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Nov 25 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.8.0 released!
Rework of matrix plugin system. Independent convolution engine and matrix convolution. New IIR parametric equalizer plugin for matrix. Support for WavPack format for both PCM and DSD. Component updates, minor bug fixes and performance improvements. OS support updated to macOS 10.14, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Fedora 33.
Nov 16 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.20.0 released!
Support for WavPack source format, for both PCM and DSD content. Parametric equalizers for matrix pipeline. Component updates, minor performance improvements and bug fixes. Distribution support updated to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" and Fedora 30/33.
Oct 6 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.7.2 released.
Component updates, some minor performance improvements and bug fixes. Note! Requires Nvidia display driver update for CUDA!
Oct 5 2020 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.9.1 released.
Fixes two regressions, problems starting processing with monitoring output and mode selection in main window being stuck to the set default value.
Oct 4 2020 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.9.0 released!
Support for command line batch processing from scripts. Toggle for meter display. Performance improvements, component updates and bug fixes.
Sep 22 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.19.1 released.
Added configuration for volume control range to the web interface. Quick pause option to use old style simple silence pattern for quicker pause in some cases. Short buffer option to use half size FIFOs for reduced delay. Alternate optimizations for various algorithms on Ubuntu and HQPlayer OS builds. Ubuntu Bionic build tested also on Ubuntu Focal (20.04 LTS). Small bug fixes and improvements.
Sep 14 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.7.1 released.
Add quick pause option to use old style simple silence pattern. Add short buffer option to use half size FIFOs for reduced delay. Bug fixes and small GUI improvements.
Sep 3 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.19.0 released!
New pseudo-multibit AMSDM7EC modulator for certain DACs at x512 rates and above. Bug fixes and component updates. RAVENNA driver has been updated and available again on HQPlayer OS.
Sep 1 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.7.0 released!
New pseudo-multibit AMSDM7EC modulator for certain DACs at x512 rates and above. Bug fixes and component updates. CUDA support discontinued on macOS.
Aug 27 2020 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.8.0 released!
New special pseudo-multi-bit modulator AMSDM7EC for certain types of DACs at x512 rates and above. Bug fixes.
Aug 19 2020 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.7.0 released!
Use hard clipping limiter instead of soft-knee. Disable automatic channel mapping of multi-channel sources. Discontinued CUDA support on macOS. Bug fixes and component updates.
Jul 16 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.18.1 released.
Bug fixes and support for CUDA 11. HQPlayer OS on x64 now includes support for exFAT filesystem. Also remember to try new HQPDcontrol v4 app version on Android and iOS!
Jun 19 2020 Updated HQPlayer OS and NAA images for x64 with preliminary support for USB Audio Class 2 inputs.
Jun 11 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.18.0 released!
New sinc-L filter. Allow different convolution filter sets to be uploaded for different profiles. HQPlayer OS update, with preliminary support for USB Audio Class 2 inputs. Bug fixes.
May 28 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.6.0 released!
New sinc-L filter and bug fixes. On macOS access to audio inputs is requested immediately at application startup time. Merging RAVENNA verified on Windows and macOS.
May 20 2020 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.6.0 released!
Add new sinc-S and sinc-L filters. Support chaining multiple convolution filters. Post-processing plugin support with Bauer headphone cross-feed. Support for changing convolution algorithm and HF-expansion for matrix. Parallelization improvements. Bug fixes and component updates.
May 15 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.17.1 released.
Fixes regression in minimum phase filter initialization. Add SetAdaptiveVolume method to the control API. Small fixes.
May 14 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.5.1 released.
Fixes regression in minimum phase filter initialization. Add splitter between pipeline and postprocess in matrix dialog. Small fixes.
May 10 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.5.0 released!
Add support for ReplayGain 2.0 metadata specification, album gain can be applied when loaded in album mode, in playlist mode track gain can be applied. Add new sinc-S filter. Add PlayNextURI and SetAdaptiveVolume methods to the control API. Improve algorithm to combine multiple convolution filters. Parallelization consistency improvements. Bug fixes.
May 9 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.17.0 released!
Add support for ReplayGain 2.0 metadata specification, album gain can be applied when loaded in album mode, in playlist mode track gain can applied. Add new sinc-S filter. Add PlayNextURI and LoadRemovable methods to the control API. Improve algorithm to combine multiple convolution filters. Parallelization consistency improvements. Bug fixes.
Apr 25 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.4.0 released!
Support for chaining multiple convolution filters. Support for changing convolution algorithm and HF-expansion in pipeline matrix. Post-process support in pipeline matrix, with Bauer headphone cross-feed. Various metadata handling fixes. Component updates, small bug fixes and improvements.
Apr 16 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.16.0 released!
Support for chaining multiple convolution filters. Support for changing convolution algorithm and HF-expansion in pipeline matrix. Post-process support in pipeline matrix, with Bauer headphone cross-feed. Improved backup / restore functionality. Various metadata handling fixes. Small bug fixes and improvements.
Mar 25 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.3.3 released.
Change output stream start/stop handling. Metadata handling fixes.
Mar 24 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.15.2 released.
HQPlayer OS improvements for booting from SD/MMC devices. Enable USB Audio Class 2 input support on Ubuntu and Fedora 31. Change output stream start/stop handling. Idle mode and metadata handling fixes.
Mar 22 2020 Network Audio Daemon 4.1.1 released.
Changed how stream start and stop are handled. USB Audio Class 2 inputs are now enabled also on Ubuntu and Fedora 31 builds.
Mar 6 2020 Network Audio Daemon 4.1.0 released!
Support for USB Audio Class 2 inputs on select platforms. Bug fixes and improvements.
Mar 4 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.3.2 released.
Error and warning log entries are now shown on status bar in the main window. Improved cover flow and artist list sorting in client. Improved handling of detached cover art when scanning library. Improved parallelized DSD conversions. Improved thread management. Input handling improvements. Support disc numbers in metadata. Small bug fixes and improvements.
Mar 1 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.15.0 released!
Improved support for USB Audio Class 2 inputs to make HQPlayer look like a USB DAC, starting on Debian Buster with a custom kernel (on applicable hardware). Enable idling support again for faster track changes and restarts on UPnP. Optimizations for DSD source processing. Improved handling of NAA inputs. Set friendly name as title for control connections. Performance improvements, library metadata improvements and bug fixes.
Feb 4 2020 HQPlayer OS 4.14.1 with RAVENNA support released!
HQPlayer OS now works with Merging RAVENNA for Merging NADAC, Horus, Hapi and Anubis devices. From 44.1k PCM to DSD256.
Feb 6 2020 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.5.0 released!
Support for network inputs. New LNS15 PCM noise shaper for 8x and higher rates. Number of fixes and smaller improvements.
Feb 4 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.14.1 released.
HQPlayer OS update to fix issue with cover image display on clients, and some smaller fixes.
Feb 4 2020 Network Audio Daemon 4.0.1 released.
Bug fixes, and again bootable image for CuBox-i/Rendu.
Jan 30 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.14.0 released!
Support for NAA protocol version 4, including inputs. Support for composer as a separate tag and rework ID3v2 mappings. New LNS15 noise shaper designed specifically for 16x output rates. Support relative paths in playlist files and improve library web views. Number of smaller improvements and fixes.
Jan 27 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.3.1 released.
Improve Direct SDM indication towards clients, support relative paths in playlist files, add invert, random and repeat functions to the Client. Number of small improvements and fixes.
Jan 20 2020 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.3.0 released!
Support for NAA protocol version 4, including inputs. Metadata handling improvements, including support for composer as a separate tag and rework ID3v2 mappings. Improved search flexibility and fixes in Client. New 15th order linear PCM noise shaper designed specifically for 16x output rates. Various bug fixes.
Jan 19 2020 Network Audio Daemon 4.0.0 released!
New NAA protocol version 4 with support for inputs. Support for virtual devices through a configuration file.
Jan 11 2020 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.13.1 released as HQPlayer OS.
Adds web interface for mounting SMB shares and includes some HQPlayer OS configuration improvements.
Dec 20 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.4.1 released.
Small bug fixes and component updates.
Dec 19 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.2.3 released.
Small CPU core allocation tunings and fixes.
Dec 17 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.2.2 released.
Component updates and bug fixes. Also includes further fine tuning of core allocations.
Dec 15 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.13.0 released!
Support for matrix pipeline profiles. Core allocation improvements. Allow specifying GPUs and reserved cores. Bug fixes and component updates. HQPlayer OS image for RaspberryPi 4.
Dec 15 2019 Bootable NAA images updated. Now RaspberryPi images contain wider selection of overlays listed here.
Dec 11 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.4.0 released!
Support for matrix pipeline profiles, and support for ripping CD's on macOS. Improved core allocation, improved matrix processing speed on multi-core CPUs, bug fixes and component updates.
Dec 10 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.6 maintenance release.
Bug fixes and component updates.
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Nov 19 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.5 maintenance release.
Various small fixes and updates.
Nov 18 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.12.2 released.
Fixes inconsistent behavior on different systems when scanning library with non-ASCII file system items. Fixes failure on input device definition without explicit channel count. Small fixes and improvements.
Nov 14 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.2.1 released.
Fix failure on input device definition without explicit channel count. macOS package is now notarized for Catalina. Ubuntu packaging updates. Debian Buster package build of Client for 32/64-bit ARM (armhf/arm64).
Nov 7 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.2.0 released!
New poly-sinc-long filters to fill the gap between poly-sinc and poly-sinc-xtr/ext2. Added support for CD playback on macOS. Support for matrix pipeline configuration profiles that can be switched remotely. New stream buffering implementation for Roon and other streaming sources. NAA protocol handling fixes. CPU core allocation improvements with better SMT support. Various fixes and component updates.
Oct 10 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.12.1 released.
Fixes a possible timing/race condition problem when starting playback on a Windows based NAA.
Oct 9 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.12.0 released!
New poly-sinc-long filter completes set of three closely related filters. Small control API fixes and improvements. Improved core allocation for threaded dual-core processors. Reworked network streaming buffer with increased size. Major update of HQPlayer OS.
Oct 5 2019 Network Audio Daemon 3.6.0 released.
Changed IPv4/IPv6 dual protocol handling, small protocol update, small improvements and bug fixes, component updates. Support for exaSound ASIO driver on macOS.
Sep 18 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.3.0 released!
Improved support for multichannel DSDIFF files, new poly-sinc-long filters, metering fixes and component updates.
Sep 2 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.1.1 released!
EC modulator optimizations, CPU core allocation optimizations. Volume management fixes for Direct SDM.
Aug 23 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.11.2 released.
Volume management fixes for Direct SDM, CPU core allocation optimizations and fixes volume control from web interface while playing.
Jul 24 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.11.1 released.
Performance optimizations especially for EC modulator use cases.
Jul 18 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro and HQPlayer 4 Desktop hotfix.
Fixes a crash, please refresh the product page and re-download.
Jul 18 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.1.0 released!
Three new very high accuracy modulator variants added. Improved search functionality in Client. Various bug fixes and component updates.
Jul 18 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.2.0 released!
Three new very high accuracy modulator variants added. Various bug fixes and component updates.
Jul 4 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.11.0 released!
Three new very high accuracy modulator variants added. Various bug fixes and small improvements.
Jun 6 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.1.1 released.
Fix writing of RF64 WAV files, added static volume level indication, various bug fixes and component updates.
May 28 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.10.2 released.
Further improvements to NAA connection handling. Control API fixes. HQPlayer OS image now contains necessary tools for SMB mounts.
May 28 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.0.4 released.
Various bug fixes and usability improvements. Also includes improved NAA connectivity. Control API fixes and improvements.
May 27 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.10.1 released.
Improved NAA (re-)connection procedure to allow starting up system in any order. Fixed NAA discovery problem. Improved library update scanning procedure. Added remove license key button to /key page.
May 24 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.10.0 released!
Control interface extensions, new configuration options, component updates and many bug fixes. Now supports auto-discovery by HQPlayer Client. If you use "Auto rate family", note the new "48k DSD" configuration option!
May 24 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.4 maintenance hotfix.
Fixes a glitch when starting playback using DoP with ALSA backend on Linux. Package version 3.25.4-86, please reload product page and download new package.
May 22 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.4 maintenance release.
Component updates, fixes and small improvements.
May 21 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.0.3 released.
Various bug fixes and usability improvements.
Note! Changes to DirectSDM behavior with volume control, please check your settings and volume!
May 07 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.0.2 bug fix release.
Various bug fixes and usability improvements.
Apr 28 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.0.1 hotfix.
Fixes control interface connectivity issue in certain cases.
Apr 26 2019 HQPlayer 4 Desktop 4.0.0 released!
New client-server model with a separate client/control application. Server side graphical interface has been streamlined. Support for realtime audio inputs. Support for separate filter selection for 1x source rates and higher rates. Client application can be also used with HQPlayer Embedded. Various improvements to the control API. Upgrade discount coupon codes available for existing customers of HQPlayer Desktop 3.
Apr 26 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.x enters maintenance mode.
Maintenance period will last at least for a year.
Apr 3 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.1.0 released!
Fixes arbitrary word length output to a FLAC file by zero-padding to either 16- or 24-bit samples. Support arbitrary output sampling rate and single channel output. Number of smaller improvements and bug fixes.
Feb 25 2019 HQPlayer 4 Embedded 4.9.0 released!
Various smaller bug fixes, improvements and component updates. Major HQPlayer OS update and includes also NAA version 3.5.6.
Feb 19 2019 HQPlayer 4 Pro 4.0.0 released!
First production release! HQPlayer 4 Pro is a high-quality audio file format converter, recorder, and player with powerful processing facilities. Intended as a mastering post-production tool for producing high-quality final distribution files in various formats.
Feb 12 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.3 hotfix.
Fixes regression in ALSA format selection on Linux. Package version 3.25.3-84, please reload product page and download new package.
Feb 11 2019 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.3 released.
Support for IPv6 NAA connections on macOS. Support for linear gain scale factors in pipeline matrix, including negative factors for phase inversion, allowing creation of various stereo multichannel matrix encode/decode, such as M/S stereo. More flexible output format selection to allow use of 16-bit output formats to reach higher sampling rates on macOS for example. Bug fixes and component updates.
Feb 8 2019 Network Audio Daemon 3.5.5 / 3.5.6 released.
Version 3.5.5.x for Linux and 3.5.6 for macOS and Windows. Enables IPv6 support on macOS. Minor fixes and updates.
Jan 24 2019 HQPlayer Embedded 4.8.0 released!
Allow linear scale factors in pipeline matrix setup. Added album-page on web interface allowing per-track selection and playback. First release also for ARM64 platforms (primarily for NXP i.MX8M SoC). Improved support for PCM rates above 1 MHz and DSD rates at or above DSD1024. Various bug fixes, improvements, and component updates.
Jan 22 2019 HQPlayer Pro 4.0.0b2 released!
Significant metadata handling rework and basic metadata translation between different metadata formats. Added possibility to define linear gain scaling factors for pipeline matrix, this allows things such as M/S process. Also includes several bugfixes and improvements.
Dec 19 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.7.1 released.
Bug fixes, component and documentation updates.
Dec 18 2018 HQPlayer Pro 4.0.0b1 released!
Public beta release. HQPlayer 4 Pro is a high-quality audio file format converter, recorder, and player with powerful processing facilities. Intended as a mastering post-production tool for producing high-quality final distribution files in various formats.
Dec 9 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.2 released.
Bug fix and component update release. Fixes number of bugs, including some crashes.
Dec 6 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.7.0 released!
Add track list and offload status on front page, and also CD and removable media on input page. Small adjustments to default configuration and number of bug fixes and component updates.
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Oct 24 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.1 released!
Updates DSD-to-DSD rate conversion algorithm. Fixes regression where matrix initialization fails without convolution filter.
Oct 24 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.6.1 released.
Added volume control to the front page. Fixes regression where matrix initialization fails without convolution filter.
Oct 14 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.6.0 released!
Added new DSD-to-PCM rate converters. New and improved DSD-to-DSD rate conversion algorithms (two options). Display active cover art on front page. Built in configuration help pages. Support for DSD2048. Bug fixes.
Bootable image is now dual-use and contains also NAA functionality.
Oct 2 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.25.0 released!
Option for extracting embedded cover art when detached cover art is missing. Small user interface improvements. Support for CUDA 10 and new GPU hardware variants (requires latest drivers). On Linux this is first release built for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Menu options for removing license key and clearing data. Number of bug fixes.
Sep 27 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.5.0 released!
Improved ALSA backend capabilities and added support using RME ADI-2 Pro as a fully capable input device with automatic rate switching. Library contents are now displayed on the library page with controls to play or queue an album. Front page now has basic playback controls. New limited HTTP control methods, new method to retrieve cover images using HTTP. Improved library performance and fix for cover image retrival through control API. Support for CUDA 10 on Ubuntu (requires latest drivers).
Sep 17 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.4.1 released.
Released only as bootable image; experimental support for USB input.
Sep 12 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.4.0 released!
Two new filters, poly-sinc-ext2 with special two stage design for SDM output mode and sinc-M one million tap sinc-filter. Old "sinc" filter has been renamed to more descriptive "ASRC". Optimizations to CIC integrator for lower CPU load. New control interface methods to switch between time display modes.
Sep 11 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.24.0 released!
Two new filters, poly-sinc-ext2 with special two stage design for SDM output and sinc-M one million tap sinc-filter. Old "sinc" filter has been renamed to more descriptive "ASRC". Optimizations to CIC integrator for lower CPU load. New control interface methods to switch between time display modes.
Aug 29 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.3.1 released.
Fixes for convolution and matrix configuration handling.
Aug 28 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.3.0 released!
New "mega" variants of closed-form filter with one million taps for PCM and 16 million taps for SDM. Also includes bug fixes and updated GPU support.
Aug 22 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.23.0 released!
New "mega" variants of closed-form filter with one million taps for PCM and 16 million taps for SDM, these filters work great on GPUs too. Updated GPU support and some other minor updates.
Jul 28 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.22.1 released!
Added support for custom "ALBUMARTIST" tag in FLAC. Improved search with track names. Fixed problem running Linux version on AMD CPUs.
Jul 4 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.22.0 released!
Improved usability of touch interface for mouse use with view flick zones on edges and scroll bar on the cover flow, all together with a small facelift. Setting multicore DSP to enabled now goes full-on with all cores allowing small experimental tuning versus core allocation of auto-mode when operating on the edge of CPU capabilities. Linux version now contains various performance optimizations for lower CPU load.
Jun 28 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.2.0 released!
Setting multicore DSP to enabled now goes full-on with all cores while auto setting calculates more adaptive work distribution strategy. Ubuntu package now contains some extra optimizations. Improvements in hardware/software combo volume control. Number of bug fixes and minor improvements.
Jun 28 2018 Network Audio Daemon 3.5.4 released.
Small fixes and performance improvements. Images have also been updated with new drivers.
May 22 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.21.0 released!
Both touch and desktop interface can now be kept visible simultaneously when full-screen mode is disabled. CUDA framework update to version 9.2, requires latest display drivers. Various performance optimizations and tunings.
Apr 23 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.1.0 released!
Separate filter selection for sources at 1x rates and higher rates. Small networking optimizations for NAA. Web interface improvements; matrix setup, password change, log view, etc. Adjusted default modulator gain for PCM-to-DSD when DirectSDM is enabled.
Product page now lists products with HQPlayer Embedded preinstalled; Estelon Lynx speakers, Small Green Computer sonicTransporter server, Pink Faun STREAMER 2.16 server
Mar 28 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.0.4 released.
Modulator tunings and number of bug fixes.
Mar 9 2018 Network Audio Daemon packages now also available for 64-bit ARM architecture.
Mar 9 2018 HQPlayer Embedded 4.0.0 released!
Software platform for building embedded digital media players, digital audio processors and advanced A/D/A converters!
Mar 7 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.20.4 released.
Small bug fixes and performance optimizations.
Feb 14 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.20.2 released.
Small user interface tweaks, support for date metadata for remote control applications, update "invisible" metadata on rescan and number of bug fixes.
Jan 9 2018 HQPlayer Desktop 3.20.1 released.
Fixes regression with certain types of impulse response WAV files for convolution engine. Adds more metadata fields to the library data for control API purposes.
Dec 28 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.20.0 released.
Fixes and improvements in the control API. CUDA updates and tunings, now it is also possible to offload only convolution engine. Other small improvements and fixes.
Dec 3 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.19.1 released.
Fixes regression on handling 64-bit floating point WAV files. Also fixes closed-form filter misbehavior on certain GPU configurations (1080Ti). Cleans up filter, dither/modulator and rate settings when automatic output mode switching is used, this also cleans up the reported status information towards control applications.
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Nov 25 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.19.0 released!
Fixes and extensions to the control API functionality with better support for remote control applications like HQPDcontrol! Support for large RF64 (EBU Tech 3306) WAV files used for hires content. Split HQPlayer configuration and library into separate files making it easier to switch configurations without affecting library. New shortcuts on Windows and Linux for starting HQPlayer in fullscreen mode. Plus usual smaller fixes and improvements.
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Nov 1 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.18.2 released.
Optimizations to CPU core usage in automatic multicore DSP mode. Fixes to new control API functions.
Oct 18 2017 Network Audio Daemon 3.5.2 released.
Small fixes and improvements.
Oct 14 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.18.1 released.
Fixes minimum phase filter initialization problem on Windows. Small improvements.
Sep 29 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.18.0 released.
Extended control API functionality, updates, optimizations and bug fixes.
Aug 17 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.17.0 released.
Due to crashes with latest Win10 updates, license management module has been replaced on Windows version, old license keys can be converted to a new key file format. Number of small fixes and improvements on all platforms.
May 15 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.16.4 released.
Fixes playlist management regression from 3.16.3.
May 14 2017 HQPlayer Embedded 4.0.0b1 released!
First beta release of HQPlayer Embedded 4.x! New features include: Same control interface as already provided by HQPlayer Desktop, so existing control applications can be used. Support for digital and analog inputs for AnySource™ functionality allowing inputs from various devices, like Google Chromecast Audio or Apple AirPort Express or other computers or devices such as UPnP Renderers with suitable outputs. Even inputs from vinyl can be used for example at 768/32 input resolution for digital room correction processing. Multiple input devices are supported. There is also a new mobile device compatible web-based control and configuration interface.
May 11 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.16.3 released.
Fixes crash at application startup after Windows 10 update KB4016871/KB4019472. Plus various minor changes.
Apr 10 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.16.1 released.
Further improved multi-core CPU support and number of small fixes and improvements.
Apr 9 2017 Network Audio Daemon 3.5.1 released.
Disconnects HQPlayer on DAC/driver start failure in order to trigger full session restart. Plus some small fixes/improvements.
Mar 16 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.16.0 released!
Reliability and performance improvements. Improved support for higher number of CPU cores (8+) and automatic configuration for multicore systems.
Mar 1 2017 Network Audio Daemon 3.5.0 released.
Now supports also WASAPI on Windows, plus minor improvements and fixes on all platforms.
Feb 26 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.15.1 released.
Bug fixes and performance improvements. Also a new option in control interface to select transport type.
Jan 24 2017 HQPlayer Desktop 3.15.0 released!
New poly-sinc-xtr "extreme" filters, update for Linux package forward compatibility, updates and fixes to the control protocol, number of smaller fixes and improvements.
Dec 8 2016 Network Audio Daemon 3.4.2 released.
Minor improvements and fixes.
Nov 30 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.14.4 released.
Some small fixes and optimizations to convolution engine initialization. Also fixes a timing problem in CUDA algorithm initialization.
Oct 30 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.14.3 released.
Fixes seeking problems, adds double-click-to-play on cover flow, optimizes GPU memory usage.
Oct 12 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.14.2 released.
Fixes handling of certain multichannel FLACs. Also fixes loading of certain types of WAV files on Windows.
Oct 9 2016 HQPlayer Desktop 3.14.1 released.
Changes logic when loading items from the library; single click loads item and double click also immediately starts playback of the loaded item. Re-enables CUDA support on macOS and workaround for a case where CUDA freezes in certain environments. Cleans up metadata with extra whitespaces on import.
Oct 3 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.14.0 released!
For Network Audio Adapter endpoints, improved discovery and support for IPv6 (Win/Linux). New modulator for DSD512+ rates. Added minimum-phase variant for two filters. Hardware requirements bumped up. Support for CUDA 8 (and Pascal-generation GPUs). Lot of bugfixes and other improvements.
Mar 21 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.13.3 released.
Improves reliability on DAC reconnect and hot-plug cases when used together with latest networkaudiod. Simplifies CD reading algorithm for better compatibility with certain drives. Also contains other small fixes.
Mar 9 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.13.2 released.
Fixed a regression in convolution/matrix processing of DSD sources.
Mar 9 2016 Network Audio Daemon 3.2.0 released.
Minor improvements and fixes.
Feb 28 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.13.1 released.
This is a bugfix release, fixing various small issues.
Feb 8 2016 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.13.0 released!
Multichannel speaker distance adjustments are now available also in DirectSDM mode. New set of keyboard shortcuts reflecting the function button layout on Apple keyboards. Fine-tuning of DSD7 modulator and new filter for cleaning up MQA encoded content. Automatic output mode and rate switching. Plus usual performance improvements and bug fixes.
Dec 24 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.12.0 released!
Support for Roon as control interface and media source. Support for offloading part of the processing to a GPU using NVIDIA CUDA. Added support for cross-application raw streams and extensions to the remote control API. Lower overhead Pipeline SDM implementation and fix ASDM7 initialization bug. Various smaller fixes and optimizations.
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Oct 17 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.11.0 released!
Adds closed-form-fast interpolation variant for lower CPU load. Fixes issue with closed-form interpolation when used with non-pipeline SDM. Fixes incompatibility issue on some 32-bit Windows sytems. Number of smaller bug fixes. Embedded version now has option to set fixed output volume level and fixes occasional race condition with track advance.
Oct 7 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.10.0 released!
Closed form interpolator added and some bug fixes.
Sep 20 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.9.0 released!
Modulator tuning for ASDM7 and one new filter. Track number metadata is now used for sorting tracks. Mac OS X version has now equivalent performance features as other versions (now requires OS X 10.9+). Plus usual small fixes and improvements.
Aug 18 2015 HQPlayer Desktop 3.8.2 released.
Transport state persistence over restarts and some bug fixes.
Aug 12 2015 Network Audio Daemon 3.1.0 released.
Minor improvements and fixes.
Jul 28 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.8.1 released.
Fixes a problem with playlist clear operation.
Jul 26 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.8.0 released!
New features such as matrix processing for routing/filtering/mixing channels (up to 32), remote control API, and new SDM rate converter. Plus number of smaller fixes and reworks such as changes to the ASIO backend.
Apr 20 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.7.1 released.
This is a bugfix release. Desktop version also includes a preliminary remote control interface.
Apr 2 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.7.0 released.
New adaptive seventh-order modulator, new file access method on platforms except 32-bit Windows. Traditional search function now available also on desktop mode. Plus usual small bug fixes, improvements and optimizations.
Jan 21 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.6.1 released.
This is a bugfix release with some minor optimizations.
Jan 6 2015 HQPlayer Desktop and HQPlayer Embedded 3.6.0 released!
Support for new NAAv3 new functionality. Also some modulator tuning. Plus overall fixes and improvements.
Jan 6 2015 Network Audio Daemon 3.0.0 released!
Supported OS platforms for NAA now include Windows (64-bit ASIO) and Mac OS X (CoreAudio). This version also supports native non-DoP DSD output on Linux and Windows (requires HQPlayer 3.6.0 or newer).
Dec 6 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.5.2 for Linux released.
Support for native non-DoP DSD on various DACs, such as iFi and Marantz. Allows DSD256 on iFi iDSD Nano and DSD512 on iFi iDSD Micro.
Nov 11 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.5.1 released.
This is a bug fix release. The 32-bit Lite version for Windows has been discontinued and replaced with normal version.
HQPlayer Embedded 3.5.1 available for download as well.
Nov 3 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.5.0 released!
New AdaptiveSDM(tm) modulator named "DSD5v3", improved load balancing for multi-core CPUs, config option to enable ASIO DSD on Merging Horus/Hapi and Playback Designs DACs. Also number other smaller improvements and fixes.
HQPlayer Embedded 3.5.0 available for download as well.
Sep 27 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.4.1 released.
Bugfix release. Also adds album art to the desktop mode.
HQPlayer Embedded 3.4.1 available for download.
Sep 20 2014 Small command line utility for converting DFF to DSF is now available.
Sep 4 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.4.0 released!
New CoreAudio and ASIO backends for the Mac OS X version. Possibility to switch backends from the Settings dialog on all platforms. Redesigned "-2s" oversampling filters now offering equivalent technical performance compared to "non-2s" versions. Modulator tuning, especially for highest SDM rates. Number of smaller changes and improvements.
Jun 2 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.3.3 for Windows released.
Fixes playlist editing regression. This problem existed only in Windows version.
May 16 2014 New HQPlayer Embedded published.
Now provides standard MPRIS control API that can be used with Rygel UPnP server to implement UPnP Renderer. Also contains optional support for FFMPEG to extend media decoding capabilities.
Apr 23 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.3.2 released.
Fixes regression in DSD-to-PCM conversion settings management. Minor fixes and improvements.
Apr 18 2014 Signalyst DSC1 DAC rev.A released!
This is an open hardware design optimized for use with high order modulators of HQPlayer.
Feb 16 2014 HQPlayer Desktop 3.3.0 released!
New HF expansion and IR gain estimation algorithms for convolution engine. First release for SolidRun CuBox-i computer. Lot of bug fixes and performance improvements. 32-bit Windows version is now the "Lite" version and can be installed on 64-bit systems too.
Dec 17 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.2.0 released!
HTTP streaming for all the supported formats. Two new delta-sigma modulators optimized for 256x and faster output rates. The "DSD5" modulator is now rate-adaptive. Support for ID3v2 tags in DSDIFF (DFF) files. Touch mode GUI usability improvements. Performance improvements and bug fixes.
Oct 10 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.1.3 released!
Switched to use 80-bit floating point arithmetic in certain selected points because 64-bit was running out of precision. Fixes embedded cover art in playlist mode and dual-wire DoP over NAA playback case. Up to 50% lower CPU load on Windows!
Oct 9 2013 Network Audio Daemon 2.0.5 released.
Improves compatibility with certain hardware/drivers.
Oct 3 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.1.2 released.
Fixes regression introduced with optimizations in 3.1.1. Fixes to some DSD content playback cases. Improvements in metadata handling. Reimplementation of WAV/AIFF handling to facilitate some future features.
Sep 17 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.1.1 released.
Optimizations to improve processing speed of poly-* filters. Also fixes in following areas; dual-wire DoP, DoP over ASIO and dual-wire DoP over NAA.
Sep 17 2013 Network Audio Daemon 2.0.4 released.
Fixes problems with dual-wire DoP mode.
Sep 4 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.1.0 released!
Adds a set of lighter weight oversampling filters for high oversampling ratios. Also includes some fine tuning of delta-sigma modulators. Two new noise filters for conversion of DSD content to PCM. Fixes a problem with certain multichannel files, namely DSF with 5.0 channels.
Sep 4 2013 Network Audio Daemon 2.0.3 released.
Fixes a problem when DHCP server is slow to respond.
Aug 27 2013 Network Audio Daemon 2.0.2 released.
Fixes a start-up problem. Also includes some minor adjustments.
Jul 7 2013 Network Audio Daemon 2.0.1 released.
Fixes a timing problem, causing failures to start playback.
Jul 7 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.0.1 released.
Adds support for 64-bit floating point WAV, mostly used for convolution filters with applications like Acourate. Fixes a crash in certain cases with multichannel DSDIFF/DSF files. Some small fixes and fullscreen mode improvements.
Jun 12 2013 WebShop is now open again with upgrade option from version 2.x.
May 31 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 3.0.0 released!
Adds a new alternative touch optimized full-screen GUI with cover art, especially for Windows 8 tablets and touch screens. Support Network Audio Adapter protocol version 2. Mac OS X version using network audio output to bypass CoreAudio completely. Various smaller improvements.
May 31 2013 Network Audio Daemon 2.0.0 released!
New improved protocol with special optimizations for streaming DSD content.
May 5 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 2.10.1 released.
Fixes some GUI logic regressions and some other minor bugs.
Mar 19 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 2.10.0 released.
Redesigned DSD7 modulator plus number of fixes and improvements in various different areas.
Mar 3 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 2.9.2 released.
Some fine tuning of DSD7 modulator. Number of small fixes.
Feb 16 2013 First experimental release of full HQPlayer Desktop for ARM platform is now available for the SolidRun CuBox.
Jan 5 2013 HQPlayer Desktop 2.9.1 released.
Fixes a 2.9.0's regression in the half-band down-sampling algorithm and in the convolution engine.
Dec 9 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.9.0 released!
Significant performance and small quality improvement in the poly-sinc down-sampling algorithm. Now the poly-* DSD-to-PCM converters can run on almost any machine and are now the most recommended way when conversion is needed. Two new delta-sigma modulator variants. The "dual-wire" DoP 1.1 DSD128 (0x06/0xF9) is now supported with both WASAPI on Windows and ALSA on Linux. Same WASAPI back-end variant is now used on all versions of Windows allowing drag-and-drop support in all cases.
Nov 15 2012 Network Audio Daemon now available for three ARM-based hardware platforms, the BeagleBoard/BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and Acme Systems FOX G20.
Nov 8 2012 HQPlayer Desktop for Windows available to fix a playback start problem on Windows 8 WASAPI with some device drivers.
Oct 3 2012 Network Audio Daemon 1.3.1 released.
Performance optimizations to minimize CPU load.
Oct 1 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.4 released.
Optional high frequency expansion algorithm for the convolution engine. New resampling / oversampling algorithm "poly-sinc-hb". Improved parallelization for multi-core processors. Initial support for Windows 8. Many small usability improvements.
Sep 9 2012 Network Audio Daemon 1.3.0 released!
Mostly rewritten ALSA backend, some fixes and improvements.
Sep 8 2012 HQPlayer Desktop & Embedded and HQPlayer SDK 2.8.3 released!
Non-decimating convolution engine for DSD content (processing at native rate)! Fixed some possible crash cases.
Sep 2 2012 HQPlayer Desktop for Linux updated to version
Fix for a possible crash and rework of ALSA back-end to support wider range of audio hardware.
Aug 28 2012 HQPlayer Embedded and HQPlayer SDK released!
Engine updated to match Desktop version plus some control GUI changes and improvements.
Aug 20 2012 HQPlayer Desktop released!
Improved volume control for DSD content. Fixed a playlist loading issue with certain M3U8 format playlists. Option to ignore all warnings about certain complex conversion ratios.
Jun 20 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.2 released!
Rewritten minringFIR filter, now available also as oversampling filter in the delta-sigma modulator. Support for convolution engine in PCM-to-SDM conversion case. Button to invert absolute phase. Number of other fixes and improvements.
May 21 2012 A summer 2012 release of HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.1 and Network Audio Daemon 1.2.1!
Unicode fix and various other smaller fixes in HQPlayer. Small but important core component improvement in both HQPlayer and Network Audio Daemon.
Apr 22 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.0 released!
Experimental support for "dual wire" mode on Linux to reach 384 kHz PCM and 128x SDM rates over dual AES links or channel-per-I2S with standard rates on other interface types. Also includes various fixes. For other changes, see earlier beta announcements.
Apr 5 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.0beta6 and Network Audio Daemon 1.2.0
Support for up to 24.576 MHz SDM and 1.536 MHz PCM. Multi-room support with Network Audio Adapters. One second pre-playback mute to give slow update rate PLLs time to properly acquire lock. Optimizations to reduce CPU load, memory use and to improve cache performance. Also reduced initialization times. Lot of fixes, reworks and improvements, software component updates.
Feb 28 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.0beta5
Support for ID3v2 tags in AIFF and DSF files. Also improved overload handling for the delta-sigma modulator.
Feb 21 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.0beta4
Multichannel speaker level and distance processing for SDM/DSD output. Number of optimizations and small UI logic improvements. Updated manual to match new functionality. Support for a new DSD-in-PCM packing scheme (with 0x05/0xfa markers).
Feb 7 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.0beta2
Non-decimating (performed at original rate) digital volume control for DSDIFF/DSF file playback to DSD-DACs, option for downconversion from 128fs DSDIFF/DSF files to 64fs DSD-DACs. General improvements in delta-sigma modulator. New "Direct SDM" configuration option to pass DSDIFF/DSF content to DSD-DACs without processing. Also CD playback has been fixed.
Feb 6 2012 Network Audio Daemon 1.1.4 for a Network Audio Adapter.
Some new startup options and init script fixes. Also contains a fix related to freeing up the audio device when client disconnects in order to better support other processes accessing audio devices. Now also runs a script when client is connected or disconnected.
Jan 23 2012 HQPlayer Desktop 2.8.0beta1
Now includes delta-sigma modulator to feed DSD-capable DACs with more native 1-bit SDM streams. High quality single-pass upsampling from PCM to SDM. Manual selection between PCM and SDM modes included in the main window.
Dec 31 2011 HQPlayer Desktop/Embedded released!
Quality improvements to minimum-phase filters. Also added a new high quality "Gauss1" dither. Fixed a crash with certain settings. Now Engine is automatically discovered by the Control client. Engine also supports Network Audio Adapters now to offer three-tier architecture isolating audio device, processing and control GUI.
Dec 23 2011 HQPlayer Desktop and Signalyst Network Audio Daemon 1.1.1 released.
Small fixes and Network Audio Adapter discovery address change in HQPlayer Desktop.
Network Audio Daemon now releases audio devices when idling, also includes the discovery address change.
Dec 19 2011 HQPlayer Desktop 2.7.5 and Signalyst Network Audio Daemon 1.0.0 released!
Support for Signalyst Asynchronous Network Audio Adapters; for maximum isolation all processing is performed in the player application and processed data is asynchronously streamed over network to a very lightweight network audio adapter interfacing to the DAC. Now none/none setting is more explicitly bit-perfect. Also small GUI improvements, such as movable splitter between transport and track views, support for repeat and random playback modes.
Note! Due to a new state saving system, old volume and basic/advanced mode states are reset in this release.
Dec 4 2011 HQPlayer Desktop 2.7.4 released!
Special handling for DSDIFF/DSF files in playlist mode to avoid clicks/pops between unrelated tracks. Remembers last used directory of all file dialogs. Small fix for DSF file handling. A lot of small changes.
Nov 19 2011 HQPlayer Desktop for Linux updated to to solve some issues and add support for Fedora (16) distribution.
Nov 8 2011 HQPlayer Desktop/Embedded 2.7.3 released!
Number of usability improvements and bug fixes. Fixed one more regression in ASIO DSD support. New upsampling filter "minringFIR" included in Desktop version. ALSA handling improvements in Linux version, including better support for HDMI.
Oct 28 2011 Instructions for the Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC added to the quickstart guide.
Oct 23 2011 HQPlayer Desktop/Embedded 2.7.2 released!
Added buttons to load/save playlists and support for translations. Fixed an ASIO initialization problem introduced in 2.7.0. Windows installers are now signed. Number of smaller fixes and improvements.
Oct 12 2011 HQPlayer Desktop/Embedded 2.7.1 released!
Direct DSDIFF/DSF playback is now also possible in playlist mode. Increased precision of some pre-computations to 80-bits. Fixed problem on convolution engine setup dialog and some other smaller fixes. Embedded Engine now matches the Desktop version. Dropped Standalone version.
Oct 5 2011 HQPlayer Desktop 2.7.0 released!
This release includes a new trial period. Numerous changes, including redesigned UI, support for playlists (pls/m3u or adding files/trees to an internal playlist), support for mixed rate transports, support for native/direct playback of DSDIFF/DSF files using different "PCM packing" schemes (Linux&WASAPI), fixed issue on native DSF playback. Significant rework of one-bit audio to PCM conversion with new conversion algorithms and noise filters (check your conversion settings), 128x one bit audio is now converted to 352.8 kHz rate. Plus many other minor things.
Sep 7 2011 Packages of HQPlayer Desktop for Ubuntu 11.04 now available. Plus update for the openSUSE version.
Sep 2 2011 HQPlayer Desktop for Linux is now generally available!
May 30 2011 HQPlayer Desktop/Embedded 2.6.2 and HQPlayer Engine SDK 2.6.2 released!
Support for AIFF file format added, fixes to raw DSDIFF/DSF playback time display. Menu entry and a dialog added to Windows version of the Engine Daemon for setting library location in order to ease up configuration. Software was built in an updated build environment.
May 23 2011 HQPlayer Embedded and HQPlayer Engine SDK released.
Fixes an engine startup crash issue on certain installations. Also includes some minor improvements to the Embedded Control.
May 21 2011 HQPlayer Desktop/Embedded 2.6.1 and HQPlayer Engine SDK 2.6.1 released!
Completely reimplemented NS9 noise shaper for use at 176.4/192 kHz rates (especially nice for 4x rate capable 16-bit DACs like TDA154x). New NS5 noise shaper for use at (192/)352.8/384/705.6/768 kHz rates (especially nice for 16x rate capable DACs like PCM1704). These noise shapers are very aggressive and can provide a lot of extra SNR in the critical frequency band.
Also a new "steep" conversion method for PCM playback of DSDIFF/DSF files and a new alternative noise filter "secondary" especially for use together with "steep" conversion method. Some fixes and a new setting for ASIO DSD support.
Also introduced a counter to show when limiter is hit on clipped/too hot material. In order to avoid hitting the limiter, use low enough volume setting (usually -3 dB is enough).
Plus the usual minor fixes, including fixes related to cover art loading.
Apr 23 2011 HQPlayer Embedded 2.6.0 and HQPlayer Engine SDK 2.6.0 released! First release with a separate headless server and graphical client applications. Graphical control client is optimized for capacitive touch screens, but can be used with more traditional pointing devices too. Old "Embedded" version, now called "Standalone" is now included in the "Embedded" package and still works with the same key as the Desktop version.
Apr 20 2011 HQPlayer Desktop 2.6.0 released. New product split into Desktop, Embedded and Engine SDK versions. Completely reworked volume control and soft limiter. DAC bits setting for those with non-24-bit DAC behind unidirectional connection like S/PDIF or AES/EBU. Experimental "non-ringing" polynomial interpolation. And some bug fixes from the beta.
Mar 23 2011 A small demo video of the upcoming new embedded control UI (Win/Linux/OSX) at YouTube.
Feb 16 2011 HQPlayer and HQPlayer Engine SDK version 2.6.0 beta1 released. Includes preliminary support for direct/native playback from DSDIFF and DSF files to ASIO devices with DSD support. Includes also other minor changes and improvements.
Feb 7 2011 HQPlayer 2.5.5 released. Now includes 64-bit Desktop version, improved installer, dropped network licensing support. Due to changes in directory structure and shortcut naming, uninstall older version before installing this to avoid broken shortcuts and abandoned files!
Jan 31 2011 HQPlayer Engine SDK 2.5.5 released! Supported platforms are Windows Vista/7 and Linux. Includes headless engine daemon and control interface.
Jan 30 2011 Note! If you have audio problems when using USB audio device with default settings, try increasing buffer time to 100 ms. This will most likely help.
Jan 18 2011 HQPlayer minor fixes release. Small GUI improvements and further noise shaper tunings for NS4 and NS9.
Jan 6 2011 HQPlayer minor fixes release. Better handling for paths without supported files, installer and manual updates.
Jan 3 2011 HQPlayer 2.5.4 released! Fixes crashes with certain slightly buggy ASIO drivers. Also fixes incorrect total remain value in some cases as well as contains some further tunings in NS1 noise shaper.
Dec 31 2010 HQPlayer quick-fix version released. Fixed a newly introduced first-time installation startup problem the in desktop version. If you are experiencing this problem, either download this new version, or first start embedded version, go to Settings, click OK and then start the desktop version... No need to update if you have 2.5.3 desktop version already working.
Dec 30 2010 HQPlayer 2.5.3 released! Improvements for RIFF (WAV) files with more than 24-bit resolution, fix sample bit indication and other minor changes. Fixed a default settings problem introduced in previous version. Better handling for "basic" mode and improvements in a way mode switching is done.
Dec 12 2010 HQPlayer 2.5.2 released! Fixed problems in non-mapped network share handling and minor problems in RIFF (WAV) handling. Improved ASIO support. Improved performance in FIR resampler and DSDIFF/DSF file playback. Re-tuned noise shapers and dithers. Improvements in installer. Also contains "basic" and "advanced" modes for the main screen.
Nov 29 2010 HQPlayer 2.5.1 released! Included ASIO support in Desktop version, further tuning in poly-sinc* resamplers, completely reworked FFT-resampler and other minor improvements and fixes. Network licenses available on request for existing customers. Configuration file can be specified as a commandline parameter.
Nov 1 2010 HQPlayer 2.5.0 released! Fixed a startup issue on some Windows 7 systems, support for metadata parsing from file path, changes in the desktop GUI, support for multiselect in transport/paths list, support for DSF file format, improved sound quality for DSDIFF/DSF file playback, fixes in RIFF (WAV) handling, preliminary support for (non-compressed) multichannel DSDIFF/DSF files, plus set of minor fixes and improvements.
Oct 17 2010 HQPlayer Desktop for Linux is ready. Available on special request and for system integrators. If you would like to see a generic release, please vote by sending an email!
Sep 30 2010 HQPlayer 2.4.1 released! Minor update, more optimizations to the desktop version to make it consume less CPU power. Now the desktop version can play DSDIFF-files on equally slow CPU as the embedded one.
Sep 24 2010 HQPlayer 2.4.0 released! This is a major update, includes release version of the desktop and embedded versions! Various fixes and new features, most notably support for WAV (RIFF) playback, support for any sampling rate for convolver impulse responses, new desktop UI with high quality digital volume control, selectable convolution engines, configurable gain compensation for the convolution engine, etc, etc... Includes a new trial period for previous trials.
Linux version coming soon'ish...
Sep 11 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.8 released! Includes beta2 of the new desktop UI with many fixes and improvements. This release also gives a new trial period for those who have outdated trial period from previous versions.
Sep 4 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.7 released! Now includes a beta version of a new desktop/laptop UI! Installation of the new UI is optional; it is WASAPI-only and available only as 32-bit at the moment, but included in all installation packages. (Note! Startup of the desktop version may take a while!)
Jun 21 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.6 released! Collection of small fixes, including small correction for the poly-sinc gain calculation.
May 9 2010 Added a page where resolution and upsampling are explained through equivalent examples from image processing.
Apr 12 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.5 released! This release contains improved unicode support and a fix for 32-bit float WAV impulse response files. You may need to regenerate transport list.
Mar 7 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.4 released! Added new key bindings and improved transport list editor.
Feb 13 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.3 released! Now hardware buffer length defaults to driver default. Also includes convolution engine fixes related to non-minimum-phase impulse responses. Overall performance of the convolution engine has been improved.
Jan 14 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.2 released. Fixed a bug in soft limiter (used for material containing clipped peaks).
Jan 11 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.1 released! Changed transport list layout a bit for better readability, no other changes.
Jan 6 2010 HQPlayer 2.3.0 released! Complete reimplementation of polyphase resampler, now capable of converting between most typical rates at very high quality. Also includes minimum phase variant. New feature for adding entire directory tree into the transport list. (File - Paths - Add tree...)
Dec 2 2009 HQPlayer 2.2.1 released! Fixed a recently introduced bug in no rate conversion case.
Nov 21 2009 HQPlayer 2.2.0 released! Fixed a problem on creating user settings directory and updated the manual. Otherwise same as the beta.
Nov 15 2009 HQPlayer 2.2.0 beta released! Added support for downsampling, thus full resampling and word length reduction is now supported. Significantly helps listening hi-res audio files on hardware capable of only 44.1/48 kHz 16-bit format! Works also for DSDIFF files! Also good for listening 192/24 or DSDIFF files on 96/24 hardware.
Nov 1 2009 HQPlayer 2.1.1 released! Small modifications on minimum-phase sinc-resampler; improved pass-band SNR on slight expense of stop-band attenuation. Also performance optimizations on sinc-resamplers and slightly different handling for media keys.
Sep 13 2009 HQPlayer 2.1.0 released! Some bugfixes and support for up to 768 kHz sample rates.
Aug 25 2009 HQPlayer 2.1.0 beta released! Support for playback of stereo DSDIFF (DFF) files through conversion to 176.4 kHz PCM. Support for 352.8 and 384 kHz sampling rates. (Also some Windows 7 -related installer fixes.)
Aug 2 2009 HQPlayer 2.0.2 released! Second wave of bugfixes. Most notable fixes include a fix for recently introduced IIR filter breakage as well as fix for dither selection. As a new feature, this release contains significantly better load balancing for multicore CPUs.
Jul 26 2009 HQPlayer 2.0.1 released! Bugfix release, including internationalization fixes as well as new path selector for transport editor.
Jun 30 2009 HQPlayer 2.0.0 final released! Contains minor fixes and driver workarounds compared to last beta. Try 48/96 kHz rates on HD-Audio adapters if you get silence with other rates...
Jun 24 2009 HQPlayer 2.0.0 beta 3 released. Now contains speaker setup and placement processing functionality. Also introduced UI for mapping ASIO channels independently. This release is considered feature complete and also acts as a release candidate for 2.0.
May 24 2009 HQPlayer 2.0.0 beta 2 released. Support for ASIO drivers and number of minor bugfixes.
Apr 19 2009 May sale!
50% off the product price until end of May 2009! Includes upcoming HQPlayer version 2.x.
Apr 12 2009 HQPlayer 2.0.0 beta released. Now includes support for stereo, quadraphonic, 5.1 and 7.1 channel FLAC file playback. Also includes a set of further tunings on resamplers and dither / noise-shaping algorithms.
Mar 1 2009 HQPlayer 1.1.1 released. Introduced a new set of filters including two minimum-phase filters, improved dither and noise-shaping algorithms as well as improved hardware sample format flexibility.
Jan 6 2009 HQPlayer 1.1.0 released. Now includes a convolution engine for applying digital room correction and equalization filters. Also includes number of new upsampling filters as well as several bug fixes.