I was having a look at the RME website (soundcards).
I was looking at the digi96pa.http://www.rme-audio.com/english/digi96/digi96pa.htm
As you can see below, the drivers of the RME seem to support Asio native in the driver properties window.
I really would like ASIO over SPDIF as that is how I am currently playing my music via MCE. Can anyone confirm that using the digi96 pad you could bypass the kmixer using the Asio functionality of the driver, giving a more accurate and musical passthrough?
In the UK, it is for sale at 280GBP, in the US
as usual, available @ 299 USD. RIPOFF BRITAIN!
According to comments I found here
, RME cards bypass the KMixer by default. Which is why it is very difficult to hear the difference between Waveout and ASIO.
So maybe the whole ASIO effort would be useless with RME?
Should I just get this card and forget about Kmixer and Asio, to play back music over SPDIF (optical connection)?
According to Branxx in this thread
, "There are two sound cards that are known to have drivers written to avoid KMIXER issues. They are: STAudio DSP24 (http://www.staudio.com/products/dsp24/index.html
)(or Mk II) RME DIGI96 Series (http://www.rme-audio.de/english/digi96/digi96pa.htm
) (PAD or PST)
STAudio card is hardware almost identical to M-Audio delta series (to the degree that STAudio Windows XP driver can be used with M-Audio Delta cards). This card is also the cheaper. If money is no object, going for RME is almost sure winner.
STAudio uses RCA jacks for analogue out, while RME uses a single ¼ jack"