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Old 9th August 2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Hello
Has anyone done any tests on sound quality from music servers like Daphile, Moode, Volumino, Archpile and piCorePlayer as this would be a great help to me.
I would be using a pi 3 B+ and a MDac or a dual core 1.3ghz 2gb ram pc. and MDac for Daphile.
Any help appreciated.
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Old 9th August 2019, 07:46 PM   #2
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So.... you have the hardware....and access to those Distros....and a pair of ears....so why not compare them yourself and report your preferences....?

Not sure why you would want someone to do that for you ?
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Old 10th August 2019, 01:14 PM   #3
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Most open source music servers use Linux as the underlying operating system using ALSA, pulse audio and other bits and pieces of the operating system to manipulate the audio stream.

That being the case all those music servers will provide the same sound quality. They only differ in the user interface and features. Just pick one to whatever you think meets your particular requirements.

Operating Systems don't have a sound quality.
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That being the case all those music servers will provide the same sound quality.

Not at all, given a decent downstream system. Audible differences are even more extreme than between PC software players.
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Old 10th August 2019, 02:55 PM   #5
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Nonsense, the operating system plays no part whatsoever in audio quality in anyway shape or form.

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Old 10th August 2019, 03:09 PM   #6
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Nonsense, the operating system plays no part whatsoever in audio quality in anyway shape or form.
Assuming they all use a linux OS they still use different music player software don't they or are they all the same?
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So.... you have the hardware....and access to those Distros....and a pair of ears....so why not compare them yourself and report your preferences....?

Not sure why you would want someone to do that for you ?
Even doing an A-B test with only one DAC I find difficult as I have forgotten what A sounded like by the time I get B wired in. If I had two equal DACs and systems it would be easier. But that still would only be an AB test.
Lack of resources is a problem to me but not everyone.
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Old 10th August 2019, 03:23 PM   #8
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Yes, the music player is just a application that sits on top of the Linux operating system and all use the same system software processes, they provide a fancy user interface to display album art, track listings, graphic equaliser....etc...etc or include additional features like streaming to third party devices or from network attached storage. Not all the applications have the same features but they will all sound the same.
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Old 10th August 2019, 03:24 PM   #9
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I'm using piCorePlayer for the house only, I can say it's good, I'm not expert and I haven't encounter any problem so far. I'm not familiar on any stress test to show the differences as far as I know it's good to my ears.
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Not at all, given a decent downstream system. Audible differences are even more extreme than between PC software players.
Do you have subjective sound quality findings on Windows PC software players, and which are good and which to avoid ?.


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