I wrote a post about a similar problem so I thought it might make sense to add it to this thread.
When using Steinberg programs, the MR816 changes sample rates as it should. I can switch from project to project and the sample rate will be set correctly.
My issue is if I exit Nuendo or Wavelab at a sample rate other than 44.1, other programs on my machine will not play audio until I open the MR Editor interface and set the sample rate to 44.1. This includes any audio or video streaming website. I never had this issue until I used a project set to 96kHz. This is a newer behavior for my system.
To make matters worse, yesterday I turned the unit on and the sample rate couldn’t be set so the light kept spinning around the dial (between sample rates). I tried restarting, reinstalling the drivers, using a different firewire port and even a different computer. The unit was stuck in a mode where the sample rate couldn’t be set and wouldn’t be recognized by the computer.
To solve this issue, I took out the old firmware update, followed the directions to “boot up in update mode”, then I shut the unit down. After restarting the MR it was working again. Long ago I did this firmware update so I didn’t try to update anything. The update mode helped to reset the unit.
With the earlier comments in this thread, it is easy to see that there are some serious issues with this unit and sample rates. We can only hope that someone from Steinberg actually reads this and addresses the issue. I’m not going to hold my breath and will most likely be forced to invest in another audio interface. This one has given me years of pretty solid use until I went to 96kHz!