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Windows 7: Flac players

30 Oct 2011   #1
asser

windows 7 home premium 64 bitt
 
 
Flac players

Hello,I was wondering what free media player is the best FLAC player,i mean witch player provides the finest audio.Kind Regards Asser


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30 Oct 2011   #2
bej

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

Try VLC from videolan.org
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30 Oct 2011   #3
Garlic

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

For me personally, foobar2000 works great with .flac files.
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30 Oct 2011   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Nothing wrong with Winamp. You have all those effect plugins to choose from.
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30 Oct 2011   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by asser View Post
Hello,I was wondering what free media player is the best FLAC player,i mean witch player provides the finest audio.Kind Regards Asser
I doubt if you can tell the difference between them concerning "finest audio", by which I assume you mean sound quality.

The sound quality is determined by your listening hardware more than anything else--speakers, headphones, amplifier, etc.

Choose the one that has the features you need, that you understand, and that has a user interface you like.

I like Media Monkey. Here is a screen shot:


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30 Oct 2011   #6
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Garlic View Post
For me personally, foobar2000 works great with .flac files.
This is also probably THE best audio player of all time!
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31 Oct 2011   #7
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by asser View Post
Hello,I was wondering what free media player is the best FLAC player,i mean witch player provides the finest audio.Kind Regards Asser
I doubt if you can tell the difference between them concerning "finest audio", by which I assume you mean sound quality.

The sound quality is determined by your listening hardware more than anything else--speakers, headphones, amplifier, etc.

Choose the one that has the features you need, that you understand, and that has a user interface you like.
I agree completely with ignatzatsonic's assessment above.
Here are screen shots of my setups of MediaMonkey and Foobar2000. Both can be customized to how you like. In my case, I use Mediamonkey for my lossy files (mp3, m4a, ogg vorbis and wma) and foobar for the FLACs.


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31 Oct 2011   #8
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I use The KMPlayer for all media files as it supports a whole range of different file types. It also works for .flac files so you might want to give it a try.
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The media player however doesn't influence the sound or video quality. What does matter is the actual file you are listening as well as the external audio device you are using to listen to it eg. speakers, headphones.
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31 Oct 2011   #9
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

its posible to have wmp play flac and for win 7 to show the flac albumart

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Hi SHUTRcz, Welcome to the Forum!

You need CODECS that allow WMP to recognize the FLAC files since FLAC is not natively supported by WMP.
The lightest and best codec pack is Win7 Codecs. Also if you have 64bit Win7, there is a 64bit tools pack you need to be able to switch to the 32bit WMP so all files will work. Codec writers have been slow to develop 64bit codecs so we need to use the 32bit player that also comes with 64bit Windows.

Anyway, install the Codecs and the x64 tools if needed, only the codec pack if you have 32bit W7. If you have 64bit W7, after you install the tools go to Start - All Programs - Win7 Codecs - 64bit tools - default media player, and click the "set 32bit WMP as default" and then the "set 32bit registry item" to make 32bit WMP the default player. There is NO performance difference between the two players but 64bit is NOT supported by many codecs.

For Flac tag support, get WmpTagExtender and install it. Make sure it's enabled in WMP, go to Options in WMP, plug-in tab, click Background and it should show in there with a checkmark, check it if it's unchecked.

Now you need to re-scan your library so Flac will show, WMP should do this automatically but make sure.

Hope this helps.
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