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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hey all, 

 

I am going to buy the Fiio E10 to use with my Grado SR60i's. I have mostly Zune Pass protected WMA files. It has just come to my attention that foobar2000 won't play these files. 

 

I am wanting to know if Windows Media Player could sound as good as Foobar with Wasapi...

 

Is there a way to restrict all signals with WMP like there is with foobar2000?

 

Thanks, 

Shane

post #2 of 9

WMP doesn´t support wasapi,  go figure,  but there´s an asio plugin for wmp, I´ve used it myself (not with usb audio device).  Don´t know if Í´ve answered your question...

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

What is "asio"?

post #4 of 9

Well, Wasapi is the Microsoft release of Asio,  a driver that makes a shortcut between an audio source and the soundcard,  decreasing latency,  and allowing bitperfect playback.   

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by nagual View Post

Well, Wasapi is the Microsoft release of Asio,  a driver that makes a shortcut between an audio source and the soundcard,  decreasing latency,  and allowing bitperfect playback.   

 

Okay, cool. Where can I find the Asio plug-in?

post #6 of 9

http://sourceforge.net/projects/asiowmpplg/

try this one, I think that you need to install asio as well. But I'm not sure about that:

http://www.asio4all.com/

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Nachash View Post

http://sourceforge.net/projects/asiowmpplg/

try this one, I think that you need to install asio as well. But I'm not sure about that:

http://www.asio4all.com/

 

Thanks. Could you explain a little about what Asio is? I mean...what's the benefit of using it on WMP with a Fiio?

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by sennheiserhd485 View Post
I am wanting to know if Windows Media Player could sound as good as Foobar with Wasapi...

Windows Vista/7 mixer is much better than XP's (KMixer). The difference should be minimal, if there is a difference at all...

 

ASIO is a protocol for low latency audio, it just happens to be used by audiophiles because it works in exclusive-mode and bypasses the Windows' mixer. You'll get the same results with WASAPI exclusive-mode (which is what you're using with foobar2000).

post #9 of 9

Sorry to resurrect the thread, but I came across this and was wondering about this, too.

 

@Vitor: so foobar 2000 already comes w/ ASIO. As for ripping CD's and the formats, what format does foobar rip?

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