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I have made a list of audio players to be used under OS Xa while ago, but now I have changed my listening environment somewhat from a full Windows desktop box to a Windows running on Mac mini to suppress various noises and since version updates have been made to several of those players, I figured it's time to give another simple comparison. My environment consists of,

I made sure that all player settings are supposed to keep the sample rate and bits of the source file for output without any conversions and the source file is located on the machine's file system locally.

iTunes


As usual, this sounds just great overall. Doesn't feel thin or too thick and feels satisfying.

afplay


This definitely made iTunes sound richer.

Audirvana


It has a notable purity in the sound but comes with minimal interface.

Decibel


It has clarity and power while not being rough which makes the audio convincing. Interface is quite minimal but possibly a little buggy as I have seen it crash a few times on quit.

Vox


This has a really slim and good looking interface and even comes with good quality (geared more to the clarity side but on the other hand, lacks a bit of energy).

Cog


At first, it sounded like average, but the audio is rather enjoyable. Easy on the ears. Interface is simple and to the point.

MPlayer OS X Extended


Once again, (Hideki's) award winning mplayer engine makes it such a rich and pure sound, it gives some pleasant time.

doubleTwist


The interface is a lot like iTunes' and it has satisfying decent clarity and accuracy of sound.

New Entries


These are new entries I have found since back then.

BitPerfect


This has the least intrusive interface as an iTunes addon, which only resides on the upper task bar as an icon. It adjusts sample rate, bit depth adjustment according to the song being played. It certainly brings more clarity to the audio, but in my humble opinion, it somewhat unbalances the entire audio as a whole.

clementine


This new entry, while the interface won't get awards, does make quite nice sound quality.

Oops


Ecoute


My demo version expired...

Fidelia


Seems demo version has expired since library window never loads anymore...

Amarra Mini


My demo version expired...

Pure Music


My demo version expired...

Past blogs

Playing audio under Windows 7 – Round 2
2011.09.10 | Hideki
Here goes another round since I have updated my machine to a Mac mini (mid 2011) with tuned BauXar Jupity 301 (Japanese site) and RME Babyface USB DAC and since software might've had a few version ...
OS X Lion thoughts
2011.08.16 | Hideki
I installed OS X Lion the day it came out and this was my experience. The install went relatively smooth from App Store buy process and had to do a couple of reboot but it was up and running just ...
iPad impression
2011.08.15 | Hideki
When iPad first came out last year, I touched it and felt it a bit heavy and absolutely had no idea how to make it an useful tool in my life but just stared at it and played with it for about 10 mi...
File Encryption on Mac
2011.08.14 | Hideki
Introduction These days, data security is becoming important as many important data are kept inside computers including personal computers and considering when a laptop gets stolen or gets left beh...
Enhance audio experience on computers
2011.08.14 | Hideki
To get the best out of audio experience, here are a few tips to do so. This is based on Windows as I connect my speaker on Windows desktop machine. Some steps can be applied on Mac as well. The so...