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Audiophile music player for Windows/Mac and your opinion...

What is the best audiophile music player for Windows and Mac in 2023?


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BTW, I just noticed my config had "Enable volume control" checked.
Next time I'm in Windoz I'll disable that, it corrupts the bit perfect stream.
 

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BTW, I just noticed my config had "Enable volume control" checked.
Next time I'm in Windoz I'll disable that, it corrupts the bit perfect stream.
How have you tested this?

What about replay gain, does it affect things?
 

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What about replay gain, does it affect things?
I'm not an expert enough in the implementation to know for sure.
Maybe someone else here is?
 

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Unfortunately changing those settings does not enable bit perfect playback in Windows-it says as much on the website but it was worth a try. For some reason everything appears @ 96kHz.
 

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Unfortunately changing those settings does not enable bit perfect playback in Windows-it says as much on the website but it was worth a try. For some reason everything appears @ 96kHz.
Frekin Windoz, Just checked here and files all come thru at 48k in my Win10 install?
I don't know a lot about what happens in Win's digital signal path.

Jonas Kvinge started coding Strawberry after we had a big bruhaha in 2016 over Clementine's dev team
(hatstand, lead dev) removing the back end config tools and answering our complaints with,
"I don't think we care about "audiophile" things." :mad:
Jonas has done a great job of improving Strawberry over the last 8 years and giving the Linux community an awesome lightweight bit-perfect capable player.
 

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Frekin Windoz, Just checked here and files all come thru at 48k in my Win10 install?
I don't know a lot about what happens in Win's digital signal path.

Jonas Kvinge started coding Strawberry after we had a big bruhaha in 2016 over Clementine's dev team
(hatstand, lead dev) removing the back end config tools and answering our complaints with,
"I don't think we care about "audiophile" things." :mad:
Jonas has done a great job of improving Strawberry over the last 8 years and giving the Linux community an awesome lightweight bit-perfect capable player.
My understanding was using Linux was he only way to obtain bit-perfect. Oh well...it still sounds pristine.
 

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I looked at all these clumsy players and had to write my own lightweight console player for Windows:
Pure Audio Player
The portable version is less than 200 Kb and plays SACD and so on via ASIO.
 

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The only one I like is WinAmp because it's the only one I've tried, out of 15 or so, that can play folders. Such an easy (yeah, 20 lines of code) to implement, so functional compared to album (multiple album sets) or artist (artists change name spelling or do collaborations making this worthless). Don't get me started on genre which are frequently wrong. I can play folders on Android apps but developers of windows software can't be bothered to do that. It's so functional - and for another 5 lines of code the software can remember where I left off. Just doing some training videos at home makes that necessary at times. So nobody gets a decent rating because they don't do folders.
 

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The only one I like is WinAmp because it's the only one I've tried, out of 15 or so, that can play folders. Such an easy (yeah, 20 lines of code) to implement, so functional compared to album (multiple album sets) or artist (artists change name spelling or do collaborations making this worthless). Don't get me started on genre which are frequently wrong. I can play folders on Android apps but developers of windows software can't be bothered to do that. It's so functional - and for another 5 lines of code the software can remember where I left off. Just doing some training videos at home makes that necessary at times. So nobody gets a decent rating because they don't do folders.

JRiver and Foobar both do folders. They also have a lot of other nice features, e.g. ability to host VST's, remote control, ability to do convolution, DLNA ... too many for me to list!
 

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Winamp rocks!

it really whips the llama's ass

everyone kinda has a slew of s/w they d/l to a new pc

i use foobar, potplayer, gomplayer and vlc

and that kind of does just about everything

there's nothing new on the horizon because passing digital out thru usb isnt a new thing?
 

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KODI

Because it has built-in support for all surround formats I know including DTS, DSD and SACD.
There are also good iOS and Android remote control apps for it.
 

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This is a bit niche, but I like to use it when I'm at my desk (I use MPD in my HiFi system).

1by1 'Directory Player'

I like it as I can simply browse my music (like you would in Windows explorer) and then select a track / album, or playlist to play.

 

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The only one I like is WinAmp because it's the only one I've tried, out of 15 or so, that can play folders. Such an easy (yeah, 20 lines of code) to implement, so functional compared to album (multiple album sets) or artist (artists change name spelling or do collaborations making this worthless). Don't get me started on genre which are frequently wrong. I can play folders on Android apps but developers of windows software can't be bothered to do that. It's so functional - and for another 5 lines of code the software can remember where I left off. Just doing some training videos at home makes that necessary at times. So nobody gets a decent rating because they don't do folders.
MusicBee has folder play and folder queue. Some programs (one I can think of being 7zip) you have to go in to the settings and enable its context menus, if you want them.
 

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KODI, which I use, can do folders.

VLC can also play and queue folders... and probably many other players can.
 

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The number of visits to these websites is not a good measure of the amount of use of the corresponding players. You may visit the website a few times and then download and install the software. Once you start to use the player, you don't need to keep visiting the website routinely.

I've used JRiver for almost 17 years. In recent years, I rarely visited the website.
Similar,

JRiver for about 12 years or so, now version 31 (up from 27) and before that 20.
From what I heard Roon might be better still, but for just a bit better functionality? I only play local files, I don't stream at all and don't intend to anytime soon, i'd rather Own my music and rip everything to a HD.
So for me Roon is simply too expensive for the way i consume music.
 
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