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If your like me and need to use WMP due to DLNA and simplicity with streaming over the network you might be interested in this plugin. I've been testing it now for a few days with great success with my X-Fi using Creative's ASIO drivers. Basically it enables a direct hardware path to the sound card by passing the Windows audio mixer and such giving much better audio quality. Foobar has had something like this for a while now. And Winamp used to, but now someone made an OpenAL plug in for that. Though ASIO is still better as it's meant for Music/Movies/Audio Engineering and such, where as OpenAL is meant for 3D gaming and such.

So far things have been great, no crashes or other issues, and I can tell the difference with my high end cans with MP3's at 320. People with low end cans or speakers, or people with onboard sound need to use this as there would be no benefit.


http://sourceforge.net/projects/asiowmpplg/

Version 5.5 is the latest and so far has been beast.

Nothing will compare to using Foobar with FLAC files and ASIO, but for most people this will benefit. I gave up long ago keeping a separate lossy and lossless library.
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2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3R - RAID 1 (1 TB) Western Digital Green EARS (1 TB) Western Digital Green EARS (1.5 TB)  Western Digital My Passport Elite USB 2.0 (640GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 (2 TB) LG GBC-H20L Blu-ray Asus DRW-1814BLT CORSAIR H80 Push/Pull 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Dual 200mm Fans / Dual 120mm Fans Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 Dell UltraSharp U2412M (24") - Primary Dell UltraSharp U2412M (24") - Secondary 
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Logitech G510 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 CORSAIR 650D Logitech G500 
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