Nahimic claims that it supports ASIO since version 2, but I don't see any native ASIO output device in my host applications.
ASIO4ALL obviously works (and successfully bypasses DirectSound/Nahimic driver), but for example in Foobar2000 ASIO4ALL OR WASAPI output modes give much more different sound representation then DirectSound/Nahimic do (but ASIO4ALL and WASAPI themselves sound extremely similar if not the same).
Even more - disabling audio effects ("global" button) in Nahimic control panel gives additional, 3rd type of sound signature (but sounds extremely bad). Yet uninstalling Nahimic gives initial DirectSound signature, and not "horrible" version of of.
Model in question I'm using is a MSI GT73VR Pro.
So the questions at hand are:
- WTF is going on? Why such difference can be monitored at all? Is it Windows shenanigans? Or the Nahimic driver is somehow involved in sweetening the sound?
- What mode can be considered "reference"/flat/unsweetened sound signature for critical listening and audio work (mixing/monitoring/mastering): ASIO4ALL/WASAPI or DirectSound/Nahimic?
- Do ASIO4ALL/WASAPI modes use ESS SABRE DAC, or is it Nahimic exclusive?
- What about native Nihamic ASIO support that was announced?