the point of this thread is to get input on what everyone else thinks the best players are and why that way i and anyone else reading this gets a good idea of the various media player out there
Audio: winamp for its plugin support (eg: Matrix decoder) and easy integration with other software running on my HTPC. If foobar could be used with my HTPC (hint hint: remote wonder plugin for example) I might consider switching to it.Video: it used to be Media Player Classic, but one thing I have recently noticed is it is too forgiving What I mean is you could have a badly setup system and MPC will still work fine, which is great, but it means problems go unnoticed. I love its realaudio support though, and I still use it everyday on my 'normal' desktops.On my HTPC I have recently tested almost all available players and I have finally settled on Crystal Player which beats everything else by far. One of the nicest features is a great looking OSD in the hardware video overlay (which mean it is visible on TV). You have to try it to appreciate it.A note about ZoomPlayer: I must have tried using it more than a dozen times following people enthusiasm about it but was always disappointed; overcomplex configuration, does not scale and crop properly (you notice it when using the hardware video overlay), OSD not in the overlay.Video codecs: DivXG400 is a must to automatically resize and compensate for overscan, DVobSub is simply leagues ahead of anything else in term of the quality of its subtitle rendering engine, the latest DivX (Mahini) decoder has a fantastic feature with automatic Post-Processing adjustments, Nic's Xvid decoder has some good post-processing as well.
Video playback....ahhhh, Windows Media Player 9 (not bad, the video perfomance is very good compared to winamp)