Recommended Audio Players

What Audio Players do you use and recommend for others? I would love suggestions for Mac, PC, and phones (when available). Looking forward to finding some new ones to try out!

Dec 20, 2019
The "money is no object" answer for when you're at home on your own network is Roon. Didn't see that mentioned here and thought it should be. When I'm on-the-go I use:
  • Google Play Music when I'm over bluetooth (have it pointed at my lossless library and streaming the free 320 kbps MP3 copies of it Google made for me; don't care about MP3 vs FLAC over bluetooth).
  • USB Audio Player Pro for bit-perfect output to an external DAC (dragonfly red) when I'm not over bluetooth.
Jul 12, 2018
For mac, Audirvana Plus + direct mode hack + TDR Nova plugin for EQ. I've bought Amarra Luxe but don't find the sound as good as audirvana.
For Windows, JRiver + WASAPI + EqualizerAPO + Peace plugin (or Sonarworks Reference 4 if you're rich)
Jul 1, 2018
Depending on your degree of technical astuteness, I would recommend Neutron Player for Android as the definite standout. Documentation (only available from website FAQ and users forum) generally sucks, it is very slow to update on a large library, and it takes a lot of poking around to determine the best settings. Having said that, the rewards are the greatest flexibility of any android player for selection of source (can play all known formats including DSD, DXD and DOP) and most output devices ( SMB/CIFS, UPnP/DLNA, FTP, WebDAV, headphones, or directly to USB DAC or UPnP/DLNA or Chromecast) natively. Neutron also contains a true implementation of a configurable parametric equalizer.
For windows, the only choice is foobar2000. Ignore the statements of ugly, as it can be customized to look like just about any player currently available,
Mar 16, 2018
Roon and Tidal on my iMac, out to BiFrost and Lyr2.
Mar 16, 2018
I use Amarra Symphony on my mac, and demoing Amarra 4 Luxe at the moment. 4 seems to sound better integrating with iTunes. The room correction, is a nice feature for full range speakers. I've used Decibel as well. What I like about both is they seem to have very little if any added to the end sound - very clean and more pure sounding than other players I've tried from the mac.
Mar 14, 2018
I have buy new iphone so, I am looking for best audio players for my phone.I have used many audio players but did't get best .So, i decided to contact to for best audio players.
Jan 13, 2018
I use Foobar2000 for windows and USB Audio Player Pro (UAPP) for Android (much better audio quality than PowerAmp). Really like how both function and sound.
Jan 12, 2018
I use Neutron Pro on Android love it,
Foobar 2000 on all my Windows systems and jRiver only on my WIN 7 system, I'm not a big fan of jRivers lay out... but it has a very powerful native DSP suite built in that I use from time to time
Dec 11, 2017
I really enjoy Musicbee on Windows (and Linux/Mac too if I'm not mistaken) which has very good sorting options, very advanced customization (pretty much anything can be changed up to how you want it). There's also custom themes, which you can also change to your liking. Finally, Musicbee also has a third party remote app on Android to control your offline music through the local network, which is a neat feature that I didn't expect. It also supports videos through any external video player you'd like. If there was one downside, I'd say that it can be overwhelmingly advanced in customization, you'll want to look up how to change some stuff because there's tons of menus. Even though there's so many menus the program manages to stay uncluttered, and like I said before, you can make the main user interface as clean and simple as you'd like.
For Android I use Blackplayer EX, it's by far the best music player I've ever used on a mobile device. It far surpasses Google Play Music in terms of pretty much everything, from the extreme customization for the user interface to library management. I can find zero complaints, apart from one little thing, I had an album in flac format with an average bitrate of over 5000kbps, and the player couldn't play it. It wasn't the end of the world though, and besides, this is probably an Android related issue or an issue with my specific device, not the app.
Links: BlackPlayer EX: MusicBee:
Jun 9, 2017
Been using a Fiio X5iii to use out and about. Excellent sonics for on the go and pairs well with the EDC. IDSD Black Label and media monkey on my laptops.
Massdrop gotta get on some IDSD stuff. BL is truely kick ass.
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