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Thread: In search of an audio app




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    Hey folks, anybody out there know of a good freebie that plays a variety of audio files and utilizes the DirectShow API ?

    I know about Windows Media Player already, thanks.
    I was hoping for something a bit easier on resources.

    I'd be more than happy to hear any input you might have, Thanks!
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    WinAMP?
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
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    Unfortunately no it uses DirectSound, the sound quality I get from WinAmp is OK the sound I get from Magix Player Jukebox (the quality is directly related to the use of the DirectShow API) is far superior. It has a much broader range and depth to the sound.

    I'm not an audiophile by any means, I guess what I'm looking for is an easy to use player like WinAmp that has the sound quality of a player that utilizes DirectShow.

    There used to be a rather nice application XingMP3 Player but unfortunately it was bought-out by Real. It is now a part of the pay-for RealPlayer (or whatever they call it these days).

    Nothing wrong with WinAmp, I use it a lot cause it's handy. But if you ever get your hands on a player that uses DirectShow you can definitely hear the difference.
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    Mr.C, winamp is pretty good, it could be your Jukebox's enchancements or something. another thing that effects quality are your speakers and your sound card. might be your ears too:)

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    Winamp is pretty good, no doubt about it.
    But with an app that utilizes the Directshow API it sounds even better.
    As in - turn off equalizers and preamps, play the same audio file in winamp then in magix player jukebox --- no contest, the Directshow API rocks.

    I was just wondering if there are any other proggies out there that utilize the Directshow.
    A lot of DVD sound is done through directshow isn't it:?:
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    yeah, but my point is, is that directshow is a filter and it changes the quality of the music being played. sorta like dfx for winamp, it just uses a different algorithm to decode it, mp3s right? or cd?

    dvd's use dolby digital

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    I wonder which future version of DirectX will eliminate the DirectSound API altogether:?:
    No need to keep around dead-weight you know, what with DirectShow being so much better and ............... oh, wait -- we're talking about MicroSoft here:laugh:
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    that's not exactly right aznx... DirectShow / DirectSound aren't filters as such. They are known as API (Application Programming Interface) and are used to process the sound to it's output. You might notice with some software / games, etc.. that you have multiple options for your sound output.

    This is much more noticable in the playback of MIDI files, as different API have a different way of playing each individual instrument, hence you can get a completely different sound from one API to the other.

    DVD playback on the PC can be done via the DirectShow API as Mr C said (it's usually a choice in the sound options of most DVD software). Dolby Digital and all the other sound formats aren't the same thing. It's kinda hard to explain...

    That's the little I know.. I could be wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. C
    I wonder which future version of DirectX will eliminate the DirectSound API altogether:?:
    No need to keep around dead-weight you know, what with DirectShow being so much better and ............... oh, wait -- we're talking about MicroSoft here:laugh:
    I'm one for backwards compatibility anyday.. :) Microsoft is backwards, so I have to be compatible.. :laugh:

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