Frequently Asked Questions

Any optimal settings for sound properties?

Question: I have Windows and just wondered if there are any optimal setting under sound properties?

Answer: If you mainly play CD's and/or CD derived MP3's at 44.1kHz, set to 44.1kHz/16 Bit and volume to max. This normally bypasses Windows internal processing, but not reliably (unfortunately).

You must select a silent sound scheme (so that there is no system sound kicking in) and assign communication defaults to a different device (e.g. internal sound).

In this case as an example, there should only be the Spotify audio stream etc and Windows will normally bypass the mixer. However, as soon as two audio streams are mixed (e.g. system sounds and the main audio) the Windows mixer will kick in and stay engaged.

It is possible to use third-party software (Audio Router, Equalify etc.) to operate so Spotify audio is sent to your DAC, while all system sounds remain on the built-in audio system, this case with a 44.1kHz/16 Bit default setting should be bit-perfect (fingers crossed).

https://youtu.be/kekG3HBDNsM

https://tall-paul.co.uk/2013/08/16/play-spotify-through-a-different-sound-device-windows/

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