Audio players are able to play recordings that were made before. Hardware players can be either analog or digital but it is even possible to playback music with software. To ensure a good playback, the player needs to be of very high quality! It will probably be the first device in your audio setup and if the audio isn’t played right, it will reduce the pleasure to listen to your music. But first, make sure that the recording you are going to play has the best possible quality. Since we offer only digital high resolution audio files we will mostly stick to the digital domain.
Most audio players are capable of playing different types of files like MP3, WAV and FLAC. Even DSD-files are being increasingly supported. There are several players that are able to play surround audio files. If you are deciding to buy an audio player you have to bear in mind which type file you are willing to play, since not every file type is supported in every audio player. Most players have memory on board to store audio files but it is also possible that a player only streams audio from your server. In that case you have to use an external storage device like an NAS-server. Other players only read CDs and DVDs to playback music.