Originally Posted by Shahrose
I tried the J River media center and noticed a difference in sound as well, coming from foobar. However, unlike slim.a, I didn't like all the changes I heard. Overall I prefer foobar, especially for the non-SQ aspects such as responsiveness, stability and ease of use (without being featureless).
The J River player had a brighter and sharper sound. I can see how this kind of sound could be perceived as having more detail, but it didn't actually have more.
I was going to update my findings as they were only early impressions and I pretty much agree with what you said
I described the sound before as : "improvement in perceived details, there was an enhanced sense of realism and better imaging"
. While I still think that the imaging became more precise, the overall sound became much sharper as you described. I think that J River has a slightly more forward upper midrange/lower treble which enhances the perceived details on quick A/B tests but lacks the low level details and harmonic richness of Foobar.
This was similar to what I have noticed when I reviewed the Purepiper DAC A-1 (here: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f7/rev...et-dac-476557/
). When compared to the Audio-gd FUN, the sound seemed sharper and more detailed at first but on long term listening and when playing high quality files there was a definite loss in harmonic richness and low level resolution. However, since I took a few days (in purpose) to review the unit, I didn't post early impressions but I mentioned it in the review. Quick A/B tests can be tricky.
So I totaly agree with you. The J River is voiced slightly differently than foobar and can fool for more details in quick listening sessions. However in longer listening sessions, Foobar is more balanced and has actually more low level resolution. After using for a few hours, I got tired and switched back to Foobar (which has also the advantage of having a superior upsampler).
By the way, I have only used the Hiface for my review. So I don't know if the results will be the same with the Teralink-x and Musiland. It might be possible that different drivers interact differently with different media players.