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Digital downloads are often offered in 24/96 format. There are also people who rip their vinyl collections to 24/96.

Only a very small percentage of all recorded music is available in 24-bit. I'm still of the impression that many that purchase 24-bit DACs aren't generally in need of the feature.
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yes but when you come across some you will be disappointed when your not able to play it tongue.gif
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Only a very small percentage of all recorded music is available in 24-bit. I'm still of the impression that many that purchase 24-bit DACs aren't generally in need of the feature.

You may well be right but that happens with lots of things. My TV is capable of streaming video over the internet but I never use that, my Marantz amp is capable of running just as a power amp but I currently do not use that feature, I'm sure you get my point so I won't go on and on with examples tongue.gif

The more features a product offers for a lower price, the better value a customer is receiving and the product is more appealing. I certainly didn't buy my DAC for 24bit playback but I'm happy that it can cope with a 24/96 signal.
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There are also people who rip their vinyl collections to 24/96.

I was looking at doing that, Guessing to get a decent table for ripping is pretty expensive though, shame as my parents have a killer vinyl collection. But my dads exact words when I asked for it were "over my dead body" at which point he promised to leave it to me in the will ><
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I was looking at doing that, Guessing to get a decent table for ripping is pretty expensive though, shame as my parents have a killer vinyl collection. But my dads exact words when I asked for it were "over my dead body" at which point he promised to leave it to me in the will ><</div>

I think it would only be worth it if you already had a really good TT and phono pre-amp.
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I'm curious as to how many people actually play back 24-bit material. Reason being that a 24-bit DAC isn't really going to make a difference from a 16-bit one if all you're playing is Redbook.

It matters if you're using digital volume control to attenuate the signal. Chop some bits off of 16-bit words (i.e. divide) and you may have something like 13-bit audio or whatever else depending on how low the volume is, where the signal is potentially audibly noisy because of the quantization error, particularly if amplified. Chop some bits off of 24-bit words and everything's still lost in the noise floor anyway.

So it's much more of an improvement to have a good 24-bit DAC (even to play 16-bit material) than to have 24-bit source material, or higher than 44.1 kHz sampling rate for that matter. 96 dB from 16-bit audio is plenty of dynamic range to work with, and most microphones and recording setups will introduce significantly more noise than there is from the digital noise floor.

Most likely all this is inaudible in practice in the majority of cases though, and especially so if you keep volume at 100% and use something else to control volume.
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Only a very small percentage of all recorded music is available in 24-bit. I'm still of the impression that many that purchase 24-bit DACs aren't generally in need of the feature.

However 24-bit DACs are needed as a lot of VSTs work in the 24-bit realm and if you use the software volume control a lot, 24 bit depth is beneficial as software volume control works by 'shedding' off bits in the digital domain. However those who buy into 24-bit DAC marketing believe in a total fairytale. 24 / 96 is needed for vinyl due to it's variable sampling rate, not because it's 'better'. Vinyl is a totally inferior format to digital cet. par.
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Anybody had any experience with the Takstar TS-671 or HI-2050?
How do they compare to each other, or to say the Sennheiser HD555?
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Sign me up! i use a pair of Razer Carcharias. Won them from a competition blizzard ran a couple years back, and love them! so comfortable, with good sound too!
    
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I saw some crazy amps (tube) from this Taiwanese company at CES, will get pix tmr. THEY WERE SO LEGIT. HUGE TUBES.
     
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