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31 Free Hi Res Audio Players [Windows Mac Linux Android iOS 2024]

Free Hi-Res audio players

Seeking the ultimate sound experience? High-resolution audio players transform your device into a top-notch music source. Whether you're navigating the choices for Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android, we've got you covered.

With a plethora of hi-res audio player software and digital audio player devices available, making the right choice can be daunting. Our comprehensive guide simplifies your decision, detailing the best free hi-res audio players and premium options for audiophiles on the go.

Delve into our expertly curated list:

  • Top-tier hi-res audio player apps for seamless playback on computers and mobile devices.
  • DAC software for PC for unmatched audio fidelity.
  • Insights on high res audio audiophile players for an immersive listening experience.
  • Answers to all your questions in our FAQ section, including insights on supported audio formats like WAV, FLAC, DSD, and more.

Ready to elevate your audio? Explore our guide and find the perfect hi-res music player for your needs.

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Author: Yuri Korzunov,
Audiophile Inventory's developer with 25+ year experience in digital signal processing,
author of the articles that make audio easy for beginners

 

 

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High-resolution audio player software

Hi-res audio player list

High-resolution music player software for audiophiles (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, online) supports WAV, FLAC, DSD (DSF, DFF, SACD ISO, DoP), MQA, m4a, and more.

WARNING: This table may contain errors. It is not an offer or advertisement. We are not affiliated with the products listed. We do not guarantee accuracy. If you find incorrect information, please contact us. For precise information, reach out to the software developers and/or vendors.
The supported sample rate and bit depth might vary depending on the file format.

 

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Audio players Windows, Mac, Linux

 

  1. AIMP
    Windows
    Free
    CDA, AAC, ac3, APE, DTS, FLAC, m4a, ogg, mp3, WAV, WMA, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other, web radio
    DirectSound, ASIO, WASAPI
  2. Album Player
    Windows
    Free
    WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, ALAC, AIFF, TAK, MP3, MP4, OGG, CD, DSD, DVD-A, others
    ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASAPI
  3. Amarok
    Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac
    Free
  4. Amarra Luxe
    Windows, Mac
    Commercial
    DSF, mp3, AAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, streaming service, others
    DSD to PCM
  5. Audiogate
    Software audio player. DAC limitation for the software activation.
    Windows, Mac
    DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, BWF, WMA, ALAC, mp3, others
    up to DSD128
  6. Audirvana
    Mac, Windows 11, 10
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WavPack, APE, MQA, streaming service, others
    DoP, DSD to PCM
  7. Audacious
    Linux, BSD, Windows
    Free
  8. Channel-D Pure Music
    This player has capability of gapless and memory playback.
    Mac
    Commercial
    up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD128
    DSD to PCM, DoP, streaming
  9. Daphile
    Music server that for stereo-only playback. This audio player is run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory.
    Free
    DSF, PCM
    up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD512
  10. Foobar2000
    Audio player software that is DSD-capable with sacd input plugin. Mac version may has some limitations.
    Windows, Mac
    Free
    DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, FLAC, WAV, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, AAC, other
    up to DSD512
    ASIO, DSD to PCM
  11. Fostex Audio Player
    This software requires certain playback hardware. Windows, Mac
    Free
    DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, AIFF, ALAC
    up to DSD128, up to 192 kHz / 24 bit
    ASIO, DoP
  12. Gom Audio
    Windows
    Free
    cda, MPL, mp3, ogg, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV, m4a, WavPack, AIFF, DSF, DFF
  13. iTunes
    Mac, Windows
    Free
    WAV, ALAC, AAC, mp3, AIFF, CD-audio
  14. JRiver
    audio playback software with gapless playback ability. Windows, Mac, Linux
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, mp3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, others
    ASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD
  15. Hi-Res Audio Player
    This music player requires certain hardware Windows
    DSD, PCM
  16. HQ Player
    Windows, Mac, Linux
    Commercial
    DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF), CD-audio, FLAC, AIFF, others
    up to DSD1024
    DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP
  17. Hysolid
    To work on music server PC with smartphone app control
    Windows
    Free
    DSF, WAV, FLAC
    up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz
    ASIO, DoP WASAPI
  18. Logitech Media Server
    Additional hardware is needed. Pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files is required. How to adjust and use the software.
    Windows, Mac, Linux
    PCM, DoP PCM files
    Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP
  19. Media Player Classic
    Windows
    Free
    PCM, DSF, DFF
  20. MusicBee
    Windows
    Free
    ASIO, WASAPI
  21. moOde audio player
    The software the intended to run on Raspberry Pi. Here information about DSD settings.
    Free
  22. Pine Player
    Mac
    Free
    mp3, FLAC, APE, AAC, m4a, WAV, AIFF, ogg, WMA, DSD, SACD ISO, others
    up to 768 kHz / 32 bit
  23. Pure Asio Player
    Music desktop player designed for ASIO drivers.
    Windows 11, 10
    Donateware
    WAV, FLAC, DSF
    ASIO
  24. Resonic Player
    Windows
    Free, Commercial
    WAV, AIFF, FLAC, WMA, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, MID, DSF, DFF, others
    up to DSD512
  25. Roon
    The server may be installed on network area storage (NAS)
    Windows, Mac
    the server on Windows, Mac, Linux
    Commercial
    Audio files, MQA, streaming service
    Bit-perfect, DSD to PCM
  26. TEAC HR Audio Player
    Windows, Mac
    Free
    DSF, DFF, PCM
    up to DSD512, up to 768 kHz / 32 bit
    ASIO, DoP
  27. Technics Audio Player
    Audio player software for music files. Read the software license agreement about using limitations. Windows, Mac
    DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, ALAC, AIFF
    up to DSD128, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
    USB driver
  28. Volumio
    Open source music server that run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other
    Free
    MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, ALAC, DSD
    UPNP \ DLNA, Airplay, DoP
  29. VLC
    Windows, Mac, Linux, others
    Free
    mp3, AAC, MLP / TrueHD, DTS, WMA, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, ATRAC 3, WavPack, APE, WAV, others
  30. Vox
    Mac, Windows (experimental)
    Free
    DSF, WAV, AIFF, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, mp3, other, network radio
  31. XMMS
    Unix
    Free
  32. Wtfplay
    Linux
    Free
    WAV, FLAC, DSF
    up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
    DoP

 

Ways of conversion of high-resolution audio

 

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Audio players Android and iOS (mobile applications)

 

  1. AIMP

    Android
    Free
    APE, mp3, WAV, ogg, AAC, FLAC, mp4, m4a, WavPack, DSF, DFF, others
  2. Amarra Play

    No DSD. Amarra Luxe unlocks some features. Amarra Play must be running on the same wireless network as the computer.
    iOS
    Free, In-App Purchases
    AIFF, AIFC, MP3, ALAC, FLAC, MQA
    MQA Decode up to 96 kHz with Amarra Luxe license
  3. FiiO Music

    This audio player software supports HWA (LHDC) Bluetooth transmission.
    Android, iOS
    Free
    DSD, PCM
    up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, raw DSD output
  4. Foobar2000

    Audio player version for mobilr phones with gapless playback, playback / downloading music from UPnP media servers Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad)
    Free
    MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack
  5. HibyMusic

    Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad)
    Free
    DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, M4A, AAC, mp3, ogg
    DXD/DoP
  6. Hi-Res music player-NePLAYER

    Sound player software. Check out DSD replay issues at the online store page. iOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch)
    Commercial
    ALAC, FLAC, WAV, mp3, AAC, HE-AAC, DSF, DFF
    up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
    DSD to PCM, DoP
  7. HYSOLID

    Music server's control application.
    Android, iOS
    Free
    WAC, FLAC, DSD
    up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz
    ASIO, WASAPI, DoP, native DSD
  8. Neutron Music Player

    There is evaluation version "Neutron Music Player (Eval)" on Android
    Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Windows
    Commercial
    mp3, ogg, FLAC, AC3, AAC, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, ALAC, APE, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, other, DSD
    UPnP / DLNA, USB DAC, DoP, native DSD, DSD to PCM
  9. Onkyo HF Player

    Audio player software for mobile platforms. Some limitations of the free version. Sample rate depends on the format and In-App purchases.
    Android, iOS
    Free, In-App Purchases
    DSF, DFF, mp3, ALAC, AAC, WAV, AIFF
    up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz
    AOA 2.0, DoP, DSD to PCM
  10. TEAC HR Audio Player

    Android, iOS
    Free, In-App Purchases
    FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, ogg, DSF, DFF
    up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz
    DoP, DSD to PCM
  11. USB Audio Player PRO

    Android
    Commercial
    WAV, FLAC, ogg, mp3, AIFF, AAC, m4a, APE, DFF, DSF, others
    up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
    DoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback
  12. VLC

    Android, iOS (iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch)
    Free
    ogg, FLAC, WavPack, AAC, others
  13. Vox

    iOS
    Free, In-App Purchases
    FLAC, ALAC, mp3, DSD, others

 

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Online audio players (hi-resolution streaming services)

 

Online audio players (hi-resolution streaming services)

 

  1. High Res Audio
    Free trial, Commercial
    up to 24 bit
  2. Primephonic
    Free trial, Commercial
    up to 24 bit
  3. Qobuz
    streaming and downloads according to purchased plan are available. Free trial, Commercial
    up to 192 kHz / 24 bit
  4. Tidal
    This online streaming service is supported with audio players (details).
    PC/Mac, web-player, iOS, Android
    Free trial, Commercial
    FLAC 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, MQA

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Online audio players (streaming services)

 

Online audio players (streaming services)

 

  • Amazon Prime Music
    The service allows listening online and offline
    Free trial
  • Apple Music
    Music platform.
    Free trial
  • Datpiff
    Audio platform for musicians and music discovering.
  • Google Play Music
    Music platform with the store. Offline listening is available.
    Free trial
  • Jamendo Music
    Audio platform for musicians and music discovering. Free and paid stuff.
    Free trial
  • Noisetrade
    Audio platform for musicians and music discovering.
  • ReverbNation
    Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
  • SoundCloud
    Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
  • Spotify
    Music platform
  • Яндекс Музыка
    Music site "Yandex Music". Offline listening is available
    Free, Commercial

 

How to convert hi-res music

 

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Digital Audio Players (DAP) portable devices

DSD Digital Audio Player (DAP) device list [See DSF audio samples]
Digital Audio Player File Formats Resolution Builtin / External Memory Bluetooth Playback time Remark
Astell & Kern SP1000T DFF DSF WAV FLAC WMA MP3 OGG APE AAC ALAC AIFF MQA up to native DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz 256 GB / up to 1 TB   up to 12 hours SNR 120 ... 122 dB, WiFi 2.4 GHz
Astell & Kern SP2000T DSF DFF WAV FLAC WMA MP3 OGG APE AAC ALAC AIFF MQA up to native DSD512, up to 32bit 384kHz 256 GB / up to 1 TB v 5.0 A2DP, AVRCP, aptX HD, LDAC [?] up to 9 hours SNR 121 ... 123 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
Cowon Plenue D3 DSF DFF SACD-ISO FLAC WAV AIFF ALAC APE WMA OGG DCF mp3 CUE up to DSD128, 32 bit 192 kHz 64 / up to 128 GB v 3.0 A2DP AVRCP / SBC aptX [?] up to 45 hours SNR 126 ... 131 dB
Cowon Plenue R2 DSF DFF SACD-ISO DXD FLAC WAV AIFF ALAC APE WMA OGG WV TTA DCF mp3 CUE up to native DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz 128 GB / ? v 3.0 A2DP AVRCP / SBC aptX [?] up to 20 hours SNR 130 ... 136 dB
Cowon Plenue L DSF DFF SACD-ISO DXD FLAC WAV AIFF ALAC APE WMA OGG WV TTA DCF mp3 CUE up to native DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz 256 / up to 256 GB   up to 9 hours SNR 125 ... 128 dB
iBasso DX240 DFF DSF DXD MQA APE FLAC WAV WMA AAC ALAC AIFF OGG MP3 up to native DSD512,up to 32bit 768kHz 64 GB / up to 2 TB v 5.0 approximate 11 hours SNR 125 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
iBasso DX320 DFF DSF DXD MQA APE FLAC WAV WMA AAC ALAC AIFF OGG MP3 up to native DSD512,up to 32bit 768kHz 128 GB / SDXC and SDHC Micro SD v 5.0 approximate 10 hours Dual battery power structure, SNR 125 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
FiiO M11 Plus DSD DST-ISO DXD APE ALAC FLAC WAV WMA mp3 OGG AAC

up to DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz

64 GB / up to 2 TB v 5.0 SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX-HD, LDAC [?] up to 14 hours SNR ≥121 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
FiiO M17 DSD DST-ISO DXD APE ALAC FLAC WAV WMA mp3 OGG AAC

up to DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz

external USB DAC: up to DSD512, up to 32bit 768kHz

64 GB / theoretically up to 2TB v 5.0 SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC [?] up to 10 hours SNR ≥121 dB, WiFi 2.4 / 5 GHz
Sony NW-A105 DSF DFF MP3 WMA FLAC WAV AAC HE-AAC ALAC AIFF APE MQA up to DSD256, up to 32bit 384kHz ? / Micro SD Micro SDHC Micro SDXC v 5.0 up to 26 hours WiFi
Sony NW-WM1A DSD MP3 WMA AAC HE-AAC FLAC ALAC AIFF native DSD, DSD to PCM, up to 32bit 384kHz 128 GB / Micro SD aptX HD after firmware update [?] up to 30 hours  

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What is the best audio player software?

Which high-resolution audio player has the best sound quality is your personal choice rather. Some music players are capable of playback sound files without altering binary content (bit-perfect). In general, you don't care, that player is used, but some nuances are there. How to make the choice is discussed below.

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Which media player has the best sound quality?

Understanding Playback Modes

An audio player may work in 2 base modes (depending on the software's abilities):

  1. bit-perfect (transmitting data from an audio file to a DAC without altering);
  2. processing mode (resampling, room correction, and others).

In bit-perfect mode, the sound quality is determined by DAC and the next audio devices.
This mode consumes minimum computing resources. It is desirable for computers with low computing power.

We can imagine a digital-to-audio converter (DAC) as a grinder and a music file as coffee beans.

It doesn't matter what spoon form (bit-perfect transfer) we pour the beans into the grinder's container. The taste (sound quality) of ground coffee will be the same.

Processing's sound quality depends on the player and/or processing plug-in.
Higher-quality processing may consume more computing resources, and, sometimes, can't work on lower-performance computers.

more quality = more resources

Also, this mode consumes more electrical energy for calculations and cooling, than a bit-perfect one.
When fans work in intensive mode, they cause more noise.

 

Think of a DAC as a barista's grinder and your music file as the coffee beans. The method of pouring beans into a coffee grinder, akin to a bit-perfect transfer, does not affect the flavor of your espresso. Similarly, player in the bit-perfect mode does not alter the sound quality.

Consider the audio processing in a music player as the art of roasting coffee beans. Just as roasting transforms green beans into aromatic coffee, processing shapes the raw audio file before it reaches the DAC, the grinder in this analogy. The roasting process is audio processing, that enhances the final flavor, enriching the sound quality you experience.

Read also: How to improve sound quality...

 

Gapless playback

Certain music, like operas or live recordings, is meant to flow uninterrupted, akin to a whole pie rather than slices.

Imagine a live recording as a pie. Slicing it into tracks creates gaps. Yet, with proper cutting and processing, these tracks can be seamlessly pieced together for a continuous auditory experience.

Advanced players offer Gapless playback, starting the next track without needing to reinitialize the DAC. It is applicable in both bit-perfect and processed modes (refer to "Playback modes").

Audio files can also be pre-converted in gapless mode, beneficial when resampling or processing DSD files. This ensures a smooth transition between songs, maintaining the integrity of the original recording.

 

Memory playback

Leading hi-res audio players offer memory playback, where audio files are pre-loaded from storage to RAM for uninterrupted delivery to the DAC. This feature is particularly beneficial on older systems that can cause gaps between tracks. Modern solid-state drives and fast CPUs may diminish the need for this feature. But it remains a staple for audiophiles seeking the best audio player for PC.

 

ASIO

The ASIO audio driver, provided by Steinberg, is a boon for those using hi-res audio player software. It offers low latency and leverages the unique properties of your audio interface for optimal sound. While the universal ASIO4All driver is available, using the DAC software (driver) by vendor is often preferable for the best hi-res player for Windows.

MacOS users can rely on built-in Core Audio drivers, eliminating the need for ASIO. Though some vendors offer specialized Mac ASIO drivers for enhanced performance.

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WASAPI

WASAPI, the native Windows audio driver, provides direct access to audio interfaces, bypassing the operating system's processing. This is ideal for those seeking an unadulterated hi-res audio player Windows 10, 11, 8, 7 experience, as it allows exclusive access to the DAC for pure sound rendering.

 

Native DSD

Experience the true essence of DSD audio with Native DSD playback, which sends the DSD stream directly to a DSD DAC without PCM conversion. ASIO drivers support this on Windows. The DSD stream must be packed in DoP format. MacOS Core Audio also requires the DSD stream to be packed in DoP format. The packing is ensuring lossless transmission for the finest hi-res music player app experience.

Read how to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >

 

Converting DSD to PCM

For systems using a PCM DAC, DSD streams must be converted to PCM. This process is resource-intensive but necessary for compatibility. For devices with limited computing power, battery life, and storage space, offline conversion can:

  • help avoid algorithm quality limitations,
  • extend operating time,
  • save space and allow for more songs in the storage.

It's making it a practical solution for free music players on portable devices.

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  • Converting SACD ISO to PCM for a variety of formats, enhancing your hi-res audio player for Mac and Windows.
  • Transcoding DSF/DFF files to PCM, ensuring compatibility with your audio player for Mac and other devices.

 

Other features of hi-res audio players

Users typically look for the following features in hi-res audio players:

  • Displaying album artwork for a visual touch.
  • Showing text metadata for detailed track information.
  • Database search to quickly find songs.
  • Web radio and streaming for endless music playback.

 

High-resolution audio players

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Playing high-quality audio Play audio on Windows Sound quality Hi-Res music downloads Audio formats MQA Players

 

F.A.Q. Playing high-quality audio

 

 

How can I play high resolution audio on my computer?

To enjoy high-resolution audio on your computer, explore various player software options designed for superior sound.

 

Do audio players have different sound quality?

Discovering which music player software delivers the best sound quality on Windows or Mac is a journey for every audiophile. The sound quality of a program hinges on its playback mode. In bit-perfect mode, an app simply moves audio data to the DAC without alteration.

When player software processes audio data—through actions like resampling or applying dithering—it introduces varying levels of distortion. The character of these distortions, influenced by psychoacoustics, along with their interaction with your audio system, affects the overall sound quality.

Opting for minimal or no processing is generally advised for the purest sound.

EXAMPLE: Certain devices may produce audible intermodulation distortions due to ultrasonic components, leading to noise.

To mitigate this, you might:

  • Opt for a lower sample rate, like 44.1 kHz, or
  • Implement an ultrasound cut in your hi-res audio files.
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video: How to remove noise from hi-res audio file
 

General recommendation: Test various players, modes, and audio resolutions on your equipment to find the best match. Learn more...

 

How can I listen to hi-res audio on my computer?

Experience hi-res audio on your computer using built-in playback software or by installing specialized hi-res audio players. Also, high-qualitative digital-to-analog converter is recommended.

 

What is the best music player audiophile?

The ideal audiophile music player offers high-fidelity sound with minimal distortions. For instance, in bit-perfect mode, an audio player transfers the sound file content directly to a DAC without any processing.

Also, consider gapless playback for seamless album experiences and memory playback, which may enhance performance on certain systems.

Discover more...

 

What supports hi-res audio?

Hi-res audio is supported by a range of devices, including:

 

How do I play lossless music on my computer?

Enjoy lossless music on your computer using a high-quality audio player.

 

F.A.Q. Play audio on Windows

 

 

Does Windows 10 and 11 support hi-res audio?

Yes, Windows 10 and 11 support hi-res audio playback through various audio drivers like native, ASIO, and WASAPI, ensuring a direct connection to your DAC.

For DSD playback, ASIO drivers provided with a DSD DAC are typically used.

Learn more...

 

What is the best FLAC player for Windows 10?

Choosing the best FLAC player is subjective. In bit-perfect mode, all players should offer the same sound quality. For audio processing, sound may vary. It's recommended to compare different players to find your preference.

 

Which Windows music player has the best sound quality?

Unprocessed audio file playback (bit-perfect mode) typically provides the best sound quality. However, altering sample rate and bit depth can enhance your DAC's audio quality. This processing can be done within the player or beforehand with audio conversion software.

Most audio players offer free or demo versions for trial. Explore the list and read more.

 

Can PC play hi-res audio?

PCs can play hi-res audio if its sound card supports sampling rates and bit depths above 48 kHz and 16 bit. Check out the PC audio player software list.

 

Can Windows play FLAC files?

Windows can play FLAC files using player software.

 

Can Windows 10 play DSD?

Windows 10 can play DSD files with DSD audio player software. Alternatively, DSD files can be converted to PCM format. Learn how at DSD to PCM conversion.

 

F.A.Q. sound quality

 

 

Does hi-res audio sound better?

Hi-res audio can offer improvements over CD quality by addressing analog filter issues. The actual benefit depends on the audio equipment and software used. For an in-depth understanding, read the definitive guide.

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Is 24bit audio worth it?

While 24-bit audio is generally recommended for home playback, it doesn't inherently guarantee better sound than 16-bit. For more details, read about bit depth.

 

Does playback memory improve audio quality?

Playback memory doesn't necessarily enhance sound "transparency," but it can prevent pauses during playback from slow networks or when using gapless mode.

 

Do gapless playback is helpful?

Gapless playback eliminates quiet clicks that can occur if an audio player re-initializes the DAC between tracks.

 

Do computer digital hardware interface (HDMI, USB, SPDIF, etc.), its cables impact sound quality?

Digital audio interfaces themselves do not affect sound transparency, but they have inherent sample rate and bit depth limitations. Operating system drivers may process sound and affect quality. However, issues like pauses and clicks can arise from improper functioning of audio interfaces due to poor cables or hardware issues.

General recommendations: Opt for thicker cables, especially for longer distances, and consider using ferrite rings for potential benefits.

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Do analog audio cables impact to sound quality?

Analog cables can influence noise floor, crosstalk, and frequency response. If you experience a hum, consider switching cables or using a digital connection.

General recommendation: If you hear a hum at 50 Hz or at multiple frequencies (from the power high voltage network), try using other analog cables, or opt for a digital inter-module connection instead.

 

Is jitter a real issue for audio playback?

The DAC's clock source can affect jitter in the analog output. But other factors like memory playback, cables, and interfaces typically do not cause the distortion kind. Jitter in these cases is not a concern when the DAC uses its internal clock source. Read more...

 

What is 24 bit / 192 kHz audio?

Audio with a 192 kHz sample rate and 24 bit depth in PCM format offers high resolution for detailed sound reproduction. See details...

 

Is 320kbps good sound quality?

Audio at a 320-kbps bitrate generally provides good sound quality, comparable to lossless formats. Learn details...

 

F.A.Q. players

 

 

Can Windows Media Player play high-resolution audio?

Yes, Windows Media Player is capable of playing high-resolution audio files. If your file is not played back, you can try other players.

 

Can Windows Media Player play MQA?

Windows Media Player can play MQA files in compatibility mode without full decoding.

 

Can VLC play hi-res audio?

Yes, VLC can play hi-res audio. However, it does not support DSD formats.

 

Can VLC play lossless?

VLC can play lossless files, such as FLAC.

 

Does Vox work on Windows?

As of the last update, Vox provides an version for Windows.

 

Is Hysolid free?

Yes. Hysolid is a free audio player.

 

Is Groove Music any good?

Whether Groove Music is suitable for you is a matter of personal preference. It may meet your needs, but it's recommended to compare it with alternative software.

 

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