The 7 Best Windows Music Players for Hi-Res Audio

MakeUseOf | 7/23/2019 | Kris Wouk
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While many Mac users just opt to use iTunes, things are different on Windows. While Microsoft’s operating system has always offered built-in options like Windows Media Player or Groove Music, Windows users are more likely to search for their own preferred music player.

However, if you’re an audiophile, the search gets trickier. Try searching for a music player that supports hi-res audio in FLAC, MQA, or DSD format, and your options are slim. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best hi-res music player apps for Windows.

PC - Quality - Hi-Fi - System - Hysolid

If you have your PC hooked up to a quality Hi-Fi system, Hysolid could be exactly what you’re looking for. This isn’t traditional media player software. Instead, it transforms your PC into a music player that you control with your iOS or Android device. Just kick back on the couch, pick the music you want to hear, and your PC plays it over your Hi-Fi system.

Hysolid will play most hi-res formats you throw at it. The app is compatible with PCM audio, including WAV and FLAC up to 384 kHz as well as DSD from 2.8 MHz to 11.2 MHz in DSF format. Hysolid can also display the operating mode of the USB DAC you’re using as well as whether playback is bit perfect.

Amarra - Luxe - Place - List - Hi-res

If Amarra Luxe seems familiar, it’s because it also earned a place on our list of the best hi-res music player apps for macOS. This is a premium music player, and as such it isn’t cheap, but it is packed with features. It also supports key hi-res formats, including FLAC, MQA, and DSD. Unfortunately, MQA is currently only supported on macOS.

This is also a handy app if you like to stream hi-res audio as well. In addition to playing back your music collection, Amarra Luxe can stream from Tidal and Qobuz. If...
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