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Winamp as music server software, Am I on the right track?
post Dec 24 2011, 21:12
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WinAmp as Music Server software
This is my current system:

Dell Studio PC with around 5.5 terabytes of storage
Running Winamp as the music server software
USB output from the PC to a Benchmark DAC 1 USB via a cheap non-descript cable
DAC to amplifier via Reality Cables balanced mode
Amplifier is a Spectron Musician III Mark II with Bybee, V-Cap and Tuning fuses upgrade
Amplifier to speakers via Reality Cables - about to switch these out for homemade Spectron sense cables to see if this is an improvement.
Speakers GR Research LS9
Room heavily treated with acoustic panels at key reflection points.
I want to get the most out of this configuration and I want to start with the music server software package to make sure it is the best I can get. My goals are pretty basic, I want the server software run on my PC, have a balance function, be as neutral as possible and be relatively inexpensive. So is the Winamp as good as it gets for this first step or are their sonically better? unsure.gif
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post Dec 26 2011, 11:22
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db1989: His thinking might have been along the lines of EQ and other DSPs, not any objective measure of sound quality. Some DSPs might make certain music sound better to certain people. However, that's more of a "feature" of a music player, a modification of the original sound, rather than anything to do with "sound quality". A more precise term could be used to clear up confusion: fidelity, or the faithfulness of the output to the input. No music player is going to have higher fidelity than any other.

As far as modifications to the sound (DSPs) goes, there's not much variability between music players there either. Just about every player these days gives you an equalizer, though some might have more bands than others. Sound-raping DSPs like reverb or hall effect should never be applied to playback, in my opinion.

In simple terms, there's no difference in "sound quality" between music software. Just pick whichever one has the features you want: whether that means how easy it is to use, how many bands its EQ has, or whether it lets you adjust the left/right balance, etc.

(If you have some strange desire to add reverb or other effects to your music, you could incorporate that into your decision as well...)

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