Jplay : Wow

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This is my first post on WBS, but I could not contain my enthusiasm.
This weekend I downloaded both JRiver and JPLAY. JPLAY can now plug into JRiver (17 edition). You can do both for free to try them. I was previously using Media Monkey with Windows 7.
All I can say is wow! I usually listen to vinyl with a smattering of digital. I can listen to vinyl for hours without listening fatigue, but I usually get itchy after 30 minutes of digital.
With JRiver/JPLAY, I am able to listen for hours without any digital fatigue!!
The sound is more natural, no edge, bigger space between instruments, larger soundstage, etc, etc, etc.
Give it a try for free.
I purchased both: JRiver $49.95. and JPLAY 99 euros.
 

audioguy

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I've been in Rich's room: Custom and dedicated room; Magico's, Spectral, dCS stack. It is pretty amazing. The server he is referring to (but using Media Monkey previously) is the one that got me to sell my older server and switch to his. When we compared that configuration to his then existing transport (dCS), the server was the clear winner.

If this is that much better, I can see why he said "wow".

I will sure be giving it a try. (A $50 product? Is that even allowed to be discussed here :rolleyes:)
 

rbbert

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.... I will sure be giving it a try. (A $50 product? Is that even allowed to be discussed here :rolleyes:)
But it's really the ~$150 product (JPlay) which is likely the winner here
 
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I am not a computer geek, but I do believe in the high quality of server based audio. The "readers digest" explanation is that JPLAY allows your PC computer to deliver the highest quality digital signal to your DAC. It gets Windows 7 out of the way and prevents Windows from corrupting the signal. If you use a PC for computer audio, it is pretty simple to download the software and get up and running in just a few minutes. Also, the guy who invented it is really helpful if you have any problems.
 

Steve Williams

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Yes, it is a plug in for JRiver and a few others. It can, however, be used by itself , but the user interface is not as cool as JRiver.
I emailed the developer and asked him to take a look at this thread.
Thanks for doing that
 

Ron Party

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Yes, it is a plug in for JRiver and a few others. It can, however, be used by itself , but the user interface is not as cool as JRiver.
How does this impact one's ability to use an iPad (or other device) to remotely control JRiver? IOW, what is it that the user sees on the iPad?
 
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This is software? What can this do that other media players can't do or simply why is this better??
Yes, it is software that can be run on its own or it can plug into JRiver or Foobar. I run JRiver like I would without JPLAY and the interface is the same as plain JRiver. It is better because it sounds better. Why does it sound better? Remember, I'm not a computer geek, but I'll do my best.
Just like ASIO, WASAPI, etc. improve the audio in a "Windows" system, JPLAY also improves the audio in a "Windows" based system. It just does a better job at it. It apparently shuts down almost all other computer processes so they cannot interfere with sound reproduction. It also has a "Hibernate" mode which is the ultimate computer shutdown and the best sound reproduction. The problem is that you cannot control the computer while in Hibernate mode. You need to decide what you want to listen to, then let it ride.
 
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Thanks for your response. I am running XP so I will have to wait until I upgrade my operating system . Why the emphasis on latency?? Why is that an issue during playback??

Rob:)
 
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Thanks for your response. I am running XP so I will have to wait until I upgrade my operating system . Why the emphasis on latency?? Why is that an issue during playback??
Yes, you need Windows 7.
I have no idea about the latency issue. I have asked the developer to look at this thread and comment.

Rich
 

rbbert

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That's an incredibly unhelpful and unscientific response to a reasonable question, and wrong as well. Different music players are no more equivalent than any other software of a given type.