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Audio Research DAC7 USB 16/48 limitation

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I am very tempted to get a DAC7 but am very disappointed at the 16/48 USB limitation. The ability to rip DVD-As and play them through USB is a very attractive one, but this seems to have been ruled out by Audio Research.


I wonder if the fact they quote a frequency range up to 20kHz (in contrast to Stax for example) suggests that they believe higher sample rates and ultra-high frequencies offer no advantages?


I also wonder if they will update it at a later date...


Anyone have inside knowledge?






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Most, but by no means all, USB connections to DACs (especially specialist / domestic audio companies as opposed to studio equipment manufacturers) are limited to 16/48 or 24/48.


It is likely a restriction of the USB reciever chip so unlikely to be upgraded via firmware.






...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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