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Windows 7: Media Play 12 is Horrible

15 Jan 2012   #1
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 
Media Play 12 is Horrible

How can I go back to what I had in XP? 12 is horrible. Echo-y, soft, and it's a pain to get to the settings. Why was it made so bad? Why was XP's media player ruined?


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15 Jan 2012   #2
Qdos

 

I've not noticed any audible differences.

Check your sound adapter settings and any environmental effects, and the enhancement settings within WMP itself.

It ain't perfect, but it's no worse than prior versions in audio performance.
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15 Jan 2012   #3
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

I found it immediately worse. Everything is lower in volume and echo-y and the sound volume goes up and down. I've fiddled with the settings endlessly to no avail. I've used WimAmp and it's much better but it also can't compare to the XP version.
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15 Jan 2012   #4
Qdos

 

Are you using the correct drivers for your soundcard or chip?
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15 Jan 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why don't you install XP in double boot. Then you can use the old stuff. Another option is VLC.
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15 Jan 2012   #6
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

I thought of that but it's a lot of trouble for media player. I've never tried VLC. I'll give it a whirl. Why did they screw up something simple and good. Not good, great.
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15 Jan 2012   #7
Qdos

 

Remember that some webpages will still want the WMP plugin...

As suggested, VLC, Winamp, or others are worth a try, but mine sounds identical to earlier versions...
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15 Jan 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have a new PC with Win7, it may be your soundcard.
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15 Jan 2012   #9
RC5000

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiproc; build: 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Sound from Youtube is just fine; sound from WinAmp is great, except too soft. Sound from MP, awful. I've tweaked and tweaked and still awful. I heard a re-recording of Jan and Dean (from the 60s) with lots of echo and things, everything, sounds like that, plus the sound level changes constantly. It's a new computer, about 2 months oild.

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16 Jan 2012   #10
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Just remember that Win7 also has individual volume settings for each application program as well as System Sounds as well as the "master volume" (called "speakers"). In contrast WinXP only had a "master volume" that affected everything, which was really really annoying as different applications inevitably had their own unique loudness characteristics or screwed with the separate WAV level as a way to kind of implement their own volume adjustment outside of the Windows "master volume".

In other words, individual volume adjustability in Win7 is FAR MORE FLEXIBLE AND USER-FRIENDLY than it was in WinXP.

When WMP is open, right-click on the speaker icon in System Tray and select "Open Volume Mixer". You will then see the "master volume" (i.e. "speakers") on the left. And following that all "application programs" (including system sounds) will appear to the right. There's a horizontal scroll bar if you have more audio applications open at once than can appear on that fixed-size window.

Adjust your WMP volume level to your liking. It will then be that level, no matter what other audio-capable applications (Winamp, email, Firefox/IE for YouTube, etc.) you have that you've set their own individual volume levels uniquely for them as well. You can set Winamp's volume any way you want, independent of WMP's volume, etc.
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