It rings bell to me because it sounds same as FUBAR.
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Player software makes perhaps the single biggest difference in how music streamed from the internet sounds. Anything and everything both good and bad is possible depending on the software used to stream. It's even a bigger divergence potential than with record players running the gamut in sound quality from the cheapest ceramic cart players to the finest setups possible.
You want to go with software that others with diverse listening experience find to have good quality as well documented in various sites and forums.
Or use a device designed for high quality music streaming from top to bottom already like Bluesound, older Squeezebox, Plex, Sonos or many others that target the home audio or a/v consumer base specifically.
>> It's even a bigger divergence potential than with record players running the gamut in sound quality from the cheapest ceramic cart players to the finest setups possible. <<
Sorry, I ain't buying this. The differences between player software are marginal at best. Comparing a cheap-o Close N Play and a $100,000 turntable and cartridge rig to the differences in file streaming players is the worst sort of hyperbole. Please stop the ridiculous verbiage...
Have you tried them all? With all possible configuration options?
Choose your analogy but I can assure you as a software/systems engineer with many years of experience that anything is possible and the specific reasons why there is a difference in any particular case may be buried in the implementation and never be known.
What one finds in practice may well be less divergent. Sticking to programs/devices designed to sound good is the best way to avoid clunkers. Same as buying better gear from makers that design with the goal of good sound in mind.
Mediamonkey is probably the worst I have heard so far but I have only listened to a handful via my main system where the differences can be easily heard.
With Foobar, they do tell you that you'll hear no difference between players. This is right from their web site.
"Does foobar2000 sound better than other players?
No. Most of sound quality differences people hear are placebo effect (at least with real music), as actual differences in produced sound data are below their noise floor (1 or 2 last bits in 16bit samples). foobar2000 has sound processing features such as software resampling or 24bit output on new high-end soundcards, but most of the other mainstream players are capable of doing the same by now."
I can hear differences between players, so I stopped using Foobar. A statement like that says to me, that they're not even going to try for better quality.