The Final Piece of the PuzzleTom Gibbs Positive-Feedback
JPLAY ist meine persönliche Referenz bei der Musikwiedergabe über den ComputerRoland Dietl HIFISTATEMENT
My reference playerSteven Plaskin Audiostream
JPLAY brings digital almost neck to neck with vinylPaul Candy 6moons, Blue Moon Award
The most transparent, clearest and gentlest acting music softwareChristian Rechenbach Eins Null
Highest playback quality obtained by any software or sourceCharles Zeilig, Ph.D., Jay Clawson TAS 219
JPLAY is stereoplay's best known software player for Windows.Andreas Bock Stereoplay
The First Step to Heaven = JPLAYClive Meakins Enjoy the Music
The player software allows to extract all of the best from a PC computer and audio filesWojciech Pacula High-Fidelity, Red Fingerprint & Best Product 2011 awards
Getting started with JPLAY. Beginner’s guideIf you have no or little experience with JPLAY, the Manual sounds a bit too technical or you simply want to know which features are most suited for your needs – this article is for you.
How do you want to play your music?A) Control playback directly at the PC and use mouse + keyboard for browsing music files (difficulty level: Easy) B) Control playback remotely from any smart device in your home network (difficulty level: Advanced) JPLAY is not only an extremely optimized sound engine. It’s also quite powerful playback software package that can be used at least in 3 different ways. The answer to this question will help you choose the right way.
JPLAYmini – tiny app, big soundIf your answer was A) and your highest priority is sound quality, then JPLAYmini may be all you need. The interface is basic and playback is controlled by pressing keys on a keyboard. It’s simple and easy to use - for some people even easier than GUI as they can play music without even looking at screen or keyboard. Check it out!
Improve sound quality of any player with JPLAY DriverIf JPLAYmini is too minimalist and you’d like a proper graphical user interface (GUI), you can benefit from JPLAY’s supreme sound engine by using it on top of other playback software: just select JPLAY Driver as an output in preferences. That’s it! Audio is routed to JPLAY. The integration is completely transparent – you can use the player of your choice as usual. JPLAY with foobar2000, but you can use it with all players supporting ASIO output. Our manual shows step-by-step instructions how to combine JPLAY with most popular players.
Enter Network Audio with JPLAYStreamerIf your answer was B) things get a bit more complicated as one needs to understand the concept of network audio, but the sound quality is best and your PC essentially becomes an audiophile network streamer, JPLAYStreamer. It means that after initial setup you no longer have to go near your PC every time you want to play an album. In fact, you don’t have to touch or even look at your PC/laptop at all, because you can use your smartphone or tablet as a remote. You can even disconnect mouse, keyboard and display and make your PC ‘headless’. Of course, if you wish, you can control playback directly at the PC/laptop with JPLAY (JPLAYStreamer) installed. It’s up to you which device in your home network is used as a remote – you can have as many as you want.
Control, serve, streamJPLAYStreamer is based on OpenHome Media standard (an extension of UPnP). Once you install JPLAY on a PC with Windows 8 or later, it automatically becomes a network streamer – a player that uses your home network for transferring music data. JPLAYStreamer is the sound engine. It acts as a renderer for any compatible audio data that it gets over network – either from music services such as TIDAL or Qobuz or from a Media Server. Media Server, as the name suggest, is a piece of software that serves media (in our case it is a music server as we need only audio data). Media Server reads your media library and then sends music bytes over network to a renderer (sometimes called endpoint), JPLAYStreamer. Media Server can run virtually on any PC/laptop/Mac in your home network. It often comes preinstalled with NAS drives, so if your music library is on a NAS drive, you may not need to install any media server as it’s very likely you already have one. In any case, for JPLAYStreamer we recommend using MinimServer software which supports transcoding feature required by JPLAYStreamer (MinimServer converts any audio format to WAV on the fly, please check our Manual how to configure MinimServer for JPLAYStreamer) Lastly, we need a remote app - so called Control Point which acts as a bridge between Media Server and Renderer (JPLAYStreamer). We recommend free Linn Kinsky / Kazoo (available for Windows/MacOS/iOS/Android) or BubbleDS (Android) which additionally supports TIDAL & Qobuz streaming. JPLAYStreamer, Media Server & Control Point can run on separate devices in a home network, but a configuration where all components are on a single Windows PC is also possible – in this case your PC acts as a Media Server, a Renderer and a Control Point at the same time. For more information please check our manual, visit our forum or simply send a mail at email@example.com
About the authorMarcin Ostapowicz is a recognized high-end audio consultant. Computer audio pioneer. Co-creator of the award-winning software, JPLAY. Manufacturer, curator and distributor of high quality audio products. Constantly strives for perfection of sound. Foundations for his breakthroughs finds in areas that others ignore.
JCAT NET Card FEMTO
1st ever audiophile network interfaceWith streaming services becoming the primary way of listening to music and with the shift from standalone computer audio setups to network renderers, the quality of network-related components becomes crucial if one wants to enjoy high resolution music at the highest sound quality.
Ethernet adapter for high-end network audioSetting up a media server on a PC or using a computer as a network audio renderer (endpoint) is easy nowadays. But the problem with computers is that they were never designed with audio in mind. While there are improvements for USB-based playback available (such as our JCAT USB Card FEMTO or JCAT USB Isolator), the network controller part of a PC remains noisy. JCAT delivers the solution with the NET Card FEMTO – the ultimate network interface designed specifically for transferring high-quality audio over LAN.
The most accurate componentsBy using ultra-low noise linear power supplies and FEMTO Clock Technology combined with high-end Ethernet controller from Intel, the JCAT NET Card FEMTO ensures maximum network transmission quality. Connect a network audio player, a media server (NAS) or a broadband router to any of the two 1Gbit LAN ports on the JCAT NET Card FEMTO and experience great sound quality improvement when streaming audio data.
Exceptional audio quality
The sound image becomes crystal-clear: transparent, quiet, smooth and yet full of fine details you have never heard before. It will allow you to experience music at much deeper level.
You can use the JCAT NET Card FEMTO to improve sound quality of any network audio player (renderer/endpoint/streamer) when streaming audio data from NAS (media server), from music services such as TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify etc. or directly from PC music server.
JCAT NET Card FEMTO will also enhance playback when installed in an Audio PC – a computer that acts as a USB Audio transport and connects to a USB DAC – as long as audio data is sent over network from other PC / NAS / media server or from Streaming services.
Best upgrade for JPLAY dual PC mode
For JPLAY users looking to elevate performance of their dual PC setups, installing JCAT NET Card FEMTO in both Control PC & Audio PC is most likely the biggest sound quality improvement currently possible. Connect both PCs (JCAT NET Cards FEMTO) directly with a high quality LAN cable such as our JCAT LAN or JCAT Reference LAN Cables and enjoy vast sound quality improvement.
JCAT NET Card FEMTO not only improves sound quality, but also provides increased stability particularly desired with most extreme 700Hz/0.01s DAC Link/PC Buffer setting in JPLAY.
External PSU optionEven though there are ultra-low linear power supplies exclusively on the JCAT NET Card FEMTO, for best performance it is recommended to connect external linear 5V PSU (such as our 200W or 400W linear PSUs) as the source of power instead of using computer PSU.
Specification:• Audiophile PCI Express GbE LAN adapter • Ultra-low noise linear regulators and filters eliminate noise interferences from PC • No switching power supplies anywhere • FEMTO Clock Technology (Crystek CCHD-957) lowers jitter below measurable levels • Industrial grade components with operating temperature range from -40* to +85*C • Enterprise level Intel i350 Ethernet controller • Gold plated high durability EMI shielded RJ-45 connectors • Two LAN ports supporting up to 1Gbit connection speeds • LED-off feature to counteract noise • Requirements for optional PSU: 5V/1.5A min • PSU can be supplied from computer PSU via LP4 connector or from an external PSU via 2.1/5.5mm center positive DC jack connector • Low-profile & full-height laser cut PCIe brackets included • All x1-x16 lane PCI Express 2.0 slots supported • Supported operating systems: Windows (all editions) and Linux The JCAT NET Card FEMTO is available now for 422EUR at JCAT online shop. ►http://jplay.eu/jcat/
For customers who would like to purchase x2 NET Cards FEMTO (for Dual PC mode), the price is 800EUR (instead of 844EUR). Ask for the discount via email!