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Reading up on 'high resolution audio' at the moment and I would like to be clear that CD audio quality is only 16bit 44.1kHz audio when ripped to FLAC files and the only way to obtain 24bit is to buy them separately?
So if I only have 16bit FLAC files/CDs, I will not be making the most out of this DAC and only maybe benefit from the better(subjective) SoundQuality, cool volume knob, connections, pre-amp and 5yr warranty?
Just got my K7XX and I am listening to my favourite band at the moment (Third Eye Blind) but, have yet to decide on a DAC, Amp or combo unit.. I've never had Mid-Fi equipment and have 14 hours to decide :)
As far as physical media, ripped audio from SACD's, BluRay Audio Disks, and good-ol' Vinyl are all sources to get higher bitrate stuff. Digital downloads too (obviously), but the most important things about these releases (in my opinion) is not the bitrate itself (16/44 is perfectly fine for me), it's actually that the releases are usually mastered differently. Google "loudness wars" and you'll find a ton of info as to why mastering is important.
loudness wars is an interesting read.
So if I only listen to CDs at the moment, buying this DAC would still be good for future-proofing(plan to use for at least 5 years) If I ever buy HRA digital downloads etc..
I game(CS:GO) 30% of the time too and watch videos on the side. For my specific usage, should I buy it still for SoundQuality?
A good DAC should make all digital audio sound better, even if you're not pushing that DAC to its limits. I have a Grace Design m920, which goes up to 32-bit 384 Khz. I don't have a single audio file above 192 Khz. That doesn't mean that my DAC wasn't worth the money. One of the things I'm curious about with the current generation of DAC's is what sample rates sound best. If you go back a few years, there were 192 Khz DAC's that were measured to sound better at 96 Khz (I remember reading about this in an interview with John Siau of Benchmark Media, another company on the level of Grace with DAC design).
This would definitely future-proof you for a while. I use my DAC for all sorts of things (though music is the main use of course), and while things like gaming might not take as big of an advantage of the improved audio quality, they are still improved.
Thank you for that little insight. I am still debating with myself.. Could hardly sleep, been lurking MD, SBAF and head-fi for posts that would persuade me to buy. It's just that I have no previous experience with entry/Mid-Fi and I don't want to just give up ~$715 AUD..
I cannot YOLO it like some of you fellas ;)