Since I keep using the PC as the main source of music, it is natural that I care to know about new players, especially when they claim to improve the listening experience.
I read at the home page of QuuxPlayer (a rather strange if not ‘ugly’ name) that this Windows audio player “is designed to make the important part of all of music – the listening experience – a pleasure instead of an afterthought. You can get to the music you want to hear quickly and easily, even with libraries of 100,000 tracks or more. All with outstanding sound quality. And without unnecessary stuff like skins, addons, on-line stores, limited formats, and marketing gimmicks that compromise the listening experience. QuuxPlayer is simple enough to get started right away, but when you’re ready it will support you with a rich set of features like advanced automatic playlist rules and a 30 band equalizer.”
Does this sound a little bit arrogant? Yes or no, the main thing is that QuuxPlayer adds nothing in terms of sound quality to Winamp, or Foobar, or even to the default Windows Media Player, but, in some cases, it takes away a lot, since add-ons are not that useless as the author suggests.
On the contrary, many of the addons of Winamp or of Foobar are crucial, such as the kernel streaming ones, bypassing completely the Windows mixing system and streaming bit to bit exact information to the input of the DAC. QuuxPlayer can co-operate with ASIO (I have not tested that), but it is known that especially ASIO can be a cause of trouble instead of a solution.
Although QuuxPlayer is not an improvement in terms of sound quality, it is not even as flexible as Winamp. All in all, a decent free player, with some nice secondary features, as is the spectrum analyzer, a player that can not by any means replace Winamp or even Foobar.