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In Reply to: High-res Orchestral music Downloads available free posted by audioengr on January 25, 2007 at 12:06:59:
Thanks for the link to these files. It allowed me to confirm that the Slimdevices Squeezebox 3 with the latest firmware can play these files. I was unsure if 96k/24b files were truly compatible. The sound on one of my systems was first rate. I intend to re-listen on my main rig to further evaluate.
Since I have Verizon Fios, download size is not an issue. This has me hoping that we may be entering a new era of quality sound that exceeds the the standard 44k/16b CD resolution. With devices such as the Squeezebox we are no longer shackled to these limitations. Maybe more labels will take note and offer these resolutions?
I believe what the Squeezebox is doing is downsampling the 96k to 48k, but preserving the 24 bit width.
Direct from the horse's mouth (whatever that means):
"Squeezebox 2 and 3 can also play files up to 48kHz sample rate, up to 24 bits. 24bit/96kHz files are downsampled to 48kHz."
This is from the Slimdevices support site:
This is great news. I was planning a product based on the SB, but I was expecting to have to wait for the SB4 due to 24/96 compatibility. If what you say is true, then I'm off and running....
Glad to be of help! Keep in mind this is limited to just testing these files. But so far so good. One thing I'm not sure about is if there is any downsampling occurring within the SB3? Only the folks at Slimdevices can truly answer this.
I was curious as to what type of product would be "based on the SB"? No need to reveal trade secrets just the general idea.
The idea is to create a Wi-Fi product that delivers the quality that I get from USB. It would be a merging of my Pace-Car I2S reclocker and the SB3/4. I would bring I2S out of the SB3 and then reclock it and output low-jitter I2S for delivery to I2S DAC's.
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