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In Reply to: Just in case anyone is wondering how things will look like in Vista posted by Christine Tham on January 4, 2007 at 19:15:59:
Thanks for the picture it explains a lot.
It seems as if the signal will go into an audio driver either on the sound card or on the MB.
I would guess that the effects of the driver are minimal with a digital signal.....but....if 3 people use Windows with ASIO and 3 different sound cards etc. and get different sound characteristics then the audio drivers effects can be heard.
whether it's USB, or onboard DACs or SPDIF, or Firewire ...
*** if 3 people use Windows with ASIO and 3 different sound cards etc. and get different sound characteristics then the audio drivers effects can be heard. ***
Yes, different audio drivers can sound different, as well changing the audio settings on each driver.
Christine first I want to thank you for so much **much needed** information and for your continued posts on this subject.
I would strongly recommend avoiding ASIO4ALL and going for a device that comes with a native ASIO driver.
As an example, my Edirol SD90 (USB 1.0 device) has a native ASIO driver. I'm currently considering purchasing an E-MU 0404USB - that also has a native ASIO driver.
If your USB device has no native ASIO driver, I recommend using kernel streaming.
Vista will have a default USB driver that supports kernel streaming based on Universal Audio Architecture. In native Vista mode, it should also support exclusive direct access to the hardware. Of course, we have yet to see any applications using this feature.
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