Old 22nd April 2010, 23:53   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK.
Posts: 3
Quadraphonic Output with Flac/MLP (Serious)

I have been an incredible champion of Winamp; I have a massive collection of lossless tracks (50K), most importantly around 10k of these are in Hi-Res and Quadraphonic and #5.1 format. Winamp was my player of choice for my HMPC (music, not theatre) it copes with a great database and with ASIO4ALL sounds great (I use XP Pro) - only problem is that, over a period I've been beginning to doubt the output from Winamp matches the source. Particularly with #4.0. Doubts initally crept in that it was the mlp decoder and I've had conversations (through other folk) that this had a design issue, so much so that the mlp plugin designer created test files for me and others to check my theories.
Anyway let's cut to the chase; I've been handed a master-tape that needs restoring, it is #4.0 with 4 distinct and discrete channels.
Only problem is on Winamp on 4 different PCs/soundcards it won't play back discrete; it is a blended sound.
So I suspected soundcards and drivers (although my editing software plays back each channel correctly). I have two Asus Xonar cards; and set these to 4 speakers, still an issue. Prodigy 192 same problem.
To test out whether this was my configuration, I DL'd Foobar; guess what - on all 4 PCs without changing hardware driver parameters, each card outputted correctly.
Proper #4.0.
So all, this is fundamental, as the basic in equals out of Winamp is lacking credibility.
Ideas please; BTW it is the same with wav.
lokkerman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th April 2010, 13:52   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK.
Posts: 3
Well I've tracked it down even further and I have another couple of questions:
What output driver should Winamp be using - Nullsoft Direct or WaveOutput?
How is the audio routed if ASIO4ALL is used?
How does this compare with Foobar?
lokkerman is offline   Reply With Quote
Go Back   Winamp & Shoutcast Forums > Winamp > Winamp Technical Support

flac, hi-res, mlp, output, quad

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump