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PlayerABX Tool - Foobar2000 vs XMPlay, ABX GUI Tool that silently plays songs in two players
Did PlayerDoes XMPlay or Foobar2000 give better quality sound?
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post Feb 10 2013, 09:02
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This tool allows double-blind playing of the same songs in two different players. Please participate in this Double-blind ABX listening test to compare Foobar2000 1.2.2 vs XMPlay 3.7. You must choose 10 audio files in the interface - listen to each audio file in two anonymous players - and then make a radio selection as to which sounded better to you.

The tool was written in AutoHotKey Classic - and so you can view the code yourself to see what it does. If you have AutoHotkey installed - you can run the .AHK file, or if you don't have AutoHotKey installed you can run the compiled .EXE file.

XMPlay 3.7 and Foobar2000 1.2.2 are to be included in subfolders. Both programs are launched to the tray and produce no popups when playing songs via this tool - so as to provide double-blind compliance. From the author's original files, the following changes have been made to support double-blind operation:
1. XMPlay.ini is modified to add the line "NoReg=1" to make it into portable mode and "TitleTray=0" to disable tray bubble notifications for blind playing and "AutoAmp=0" to disable ReplayGain.
2. XMPlay Directsound plug-in has been installed into XMPlay to match Foobar2000's default DirectSound output.
3. Foobar2000 Preferences>Shell Integration>"Bring to front when adding new files" has been unticked.

Please post your results. This tool can also very easily be modified to perform double-blind tests between other players as well. My goal was to find the best sounding audio player for Windows - and I believe XMPlay is it according to my tests. If you believe there is a better sounding audio player than XMPlay then this tool can be modified (the .AHK source is included) for that player as well. Please post your results and lets verify what the best sounding audio player for Windows is.

Download: PlayerABX-Foobar-vs-XMPlay.zip (3.25MB)

This post has been edited by robertcollier4: Feb 10 2013, 09:58
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post Feb 11 2013, 20:58
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You need to demonstrate that there is a difference between expressing an opinion and simply guessing before you can even begin to suggest this ridiculousness is somehow qualitative.

EDIT: Thank you for taking my suggestion seriously. My apologies for piling on. I do question whether there should be an open poll until you have this issue worked-out, however.

This post has been edited by greynol: Feb 11 2013, 21:09

I should publish a list of forum idiots.
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