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Anybody with a 24/96kHz capable soundcard check out this app!!!

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by MuFu, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. MuFu

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    http://foobar2000.hydrogenaudio.org/

    This is one of the best sounding software players I have ever heard (at least with this Audigy 2).

    It has a full 32-bit floating point audio processing pipeline and can SSRC resample on the fly as well as apply other EQ and DSP effects. 44.1kHz's wav's/mp3's have never sounded so good - upsampled to 96kHz and dithered appropriately. CPU utilisation is re-assuringly high!

    Give it a try. In preferences set the resampler active under "DSP Manager" and then toggle between 48k and 96k - the difference is huge upon first impression. Whether it is because there is some kind of HF emphasis being added I don't know until I do more listening, but the benefits of upsampling have been well documented and validated both theoretically and practically. I guess this app can also be used to resample 44.1-to-48k on SBLive! 5.1's which were notorious for doing a ****-poor job of it.

    MuFu.

    P.S. Not sure this works on M-Audio cards - you guys might be better off sticking with ASIO playback for now.
     
  2. Jeff

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    Thanks, I'll take a look.

    Jeff
     
  3. MuFu

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    BTW, make sure you install and use the kernel streaming plugin - the real big feature of this player (it bypassses Windows' kmixer) - and I think you also need to set 24-bit output for dithered upsampling.

    MuFu.
     
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    I take that back, it's definitely not "huge"! Still very apparent though if you concentrate on certain details.

    Strange... must have been the particular tracks I was listening to this morning when I posted, because at the time there seemed to be a *very* obvious increase in transparency when switching to 96k. :-\

    Either way, it's fun to play around with the various settings/plugins. KS is such a great feature and I really hope more and more players start to incorporate it. :)

    MuFu.
     
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    Will I be able to use my audigy ONE with that card?
     
  6. MuFu

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    With the program you mean? Yep, no probs.

    I am really enjoying this app... my use of Media Jukebox (also excellent) has been reduced to ripping and organising files only now. One other thing I've noticed is that there are so many less pops and other weird stutters/bitstream interruptions in KS mode.

    MuFu.
     
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    Sorry to bring this thread up from the dead, but just wanted to say WOW! I had heard of Foobar but had just never bothered figuring out how to make it work, but this player has made ALOT of difference on certain music, especially on vocal/jazz songs like Katie Melua & Norah Jones. Apologies again for bringing this thread back from the dead.
     
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    Don't say sorry, you just brought this to my attention. So thanks!

    The first link didn't work for me so try this http://www.foobar2000.org/
     
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    just a shame the gui is 1/10 compared to winamp lol
     
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    Top music quality. Does anything else come close?

    Personally, I find the WinAmp GUI very poor. I would say that the Foobar GUI is easier to understand and use.
     
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    ^ The link doesn't work.

    I'm going to start to develop a plugin for Net Remote. Anyone interested in helping?
     
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    :hiya: :clap: :) .
     

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