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Audio Players, Software, and Tools

Audio players & media servers for lossless reproduction, CD- & DVD-grabbers for ripping digital music collections, audio tools and software to tag, record and convert, as well as other useful software is listed here.

A) High Definition Audio Test Files

B) BitPerfect Audio-Server for Linux

  • Rune Audio
    Based on an optimized version of Arch Linux and MPD, Rune Audio offers a complete, free and open source solution incl. mobile remote-interface, to turn an embedded platform (e.g. Raspberry Pi) in a bit-accurate HiFi music player.

  • Voyage MPD
    Voyage MPD is a special Linux edition for embedded hardware (e.g. ATOM, ALIX) incl. ""Realtime Version"" of MPD. Version 0.9.5 highly recommended.

C) BitPerfect Audio-Clients for Linux

  • MPD
    The Music Player Daemon (MPD) - basis for bit-accurate audioplayback.

  • GMPC
    One of the best MPD-clients with many features.

  • Ario
    GTK2 client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD) - very good features, excellent interface.

  • Sonata
    GTK+ client for MPD - small, light and easy to setup.

  • Xfmpc
    Very good MPD-Client for the desktop Xfc.

D) BitPerfect Audio-Player & Server for Windows 7

  • foobar2000
    Versatile but rudimentary player & server which can be used both for building puristic bit accurate high-end music servers as well as widely available components in all possible formats for playback of different formats, as streaming server, for ripping CDs, etc. With tools such as MonkeyMote this is also great for remote control with cell phones and tablet PCs (freeware).

  • JRiver Media Center
    Does more than just play music. Very powerful tool with a great user interface. Automatic sample rate adjustment, memory play, gapeless, etc. Remote control with mobile devices (not free but there is full-feature 30-day trial version).

  • Stealth Audio Player
    Minimalist player with great reputation. However, if you insist on remote control, go pick one of those mentioned above. (freeware)

  • cPlay / cMP
    For purists and complex. Something for the specialist who wants to know it all. cPlay requires an ASIO compatible soundcard or DAC. (freeware)

  • JPlay
    Another player for purists. This has only one thing in mind: Optimal musical reproduction. Integrates perfectly into Jriver Media Center, foobar2000 and iTunes. Controversial, test it to see if it's for you. Only plays WAV, AIFF and Apple lossless. (payware)

  • GMPC for Win32
    Adaptation of the Linux Client for Win32-based systems

E) BitPerfect Audio-Player for Mac OS X

  • Audirvana Free
    An excellent audiophile player for OS X up to Version 10.6 (Snow Leopard) which makes bit accurate listening with your Mac to your highres-music-files very easy.

  • VOX
    This is your choice for OS X Yosemity (OS X 10.10) or better. Easy to setup and easy to use with a nice frontend.

F) CD-grabber & Audio-Format Converter (Windows)

  • EAC (Exact Audio Copy)
    Very reliable and versatile software for ripping CDs. Multi-reading of FLAC and WAV files, bit rate variably adjustable (note that you should always rip at the original bandwidth/sampling rate). (freeware)

  • fre:ac
    Numerous conversion options for almost all lossless formats. Tagging functions and also supports the CDDB/freedb database (freeware)

  • dBpoweramp
    First-rate CD grabber with tagging function and lots more. (payware)

  • DVD Audio Extractor
    Converts DVDs to uncompressed Wave (PCM) and FLAC format. (payware)

G) Convenient Tools

  • Tip: MusicScope
    MusicScope is a high precision measuring instrument, working as a microscope for the different quality aspects of a music track by providing the professional audio analyzing tools of an audio engineer, but easy to use for the HiFi-Enthusiast.

  • seek a cover
    Lets you search for CD and DVD covers.

  • Thesycon DPC Latency Checker
    A check-up doctor for your USB audio system to make sure there is no latency in kernel streams, i.e. check for drop-outs.

  • Room Eigenmodes-Calculator
    Even when it's often neglected: The most important element in your hi-fi setup is the room, which is often a real pain with room modes, reverb, and flutter echos. The last two are easily taken care of. However, room modes, especially the basses, can be deadly for a well-balanced sound. This calculator lets you easily detect the sneaky villains and allows you to take well-directed measures against them.

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