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    Front ends and bit perfect output

    Hey guys, need a little help here. I want to do a car pc that feeds an H701 via toshlink output. I want to use the pc to control volume in the digital domain because I dont have space in my dash to mount the C701 and I want to retain use of my steering wheel controls.

    I have two questions for you:
    1. Are there any front ends that support bit perfect kernel streaming in XP?
    2. Do said front ends attenuate the digital stream properly? (ie. don't reduce bit resolution)

    Thanks guys.

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    I did a quick search and didn't find definitive answers for either question.

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    you forget question 0..

    0. Will i be able to hear the difference between bit perfect streaming and unperfect streaming? -> of course not!
    So this is useless or lets say: hypothetical, theoretical and philosphical

    Btw most of the frontends use a backend (sic!) 2 play music. So in case of roadrunner, just take a look at winamp, if he meets your philosophical quality standard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReflexNPG View Post
    you forget question 0..

    0. Will i be able to hear the difference between bit perfect streaming and unperfect streaming? -> of course not!
    So this is useless or lets say: hypothetical, theoretical and philosphical

    Btw most of the frontends use a backend (sic!) 2 play music. So in case of roadrunner, just take a look at winamp, if he meets your philosophical quality standard...
    Well, that question 0 can't be answered in absolution without knowing the actual conditions of imperfect streaming. If the program (aka windows) attenuates the volume improperly, then the sonic differences can be heard when at very low volume, especially with a good system. Windows K-mixer really is that bad. There is good reason why many people bypass k-mixer. Bit perfect vs. software that is nearly perfect is sonically indistinguishable, but at really low volume quite a few bits are missing from the stream and the difference can be heard.

    Winamp should be able to do this, so I think I am fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReflexNPG View Post
    you forget question 0..

    0. Will i be able to hear the difference between bit perfect streaming and unperfect streaming? -> of course not!
    So this is useless or lets say: hypothetical, theoretical and philosphical
    I can most definately hear a difference between the two in my car. It's a VERY nooticeable difference in the stage presentation.
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    Yes, a difference can be heard between the two. For most people, no.

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