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02-17-2016, 01:07 AM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
Also would like to point out that playing FLAC files is a plus.
i use foobar2000 to play flac, ape, ogg, etc, just have to find the plugins for the unusual formats.

i have the 4gb quadraphonic version of dark side of the moon, and with foobar2000 i can play it back via hdmi, from the computer to the surround sound system... any of the three versions; lossless mlp, dolby, or dts, most dvd players will not play back the mlp format. DSOTM, Pink Floyd

what it doesn't do is manage large libraries of music, i have mediamonkey for that, but i don't use it.

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I use vlc also.
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90 % is background streaming nowadays for me. I use Spotify (the obvious source) but Bandcamp and a pile of other sites specific to various things. I still have an iTunes library that is Lossless and Flac files via VLC..more importantly everything runs through an Audioquest red dragonfly DAC (which conveniently comes with a carry case so I can use it everywhere) to my Stereo (which depending on where I am can be a small old micro system on my desk at work, an older high end HK receiver with old Polk monitors at my studio and a fully separates system at the house mixed Rotel Carver and Cambridge with older Celestion SL6 speakers . The DAC really makes the difference first time I hooked it up I was blown away it sounded as good or better than my Rotel tube output cd player (Which was $1100 when i bought it) better than my Cambridge... better in fact than many I have heard that are sub $1500 ....above that you are in pretty rarified territory for audio (heck for most people above a cheap dvd player as cd you are in rarified territory now)
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As most seem to do, I usually use Foobar 2000. One great thing about VLC, however, is that the speed of the recording can be altered without changing the pitch - very helpful for teasing out the lyrics of some songs, or making the Love Sculpture recording of Sabre Dance even more impressive. 7 and 7 is, by Love, sounds great faster too.

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On Windows, I use the Windows Media Player. On Linux I use Rhythmbox.

I also use VLC on both of them. The have both a 32bit & 64bit installer for Windows.
06-20-2017, 09:11 AM   #21
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Media Monkey which is a nice library management system too. There is also a good Android app player (maybe iOS too) that you can sync with your library via wifi.
At my office I just have computer speakers so WMP/VLC/Spotify or web based radio is good enough.

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On my home Linux pc I run an old Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 rig, using Audacious for mp3/vorbis/flac, and Spotify for streaming.
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iTunes, but these days, I usually just look up songs I haven't heard for a long time on youtube/ Most recent example, Cash AIn't Nothing But Cash by Steve Miller. I don't want to buy it. I just listen to it once very five years.

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I like to look for new stuff to listen to as well as vintage performance video on youtube etc.
I also use Windows Media Player on my PC exclusively to load up the MP3 player.

But for actual listening to music etc. when using the computer I use separate hardware,
i.e. AM/FM tabletop radio and a component CD player connected to a stereo system nearby.

Like my photography I like my audio the old-fashioned way. I prefer purpose-built devices.
I do have a standalone Internet radio but it's no fun to program. I haven't used it in years.

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I mucked around with foobar 2000 - it has a reliable CD Database for file tagging when you RIP CDs - and a surprisingly detailed ripping interface. CD tagging database feature was lost to Winamp when CDDB was sold off. But other than that Foobar 2000 doesn't bring anything new to the table, it can't stream without a 3rd party plugin. Winamp can do streaming has been able to do that since version 2 which was released in 1998!
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I was looking around for a Graphic Equaliser for streaming.
But there is already one in Fedora 23 !
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I use Mediamonkey
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I use Audacious with QjackCtl on Ubuntu. Output is via an Audioquest Dragonfly into a Linn LK85 and Linn Kan speakers. But if it's a recording I've got on vinyl, I'll listen to it on vinyl.
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I use Spotify and Aimp4 for local archives, for me it works ok


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