Windows CD Player Software

staxguy -- Fri, 06/24/2011 - 16:40

Hi everyone. I have a PC with a 24/192 KHz DA, which sounds fine enough with .WAV and MP3, but rather poor with 16/44.1 CD's.
Does anyone recomend CD player software that can turn my Windows PC into a contemporary sounding CD player - oversampling to 24/192, nicely, and reading the digital stream directly for the CD, etc.

I've never liked the sound of 16/44, except in a very few cases.
Thanks! 

staxguy -- Fri, 06/24/2011 - 18:41

Ok. Found one: http://www.winamp.com/plugin/audioburst-fx-system-2-freeware/151426
Installed it, and ran it with winamp, set the cross-fader on, the resampler on, set the output device, the output format to 24-bit, the resampler accuracy to extreme, and the re-sampler output rate to 96 KHz.
Would of set it to 192 KHz, but PropellerHead Reson spurts out at that, so will start at 96, and try 192 KHz later. :)
 
Makes my copy of Will Blunderfield, "Halleluah" listenable, as opposed to harsh and tinny, as it was at 16/44.1.
Also made sure that the Nullshot CD Input plug-in was still there, so that bit-perfect reading would be going on, as opposed to using some AD or direct play from the CD tray's DAC vs my other PC DA.
Sounds reasonably OK now on my recently recabled and repadded Stax Omega 2 phones ($1000 "fix"), and SRM-007t tube headphone amp. The background chorals on the Blunderfiedl still sound rather bad sound wise, but that I imagine must be the recording.

ToshikoMonomita -- Tue, 11/15/2011 - 02:32

It can solve the problem?

I will try it !

brian -- Sat, 11/26/2011 - 18:02

 Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) has a Windows XP/Vista/7 driver that works with their digital products and supports higher resolutions up to 24/192. The DP-777 DAC/preamp doesn't need to upsample or oversample redbook since it has dual DACs that are normally automatically selected, although one can manually select the HD DAC -- I don't know why anyone would want to, though. Tried it and didn't like it.

Brian Walsh
Essential Audio  ~  Chicago area ~ 773-809-HIFI (4434)

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