HRT Streamer II+ , bit-depth/bit-rate adjustments
I've had my HRT Streamer II+ linked to my Mac Mini for a few months and I've been really happy (I still am).
I've noticed however that it's possible to adjust its bit-depth and bit-rate from 16/44 upto 24/96 via the Mac's ‘Audio MIDI Setup’ tool.
Daft question but what exactly is this for?
For example, if I leave it at 16/44, would ‘hi-res’ audio files be down-sampled to 16/44 before being fed to my amp? Seems obvious that I wouldn't want that to happen.
Conversely, if I change it to 24/96, does that mean it upsamples my 16/44 CDs/ALACs on their way to my amp? I wouldn’t expect to notice much benefit from that as surely what’s gone is gone…