I don't know why this audio stuff doesn't make sense to me but
OK. So does setting the bit depth to the max the card can handle or 32 hurt at all? And why would there be a 32bit depth option if there aren't cards that can handle it? And yes...I know I kind of mixed bit-depth with bit-rate and I know there's a difference but don't ask me to explain it as that's as far as I get. I was using the example more to illustrate a unwise endeavor (which converting MP3 to 24bit is).
Focus time as I think I've been asking bad questions that have just confused me more...should I instead just highlight in the config that one should use the highest float-# that their card supports? Should they bother changing either the default or alternate sample rates (which I didn't mention) to the highest their card supports? Is there a command that would tell them about the max of both bit depth and sample rate supported by their cards? What about latency? I cut it down to 1 from the default 5 or 8.
Basically, I want to make it so that people can get the best out of Pulse if they choose to stick with it so it's not the "limiting" factor for an enjoying audio out of their computer.