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The PowerAmp for Android thread

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by redrol, Apr 6, 2019.
  1. redrol


    I recommend trying the Beta channel: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.maxmpz.audioplayer

    I looked a bit and never saw a thread dedicated to PowerAmp on android. IMO the best portable audio software for a phone and why it might deserve a thread for itself.

    Poweramp is the oldest audio software for Android, predating pretty much everything else. Uapp came out a few years after it. It features:
    • plays mp3, mp4/m4a/alac/aac, ogg, wma, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff
    • V3 builds also play opus, dsd (dff/dsf), mka, tak, flv (audio)
    • 10 band optimized graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets, custom presets
    • separate powerful Bass and Treble adjustment
    • stereo eXpansion, mono mixing, balance
    • V3 builds have the new Audio Engine with Float32 internal sample format, Float64 DSP processing, up to 384khz sampling rates, selectable swr/sox resampler, multiple dither options, various per-output settings, and much more
    • V3 builds add tempo controls, reverb effect
    • V3 builds support Hi-Res Output (where supported by the device)
    • unique Direct Volume Control (DVC) for extended dynamic range and deep bass
    • V3 supports Android Auto
    • V3 supports Google Assistant
    • V3 supports casting to Chromecast-enabled devices
    • V3 builds add Milkdrop compatible visualizations
    • crossfade
    • gapless
    • replay gain
    • plays songs from folders and from categorized library
    • dynamic queue
    • embed and standalone .cue files support
    • support for m3u, m3u8, pls, wpl playlists
    • album art downloading
    • V3 builds add artist images downloading
    • highly configurable widget types
    • visual themes, downloadable 3rd party skins
    • various lock screen options
    • headset support, optional automatic Resume on headset and/or BT connection
    • tag editor
    • V3 builds add audio info with detailed audio processing information
    • fast library scan
    • scrobbling
    • lyrics support
    • high level of customization via settings
    • works on Android 2.3+
    • V3 builds raise Android requirement to 5.0
    • localized into Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Brazilian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish,and more
    I find one of the more special things Poweramp has is its DSP/Bass/Treble controls. Combined with Direct Volume Control (DVC) the EQ controls are incredibly powerful.

    "That's the Direct Volume Control feature kicking in. It adjusts the system volume such that if you do boosts in the graphic EQ, what it does instead is boost the system volume then apply EQ cut to everything except the boosted band. If you disable DVC in settings, have a flat EQ and push the preamp to max, the sound does not change, either in volume or timbre, the moment the EQ is turned on or off. "

    [​IMG]Poweramp can view/select files in Library or Folder views. This is nice, I am a folder person while many are Library types.
    I will update this thread as I think of things that people may find interesting or cool.

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
  2. sbradley02
    I recently bought a Fiio M11 based on recommendations here (and it is also my third Fiio DAP). A number of people also recommended Neutron for it, but the developer doesn't support installation on non-Play enabled devices like the Fiio, and the suggested workaround is absurd, I am not going to pay for something that requires hacks to install. I happened upon Poweramp, easy non-Play install with V3. I have set it up and will be trying it out over the next few weeks.
    NotKunvinced likes this.
  3. Dopamine63
    I have a DAP that can bypass Android's software resampling and can let any app directly send a signal to the dac in the dap. So I don't need Poweramp to resample the file. Is there any way to bypass the resampler in Poweramp and let it directly output the signal to the dac?

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