I’m pretty sure nothing else should play on my speakers while Audirvana is playing? If so, that is not happening. If I open the browser, go to youtube and start a video, both music and the video’s audio come out of my speakers.
I’m using Kernel Streaming btw. I think something on my PC overrides audio drivers because on my previous music player, WASAPI exclusive or ASIO would also not be exclusive at all.
Should I bother with this and, if so, what can I do?
Did you check the settings in Windows itself for your soundcard? You need to allow in Windows that the soundcard can be accessed exclusively.
Type mmsys.cpl into the run prompt, then press Enter
Right click the speakers or headset you use with Audirvana and select Properties
Click the Advanced tab
Check the box for Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device
Click Apply, then OK
Repeat steps 3-6 for all the soundcards you want to be exclusively accessed.
You need to do the above for the soundcard you use with Audirvana.
Below is a screenshot of the setting. Sorry it is in Dutch, but you should get the point. Both check boxes should be ticked. If you do not have those checked a program (like Audirvana) will not be able to take exclusive access and bit perfect play is not possible.
To answer your last question: If you want to have the best (and bit perfect) sound quality from Audirvana (or any music player): Yes you should bother with this
No, sorry, I wasn’t clear enough. When I went to the sound definitions like you recommended, every single device had both boxes ticked, so I assume every single one had exclusive mode accessibility. I turn that off for every device except the DAC Audirvana uses.
And Audirvana is still not locking everything out, eventhough it says it is.
At the moment I am out of thoughts as well… On my system (NUC, Windows 11, Audirvana Origin) exclusive mode works fine with the same settings as @Kutusov described. I would not know what to advice at this moment.