Windows Direct Sound is a little different, despite the name. It manages all sounds. So, for example, if you’re listening to some music and the computer makes a notification sound, DS will mix it in and you’ll hear it as well. It will also convert all standard PCM formats to something that the audio hardware will understand.
So it’s very useful. But because it does all that mixing and, possibly, conversion, audiophiles tend not to trust it and prefer WASAPI.
I am somewhat surprised by the fact that WASAPI doesn’t work properly with these speakers. I’ve reviewed many DACs and computer speakers ranging in price from $99 to $9,000, and every single one of them has worked properly with WASAPI.
It’s possible that the speakers do actually need a special driver to work properly with WASAPI. The manual is ambiguously written. It gives a couple of web addresses “for details”, one for XMOS (the USB hardware maker) and one for its own site. Both pages are dead. Exploring the sites further didn’t yield any results.
WASAPI Now Fixed
Well, if all else fails, you can always ask for help. I emailed Edifier tech support using the contact page and asked if there was a driver. The next day a response came back as follows:
Thanks for your enquiry. You may go to the S880DB page at https://www.edifier.com/au/en/speakers/s880db and find the windows driver a the bottom.
And it worked! Two points, though. The first is, why isn’t the driver available on the page for these speakers?
Second, this driver doesn’t support either 88.2kHz or 176.4kHz sampled music files. However it does play the more common 48kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz files.
But that’s getting pretty nit-picky, given the price and other virtues of the Edifier S3000 Pro multimedia speakers. If you’re after solid all-round speakers for delivering room-filling music from multiple sources, check them out. And remember, you can turn them into network-capable speakers cheaply simply by adding a Chromecast Audio.
The website for the Edifier S3000 Pro speakers is here.