I've never had problems with Windows Media Player as far as playing CD's. The only DSP I know of
that can't be disabled is the volume control, which I generally keep at 80-85% to avoid clipping the
output stage of the soundcard. However, a very good and low-overhead Windows player is called just
"Player." It doesn't seem to be supported anymore, I guess a further sign of the road down for CD's.
In Windows, iTunes does seem to have big issues with both WAV and CD audio. It seems to convert to
Quicktime on the fly and play thru the Quicktime engine, to the degradation of the sound quality. On
my computer, while I use iTunes to rip to MP3 and sync with my iPod, my default player for CD audio,
WAV and even MP3 due to its low overhead and quick startup is ... the Windows Media Player.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The Hope of Audacity Was--Re: [ARSCLIST] Seeking recommendations for oral
history digitization equipment (fwd)
> -----Original Message-----
> From Craig Breaden: "... is digital preservation of audio something smaller
> can actually do, given present standards and opinions on what
> constitutes accurate rendering, without without blowing the budget (if
> there even is one)?..."
> There is little reason to believe there is any relationship between accuracy
> and price in audio software!
> Last night I decided to pull out one of my favorite CDs and I was feeling
> too lazy to swap a cable in order to use my CD player rather than playing it
> in the computer. After trying the usual Apple and Microsoft suspects, I
> pulled the CD up in the freebee Foobar which turned out to be the only
> player at hand that didn't audibly distort the sound because I could disable
> all of the DSP functions in the preferences.
> Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
> Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
> Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!
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