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The Best Audio Player For Mac

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Read definitive guide by audio software developer Yuri Korzunov about:
• free and commercial hi res audio player software apps on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and other [computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets],
• online for audiophiles,
• Frequently Answered Questions,
• what is the best music player app,
• supported formats (WAV, FLAC, DSD [DSF, DFF, SACD ISO], MQA, m4a, ..) and others.

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The Best Audio Player For Mac
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I chose to download the VLC media player to my Mac (it's free) because it's capable of 24/96 and 24/192 native hi-res output. The VLC player can be downloaded here. As an alternative to VLC, you. Clementine player is an outstanding music tool famous for its support for Google Drive, Dropbox, Spotify, and Grooveshark tracks. It supports all most popular audio formats and gives an advanced music library management. Pros: Clementine is a great choice for those who like to listen to podcasts and want to stream music from their cloud accounts.

High-resolution audio player software

Hi res music player software for audiophiles (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, online) for WAV, FLAC, DSD (DSF, DFF, SACD ISO, DoP), MQA, m4a, ..

WARNING: This table can contain errors. It is not an offer or advertising. We are not affiliated with listed products. We guarantee nothing. If you found wrong information, contact us, please. To get exact information, contact with the software developers and/or vendors.
Supported sample rate and bit depth may depend on a file format.

Audio playerOperation systemLicenseSupported file typesSample rateDAC interfaceDescription

Audio players Windows, Mac, Linux

AIMP Windows FreeCDA, AAC, ac3, APE, DTS, FLAC, m4a, ogg, mp3, WAV, WMA, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other, web radio DirectSound, ASIO, WASAPI
Album Player Windows Free WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, ALAC, AIFF, TAK, MP3, MP4, OGG, CD, DSD, DVD-A, otherASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASAPI
Amarok Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac Free
Amarra Luxe Windows, Mac CommercialDSF, mp3, AAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, streaming service, otherDSD to PCM
Audiogate Windows, MacDSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, BWF, WMA, ALAC, mp3, other up to DSD128 DAC limitation for the software activation
Audirvana Mac, Windows Commercial DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WavPack, APE, MQA, streaming service, otherDoP, DSD to PCM Windows 10 compatible
Audacious Linux, BSD, Windows Free
Channel-D Pure Music Mac Commercial up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD128DSD to PCM, DoP, streamingGapless and memory playback
Daphile Run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory Free DSF, PCM up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD512 Music server. Stereo only
Foobar2000(with sacd input plugin) Windows Free DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, FLAC, WAV, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, AAC, other up to DSD512ASIO, DSD to PCM
Fostex Audio Player Windows, Mac Free DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, AIFF, ALAC up to DSD128, up to 192 kHz / 24 bitASIO, DoP Demands certain playback hardware
Gom Audio Windows Free cda, MPL, mp3, ogg, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV, m4a, WavPack, AIFF, DSF, DFF
iTunes Mac, Windows FreeWAV, ALAC, AAC, mp3, AIFF, CD-audio
JRiver Windows, Mac, Linux CommercialDSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, mp3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, otherASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD Gapless playback
Hi-Res Audio Player Windows DSD, PCM Require certain hardware
HQ Player Windows, Mac, Linux Commercial DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF), CD-audio, FLAC, AIFF, other up to DSD1024DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP
Hysolid Windows Free DSF, WAV, FLAC up to DSD256, up to 384 kHzASIO, DoPWASAPI To work on music server PC with smartphone app control
Logitech Media Server Windows, Mac, Linux PCM, DoP PCM files Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP Need additional hardware and pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files. How to adjust and use the software.
Media Player Classic Windows Free PCM, DSF, DFF
MusicBee Windows FreeASIO, WASAPI
moOde audio player To run on Raspberry Pi Free Here information about DSD settings
Pine Player Mac Free mp3, FLAC, APE, AAC, m4a, WAV, AIFF, ogg, WMA, DSD, SACD ISO, other up to 768 kHz / 32 bit
Resonic Player Windows Free, Commercial WAV, AIFF, FLAC, WMA, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, MID, DSF, DFF, other up to DSD512
Roon Windows, Mac;
the server on Windows, Mac, Linux
Commercial Audio files and streaming serviceBit-perfect, DSD to PCM The server may be installed on network area storage (NAS)
TEAC HR Audio Player Windows, Mac Free DSF, DFF, PCM up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bitASIO, DoP
Technics Audio Player Windows, Mac DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, ALAC, AIFF

up to DSD128,
up to 384 kHz / 32bit

USB driver Read the software license agreement about using limitations
Volumio

Run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other

Free MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, ALAC, DSD UPNP DLNA, Airplay, DoP Open source music server
VLC Windows, Mac, Linux, other Free mp3, AAC, MLP / TrueHD, DTS, WMA, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, ATRAC 3, WavPack, APE, WAV, other
Vox Mac Free DSF, WAV, AIFF, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, mp3, other, network radio
XMMS Unix Free
Wtfplay Linux Free WAV, FLAC, DSF

up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental,
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit

DoP

Audio players Android and iOS (mobile applications)

AIMPAndroid Free APE, mp3, WAV, ogg, AAC, FLAC, mp4, m4a, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other
Amarra PlayiOS (iPhone, iPad) Free, In-App Purchases AIFF, AIFC, MP3, ALAC, FLAC, MQA MQA Decode up to 96 kHz with Amarra Luxe license No DSD. Amarra Luxe unlocks some features. Amarra Play must be running on the same wireless network as the computer
FiiO MusicAndroid, iOS Free DSD, PCM up to 384 kHz / 24 bit Raw DSD output Support HWA (LHDC) Bluetooth transmission
Foobar2000Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack Gapless playback, playback / downloading music from UPnP media servers
HibyMusicAndroid, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Free DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, M4A, AAC, mp3, ogg up to DSD256,
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
net driver (Dropbox / DLNA / LAN) native DSD, DoP, DSD to PCM
Hi-Res music player-NePLAYERiOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) Commercial ALAC, FLAC, WAV, mp3, AAC, HE-AAC, DSF, DFF up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bitDSD to PCM, DoP Check DSD replay issues at the online store page
HYSOLIDAndroid, iOS Free WAC, FLAC, DSD up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz ASIO, WASAPI, DoP, native DSD Music server control application
Neutron Music PlayerAndroid, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Commercial mp3, ogg, FLAC, AC3, AAC, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, ALAC, APE, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, other, DSD UPnP / DLNA, USB DAC, DoP, native DSD, DSD to PCM There is evaluation version 'Neutron Music Player (Eval)' on Android
Onkyo HF PlayerAndroid, iOS Free, In-App Purchases DSF, DFF, mp3, ALAC, AAC, WAV, AIFF up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz AOA 2.0, DoP, DSD to PCM Some limitations of the free version. Sample rate depends on the format and In-App purchases.
TEAC HR Audio PlayerAndroid, iOS Free, In-App Purchases FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, ogg, DSF, DFF up to DSD256, up to 384 kHzDoP, DSD to PCM
USB Audio Player PROAndroid Commercial WAV, FLAC, ogg, mp3, AIFF, AAC, m4a, APE, DFF, DSF, other up to 384 kHz / 32 bitDoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback
VLCAndroid, iOS (iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch) Free ogg, FLAC, WavPack, AAC, other
Vox Free, In-App Purchases FLAC, ALAC, mp3, DSD, other

Online audio players (hi-resolution streaming services)

High Res Audio Free trial, Commercial up to 24 bit
Primephonic Free trial, Commercial up to 24 bit
PrimeSeat Free trial, Commercial PCM, DSD up to 11.2 MHz
Qobuz Free trial, Commercial up to 192 kHz / 24 bitstreaming and downloads according to purchased plan
Tidal PC/Mac, web-player, iOS, Android Free trial, Commercial FLAC 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, MQA supported with audio players (details)

Online audio players (streaming services)

Amazon Prime Music Free trial Allow listening online and offline
Apple Music Free trial Music platform
Datpiff Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
Google Play Music Free trial Music platform with the store. Offline listening is available
Jamendo Music Free trial Audio platform for musicians and music discovering. Free and paid stuff
Noisetrade Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
ReverbNation Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
SoundCloud Audio platform for musicians and music discovering
Spotify Music platform
Яндекс Музыка Free, Commercial Music site 'Yandex Music'. Offline listening is available

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What is the best hi-res audio player software

Which high-resolution audio player has the best sound quality is your personal choice rather. Some audio players may playback qualitative audio files without altering (bit-perfect). In general, there is no matter, that player is use for it, but some nuances are there. Below how to make the choice is discussed.

Sound quality

Playback modes

An audio player may works in 2 base modes (depend on the software abilities):

  1. bit-perfect (transmitting data from an audio file to DAC without altering);
  2. processing mode (resampling, room correction and other).

In bit-perfect mode, the sound quality is defined by DAC and next audio devices.
This mode consumes minimal computing resources and is desirable for non-powerful computers.

Processing mode sound quality depends on the player and/or processing plug-in.
This mode may consume many computing resources (more quality = more resources), and, sometimes, can't work at lower-performance computers. Also, this mode consumes more electrical energy for calculations and cooling, than a bit-perfect one.
When fans work in intensive mode, they cause more noise.

Read also: How to improve sound quality >

Gapless playback

Best

Some albums (operas, live concerts, etc.) should be played back as a continuous stream.

Some players can begin the next song without DAC re-initialization.
This ability is called as Gapless playback.
It may be applied for as bit-perfect as processed modes (see 'Playback modes').

Also played back audio files may be pre-converted in gapless mode too.
This mode has a sense when audio files are resampled or DSD files are processed.
Gapless conversion has a sense, when the audio player works in gapless mode.

ASIO

ASIO is a kind of audio drivers by audio interface vendors, that provide low latency and use of specific properties of the audio interface. ASIO SDK (programming tools) is provided by Steingberg.

As rule, ASIO driver is provided together with a sound device. Specific functionality management is supported via a special software control panel.

There is universal ASIO-driver ASIO4All. But, as rule, DAC-vendor driver is more recommended.

Latest MacOS versions use their builtin drivers (Core Audio) instead ASIO. So, you no need special drivers to works with a DAC. However, audio device vendors may provide Mac's ASIO drivers for some devices.

Read more:

  • How to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >

WASAPI

WASAPI is builtin Windows drivers to direct access to audio interface without operating system processings. May be used instead of ASIO.

WASAPI may use exclusive access to an audio interface to render sound stream directly to the DAC's audio buffer without mixing of audio streams from several applications. So, no operating system's audio processing is there.

Native DSD

Native DSD is sending DSD audio stream from audio file to DSD DAC without conversion to PCM.

ASIO drivers under Windows may support it. Under the latest MacOS version, DSD audio stream should be packed in DoP format. The packing is lossless. Also, DoP format may be used on Windows.

Read more:

  • How to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >

DSD to PCM

DSD audio stream may not be played on PCM DAC. Before sending the stream to the DAC, this stream should be converted to PCM.

It consumes processing resources. In the general case, better sound quality depends on amount of computing resources.

Some computers may have a lack of computing power to realtime DSD to PCM conversion. It may be solved via offline DSD to PCM conversion. Also, it saves free space at hard disk (HDD) of an audio player (allow more songs on the disk). It may be very useful for portable/mobile devices.

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Functionality

One of the widespread demands to players are:

  • album artwork displaying;
  • text metadata displaying;
  • search in song database;
  • web radio/streaming playback.

Audio player software F.A.Q.

Can Windows Media Player play high-resolution audio?

Yes. Windows Media player is capable to play high resolution audio files. If your file iss not played back, you can try other players..

Do audio players have different sound quality?

It depends on the mode of playback. In bit-perfect mode, a music player app just transports audio data from a sound file to DAC without audio processing.

When audio player software process audio data (resample, alter bit depth, apply dithering, EQ, etc.), it causes different distortion levels. If consider psychoacoustics, distortions may have a different character, which also impacts the final perception of the distortions. Also, the interaction of the distortions with a playback system (DAC, amplifier, speakers) is matter.

EXAMPLE

Some apparatus can cause the audible level of intermodulation distortions, that generated by ultrasound components.

Practically it can cause audible noise.

You can:

  • try low sample rate 44.1 kHz, or
  • apply ultrasound cut in hi-res audio file.

Watch and share: How to remove noise into hi res audio file

General recommendation:

  • Do a sound check of different players in various modes and audio resolutions on your music equipment. Read details..

Does hi-res audio sound better? Is hi-res audio better than CD?

Hi res audio allowing solve some issues of analog filters of ADC or DAC. But actual result is matter of implementation of an audio equipment and software. Read definitive guide..

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What is the best music player for Windows 10?

As rule, it's personal choise.

  • Read common rules how to choose the best audio player..
  • Try and choose own player..

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Where can I buy high resolution music?

See list of sites with high-resolution audio..


Does memory playback improve audio quality?

Memory playback doesn't improve 'transparency'. But the mode can get rid of pauses if file played from slow/overload network or album player in gapless mode.

Do gapless playback is helpful?

If an audio player re-initialize DAC, it can cause quiet clicks.

When files played back without re-initializing, there is no kind of clicks.

Do computer digital hardware interface (HDMI, USB, SPDIF, etc.), its cables impact sound quality?

Digital audio interfaces don't impact sound quality, which may be defined as 'sound transparency'.

Also, digital interfaces have sample rate and bit depth limitations.

Operating system built-in driver can additionally process sound and impact to sound quality.

But pauses, clicks, serial interruptions are possible when an audio interface doesn't work properly (poor cables, grounding, shielding; hardware issues, etc.).

General recommendations:

  • Buy thick cables in the mid or higher price range. It is fairly for longer cables especially.
  • Ferrite rings/barrels can give some advantages. But it's recommended, that measurement tools are used.

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Do analog audio cables impact to sound quality?

Analog inter-module cables (linear inputs and outputs) can impact the noise floor, crosstalk and frequency response.

General recommendation:

  • If you hear the hum at 50 Hz or multiple frequencies (power high voltage network), try to use other analog cables or use digital inter-module connection instead.

Is jitter a real issue for audio playback?

DAC clock source can impact to analog output jitter of a digital-to-analog converter . But all other factors, including memory playback, cables and interfaces - no. Read details..

General recommendations:

  • Don't bother about jitter, when DAC is clocked by its internal source.
  • Don't use synchronization by SPDIF digital audio input.

What is the best audio format for sound quality?

To achieve maximal sound quality, lossless audio file formats are recommended: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, DSF, DFF, SACD ISO. Read details..

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What is 24 bit / 192 kHz audio?

The best audio player for mac os x

It is resolution audio with sample rate 192 kHz and bit depth 24 bit in PCM format (modulation). Read details..

Is WAV better than FLAC?

In audio resolution 384 kHz/32 bit and lesser, there is no difference between FLAC and WAV by the sound quality. Watch video..

If you need a higher resolution, WAV can provide it. When file size is more 4 GB, WAV RF64 format may be applied.

Read details about:

  • WAV;
  • FLAC.

Is DSD better than FLAC?

Both DSD and FLAC are high-resolution formats, that try solve issues of 44.1 kHz / 16 bit. But, actual result depend on implemengtation of your audio system. Read details..

Is MQA better than FLAC?

MQA is high qualitative lossy format, as the author know. FLAC is lossless format, providing output sound quality absolutely identical source. MQA provides better file-size comression ratio. Read details..

Can VLC play hi-res audio?

Yes, VLC can play hi-res audio. However, as the author know, VLC don't support DSD formats.


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October 10, 2020 updated since December 7, 2018

There is certainly no dearth of third-party video Players for Mac. But the best players is certainly the one that supports the maximum number of video formats, is ad-free and with easy shortcuts.

We understand that it is not easy for to try your hands on each and every video player available on the app store. Therefore, we are listing 15 Best Video Players for Mac and their key features, so you can easily choose a video application less time.

Top Video Player Apps For Mac

1. Cisdem Video Player for Mac


If you are looking for a lightweight player which can play most video formats, then Cisdem video player is a great choice. What makes Cisdem Video Player superior is its capability to play high-quality video formats such as 4K or 1080p. It is also 100% free from any ads or spyware. The user interface is kept clean and simple making navigation quite easy.

2. VLC Media Player:

Let us start the list of best Mac video players with VLC. It is already known as the best video player for Windows and Android devices it is known for its user-friendly interface and because of its easy keyboard controls, it is very popular among the users. You can get this amazing video player for your Mac. It can also be used as a default player for DVDs or CDs. You can even choose from different skins and teams. Some of the popular playback formats are MKV, M4V, AVI, MPEG, MOV, WMV.

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3. RealPlayer:

Another best video player for Mac is a real player. It is one of the best known cross-platform video player. It offers many other user-friendly features such as locking videos with a Pin. You can also create fun videos and stories from the videos in your gallery. RealPlayer is known as the best player from the time we were using featured phones.

4. Plex:

Plex is more than a video player. Plex on your Mac can manage music TV shows photos live streaming having parental controls file sharing and many other amazing features. It is the best choice for the users who particularly want to stream videos from one device to another. It shows your videos and Music organized in a better way and you can quickly play them in just few clicks.

5. Watch This:

Watch this is an application which is mostly for those who often watch movies and TV shows. You can subscribe your favorite TV shows and get a notification whenever a new episode releases for the show subscribed by you. You may find some of the video formats not playing in this player but if you love to watch online videos then nothing will delight you more than this video player

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6. Elmedia Player:

The player is having its two versions available the free version and the pro version. Player is also having an ability to play online videos. It seamlessly plays HD videos and with this you can perform some basic edits to your videos such as noise reduction brightness and saturation control. If you love to watch video songs or love to play music on your Mac then Elmedia player gives you a 10-band equalizer.

7. 5Kplayer:

Another powerful media player focusing on playing almost all the available formats in the market is 5K player it is capable to play ultra HD 4k and 5k video content. If we talk about other abilities of this player then what you will like the most about this player is that it is capable to download videos from online video sites such as YouTube. It supports online radio stations such as BBC, heart planet rock etc. You can also use this app download Music from SoundCloud. This makes it one of the best Mac video player.

8. DivX Player:

This player delivers high quality playback for your video formats including AVI, DivX. MP4 and MKV it can be considered as the best video player to watch 4k videos. The player comes with a free 15-day trial of DivX plus converter. So, if you want to convert some of your favorite videos in a format which can run on any device then you can make use of 15 days free trial to do this.

Best Mp3 Player For Mac

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9. Movist:

Next in our list of best Mac video player is Movist it supports FFmpeg and subtitles. The player also allows you to do some General and Advanced settings. It is very useful for those who need to encode and decode Quicktime and FFmpeg formats. Tough in this player can play limited video formats for you and does not support apple remote but still if you are looking for a replacement for Quicktime player then it will be a better choice.

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10. MPlayerX:

Another video player which is best suited to those who love to watch online videos and movies. It automatically plays the next episode of the season you were watching. It can be controlled through Apple TV remote. For better audio experience, you can pair your Mack with home theater. If we talk about supported video formats then this player is capable enough to play video of almost every format.

11. NicePlayer For Mac

One of the most amazing Mac video player apps, NicePlayer is very powerful, and yet free for all. You can play songs, movies or any other video swiftly, which settles all over the screen and any border does not budge the attention. In fact, you get to queue the videos and create own playlist smartly.

12. IINA

Hey, modern Mac users, this video player for Mac is for you. Apart from having good GUI settings and user-friendliness, IINA supports features like Force Touch, Touch bar, Picture-in-Picture, etc. to cope with modern techniques. Most importantly, this Mac video player app can be customized in dark mode, and even lets you adjust colors, icons, textures and a unified look. Cool, isn’t it?

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13. QuickTime Player

Another cool video player for Mac, it exists as a one-in-all solution to watch different video files, DVDs, and much more. In fact, you can record videos quickly over here in a low-cost manner. Gamers especially love this software to get their gameplay footage, and its ease of use is simply worthy to keep in your Mac.

14. Brosoft Player For Mac

Play your favorite videos anytime using this video player for Mac, and enjoy additional features like bookmarking the video from a certain point, capture screenshots, get videos recorded. In case, you need tutorials, get them all here! The goodness doesn’t end here, it supports video files like Blu-Ray, 3D, MKV, MP4, etc. for utmost comfort. Plus, ISO files are directly supported without the need for any third-party app!

15. Leawo

Best Music Player For Mac 2018

Absolutely free of cost, Leawo is one of the best video players for Mac with a focus on Blu-ray, DVD, 4k HD player on the top. The quality of a video remains absolutely refined and provides excellent movie enjoyment experience overall. Its user-friendliness is worthy to note down along with screen capturing capacity and in-built power manager. Happy users, right?

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So, these were the best video players for Mac. We hope our list will help you figure the best for your Mac and get the best video playback for almost all formats.

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