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It does sound like some component is misbehaving. Googling for the watermark detector name suggests it is also a watermark eliminator. Try disabling that component as a start.

Also check your output device selection. If there has been some mishappening and the device dropdown has nothing selected the player most likely won't work right.

If neither of these help make a test portable install without any third party components and test your multichannel FLACs there. If it's a configuration or component issue everything should work properly.

There is no built-in way to adjust levels per-channel. But you can do that with at least Matrix Mixer.
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Good info on the LDAC.  I wonder if it will really take off, as I think that, despite the future Android support, I'm not sure what problem it is solving.  If you want higher resolution, it seems that cast and airplay are already in place and have the solid backing of lots of influential players.
It's solving the problem of Sony not having a proprietary format to push in this decade. Joking aside, it's not so much a direct competition to Airplay/Cast, since it's a BT codec, you don't need WiFi. It's a direct competition to aptX. Both are proprietary codecs that work through A2DP. BT in general also has much less latency than Airplay/Cast, both of which are impossible to do for video (unless you're streaming video/audio together), so for instance, no video watching on your phone and sound playing on your Airplay/Cast speaker. And forget about games. BT sometimes can support even games. Dunno if LDAC has any improvements on latency, but aptX has a low-latency codec, unfortunately I'm not sure if it's that popular. I've only seen one super crappy noisy as hell adapter that I bought and returned at Amazon.

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Why would you want 96 kHz/24 bit music to be played through a portable speaker that, due to its portability, has to make all sorts of compromises?
Personally, I don't care about "hi-res" audio, but Sony is pushing it relatively hard. I don't like that marketing part of it, but on the other hand they are coming out with interesting products that not many other brands are, like their portable Cast speakers. I'm mildly interested in LDAC not for the "hi-res", but for the much higher bitrate than regular SBC. I would rather them concentrate in reducing latency though, than silly hi-res marketing that should have died in the 90's.

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My hunch is that the portable audio community will work out the network routing implicit with needing a common access point for wifi, and that is much easier to solve than introduction of a new bluetooth codec.
There is WiFi Direct, but from what I've found myself, it's a mess. More miss than hit, to be honest. And I'm pretty sure its main feature, being able to stay connected to a WiFi access point and at the same time connecting via WiFi Direct to another device, requires hardware support that I don't think any current phone has (that I know of).

PS: btw, I don't remember where I got that the XB3 supported aptX, apparently it doesn't. I know some of the older speakers did, like the x7, but the newer ones like my x77 stopped supporting it in favor of their own proprietary codec. Just Sony being Sony.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Library Tree Discussion
Last post by Axonn -
That's a pretty nice tool. Thank you! :). However, it's just a workaround. I am still wondering if the WilB has a better source somewhere. If not, I'm cool with that! :).

One more thing: do you know any other JSPanel components? Is there a repository for updated components (that work with the latest JSPanel)? I already have the "Smooth series" (br3tt). I'm trying to find more samples to look at :).
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What I have left with me now is a Bryston 3B ST(a power amp)and a pair of Bohlender & Graebener Z-7 loudspeakers. So I need :
A.)A source(DAC+CD player. A player is important because I still use CDs)
2.)A pre-amp


1.)Is it true that modern source and amps are all sounding more similar than different with each other?

Depends what you call modern. Amps started sounding pretty much alike after the second or third generation of SS amps, which would be in the 1980s at the latest.  Vinyl playback gear always sounded different and AFAIK it still does due to inhernent technical limitations.  Reasonably good CD players always sounded alike, and the general run of CD player started being good in the late 1980s. The price of a good CD player then started going down and down, with the result that it is hard to buy one that has poor enough audio to sound different, outside of some very high priced boutique items that are designed to sound different, which is to say in general, worse.  These days you can't find CD players very easily, and in fact your garden variety ca. $100 Blue Ray (BD) player sounds as good as anything. But watch it, many don't even have analog outputs.  The common interconnect of 2017 is HDMI.

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What's a good option for me?

1.A receiver as a preamp+DAC and some cheap player with a digital out.

This  can work. The cheapest player will probably be a BD player with just a HDMI output, but the AVR (modern receiver) will have HDMI inputs, so this will work for audio and also audio/video.

Your existing speakers can work with the AVR.

Sell the Bryston and you might get enough cash to fund all of the new gear.
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Support - (fb2k) / Re: Change Text in the Title Bar
Last post by darkflame23 -
Menu: File - Preferences - Display - Default User Interface - Playback State Display Formatting - Window

Add whatever syntax you'd like, et voila!
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Support - (fb2k) / Change Text in the Title Bar
Last post by JohnTravolski -
Is there any way to change the text that appears in the title bar of the window for Foobar2000?  I'm on Windows 10, and here's a picture of what I mean:



It seems to display information based on some of the tags of the song.  However, is there any way to change which tags are shown and in what order?  Would it also be possible to show the filename in the title bar?
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Biography Discussion
Last post by jazzthieve -
New Version: JScript Biography 0.7.3

CHANGELOG

ADD: Display of last.fm statistics (scrobbles, listeners) where available, in last.fm web page format (to maintain language support). Shown at end of text. Their display can be disabled in panel properties ("Statistics Last.fm...").

Awesome, thanks.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Biography Discussion
Last post by WilB -
New Version: JScript Biography 0.7.3

CHANGELOG

ADD: Display of last.fm statistics (scrobbles, listeners) where available, in last.fm web page format (to maintain language support). Shown at end of text. Their display can be disabled in panel properties ("Statistics Last.fm...").

ADD: Text display options to panel properties. "Text Spacing Pad", can be used to adjust line spacing and "Text Align Always Top".

@aeidein. Rating can be displayed on a separate line or embedded in the text or shown in the heading. Set with " Rating..." in panel properties. You can choose the display mode, e.g. set as image only or text only (menu or middle click). Setting applies to both artist and album views - I have no plans to change that behaviour. The "Layout Outer Padding Text Bottom" can affect the top space since the text block including the heading is normally vertically centered - so it spaces equi-distant top / bottom if the pads are the same. I've added an option to always top align the text which will stop that behaviour (see above). You will only see a change in text only mode or in dual image + text mode with right / left layout (in dual top / bottom layouts the image is sized so that the text is a flush fit). Regarding line spacing, I've added that option as well (see above). There's also "Heading Metrics..." in panel properties that does what it says.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: YouTube Track Manager Discussion
Last post by WilB -
New Version: YouTube Track Manager 3.9.1

CHANGELOG

Minor changes to YouTube 'Preference' filter. Can now choose which fields it should check. Choice of Uploader, Title & Description. Recommendation is Uploader and Title; Description may lack specificity with certain keywords like "lyric". "ADV.YouTube 'Preference' Verbose Log..." is now more informative.

@MojoBass
It seems to be working as intended. I think the console output was a bit ambiguous before & you interpreted it incorrectly. The console in the new version should be better. It can show which preference keyword is matched.
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Audio Hardware / Re: Some questions about modern hi-fi systems
Last post by Porcus -
How many sources? If there are only a couple, then maybe not even a preamp or AVR - what about a computer and active speakers?
(I use that ... and pretend that it is not from the MQA BS guy.)