Unleashing Hi-Fi Audio on Android: The Ultimate App for Audiophiles
30 Oct 2023
The quest for supreme audio quality often leads music enthusiasts towards streaming services offering a comprehensive catalog and lossless audio quality. For many, this means juggling between multiple streaming services and personal music libraries, all to make the most of the audio files' quality. This journey for high-resolution audio, especially on mobile devices, typically involves an external DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) and a pair of high-quality wired headphones. But, the choice of the music player application is equally vital. Here's where USB Audio PRO steps in, an app that has become my go-to for music.
Android's default settings pose a minor issue for Hi-Fi audio enthusiasts. The system resamples the audio files it plays, altering the sample rate of the files. This means that despite the file's high quality, playback isn't "Bit perfect" - a crucial factor for audiophiles. USB Audio PRO offers a solution to this problem. It not only includes a 10-band equalizer and the ability to adjust the audio balance between left and right channels, but also ensures absolute compatibility with external DACs via USB. The app supports all commonly used high-resolution files, including FLAC, WAV, DSD, AIFF, WV, and MP3.
Another appealing feature of USB Audio PRO is the integration of streaming services and personal music libraries. The app allows access to services like Tidal and Qobuz, in addition to the music library on your mobile and DLNA servers. This convenience of switching between catalogs without needing another app enhances the user experience.
While USB Audio PRO is not a free app, it's well worth the investment for a Hi-Fi audio enthusiast. It offers optional in-app purchases like the Toneboosters EQ parametric equalizer and the ability to decode MQA files. However, these are personal choices. For me, the app has become my default music player, given its high-resolution file support and seamless integration of streaming services. It's a must-have for any audiophile seeking to make the most of their music on Android. But, as with any purchase, the decision to invest in it lies with the individual.