24/96 DAC and ADC vs. 24/192

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Don Whitley, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. Don Whitley

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    What is to be gained by waiting for 24/192 DAC’s and ADC’s vs. purchacing a unit with 24/96 DAC’s? Is there an audible and/or other major difference.

    BTW I am considering the purchace of a B&K Ref 30 and it has the 24/96 processors.

    As you can tell by my post, I am totally ignorant on the subject. Thanks, in advance, for your help.
     
  2. Jaehoon Heo

    Jaehoon Heo Stunt Coordinator

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    So far, the only format that needs 192kHz-capable DAC is stereo 192kHz PCM/PPCM of DVD-Audio. If you are not interested in highest-resolution but just in stereo, it may make little difference. If you are, then you will not want the DAC to decimate the 192/176.4kHz input and mess up the highest quality.

    However, 192kHz DAC may employ advanced technology that make even 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz PCM sounds better than 96kHz DAC does. Practically, most 192kHz DAC's are

    top-of-the-line devices and they have some improvements in audible(or upto 40kHz) band over 96kHz ones.
     
  3. PatrickM

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    If your talking about the DAC's in a receiver, there really is no good reason to have 192/24 DAC's in them because there is not software out there that allows access to the 192/24 signals.

    DVD-Audio does have 192/24 tracks but the player won't allow you access to it digitally so it renders the 192/24 DAC's in your receiver useless or at minimum, redundant.

    My 5800 has them but I've yet to be able to use them.

    Patrick
     

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