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Best Music Player/Format for Headphones?

post #1 of 11
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Out of curiosity, which music player do you guys think is the best? And where do you typically purchase music from? And in what format (MP3, ...) ?

 

I'm okay tweaking with settings if someone could point me towards a guide.

post #2 of 11

I think the best way to go is buying physical CDs and ripping them to your computer.  Instead of paying $10 or $15 for an album on iTunes, you can get it for half that on Amazon, and then rip the CD in a lossless format like .FLAC/.WAV/.ALAC.

 

The best player is probably Foobar2000 with WASAPI.

post #3 of 11
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I think the best way to go is buying physical CDs and ripping them to your computer.  Instead of paying $10 or $15 for an album on iTunes, you can get it for half that on Amazon, and then rip the CD in a lossless format like .FLAC/.WAV/.ALAC.

 

The best player is probably Foobar2000 with WASAPI.

What is WASAPI? I heard it doesn't work with some soundcards...?

post #4 of 11

http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_out_wasapi

 

WASAPI allows you to bypass any audio processing being done by Windows and give you bit-perfect sound.  There are lots of guides on how to get it working, but it's pretty straight forward.  

post #5 of 11
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http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_out_wasapi

 

WASAPI allows you to bypass any audio processing being done by Windows and give you bit-perfect sound.  There are lots of guides on how to get it working, but it's pretty straight forward.  

Would you want to use it for general usage? Is it possible to enable at all times? Or is it something where you only use it with music players?

 

I am using a Xonar DX which has Asio too, I believe.

post #6 of 11
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Would you want to use it for general usage? Is it possible to enable at all times? Or is it something where you only use it with music players?

 

I am using a Xonar DX which has Asio too, I believe.

You would use it when you listen to music in Foobar, ASIO is similar and you may need to use that instead.

post #7 of 11
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You would use it when you listen to music in Foobar, ASIO is similar and you may need to use that instead.

http://puu.sh/aTI1K/a71eb61722.png

 

Which one is best?

post #8 of 11

If both are being used correctly, there should be no difference between WASAPI exclusive and ASIO. ASIO requires a driver (some soundcards come with it, most don't), WASAPI exclusive will work on Windows Vista and any newer Windows operating system without having to install a driver like ASIO.

 

WASAPI exclusive will prevent everything else from playing sounds. Some games will even refuse to load because they can't get sound access. So if you use these you may have problems with other programs while playing music.

 

Best music player is whatever has the most features, which would probably be Jriver Media Center. Foobar has a ton of features but those features require you to go plugin hunting. I use AIMP3 because it is free and has a ton of features standard while still being fully customizable like Foobar.

post #9 of 11
Yep. If you are using WASAPI, the media player really doesn't matter for sound quality. Pick the media player based on the features and ease of use. I use Media Monkey and Music Bee.
post #10 of 11

JRiver but it's not cheap.  If you want free then foobar is good.

post #11 of 11

Foobar is good and powerful.

And WASAPI is good. ASIO is also good. KS output is also good if you have supported device.

You can download UI modified version of foobar if you like.

I use shutter -- foobar for now.

 

Notice Developer of ASIO components said it will decrease sound quality using his ASIO.

But I feel most DACs play nice with it.

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