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If I want a 96Khz soundcard...

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I have a Neil Young DVD which has the audio at 96Khz.

I have been looking for a card that will handle this, and so far have found this one:

Philips Ultimate Edge PSC724

DAC Data Width 24-bit

Sample Rate 96 kHz (max)


Is this going to be okay please?

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It's not going to work. If I understand correctly, you want to play back a DVD-Audio disc at full res.

The only soundcard that will playback DVD-Audio (unless something has changed lately) is an Audigy2 - at then only at 48khz - which is pointless really.

This is some protection issue I think.

If it's a SACD then it can't be done at all.

I hope to be corrected, but I think you are out of luck, sorry.

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audigy2's playback at full resolution, with the ZS you must use basic calibration.
The DVD in Neil Young's greatest hits CD+DVD package is a normal DVD (with 96kHz/24bit PCM audio and it sounds great), not a DVD-A - so if that's the Neil Young being talked about there's no copy protection issue.
From the SoundBlaster web-site:

What audio system is required for DVD-Audio?

Ideally, a device that does not convert the analog signal back to digital for internal processing and that supports a dynamic range and frequency response comparable with the ultra-high audio fidelity possible with DVD-Audio. Creative’s Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 ZS comes with a 24-bit, 192 kHz and 96 kHz digital-to-analog converter with a SNR of 108dB, making it an ideal PC solution for DVD-Audio playback.
Audigy 2 does NOT convert DVD-Audio to 48 kHz. The saying is that it converts 44.1 kHz CD audio to 48 kHz, but I'm not sure that's true. Why wouldn't it convert it to 96 or 192 kHz? I'll have to ask Creative Labs sometime.
Sherbona is right, it is not for DVDA.
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