The 7 Best Windows Music Players for Hi-Res Audio

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-23 18: 54  read 202 views

It's a little different on Windows than many Mac users just choose to use iTunes.While Microsoft's operating system has always offered built-in options like Windows Media Player (known as Media Player in Windows 11) or the now-defunct Groove Music, Windows users are more likely to search for their favorite music player.

 

However, if you're an audiophile, the search gets trickier.Try searching for a music player that supports Hi-Res Audio in FLAC, MQA or DSD format, you have very few options.That's why we're here to introduce you to the best high-resolution music player apps for Windows.

1. Hysolid

 

If your computer is connected to a high-quality Hi-Fi system, Hysolid may be just what you're looking for.This is not traditional media player software.Instead, it turns your computer into a music player that you can control with your iOS device.Just get back on the couch, choose the music you want to listen to, and your PC will play it through your Hi-Fi system.You don't even need to be logged into Windows.

Hysolid can play most high definition formats you throw at it.The app is compatible with PCM audio, including WAV and FLAC up to 384kHz, and DSD from 2.8MHz to 11.2MHz in DSF format. Hysolid can also show you the working mode of the USB DAC you are using, and whether playback is perfect.

DownloadHysolid (free)

2. Roon

 

While most examples of high-definition music player software focus only on sound quality,RoonBut focus on other aspects.The developers say something has been lost in the transition to digital music.To get back that sense of engagement you get when flipping through the pages, Roon aims to present a searchable magazine for your music.

Roon doesn't just apply this technology to the music stored on your computer.It can also do this for music played from a local NAS, or even streamed from Tidal.If music isn't a background activity for you, but something you want to be a part of, Roon might be worth checking out (with a free trial).

DownloadRoon ($199.88/year or $699/lifetime)

3. Amarra Luxe

 

If Amarra Luxe looks familiar, that's because it's also earned a spot on our list of the best high-definition music player apps for macOS.This is a premium music player, so it's not cheap, but it's feature-rich.It also supports major high definition formats including FLAC, MQA and DSD.Unfortunately, MQA is currently only supported on MacOS.

It's also a handy app if you like streaming high-definition audio.In addition to playing your music collection, Amarra Luxe can also stream from Tidal and Qobuz.If you want to control all your music with one app, no matter where it is, this might be what you're looking for.

DownloadAmarra Luxe (US$99)

4. Jriver

 

Jriver is a piece of software that tries to do a lot of things for a lot of people.Fortunately, it seems to do pretty much everything it wants to do.It supports bit-perfect audio in lossless PCM and DSD formats.Speaking of the audio subsystem, it can use ASIO or WASAPI, which means it will stream audio to your DAC flawlessly.

Here are a few seemingly obvious features that are lacking in other players.An example is the optional audiophile-grade cross-feed.The developers say this makes listening to music with headphones sound more natural and less tiring because it's more like the speakers you'd hear in a room.

Download: Jriver ($59.98 for a Windows-only license, or $79.98 for a combined Windows, Mac, and Linux license)

5. Audirvana

 

Audirvanais another app on our macOS list that focuses on letting you control your audio stream from source to output.If you have a powerful computer you want to use for great-sounding audio, this is an option worth considering.For example, Audirvana supports running higher performance algorithms to offload your DAC and avoid oversampling.

This app also supports VST3 plugins.Whether you want to add a touch of equalizer, or check out your favorite songs through the spectrum analyzer, it's handy for audiophiles. Audirvana is another option that isn't cheap (there's a 30-day free trial), but the sheer power of the app might make it a worthwhile price.

DownloadAudirvana (US$75)

6. Foobar2000

 

As one of the most popular music players under Windows, Foobar2000 is almost a household name.Its interface is a bit dated, but the app is fast, configurable, and perhaps most importantly, free.While it's not the only free player on this list, it's the only one that resembles a traditional lightweight media player.

Foobar supports FLAC out of the box, but not DSD.In order to get this support, you need to get the Super Audio CD Decoder plugin, which you can download fromSourceForgedownload.Once this component is installed, it becomes a more powerful audio player.This information is especially handy if you already know and love Foobar200.

DownloadFoobar2000 (free)

7. JPLAY FEMTO

 

If you proudly declare yourself an audiophile to anyone who will listen, this may be the best software for you.Developed by a self-proclaimed "avid audiophile", the software aims to optimize everything to get the audio signal from the source to the DAC in the highest possible quality.It supports PCM audio, DSD, and even claims to improve the sound quality of Tidal and Qobuz.

Like Hysolid, this is not a player.Instead, it's a server.Once it's up and running, you can use it with any UPnP compatible application or hardware.The developers recommend Bubble UPnP for Android, but Kinsky for Windows, macOS, and iOS has also been tested.

Among other features, the JPLAY FEMTO includes a sleep mode.This is designed to reduce background noise produced by your PC.It does this by eliminating jitter-producing processes and threads.This means you probably don't want to use your computer for other purposes during playback because it sounds great.

DownloadJPLAY FEMTO (149 euros)

Do you want to start your high-fidelity audio journey?

Finding the right hi-res music player app is fine, but it doesn't make much sense if you don't have hi-res music to listen to.These apps can also play your MP3 collection, but if you have a great audio setup, you can get more by purchasing high-quality audio.

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