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@enorbet: It looks like another interesting off shoot of the winamp/xmms design. Might give it a try as well but right now I want to give Audacious a chance. I think that I've gotten the hang of a the basic things with it so I'm actually not feeling like I've lost too much compared to Amarok.
Though with the weak audio setup I got (Altec Lansing ACS340) I don't think any EQ tweaking is going to help out or be too noticeable. Even though I for some reason converted most of my lower bit rate and Hz files into .aif 1536/48000 and then .alac (stupid ipod) just so I could have a very minor improvement. But what does that specific EQ you mentioned do?

@thenailedone: I don't know if I want to do a source install yet in Kubuntu. And that's sadly the only way I can get to 2.4 right now since they've been withholding several updates lately (had to over ride just to get a new kernel recently). Though I read through and still don't see anything addressing the whole crossfade problems. I'm really hoping you can tell me I missed it in the release notes. I just wonder if they've (like some older post on their forums suggest) started to focus more on the internet radio and GUI appearance more than the important part of playing music. Strangely, I think Juk had the same crossfade problem.
     
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i'd say Rhythmbox, but you're on KDE... what about MPD?
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You should really check out MPD. You set it up via a configuration file, but once it's all set up, you're good to go. There are tons of different clients you can use, including GTK clients (I recommend Sonata), QT clients, web interfaces, CLI clients, Ncurses... you can remote-control it with iPhone/iPad/android apps, and there are even a couple Java ME apps that you can install on non-smart-phones (stupid phones?) and control it via bluetooth (if you have a bluetooth adapter on your machine, of course). You can also set up an http streaming output on it.

If EQ is an issue, it can be compiled with jack support very easily.
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The OP could have chopped of the "for Linux", and ended the sentence after "suck"...
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The OP could have chopped of the "for Linux", and ended the sentence after "suck"...
Not sure about that... in general I use music players to play music, and they are pretty good at doing it too...
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Greetz
I do semi-pro music recording with a high performance low latency kernel so solid and stable is essential. While I vastly prefer FLAC and other lossless music codecs, like most people, I am stuck with a considerable number of mp3s of a variety of qualities and lack thereof so I need EQ and really enjoy some of the LADSPA plugins such as "Tube Warmth" since I have ribbon tweets that will actually reproduce frequencies of the 10K-20K octave faithfully.

So for speedy simplicity that also supports LADSPA plugins, will play nice with Jack and stay rock solid in a tweaked environment, I use Aqualung . It is current and active. In fact I compiled it from SVN, but even stable is superb. Just read the features list at the above link and I think you will be intrigued.

Screenies are HERE
Audacious supports LADSPA plugins naturally, that's what I'm using to do my EQ. Plus it's got a full range of it's own plugins to do whatever.
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@enorbet: It looks like another interesting off shoot of the winamp/xmms design. Might give it a try as well but right now I want to give Audacious a chance. I think that I've gotten the hang of a the basic things with it so I'm actually not feeling like I've lost too much compared to Amarok.
Though with the weak audio setup I got (Altec Lansing ACS340) I don't think any EQ tweaking is going to help out or be too noticeable. Even though I for some reason converted most of my lower bit rate and Hz files into .aif 1536/48000 and then .alac (stupid ipod) just so I could have a very minor improvement. But what does that specific EQ you mentioned do?
There are many different kinds of EQs and they vary primarily in what frequency bands they can work but that changes what sort of work they do best. A 10 band graphic has 10 sliders, each covering an entire octave so they are useful as an enhanced tone control for mild, gross compensation for areas that are overly weak or strong either in your speakers or your listening environment and a little for recordings that are not well balanced, say that are overly bass heavy.

One third octave EQs have 31 bands and can really dial in major compensation but are best used with testing utilities like Pink Noise and Spectrum Analyzers to get as flat as your system can handle.

Parametric EQ's are different in that instead of being locked into a set of frequency bands you have fewer but totally sweepable filters. These can be simpler to use once you get the hang of them because you can widen the bandwidth for gross control or tighten it up for a nasty narrow spike.

In general cheaper 2.1 PC speaker systems suffer from "the Reggae Syndrome" - too much "fart-y" bass and harsh high end and EQ can help considerably to smooth that out. Ideally the solution is to get speakers that have already have good balance but even then environment (hard or soft) tends to require compensation and EQ does that.

Audacious is certainly adequate so go with what feels comfortable to you.
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Digging the options guys. Just curious though. What about a full media suite?

Any opinions on XBMC?
     
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I like vlc
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I like vlc
Eh. It doesn't like my Bluray rips. Handles my lower bit rate stuff for movies fine but definitely not a music player in my opinion.

XBMC Linux opinions?
Other potentially over looked audio players?

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