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For the best quality playback with high-end DACs, use these recommended settings:
 
For the best quality playback with high-end DACs, use these recommended settings:
  
'''Options > Playback > Audio'''
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'''Tools > Options > Audio'''
  
 
If you have multiple playback zones configured, make sure you first select the zone for which you want to configure audio at the top of the dialog.
 
If you have multiple playback zones configured, make sure you first select the zone for which you want to configure audio at the top of the dialog.
  
: ''Media Center Windows''
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: '''Media Center Windows'''
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:: ''Audio Device''
::You will need to select the best [http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audio_Output_Modes audio output mode] for your device in Options > Audio.
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:::If your device has it's own driver installed, select it from the list.  Otherwise the best option will normally be "High Definition Audio Device [WASAPI]".  Find more information at [http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audio_Output_Modes Audio Output Modes].
::With Media Center Windows version 15 and above, use "WASAPI - Event Style".
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:: ''Device settings''
::With older versions of Media Center Windows, use "WASAPI".
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:::Open device for exclusive access: Checked
::Note that some DACs listed below offer native ASIO drivers that may be better than WASAPI.
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:::Disable event style: Unchecked  (may need to enable this on some older devices if you have problems)
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:::Maximize device volume during playback: Unchecked
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:::Play a little silence on DoP stop: Unchecked (try enabling if you experience a 'click' sound on your DAC)
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:::Bitdepth: Automatic
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:::Buffering: 100ms (If you hear audio hiccups or drop-outs, increase this size)
  
: ''Media Center Mac''
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: '''Media Center Mac'''
:: Use "Core Audio".
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:: ''Audio Output / Output mode:''
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::: Use "Core Audio".
  
'''Options > Playback > Audio > Output mode settings...'''
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::''Audio Output / Output mode settings...''
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:::Device: Choose your DAC device from the list.
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:::Buffer size: Normally "Hardware default".  Other settings may cause clicks or pops with some DAC's.
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:::Open device with exclusive access: Checked
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:::Channel offset: 0
  
: ''Media Center Windows''
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:'''Settings > DSP & output format...'''
::Inside "Output mode settings..." for WASAPI, use the following settings:
 
::Open device for exclusive access: Checked
 
::Present 24-bit data in a 32-bit package: Unchecked
 
::Buffering: 100ms (assuming WASAPI - Event Style).  If you hear audio hiccups or drop-outs, increase this size.
 
  
'''DSP Studio > Output Format'''
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:You may also need to choose the output format using DSP Studio.  These settings are recommended:
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::Sample rate: No change (if your DAC can't handle some sample rates, modify those to what it accepts)
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::Channels: Source number of channels (or downmix to '2 channels (stereo)' if desired)
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::More info here: [http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audio_Setup#Output_Format Output Format]
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:'''Settings > Bitstreaming'''
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::Normally set to "None".  This lets Media Center package the original audio bits exactly how the DAC wants to receive them.  More info [http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audio_Connection_Type#Bitstreaming here].
  
You will also need to choose the output format using DSP StudioThese settings are recommended:
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== Recommended Settings (DAC's connected via DLNA over ethernet) ==
 
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'''Make sure "Media Network" is enabled in Media Center'''
Bitdepth: 24-bit (most DACS prefer and even require 24-bit input)
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:Go to Tools / Options / Media Network and verify that the option "Use Media Network to share this library..." is checked.
 
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::If it's not, check itA configuration wizard will run:
Channels: Source number of channels
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:::- You may see a pop-up window with an access key - this is for use from other computers running Media Center and from Android and iPhone apps.  You don't need to worry about it for your DAC setup. 
 
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:::- On the wizard page with "Configure DLNA server for your renderer" at the top, select the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC..." option.
Sample rate: Depends (with an outboard DAC, try "Source sample rate")
 
 
 
== Recommended Settings (DAC's connected via DLNA over network) ==
 
 
'''Make sure there is a "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" DLNA server available in Media Center'''
 
'''Make sure there is a "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" DLNA server available in Media Center'''
:Go to Tools / Options / Media Network and click on "Add or configure DLNA server...".   
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:Go to Tools / Options / Media Network and click on "Add or configure DLNA servers...".   
 
::If there is no "Audiophile..." option in the server list at the top, click the "Add..." button and select it from the choices.
 
::If there is no "Audiophile..." option in the server list at the top, click the "Add..." button and select it from the choices.
 
::When the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" server is highlighted, you can configure the options in the lower window.  Normally, you'll just be configuring the Audio section.  
 
::When the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" server is highlighted, you can configure the options in the lower window.  Normally, you'll just be configuring the Audio section.  
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:::Under "Advanced" it should normally have "Stereo downmix" checked, and "Sample rate:" should be "Same as source".
 
:::Under "Advanced" it should normally have "Stereo downmix" checked, and "Sample rate:" should be "Same as source".
 
'''Associate your DAC with the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" server configured above'''
 
'''Associate your DAC with the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" server configured above'''
:Find your DAC under "Playing Now" in the left tree view in Media Center.
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:Find your DAC under "Playing Now" in the left tree view in Media Center.  If you don't see it in the tree, wait a bit - sometimes it takes a bit for it to broadcast it's existence.  If it still doesn't show up, try power-cycling the DAC.
 
::Right-click on your DAC and select "Associate with DLNA Server".   
 
::Right-click on your DAC and select "Associate with DLNA Server".   
 
::Choose the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" choice from the list.
 
::Choose the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" choice from the list.
 
::Normally you shouldn't need to modify the items under "DLNA Controller Options".
 
::Normally you shouldn't need to modify the items under "DLNA Controller Options".
 
'''More DLNA information here...'''
 
'''More DLNA information here...'''
*[http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/DLNA General DLNA setup information]
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*[[DLNA]]
  
 
== Known to Work With ==
 
== Known to Work With ==
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This list is quite old, Media Center supports many many more devices.
  
 
* [http://www.audioresearch.com Audio Research] DAC8.  Install Audio Research's DAC8 drivers (ASIO) on the PC, and select ASIO in MC15, then select the DAC8.
 
* [http://www.audioresearch.com Audio Research] DAC8.  Install Audio Research's DAC8 drivers (ASIO) on the PC, and select ASIO in MC15, then select the DAC8.
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== More Information ==
 
== More Information ==
Related topic: [http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Audiophile_Info Audiophile Info]
 
  
Related topic: [[Audio Output Modes]]
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* [[Audio Setup]]
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* [[Audio Troubleshooting Guide]]
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* [[Audio Output Modes]]
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* [[Audiophile Info]]
  
[[Category:Frequently Asked Questions]]
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[[Category:Setup]]
 
[[category:Audio]]
 
[[category:Audio]]
 
[[category:Options]]
 
[[category:Options]]
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[[Category:Frequently Asked Questions]]

Latest revision as of 05:38, 12 September 2019

Media Center has industry leading support for high-end DACs (Digital to Analog Converters).

Note that the setup is completely different for directly connected DAC's (e.g. USB, S/PDIF) vs. network connected DAC's (e.g. DLNA over ethernet). Please use the appropriate section below for setup.

Recommended Settings (DAC's with direct USB or S/PDIF connection)

For the best quality playback with high-end DACs, use these recommended settings:

Tools > Options > Audio

If you have multiple playback zones configured, make sure you first select the zone for which you want to configure audio at the top of the dialog.

Media Center Windows
Audio Device
If your device has it's own driver installed, select it from the list. Otherwise the best option will normally be "High Definition Audio Device [WASAPI]". Find more information at Audio Output Modes.
Device settings
Open device for exclusive access: Checked
Disable event style: Unchecked (may need to enable this on some older devices if you have problems)
Maximize device volume during playback: Unchecked
Play a little silence on DoP stop: Unchecked (try enabling if you experience a 'click' sound on your DAC)
Bitdepth: Automatic
Buffering: 100ms (If you hear audio hiccups or drop-outs, increase this size)
Media Center Mac
Audio Output / Output mode:
Use "Core Audio".
Audio Output / Output mode settings...
Device: Choose your DAC device from the list.
Buffer size: Normally "Hardware default". Other settings may cause clicks or pops with some DAC's.
Open device with exclusive access: Checked
Channel offset: 0
Settings > DSP & output format...
You may also need to choose the output format using DSP Studio. These settings are recommended:
Sample rate: No change (if your DAC can't handle some sample rates, modify those to what it accepts)
Channels: Source number of channels (or downmix to '2 channels (stereo)' if desired)
More info here: Output Format
Settings > Bitstreaming
Normally set to "None". This lets Media Center package the original audio bits exactly how the DAC wants to receive them. More info here.

Recommended Settings (DAC's connected via DLNA over ethernet)

Make sure "Media Network" is enabled in Media Center

Go to Tools / Options / Media Network and verify that the option "Use Media Network to share this library..." is checked.
If it's not, check it. A configuration wizard will run:
- You may see a pop-up window with an access key - this is for use from other computers running Media Center and from Android and iPhone apps. You don't need to worry about it for your DAC setup.
- On the wizard page with "Configure DLNA server for your renderer" at the top, select the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC..." option.

Make sure there is a "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" DLNA server available in Media Center

Go to Tools / Options / Media Network and click on "Add or configure DLNA servers...".
If there is no "Audiophile..." option in the server list at the top, click the "Add..." button and select it from the choices.
When the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" server is highlighted, you can configure the options in the lower window. Normally, you'll just be configuring the Audio section.
The "Mode:" should normally be "Specified output format".
The "Format:" should normally be set to "PCM 24 bit".
Under "Advanced" it should normally have "Stereo downmix" checked, and "Sample rate:" should be "Same as source".

Associate your DAC with the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" server configured above

Find your DAC under "Playing Now" in the left tree view in Media Center. If you don't see it in the tree, wait a bit - sometimes it takes a bit for it to broadcast it's existence. If it still doesn't show up, try power-cycling the DAC.
Right-click on your DAC and select "Associate with DLNA Server".
Choose the "Audiophile 24-bit DAC" choice from the list.
Normally you shouldn't need to modify the items under "DLNA Controller Options".

More DLNA information here...

Known to Work With

This list is quite old, Media Center supports many many more devices.

  • Audio Research DAC8. Install Audio Research's DAC8 drivers (ASIO) on the PC, and select ASIO in MC15, then select the DAC8.
  • PS Audio PWD
  • Arcam RDAC
  • HRT Music Streamer II

More Information