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I'm running a 50 ft spdif coax cable out of my computers x-fi platinum sound blaster soundcard into my Dennon 989 for my flac music. I was recommended to use aimp3 music player program. Is this good choice? Iv'e also been advised to try foobar music player. Anyone know will foobar sound better than aimp3? I have pretty nice Rocket speakers. In aimp3 Under playback options under device, which am I supposed to select--
asio, direct sound, waspi, or waspi exclusive?

After looking into a bit more, am I right the best 2 for me would either be:
ASIO- for including computer sound effects
waspi exclusive- for music sounds only

For either waspi or ASIO I have settings for both speakers or SPDIF both labled as creative SB X-fi. I find selecting speakers instead of SPDIF gives a better sound.
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Wasapi exclusive
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I'm running a 50 ft spdif coax cable out of my computers x-fi platinum sound blaster soundcard into my Dennon 989 for my flac music. I was recommended to use aimp3 music player program. Is this good choice? In aimp3 Under playback options under device, which am I supposed to select--
asio, direct sound, waspi, or waspi exclusive?


I really like XBMC for music AND media playback from my computer to Denon 1913 - It plays everything and is very customizable.
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i have no experience with XBMC. Are there others who recommend this to serve my music out of PC into my AVR? I'm using free splashtop2 app on my Andrioid tablet to allow me to control my desktop PC and serve music to my living room from my office. Quite pleased with it. Lets me keep my PC display off and walk freely around the house with tablet.
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If your sound card has native ASIO drivers, they should offer the best output. This is not the same thing as ASIO4All which should be avoided.
If you don't have an ASIO option, WASAPI Event Style is the best output.

I recommend JRiver's Media Center software for this.
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wasapi exclusive mode or asio and choosing spdif would be best afaik. (i'm surprised they have asio drivers for spdif)

choosing speakers makes the sound affected by the sound card's DSPs, which isn't as pure.
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You will not find any difference between ASIO and wasapi with regard to quality. If your sound card supports ASIO give it a try. Wasapi exclusive mode can be a pain sometimes, but try it as well (again, no audible difference).

I use wasapi with either foobar2k or XBMC, both have excellent android apps for remote control.

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so you think I'll prefer using foobar2k or xmbc android app to control music instead of mirroring pc via splashtop to my tablet. In that case which do you all prefer? Again, I have no experience with either. Thx! Of coarse sound quality is the most important smile.gif
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Most definitely.

XBMC is more friendly, and with Yatse android app is quite nice. Foobar2000 is my choice, but out of the box foobar has a steeper learning curve. Installing a custom skin helps quite a bit. I also prefer the foobar2000 controller app for remote control. If you like to tinker and want complete customization go with foobar, if you just want to share your library and play music, XBMC is your choice.

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+1 for jriver !

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I see no reason to pay $50 for a solution that can be put together for free.

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jriver cost $50? Does it have android app? If indeed navigating and cueing music from a dedicated android app is favourable to mirroring via splashtop to my tablet, then having a dedicated android app is important to me.
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I see no reason to pay $50 for a solution that can be put together for free.
I have yet to find anything else that is as powerful, as fully featured and well integrated, or as well supported as JRiver MC.
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jriver cost $50? Does it have android app? If indeed navigating and cueing music from a dedicated android app is favourable to mirroring via splashtop to my tablet, then having a dedicated android app is important to me.
While I use the iOS JRemote app, there are Android apps for it.
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How much power, how many features do you need to play music? Foobar2000 does just about everything I ever dreamed of doing, Spotify takes care of the rest.

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I too use JRMediaCenter and have since v8 I believe. I find it to have great control for one zone, multiple zones as well as having the ability to control sound cards easily. I admit I haven't used anything else in years, though. It is a powerful media manager as well, which is what initially attracted me the software
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