ESOTERIC HR Audio Player

Music Player Application.

Windows/Mac application
5.6MHz DSD and 384kHz PCM audio file playback.

Available for Download free of charge.
Windows   Apple

    The Overview

    ESOTERIC HR Audio Player, which is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems, is a high-quality audio playback application that can handle high-resolution audio files. You will be able to enjoy the playback of high-resolution audio files, including DSD, at high audio quality without a complicated setup by using this application in combination with a Grandioso D1 or another Esoteric D/A converter with USB that supports such files.

    While many previous DSD playback applications have beenspecialized, requiring a high level of understanding and complicated setups in order to play back high-quality audio, the Esoteric HR Audio Player allows you to complete a high-quality audio playback environment by simply installing the application and selecting the connected device. After doing this, you will be able to play back high-resolution files with high audio quality by simply dragging and dropping the music files into order in the player.

    In addition to providing a playback environment for high-resolution files with little difficulty, this application has also been designed to maximize the potential of supported devices with high-quality audio playback. Simplifying the application screen and reducing CPU load contribute to enabling even smoother playback. When playing back DSD files from a Windows computer, DSD native playback is supported using DoP and ASIO 2.1 modes. Each listener can set the playback method according to personal preference. For listeners that desire even better audio quality, the included RAM buffer playback function prevents the degradation of audio quality due to fluctuations in CPU load by loading the data temporarily into the computer's memory.

The Features

Easy music playback with high audio quality using supported Esoteric equipment

 You will be able to enjoy the playback of high-resolution audio files at high audio quality easily by using this application in combination with a Grandioso D1 or another Esoteric D/A converter with USB that supports such files. Unlike specialized applications, this application uses very simple settings and does not require other plug-ins, for example, to be installed.

Supported models

 Grandioso D1,D-02,D-07X,K-01,K-03,K-05,K-07
-The Grandioso D1 is the only model with which DSD file playback is possible (as of May 2014).
-A file cannot be played back if it exceeds the supported format specifications of the equipment.

Support for playback of 2.8/5.6MHz DSD files using ASIO 2.1 and DoP

 When using Windows with a Grandioso D1, DSD native playback, which converts DSD directly to analog without conversion to a PCM format, is supported. Playback using ASIO 2.1 and DoP (DSD Audio over PCM Frames) is possible, and both 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz DSD files are supported.

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Playback also supported for various other high-resolutionfile formats

 In addition to 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz DSD files, playback of PCM files is supported for resolutions up to 384 kHz.
 Furthermore, the playback of FLAC files with resolutions up to 384 kHz is also supported.

DSD file playback also supported on Mac OS X

 DSD file playback using DoP mode is supported not only on Windows, but also on Mac. (DoP is the only playback mode available with Mac OS.)

Simple screen design reduces CPU load and contributes to higher sound quality

 By using a simple screen design, the CPU load is reduced, and this contributes to higher sound quality. For listeners that desire even better audio quality, the RAM buffer playback loads the data temporarily into the computer's memory before playback to enable playback with even higher audio quality.

Other features

- Playlists can be created, saved and loaded
- Repeat playback function for playlists and single tracks
- Shuffle playback function for playlists

Supported models and operating systems

Windows (Vista, 7, 8, 8.1) 32bit/64bit
Mac (OS X Lion 10.7, 10.8, OS X Mavericks 10.9)
This application can be used on the above operating systems (as of May 2014).
The D-02, D-07X, K-01, K-03, K-05 and K-07 are only supported when the USB setting is HS-2 (asynchronous) mode.