Originally Posted by pokerapar88
I use 96khz which is the max output my reciever can do. I transfer through optical cable from my Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty. Sound is almost the same as 44/48khz There IS difference is the source of the audio has a higher quality lice FLAC or FLAC HD. But all is so subtle that its almost subjective.
On the other hand I DO recommend getting a good audio card. Changing from stock soundcard to a creative (which is nothing out of this world, actually) was night and day. Games sounded better, music, beautiful. So its not about khz but audio quality. Also being able to expand to 5.1 channels from an audio file which is 2.0, also is nice. And being able to play games at 5.1 when using optical cable is also cool. But that's just me.
Unless your sound card does some DSP before sending the digital signal to the receiver via optical/coaxial/AES/EBU/HDMI, the signal should be for all intents and purposes identical. Without any pre-processing like X-Fi Crystallizer or equalization, they should be bit-for-bit identical. If a person does the D/A conversion outside of the sound card, I don't see how the sound could change.
There should not be an audible difference between 44.1KHz and allegedly "higher definition" sample rates. If there is, the resampling algorithm is broken or flawed. If you do a 44.1KHz downsampling of a 192/96KHz track in a way that's known to be audibly transparent, I dare to claim that you would not hear a difference, as opposed to letting your sound card, OS or player re-sample it on the fly with worse quality.Also, Audio Engineering Society disagrees that there is a difference between sample rates higher than 44.1KHz
, as long as the resampling is done right. Furthermore, not only did they re-sample the track, they also inserted an additional A/D-D/A loop into the system which SHOULD by all audiophile myths ruin the sound quality, and guess what, it didn't. Unless your experiment was conducted blind, it is debatable whether you heard an actual physical difference in the sound, or have you merely thought there's a difference. It's normal to think there was an improvement so I'm not directly attacking you, I'm saying that some differences that might seem obvious and night-and-day, might in the end be very illusive or nonexistent.Edited by seepra - 5/23/13 at 12:33pm