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RE: "I thought the E30 could handle 32 bits, but maybe not some other part of my chain? "

That wasn't the point. Regardless of whether it is necessary or needed, I do have one recording done in 32 bit, and when I played it I only got 24 bits at the DAC. In any case though I figured it out. Audirvana's setting was to only go to 24 bits and I changed it to 32 and all is well and I get 32 bits at the DAC. Does it make a difference? I don't know but it sure sounded good that way.

I have a few DSD256 tracks and these all sound superb, the most realistic presentation of anything I have. It really does make a difference. 32/384 could be the same in that tracks recorded that way will sound realistic. 16/44.1 does NOT sound realistic to me, it didn't in 1986 and it doesn't now either, even on a DAC that sounds better than anything I've had so far. It can sound good, but not realistic, not like DSD 256 does. Now of course all of these DSD tracks are audiophile types, carefully recorded by engineers that are looking for the best sound possible, and mostly from Norway. I'm sure that is part of it. It's the Norwegian sound, just like our speaker drivers are all from Denmark.

When I was in Norway a few years ago I was surprised at how much that sound pervades the country. Even the street musicians had that sound. A performance in a park by a small jazz orchestra had that sound. Even the tram in Bergen had that sound, Grieg of course! Every stop on the way to the airport has a different little ditty that plays, and Grieg's home stop of course played Grieg. It was a fantastic trip to a place I'd never thought of going to. I've got pictures of a bike ride I did that was the most incredible ride ever.

Edits: 08/10/20

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