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22 Free Audio Player Software Pieces for Audiophiles [2019]

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Look at audio player list on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and other for audiophiles and compare the software.

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WARNING: This table can contains errors. It is not offer or advertizing. We are not affiliated with listed products. We guarantee nothing. If you found wrong information, contact us, please. To get exact information, contact with the software developers and/or vendors.
Supported sample rate and bit depth may depend on file format.

High resolution audio player software list 2018

Audio player Operation system License Supported file types Sample rate DAC interface Description

Audio players Windows, Mac, Linux

AIMP Windows Free CDA, AAC, ac3, APE, DTS, FLAC, m4a, ogg, mp3, WAV, WMA, WavePack, DSF, .DFF, other, web radio   DirectSound, ASIO, WASAPI  
Amarra Luxe Windows, Mac Commercial DSF, mp3, AAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, streaming service, other   DSD to PCM  
Audiogate Windows, Mac   DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, BWF, WMA, ALAC, mp3, other up to DSD128   DAC limitation for the software activation
Audirvana Mac, Windows Commercial DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WavPack, APE, MQA, streaming service, other   DoP, DSD to PCM Windows 10 compatible.
Daphile Run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory Free DSF, PCM up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD512   Music server. Stereo only
Foobar2000 (with sacd input plugin) Windows Free DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, FLAC, WAV, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, AAC, other up to DSD512 ASIO, DSD to PCM  
Fostex Audio Player Windows, Mac Free DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, AIFF, ALAC up to DSD128, up to 192 kHz / 24 bit ASIO, DoP Demands certain playback hardware
Gom Audio Windows Free cda, MPL, mp3, ogg, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV, m4a, WavePack, AIFF, DSF, DFF      
iTunes Mac, Windows Free WAV, ALAC, AAC, mp3, AIFF, CD-audio      
JRiver Windows, Mac, Linux Commercial DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, mp3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, other   ASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD Gapless playback
HQ Player Windows, Mac, Linux Commercial DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF), CD-audio, FLAC, AIFF, other up to DSD1024 DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP  
Hysolid Windows Free DSF, WAV, FLAC up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz ASIO, DoP WASAPI To work on music server PC with smartphone app control
Logitech Media Server Windows, Mac, Linux   PCM, DoP PCM files   Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP Need additional hardware and pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files. How to adjust and use the software.
Media Player Classic Windows Free PCM, DSF, DFF      
MusicBee Windows Free     ASIO, WASAPI  
moOde audio player To run on Raspberry Pi Free       Here information about DSD settings
Pine Player Mac Free mp3, FLAC, APE, AAC, m4a, WAV, AIFF, ogg, WMA, DSD, SACD ISO, other up to 768 kHz / 32 bit    
Resonic Player Windows Free, Commercial WAV, AIFF, FLAC, WMA, mp3, ALAC, WavePack, MID, DSF, DFF, other up to DSD512    
Roon Windows, Mac;
server on Windows, Mac, Linux
Commercial Audio files and streaming service   Bit-perfect, DSD to PCM Sevrer may be installed on network area storage (NAS)
TEAC HR Audio Player Windows, Mac Free DSF, DFF, PCM up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit ASIO, DoP  
Technics Audio Player Windows, Mac   DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, ALAC, AIFF

up to DSD128,
up to 384 kHz / 32bit

USB driver Read the software license agreement about using limitations
Volumio

Run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other

Free MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, ALAC, DSD   UPNP\DLNA, Airplay, DoP Open source music server
VLC Windows, Mac, Linux, other Free mp3, AAC, MLP / TrueHD, DTS, WMA, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, ATRAC 3, WavPack, APE, WAV, other      
Vox Mac Free DSF, WAV, AIFF, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, mp3, other, network radio      
Wtfplay Linux Free WAV, FLAC, DSF

up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental,
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit

DoP  

Audio players Android and iOS (mobile applications)

AIMP Android Free APE, mp3, WAV, ogg, AAC, FLAC, mp4, m4a, WavePack, DSF, DFF, other      
Amarra Play iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free, In-App Purchases AIFF, AIFC, MP3, ALAC, FLAC, MQA MQA Decode up to 96 kHz with Amarra Luxe license   No DSD. Amarra Luxe unlock some features. Amarra Play must be running on same wireless network as computer.
FiiO Music Android, iOS Free DSD, PCM up to 384 kHz / 24 bit Raw DSD output Support HWA (LHDC) Bluetooth transmission
Foobar2000 Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack     Gapless playback, playback/downloading music from UPnP media servers.
HibyMusic Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, M4A, AAC, mp3, ogg up to DSD256,
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
net driver (Dropbox/DLNA/LAN) native DSD, DoP, DSD to PCM  
Hi-Res music player-NePLAYER 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 Check DSD replay issues at online store page
HYSOLID Android, iOS Free WAC, FLAC, DSD up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz ASIO, WASAPI, DoP, native DSD Music server control application
Neutron Music Player Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) 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 There is evaluation version "Neutron Music Player (Eval)" on Android
Onkyo HF Player 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 Some limitations of free version. Sample rate depend on format and In-App purchases.
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  
USB Audio Player PRO Android Commercial WAV, FLAC, ogg, mp3, AIFF, AAC, m4a, APE, DFF, DSF, other up to 384 kHz / 32 bit DoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback  
VLC Android, iOS (iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch) Free ogg, FLAC, WavePack, AAC, other      
Vox

iOS

Free, In-App Purchases FLAC, ALAC, mp3, DSD, other      

 

 

 

What is the best audio player

 

I says right now: it is personal choise. Below I want to talk how to make the choice.

 

Sound quality

Playback modes

Audio player may works at 2 base modes:

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

In bit-perfect mode, sound quality is defined by DAC and next audio devices.
This mode consume minimal computing resources and is desirable for non-powerful computers.

Processing mode sound quality depend on player and/or processing plug-in.
This mode may consume many computing resources (more quality = more resources), and, sometimes, can't works at lower-performance computers. Also this mode consume more electrical energy for calculations and cooling, than bit-perfect one.
When fans works in intensive mode, they cause more noise.

 

Gapless playback

Some albums (operas, live concerts, etc.) should be played back as continuous stream.

Some players are able to begin next song without DAC re-initialization.
This ability is called as Gapless playback.
It may be applied for as bit-perfect as processed modes (see "Playback modes").

Also played back audio files may be pre-converted in gapless mode too.
This mode have sense when audio files are resampled or DSD files are processed.
Gapless conversion have sense, when audio player works in gapless mode.

 

Functionality

One of widespread demands to players are:

  • album artwork dysplaying;
  • text metadata dysplaying;
  • search in song database;
  • web radio/streaming playback.

 


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