I have been listening to JRiver Media Center
on Windows for almost two years and have been a happy customer. JRiver on Windows is extensively reviewed
Now that an early release of JRiver is available on the Mac
, I thought I would take the opportunity to compare the sound quality between the two JRiver music players.
Similar to how I compared JRiver to JPlay
, I am using the following test methods and tools to compare SQ:
- Using Audacity (or any digital audio editing software) to digitally record the output from JRiver on both Mac and Windows. Then by editing and lining up the track samples, inverting one of the tracks, and mixing them together, we will see what audio signal is left over (i.e. the difference file) and whether it is subjectively audible.
- Using Audio DiffMaker, that is purpose built software for audio differencing tests, to analyze the two recordings, which also produces a difference file that can be listened to and subjectively evaluated.
- Using Foobar’s ABX Comparator to listen to each recorded track and determine which one sounds different or subjectively better.