While performing tests on a USB audio DAC, I wanted to select a specific sample rate, but noticed that the only way to do so was by disabling anything that might get plugged on the sink (eg. running pavucontrol creates peak-detect elements, and I've seen it affect the sample rate selection) and playing sounds having that particular sample rate.
Having the ability to force a sink sample rate (and sample type) would be quite practical in this particular (niche I admit) use case, I don't know if there are other relevant ones (testing of resamplers? defective sample rate on a device?).
You can force a particular sample rate on all sinks (no per-sink configuration support) by setting "default-sample-rate" and "alternate-sample-rate" to the same value in /etc/pulse/deamon.conf.
I suppose it would be nice to be able to do the configuration in pavucontrol or other GUI without restarting pulseaudio, and to configure the sample rate on per-sink basis. I don't expect that the feature will be implemented any time soon, unfortunately (unless you write the code yourself).
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