96 khz sound cool and it sounds higher quality? Well thats silly isnt it? However if you do play media at 96 khz then by all means, you should be setting this.
And its not the audio hardware decoding the signal that is the problem with this, its windows encoding it into a pcm stream where the artifacts are added. It all begins in software.
THIS I blame on marketing and trying to get the masses to think that by setting your sound card to its highest output is going to magically make everything better. Its right along there with the 24 bit audio myth. But that's a different story for another time.
Anyway on your second point,
44.1 khz is the standard still for CD audio, Lossless (FLAC, ALAC, WAV) and lossy(mp3) sources. However in movies and games, you will find that 48 khz is the standard sampling frequency. This includes DVD's, Blu-Rays and h264, divx encoding. However you will find more and more Blu-Rays with 96 and 192 khz audio as well.
This is why I set my windows frequency to 48khz, because I game and watch movies 100% of the time through shared mode(Wasapi shared global mixer). For my music, I run foobar2000 through WASAPI exclusive mode which just sends my audio at 44.1 khz straight to my sound card without touching the global mixer or resampling. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!Edited by djinferno806 - 11/9/13 at 5:07am