ASIO4All a resource hog? I really don't know what you do, but that's completely opposed to my experience. In fact, there's no logic to think that it can be more cpu intensive than using directsound, more like the opposite.Also, I would like you to be careful when talking about filters. "Directshow filters" are not necessarily frequency filters. The term "filter" just means a converter. For example, an AC3 decoder is a directshow filter.About playing above 96Khz with Directsound, seems at least XP SP2 is needed (You didn't say which SP do you have, but I guess you probably have SP3) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee...v=vs.85%29.aspx . Although it says that Directshow filters don't support frequencies over 96Khz...Btw, I've also seen sony's webpage for the audio drivers, and I belive that they simply don't provide the integration with the OS for XP, but the driver probably is the usual one. This means there may be a soundcard configuration panel, without having to resort to XP's default one. (Side note, the soundcard would not work in Win98. Windows 98 doesn't know many AC97 cards, and none of HD cards)The last point that bugs me of your post is insisting that a 50Khz (I guess 48Khz, as in 96Khz sampling rate) notch filter annoys you**. The problem, if any, would be for whatever defect the resampling, lack of precision or other effects may be done on the signal. Not for the frequency cutoff. As an example, CD audio has a 22Khz lowpass filter (and actually was designed originally for 20Khz with the other 2Khz as rolloff).In fact, I am more concerned on what content do you have where you can clearly see a 50Khz lowpass filter on it.I guess your post may help other people that has your same or similar setup, but in general, I believe that your experience is not common. ** btw, don't you mean lowpass filter instead of notch filter? a notchband filter is more like an equalizer band
Hello everyone.........I don't want to write like i'm writing an article that would appear in the mailbag of stereophile, but the "No Speakers" option yielded very "revealing" results when I compared the way it sounded with my Sony MDR-7506's. The notch filter was also gone. Basically the good mixes sounded far better and the bad mixes sounded a little worse.Would it be safe to assume that selecting "no speakers" turns off DirectSound filtering? The tone of every recording had this "rounded-off" quality to it before and I was honestly getting better results from an old Toshiba laptop with a 16-bit 48Khz card before this fix. So what is going on here?The quality is far superior now. The only bug I have found is that MS wants to label the channels as "Channel 1" and "Center" now, which obviously has no audible effect. I am convinced that anyone running XP with a Realtek HD chip should at least check to see if it improves things on their end. This may be one of those things that people simply don't do because they didn't consider it and it may be harming the quality if not implemented. I use the only output it has, which is analogue, so ASIO or bypassing the K-Mixer in favor of digital is not happening without a new Sound Card.Any help understanding what is going on in more detail would be appreciated.
ASIO4All a resource hog? I really don't know what you do, but that's completely opposed to my experience. In fact, there's no logic to think that it can be more cpu intensive than using directsound, more like the opposite.