Chris Barker wrote: > I've been a lurker on this thread for a while. I'm not actively > involved in the industry but I am a audiophile and been dealing with > PC (e.g. Windows) audio for decades. > > If there is need to further prove the audience size for improved high > bit rate audio support built in Windows, one only has to contact the > guys at LH Labs (http://lhlabs.com/) and their very successful > Kickstarter and Indiegoo Geek DAC projects. It is really hard to talk about topics like this in an objective and business-oriented way, because the whole arena is filled with so much astrology and incense and pyramids. Physiologically, 384kHz audio is just dumb, as is 192kHz and 96kHz. Anything more than 48kHz is just wasted bits. Sure, a few people are willing to spend money for that kind of equipment -- those are the same people keep telling themselves that tube amplifiers are better. They are buying Macs because Macs are cooler. I'm just not sure that a company like Microsoft can ever have mindshare in that population. Even if they released a USB Audio 2 driver stack tomorrow, I don't think it would be trusted. -- Tim Roberts, timr@xxxxxxxxx Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.