Setup Instructions
  • Download JPLAY setup, FREE trial is available here
  • Start the installer, click Next and Install
    The installer will put JPLAY in C:\\JPLAY\ folder and while you can specify your own path it’s best to just leave everything default. Do not attempt to install on removable devices like memory sticks – it won’t work.
  • Restart your PC

JPLAY can be used via JPLAYStreamer, ultra-minimalistic non-GUI interface, JPLAYmini or
together with ANY audio player that has support for ASIO Output: just choose JPLAY Driver from the list of available ASIO devices and you’re ready to play – it’s that simple! Note that your audio interface does NOT have to support ASIO. You continue using KS/WASAPI/ASIO as before: JPLAY ASIO Driver is simply used as means to more transparently integrate with host player!

JPLAYStreamer converts your PC into audiophile network player and is recommended for best sound quality & ease of use. JPLAYStreamer is based on OpenHome Media standard for home audio devices which allows JPLAY to be used with OpenHome/UPnP/DLNA control points on multiple platforms.

Control your music wirelessly from any room using your favorite mobile device and experience the highest possible sound quality!

You can stream music to your system directly from PC with JPLAY installed, from any other PC/Mac or from NAS. JPLAYStreamer will play your music whenever it is.

For players not supporting ASIO output, for example: iTunes, BS.Player, XBMC, YouTube, amazon.. (Chrome/IE/Firefox), as well as many ‘web-only’ music-streaming services like (Spotify, VEVO, DEEZER, PANDORA, iRadio, Google Music, and others), please use ASIOBridge

Using JPLAYStreamer with local library

All you need, apart from JPLAY on your PC, is a media server software. While any UPnP/DLNA Media Server should work in principle, we recommend using MinimServer specifically for it’s ‘classical music-lover’ and ‘silent low-power’ operation focus plus multi-platform availability.

To get MinimServer Up & Running follow these steps:

  • Download and install Java.

    For Windows: Get this if on Windows 64, Otherwise (or if not sure) just get this

  • Download and install MinimServer:

    If you want to install on your Mac OSX or NAS choose appropriate link instead.

  • After installation run MinimServer and give it the location of your music library when asked.

    Then right-click on MinimServer icon in notification area and open Properties.
    Go to Packages and install MinimStreamer

  • Go to System tab and set MinimStreamer to convert FLAC and DSD to WAV: type flac:wav, dff:dopwav, dsf:dopwav in the stream.transcode field as shown below
    It is absolutely necessary to set transcoding unless all files in your library are WAV

  • For ALAC, MP3 & AAC formats you need ffmpeg tool! You can download it from here: link to 32bit build, link to 64bit build. Extract anywhere and copy ffmpeg.exe to MinimServer folder. Put the path to ffmpeg.exe in the stream.converter field (default MinimServer path is C:\Program Files\MinimServer\) and add alac:wav, mp3:wav24, aac:wav24 in the stream.transcode field as shown below.
    This step can be skipped if you don’t have ALAC, MP3 & AAC files in your library.

  • Choose your interface for browsing music and controlling playback: We recommend FREE OpenSource Kazoo which is available for Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and BubbleDS Next for Android.
    Latest versions of Kazoo from Microsoft store will not work on the same PC as JPLAYStreamer due to security reasons. Please use the Kazoo version linked above. MacOS/iOS/Android versions of Kazoo are not affected and can be updated freely.

  • When you run Kazoo/BubbleDS Next select MinimServer as Media Server (Library) and JPLAYStreamer as Room. Enjoy!
JPLAYStreamer requires Windows 8 OS or later
Using JPLAYStreamer with TIDAL & qobuz streaming services

JPLAYStreamer now supports TIDAL and qobuz streaming services! (currently only in combination with BubbleDS Next or BubbleUPnP on Android!)
To browse TIDAL or qobuz in BubbleDS Next, select the local media server as the current library in the top side menu, go to the Library tab -> Cloud -> Tidal / qobuz

Make sure TIDAL / qobuz are enbaled in BubbleDS (Settings -> Local Media Server [Enable] -> TIDAL [Enable]) and JPLAYStreamer selected under LINN DS
Using JPLAY with foobar2000
  • Install ASIO component for foobar2000. You will find the instructions
  • Start foobar2000
  • Go to File > Preferences > Playback > Output
  • Select ASIO: JPLAY Driver from the list of available devices
  • Use foobar2000 as usual
  • You can access JPLAY”s settings by double-clicking JPLAY icon in Notification Area (Taskbar) or clicking on JPLAY Settings shortcut in Start Menu
Note playback needs to be stopped before changing settings.
Please see Settings panel for detailed explanations of all parameters.

DSD playback with foobar2000
  • Download foo_input_sacd plugin for foobar2000
  • Unzip
  • Install foo_input_sacd component, you will find the instructions here
  • In foobar go to File > Preferences > Playback > Output and choose DSD : ASIO : JPLAY Driver as a device
Using JPLAY with Qobuz desktop app
  • Go to Preferences
  • Choose ASIO: JPLAY Driver under Peripherique de sortie audio
  • Use Qobuz as usual
  • You can access JPLAYsettings by double-clicking JPLAY icon in Notification Area (Taskbar) or clicking on JPLAY Settings shortcut in Start menu
Note playback needs to be stopped before changing settings.
Please see Settings panel for detailed explanations of all parameters. Minimal DAC Link with Qobuz desktop app is 2.5Hz

Using JPLAY with Spotify (Fidelify)
  • Start Fidelify
  • Go to Settings and select JPLAY Driver
  • Use Spotify as usual
  • You can access JPLAYsettings by double-clicking JPLAY icon in Notification Area (Taskbar) or clicking on JPLAY Settings shortcut in Start menu
Note playback needs to be stopped before changing settings.
Please see Settings panel for detailed explanations of all parameters. Spotify premium account is required.

Using JPLAYmini
  • Start JPLAYmini – click on the shortcut in Start Menu or double-click JPLAYmini.exe in JPLAY’s installation folder (default is C:\\JPLAY\\)
  • Select track you would like to play directly from disk with e.g. Windows Explorer, do right-click and copy (or Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut), activate JPLAYmini”s window and press space bar. You can also select tracks from other players: iTunes, foobar2000 etc. in similar fashion.
  • You can access JPLAYsettings by double-clicking JPLAY icon in Notification Area (Taskbar) or clicking on JPLAY Settings shortcut in Start menu
Note playback needs to be stopped before changing settings. Please see Settings panel for detailed explanations of all parameters. Please note JPLAYmini supports only lossless formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC and for DSD over PCM standard: DFF & DSF file types.

JPLAYmini reserves 500MB RAM at startup. To play large tracks you may need to increase Cache by pressing C in main menu AND restarting JPLAYmini.

Using JPLAY with any Windows app (via ASIOBridge Virtual HiFi Cable)
Recommended DAC Link with ASIOBridge is 170Hz and PC Buffer below 0.5s to minimize delay. ASIOBridge is not our product and is donation-ware so if you find it useful please donate 10 or 20 euro to Vincent at Virtual Cable as without his assistance this would not have been possible!
Xtream engine is not supported for ASIOBridge! (If possible, use ULTRAStream for best results) If your player does support ASIO we recommend you stick with player’s ASIO driver! (but you are free to experiment: e.g. any player set to KS/WASAPI or DirectSound should work as well.)
Using JPLAY with Roon
  • Click on the System Output (speaker icon)
  • Go to Audio Setup
  • Click Enable next to JPLAY Driver [ASIO] and type jplay as Zone Name
  • Set jplay as active zone

Using JPLAY in dual PC setup

For serious audiophiles JPLAY also supports a dual PC setup (setup with two PCs connected via LAN) with dedicated Audio PC fully optimised for music transport.

  • Setup is the same: Install JPLAY on both PCs and configure the host player as explained above on Control PC. Next open JPLAYSettings panel and click on the button next to Audio PC until you see Search my LAN for JPLAY: click OK to initiate search.
  • If both PCs are on same LAN you should see a message Found JPLAY on 1 computer. Click OK, reopen JPLAYSettings and you should be able to select your AudioPC and change settings from Control PC.
  • If Search my LAN for JPLAY does not find a running JPLAY instance on network you may have a firewall or your LAN settings may need to be entered manually: Please see Network troubleshooting for further information. Note you don’t need to have any software on AudioPC apart from Windows and JPLAY: Players like foobar2000 or any other ASIO capable player run on Control PC so also all CPU activity they create (loading, decompressing, DSP etc) is completely isolated from Audio PC which sees only music bytes coming via network.
Both Wired and WiFi connections are supported although wired Ethernet is usually more reliable especially if you live in an apartment and have strong interference from multiple WiFi spots. JPLAYStreamer on Control PC should be used in dual PC setup.

Settings panel
  • To open the GUI panel, double-click on JPLAY icon in Notification Area (Taskbar)
  • Below you can see JPLAY Settings GUI panel which allows for quick & easy adjustment of most important options, click on the button to adjust.
Advanced settings

Tweakers can access additional JPLAY settings via regedit under
Computer\\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\JPLAY6 key.

In dual PC setup settings should be adjusted on ControlPC only. Please do not modify these settings unless it is necessary

SinglePCOnly: [0,1] default is 1 and is recommended for singlePC setup users. It should not be changed manually – please use installer to activate/deactive ‘Optimize for SinglePC’ option.

AudioPC: use only if ‘Search my LAN for JPLAY’ does not find JPLAY on AudioPC. Please check Network Troubleshooting for more details

And under Computer\\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\JPLAY6 key.

Clock: [0,1,2,3] default is 0 and set OS timer resolution to 0.5ms. 1 is 1ms, 2 is 10ms and 3 is 15.6ms.

DedicatedCore: [0,1] default and recommended is 1. Optimizes CPU affinity settings.

MiniMode: [0,1] default and recommended is 1. JPLAYmini does not use memcopy during playback.

StreamerDestination: IP of a network adapter used with JPLAYStreamer.

StreamerSubnet: if you have multiple network adapters in PC and they are on different subnets (i.e. first 3 numbers of IP address are not identical) you can put desired subnet into StreamerSubnet property. For example: if all other OpenHome components are on 192.168.1.xx subnet then type (last number should be 0). Then from Task Manager->Services restart JPLAYStreamer service.

XtreamBuffer: [0-1024] default is 0. Set number of samples Xtream Engine uses in a packet. For example, if you used DirectLink in JPLAY v5 set it to 1.

XtreamMode: [0,1] Some older drivers which worked with Xtream Engine in JPLAY v5 do not work in JPLAY v6. Setting XtreamMode to 1 will use ‘old’ behaviour from v5.

  • I downloaded your player, installation went fine but it does not work?
  • Please restart your PC after installation.
  • I am experiencing random playback stops. What shall I do?
  • Please adjust DAC Link parameter in JPLAY Settings panel
  • I loaded some tracks in JPLAYmini, but instead of music I got a message saying: “Memory Error: Track too big for your ‘Memory’ setting”. What should I do?
  • JPLAYmini buffers complete tracks: default setting of 500 MB is enough for most CD tracks, but some HiRez tracks need more. Please increase Cache size by pressing ‘c’ in JPLAYmini’s window (to 1000 or 1500MB), exit & restart JPLAYmini.
  • My audio device is not recognized in JPLAY. Why?
  • If your device doesn’t support Kernel Streaming, WASAPI (event) or ASIO, it won’t work with JPLAY. If you use WASAPI, but can’t select your sound device then you must set it as ‘default’: Go to ‘Playback devices’ (right-click on speaker icon in lower right corner of your desktop), select a device you want to use in JPLAY, right-click on it and set as default. Once you do that, double-click on the default device, go to ‘advanced’ tab and make sure that ‘Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device’ and ‘Give exclusive mode applications priority’ fields are ticked.
  • JPLAY says my Audio device does not support xx/xxxxxHz format (Could not start playback: ASIO start failed), but I’m sure it does!
  • Try setting Bitstream in JPLAY Settings panel to 24 or 32. If that does not help it could be that your audio interface does not support automatic sample-rate switching (most do). In that case you will have to select the sample-rate manually: go to your sound card control panel, select the desired sample rate and do the same in ‘Control Panel’->’Sound’->’Playback devices’->’Your default audio device’->’Advanced’- >’Default Format’.
  • I’m hearing a lot of distortions – clicks and pops. What should I do?
  • Please adjust DAC Link parameter in JPLAY Settings panel. You might want to increase PC Buffer if it’s set below 1s.
  • I’m getting ‘cannot connect to server XXXX’ messages
  • You may need to open port 48168 or add jplay.exe process to exceptions in firewall. (then restart JPLAY Service from Task Manager->Services).
  • JPLAYStreamer is not available under Room in my control point. Why?
  • Please make sure JPLAYStreamer.exe process is added to exceptions in firewall. (then restart JPLAYStreamer service from Task Manager->Services).
  • JPLAYStreamer is seen by control point apps, but music is not played. Any idea?
  • Please make sure you have set transcoding to WAV in MinimServer as described here.
  • Hibernate mode doesn’t work. JPLAY loads tracks for playback, the screen goes blank and nothing happens; I have to perform hard reset on my PC. Sometimes it plays music fine, but doesn’t ‘wake up’ when the playback finishes.
  • Hibernate is not guaranteed to work on all systems. This could be due to unwanted 3rd party software/driver interaction. The most common culprit is anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Try disabling it and see if that helps.
    We highly recommend using dual PC setup with dedicated AudioPC and ‘naked’ operating system installation (=no additional software installed apart from OS & JPLAY).
    In single PC mode any USB stick needs to be plugged in in order for Hibernate to start. Unplugging the stick during playback will exit Hibernate mode. (USB stick with highest letter in Windows is used as trigger)
  • When I run JPLAY.exe nothing happens. What should I do?
  • Do not click on jplay.exe. Use JPLAYStreamer/foobar2000/JPLAYmini or other host player as described in Setup instructions.
  • I’m trying to configure dual PC setup, but ‘Search my LAN for JPLAY’ option can’t find AudioPC on the network.
  • See Network troubleshooting below.
Network Troubleshooting
  • On AudioPC (PC connected to DAC) type in command prompt: ipconfig, note what is IPV4 address (for example, it may be
  • On ControlPC (where foobar2000/JPLAYmini is being used) type in command prompt: ping AudioPCAddress, e.g. if address was ping
  • If you get Request timed out error something is wrong with network or firewall is blocking access to AudioPC – try opening port 48168 or just disable firewall
  • Otherwise type: telnet AudioPCAddress 48168, e.g. telnet 48168
  • If telnet is not found install it from Control Center > Turn Windows Features on/off and select Telnet Client from list
  • If you get blank screen all is OK! (press Ctrl+ ] to exit)
  • If you get error either JPLAY is not runnig on AudioPC or is blocked by firewall – open port 48168 or just disable firewall
  • If everything so far is OK but Search my LAN for JPLAY still can’t find JPLAY then open regedit on ControlPC, go to HKEY_Current_User/Software/JPLAY6 and edit AudioPC key like this:Note: name can be anything, the important part is the IP address!
  • Select newly added Audio PC from JPLAYsettings and press OK
  • If all is well, there will be no error and you should be able to edit settings and play music

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