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Potamus audio player

#1 Post by colin_b » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:01 pm

I can see you slapping your head saying "not another one," but there is a reason for my suggesting Potamus.

Here's what interests me:
http://offog.org/code/potamus/

Potamus is a lightweight GTK-based audio player with a simple interface and an emphasis on high audio quality.

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For MPEG audio playback (including MP3), it uses libmad's high-quality decoder to produce dithered 24-bit output.
More on libmad:
http://libzplay.sourceforge.net/LIBMAD.html

Because MAD provides full 24-bit PCM output, applications using MAD are able to produce high quality audio. Even when the output device supports only 16-bit PCM, applications can use the extra resolution to increase the audible dynamic range through the use of dithering or noise shaping.
I've got a good set of speakers on my system and I am curious as to whether it really does improve mp3 playback quality.

Can Potamus be added to a repo?

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Re: Potamus audio player

#2 Post by colin_b » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:38 pm

Many thanks for adding this to the test repo.

My PC has an Asus Xonar soundcard and it outputs through JBL 305 speakers. I have given Potamus a good trial as I was skeptical about the claimed benefits of extra audio resolution, but it is now clear to me that it makes a huge difference. When I played through a directory of mixed bitrate mp3 files the sound was tighter and more detailed than I had ever previously heard. I would go as far as to say my ghast was flabbered :happy:

If you want to hear great sounding mp3 files I highly recommend you give Potamus a try. What it lacks in features is more than offset by its audio quality.

It is also incredibly light on resources, it uses <40MB RAM when playing.

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Re: Potamus audio player

#3 Post by robert1 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:57 pm

I run across this thread the other day, i decided to try Potamus out. It is as good as it say's. I have my sound card outputed to a Bell 3030 tube amp, driving a pair of Polk Audio Monitor-4 speakers. the sound was amazing. i did a comparison with Audacious. the sound quality from audacious was not even close as it was with Potamus. i was using various High Bitrate .mp3 & .ogg vorbis files.

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Re: Potamus audio player

#4 Post by sunrat » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:04 pm

I did a little research on this recently. Pulse resamples by default although you can use a better quality resampler.
https://r3dux.org/2013/12/how-to-enable ... -in-linux/
https://forum.manjaro.org/t/solved-terr ... ndows/8203

However, the setup I ended up with was to use a player with direct ALSA output to bypass Pulse. I use DeadBeef with ALSA output and resampler removed. GMusicBrowser works well too.
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/bit-per ... ux.561961/

Ultimately I consider it to be a bit academic as I've always had good audio using M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card and Adam A5X speakers. ;)

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