In Reply to: offboard dac question posted by renaissance on March 11, 2001 at 17:16:47:
Digital output from a transport or player is only what is on the CD -- 16 bit 44.1kHz. (Some DVD players can output 24 bit 96kHz, but only from the relatively few audio DVDs recorded using the DVD Video standard.) Starting with 16/44, however, there are devices to upsample to 96kHz (several DACs include such upsampling), and there are a few devices which also interpolate 24 bit words. Those processed digital signals can then be converted in a 24/96 DAC.
Without such upsampling or interpolation, however, you are correct in assuming that a 24/96 DAC does not necessarily bring anything to the party.
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