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In foobar2000 Preferences -> Output is a dropwown that gives myriad choices. For any given DAC there are:

 

DS: Speakers (name of DAC)

DSD: WASAPI(push):Speakers (name of DAC)

DSD: WASAPI(event):Speakers (name of DAC)

WASAPI(event):Speakers (name of DAC)

WASAPI(push):Speakers (name of DAC)

 

Which of these drivers is best to use and does anyone have a link explaining the differences in English?

 

So for example, I installed the drivers for the Spring HoloDAC and the Yggy and the dropdown menu is what I see. In addition to drivers for the named DAC there are also a few generic entries related to the native audio (high definition audio device speakers, high definition audio device headphones) - these are prob for DirectSound output. Finally there are entries :

ASIO: ASIO for USB device

ASIO: HoloAudio ASIO Driver

DSD: ASIO: ASIO for USB device

DSD: ASIO: HoloAudio ASIO Driver

I would guess these entries are the ASIO versions of the WASAPI drivers above, just not enumerated into 'push' and 'event' - whatever that difference means.

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In foobar2000 Preferences -> Output is a dropwown that gives myriad choices. For any given DAC there are:

 

DS: Speakers (name of DAC)

DSD: WASAPI(push):Speakers (name of DAC)

DSD: WASAPI(event):Speakers (name of DAC)

WASAPI(event):Speakers (name of DAC)

WASAPI(push):Speakers (name of DAC)

 

Which of these drivers is best to use and does anyone have a link explaining the differences in English?

 

So for example, I installed the drivers for the Spring HoloDAC and the Yggy and the dropdown menu is what I see. In addition to drivers for the named DAC there are also a few generic entries related to the native audio (high definition audio device speakers, high definition audio device headphones) - these are prob for DirectSound output. Finally there are entries :

ASIO: ASIO for USB device

ASIO: HoloAudio ASIO Driver

DSD: ASIO: ASIO for USB device

DSD: ASIO: HoloAudio ASIO Driver

I would guess these entries are the ASIO versions of the WASAPI drivers above, just not enumerated into 'push' and 'event' - whatever that difference means.

 

for the yggy, you should use the wasapi (event): speakers (2-schiit audio gen 3usb) entry, although the asio: asio for usb device will work, too.

 

the entries for dsd that you see are "duplicates" because you have installed the foo_input_sacd component. i believe for the holodac, you should use the dsd: asio: holoaudio asio driver -- will allow you to play dsd and pcm files. if you just choose the asio: holoaudio asio driver, i don't think dsd will work.

sources:  intel nuc8i7 (audiolinux, roon core) (server) | simaudio moon mind 2 (renderer)
headphone rig:  chord qutest > bryston bha-1 > audeze lcd-3
main rig:  chord dave > parasound jc5 > kef reference 1
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For me, DSD: KS: Mutec USB (aka, Drivers for your DAC) hands down has given me the best sound from foobar2000. If you can get all the DSD stuff set up properly (even without a DSD DAC) and output via PCM to Kernel Streaming out to your DAC... wow is all I can say!

 

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