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Old May 16, 2014, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SKYMTL View Post
From my understanding, and from my conversations with ASUS:

- There are no more "true" 24-bit DACs being produced anymore. They all feature some form of shaping to create a "virtual" 24-bit signal

- Neither I nor ASUS have seen a current receiver that can actually receive 24/192 over S/PDIF. Rather, with content that has the necessary bitrate (Blu Ray), HDMI is the chosen output / input format.
That doesn't answer my question though... what are the actual output options available for digital output? As an example, the onboard realtec optical for my AM1 system has a selection for up to and including 2 channel , 24 bit, 192 KHz. Does this device offer that option?

I'm pushing on this because my research on the subject earlier this year showed some very wishy washy information being provided by the manufacturers on the subject making it almost impossible to know what the device was going to offer for digital output until you spend the money to get it into your home, which makes it too late if you've planned a mITX build around using an external USB soundcard.

From my experience, optical audio connections just seem to be more stable and offer better compatibility, and quite frankly, if the preferred method of digital audio connectivity is through HDMI then why exactly are S/PDIF connections even included?
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