Originally Posted by IronCamel
This question has been asked by several people and summarily dodged. I'm going to assume that this is because Vista will NOT have the ability to output bit-perfect audio without intervention or 3rd party software. If this is the case, what is the point of bringing it up? You are here enough to know that this isn't what is desired. How hard is it to program Windows so it doesn't screw with the stream. If I don't want windows doing the processing, why would I want windows to even touch the stream?
It's kind of lame you can't at least give us an answer.
Hey come on guys. I never shy away from answering questions on AVS Forum. Anyone who follows me in HD forums knows this by now. It is just that I am on vacation, and had to drive the family to the vacation home all yesterday. And as I noted in the other post, my guys are really busy with RC-1 so asking detailed questions takes some time.
As to your comment, no it is not easy to do what you say. Our average customers want convenience, so they don't tolerate media player playing music, and not hearing some other system sound. Yes, I know as audiophiles you hate this and I hate it too. But mixing is a required functionality in the OS. And as soon as you mix audio, you have to worry about headroom as two full bandwidth audio streams can go past 100% digital values. So you have to do some kind of dynamic leveling. Per my original post, we have a much more sophisticated leveling algorithm in Vista so performance should be good. But it is not a transparent path. At least it doesn't seem to be until I get to end of the analysis with the team.
We have developed an exclusive access path in Vista. So apps can now use this and not resort to another third-party stack like ASIO. This way, it is all supported by us using one driver. This is the solution for absolute fidelity where nothing is touched. Yes, it is not as convenient as having our cake and eat it too. But if you want perfection, sometimes you have to spend $10K on an amp, and here, use a dedicated path.
Again, I might come back with better news later.
For now, note that when we do process, the processing this time is designed by people who understand audio. Our resampler for example, has very high performance. This is nothing like XP.