While many Mac users just opt to use iTunes, things are different on Windows. While Microsoft's operating system has always offered built-in options like Windows Media Player (known just as Media Player in Windows 11) or the now-defunct Groove Music, Windows users are more likely to search for their own preferred music player.
However, if you're an audiophile, the search gets trickier. Try searching for a music player that supports hi-res audio in FLAC, MQA, or DSD format, and your options are slim. This is why we've rounded up the best hi-res music player apps for Windows.
If you have your PC hooked up to a quality Hi-Fi system, Hysolid could be exactly what you're looking for. This isn't traditional media player software. Instead, it transforms your PC into a music player that you control with your iOS device (there is an Android app, but it's broken). Just kick back on the couch, pick the music you want to hear, and your PC plays it over your Hi-Fi system. You don't even need to sign in to Windows.
If Amarra Luxe seems familiar, it's because it also earned a place on our list of the best hi-res music player apps for macOS. This is a premium music player, and as such it isn't cheap, but it is packed with features. It also supports key hi-res formats, including FLAC, MQA, and DSD. Unfortunately, MQA is currently only supported on macOS.
One of the most popular music players for Windows, Foobar2000 is practically a household name. The interface is a little dated, but this app is fast, configurable, and perhaps most importantly, free. While it's not the only free player on this list, it is the only one that resembles a traditional lightweight media player.
While most examples of hi-res music player software focus on sound quality alone, Roon focuses on something else. The developers say that something has been lost in the transition to digital music. To bring back the feeling of engagement you'd get from poring over liner notes, Roon aims to present a searchable magazine of your music.
Finding the right hi-res music player app is great, but it doesn't mean much if you don't have hi-res music to listen to. These apps will play your MP3 collection as well, but if you've got a great audio setup, you'll get more out of it by buying high-quality audio.
A 1926 Wanamaker's ad in The New York Times offers records "by the latest Victor process of electrical recording". It was recognized as a breakthrough; in 1930, a Times music critic stated:
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