Media Players

Tried a couple of players using my smart phone.
As I am into classical, I want to play compositions not albums or random tracks.

Titles in classical are in general descriptive and therefore long.
The simple question is can you read them?

 

Composer

When I started using my phone as a media player around 2010, support for the composer tag was poor.
Today a lot of media players do support this tag.
Next question: what happen if you filter using a composer.
Often you get a list of tracks ordered by number so all tracks 1, then all tracks 2, etc.
What you need of course are albums as search result.

Custom tags

I use a custom tags like Opus, Composition, Movement, Year composed.

In general they are not supported. A lot of media players simply use the Android's media server so no custom tags.

Hires

For a log time each and everyboody was enyoing his audio on the mobile. Now that streaming audio services are switching to lossless audio, peo-ple got interested in bit perfect play back.
Most of the time, the simple answer is that your Android devices runs at 48 kHz (the standard for video). No way a user can change this, there is no sound panel in Android like the Win Audio panel or the OSX audio midi.
However, audio players can bypass this default.
Some phones do have DAC's capable of more than 16 bit 48 kHz only. Almost all USB DAC's do 16/24 bit 44.1 kHz - 192 kHz or even higher sample rates. Obvious, buying a USB DAC is not sufficient, you need a media player that buypasses the Android default.

 

Media players supporting Hires

 

USB Audio Player Pro (UAPP) €7,49

 

PCM: 32-bit at 384kHz

DSD over DOP

HiBy Music

An app by HiBy claiming  to support direct USB audio output on Android 

Neutron Music Player

It supports Android, iOS, Windows

Hi-Res Audio support:

  • Devices with on-board Hi-Res Audio DACs
  • Direct output to USB DAC (via USB OTG adapter, up to 32-bit, 768 kHz)

Onkyo HF Player for Android

It support

  • MP3, AAC (up to 48 kHz)
  • DSF/DSD-IFF (2.8 MHz/3 MHz/5.6 MHz/6 MHz/11.2 MHz, PCM conversion, DoP)
  • FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, Ogg-Vorbis (up to 192 kHz)

Note: Audio with a sampling rate exceeding 88.2 kHz is downsampled to 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz.

You need the paid version to unlock the capability to play up tom 24 bit / 352.8 kHz