What makes Foobar2000 the player of choice for those who search for the best audio rendering ?
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 would like to know what FLAC decoder is used. I'm also interested in the specs of the MP3 decoder.
I'm also a passionate music listener, I'm equipped with a very good sound card and a premium HiFi installation: modified NAD + JMlab Onyx speakers. Foobar2000 is known by the audio community in France, like on the other parts of the world it seems, as the best FLAC and WAV player on Windows.
To me, the quality with VLC is very good too, if not identical.
But I've experienced a little less quality with Winamp + FLAC plugin.