Audiophiles are a special kind of particular. They look for only the best in breed to deliver the sounds to their heart and soul in ways others will never recognize or appreciate. If that's you, the idea of listening to your favorite pieces of music on a mobile device is laughable. However, you shouldn't be so quick to shrug off the platform categorically. There are apps available that can at least soothe your music needs while on the go.
I took a look at apps for audiophiles on the Google Play Store and found five I think are worthy of your ears.
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1: JetAudio Music Player+EQ
If you're looking for one of the finest audio players for the Android ecosystem, you can't go wrong with JetAudio Music Player+EQ. There is a free and a pro version of this app and you may as well skip ahead and purchase the pro version (it'll set you back $3.99 USD). The pro version not only gets rid of the ads, but it gains the addition of a 20 band EQ (instead of the 10 band on the free version), a tag editor, FF/RW interval adjust, expanded notifications, and much more.
JetAudio is definitely the Android audio player for audiophiles. It supports .wav, .mp3, .ogg, .flac, .m4a, .mpc, .tta, .wv, .ape, .mod, .spx, .wma, and more. You'll also find in-app purchases for more sound effects, UI unlocker, and Pebble smartwatch integration.
2: Neutron Music Player
If you want a player with tons of options, Neutron Music Player (Figure B) should do the trick. The player costs $5.99 on the Google Play Store, but there's an eval version you can check out before making the big purchase. What do you get for your $5.99? Plenty. A 32/64 bit rendering engine, which will deliver to your ears the highest quality sound you can get on a mobile app. And because this app is developed specifically for audiophiles, numerous options are available. You'll have to go through the settings window and scroll through the configurations to see for yourself just how much flexibility Neutron offers.
Neutron supports one of the widest ranges of formats for any music player on the market. During playback, you'll also find a sleep and wakeup timer, on the fly replay gain, and more.
One of the most user-friendly interfaces of all the audiophile-friendly players belongs to PlayerPro (Figure C). The standard version runs $4.95 USD, but there's an trial version you can try for free. Besides the outstanding interface, PlayerPro offers a simple EQ (expandable with the PlayerPro DSP pack), mixable audio effects, tagging, music stats, smart playlists, lockscreen widgets, and much, much more.
The PlayerPro DSP pack is a must-have. (Otherwise, you're limited to a five band EQ, which isn't acceptable to any audiophile.) PlayPro automatically downloads missing album artwork to keep your UI looking fresh. You can also skin PlayerPro with one of the many skins available from the Google Play Store.
Although AIMP (Figure D) doesn't offer as many bells and whistles as some of the other players on the list, it is a solid entry and heads above the standard Android audio player. AIMP offers support for multiple audio formats, CUE sheet support, 10 band EQ, auto detection of data encoding, album art support, internet radio support, and much more.
With AIMP you can downmix multichannel audio to stereo or mono and even register a file playing back as a ringtone. AIMP also supports playback from SD card, allows you to import files with a handy filtering mode, and even delete files from storage from within the app itself.
Poweramp (Figure E) offers a great UI that allows you to change tracks with a left or right swipe and change playlists with an up or down swipe. Beyond the UI, you'll get support for all the common audio file formats. The Poweramp 10 band EQ is one of the most responsive I've used and the tone controls really add to the depth of sound.
The full version of Poweramp costs $3.99, but you can give it a test run by installing the Poweramp Trial version. This music app also offers gapless playback, crossfading, replay gain, and more.
Don't think for a second that you can't get your sound fix while on the go. Any of these five music player apps will appease the 'phile in you until you can make it back home to your analog tube system with a sound as warm as hot butter.
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