Using Dell desktop windows 7. Interested in this topic since I'm getting a little more into this lately, but I'm not real advanced on my computer knowledge. I have a sony walkman so what about Sony Media GO as playback software? One thing I like about media go is the way all the album covers in the library are displayed. And it does FLAC too. Now when you say itunes is crap are you talking about only the playback? If I import a cd at AAC 320 would'nt the actual encoding of a cd be the same regardless of whether it's itunes, media go or whatever?
That said, as I do more computer music listening, I notice some distortion on either program (itunes or media Go) which seems to get worse depending on the compression of the imported cd. Basically what I hear is lots of distortion on a compressed cd, but still a little on a cd with low to moderate compression. Maybe this is also a product of the stock sound card, I'll have to do some experimenting. Maybe I'll try a "USB DAC". I do have Foobar which I got a long time ago just to play certain download files without converting, but I've never used it for importing my cd library. Now I think I'll do a comparison with Foobar and Media GO by importing the same cd to each and see if I hear a difference. I'm an old school 2 channel guy and mainly when I do serious listening it is on a turntable, a cd or sacd player. Certainly seems less complex anyway.
Edited by stereoguy - 2/12/13 at 11:30am