I tried it on my Media PC and actually thought my music sounded duller. I did a complete fresh install of Windows 10 too. Now back to 8.1 and my stereo sounds better for it plus I had occasionally drop outs in sound for a sec here and there in 10. Could just be my setup. Gigabyte MB, i3, XMC-1 - 2Qute.
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2015 11:50:55 GMT -5 by rocky500
Decreased latency - and even a somewhat long but fixed latency - no.
However, unusually high, or wildly varying, latency can be indications that there are other processes in the computer that are taking resources away from the ones supplying audio - and can be associated with audio dropouts. (You need to remember that things like buffer settings only operate at specific points. It's great if your player program has plenty of buffer in case you have a few milliseconds delay while it reads audio from your USB drive, but that won't help much if some low-level process prevents it from writing audio to the USB port itself for a split second, and the DAC experiences a drop out because of it.)
Unfortunately, what goes on inside a computer, or its operating system, is very complicated - and we usually don't get a very clear view of the details.... The main issue is that the internal workings of a computer aren't specifically designed to provide an absolutely uninterrupted stream of audio data, and doing so is sometimes more of an afterthought than a "mission critical goal". This is why, even though a slow single core computer can actually play 24/192k audio perfectly under optimum conditions, you may be more likely to avoid dropouts and problems with a much faster one - because, with the faster computer, even when a program isn't well behaved, and the conditions are far from optimum, it has plenty of slack to give it a chance to get back to normal when something goes awry without messing up your audio.