Follow-up to yesterday's experiment:
I set up my Windows 10 theater PC today. All I needed to connect were a keyboard, a trackball (I don't like mice), and power, ethernet, and HDMI cables.
With the HDMI cable plugged into my Yamaha AVR, it displayed nicely through my projector.
Selected the AVR as the sound device so the sound came out of the speakers connected to it (this input on the AVR set to "9 Channel Stereo" - kind of like a giant car stereo, with no processing other than tying all the channels on each side of the room together, since I don't like the effect of surround processing on stereo music). Right-clicked on the AVR as the audio device in Windows, went into its Properties, and set its output format to "24/192."
Then I downloaded and installed Amazon Music's Windows desktop app.
Started it up and logged in with my Amazon password. Exited and went back in and it showed "Amazon Music Unlimited HD" on the start-up screen now that it knew I was a subscriber at that level. Selected and played an Ultra HD album, and clicked on the "Ultra HD" badge next to the title of the song at the bottom of the screen.
The popup said the track was 24/96, my equipment could handle 24/192, and so it was playing the track at its full 24/96 quality. It sounded very nice.
Being a Windows PC, I was even able to have it simultaneously display a slideshow at my landscape photography website (Photos.PhilOlenick.com
) while playing music. Try that with a FireTV or even a Denon HEOS AVR!
Of course, for critical listening I'll turn off the projector and listen in the dark. That's how I listen to 24/96 5.1 surround music played by my Oppo.