posted on September 23, 2012 23:47
Setting up Foobar2000 for ASIO DSD / DXD Playback with exaSound DACs is straightforward. Experienced users probably won't need all the details below. We've included detailed step by step screenshots in case
you experience difficulties.
you haven't done so, download and install the exaSound G3 Windows ASIO
driver. You will find the step by step instructions in the Owner's Manual
for your exaSound DAC.
the latest version of Foobar2000 Setup from the official
developer’s website - http://www.foobar2000.org/download.
Save the downloaded file foobar2000_v1.1.15.exe.
the official ASIO output plug-in for Foobar2000 from http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_out_asio.
Save the file foo_out_asio.fb2k-component.
the Super Audio CD Decoder plug-in for Foobar2000 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/sacddecoder/files/.
Create an empty folder to unzip the downloaded file foo_input_sacd-0.6.0.zip
into. Open the folder with the unziped files.
- Double-click ASIOProxyInstall.exe. Complete the installation
of the ASIO Proxy for Foobar2000. You can accept the default settings.
the foobar2000_v1.1.15.exe file downloaded in step 2. This
will start the Foobar2000 setup. Complete the default installation. We've
included screen shots of the intermediate screens for your convenience.
Foobar2000 is launched, chose a screen layout.
the Foobar2000 menu select File -> Preferences
the Preferences window select Components.
the Install... button. Navigate to the foo_out_asio.fb2k-component
file downloaded in Step 3 and click the Open button.
see a new line in the Components screen, at the end of the installed
components list titled foo_out_asio.
again the Install button. Navigate to the foo_input_sacd-0.6.0.zip
file downloaded in Step 4 and click the Open button. A second
new line will be added to the end of the components list - foo_input_sacd.
Note: this time
you are pointing to the compressed file, not to the unzipped files in the
folder you created.
on the Apply button. When prompted click OK to restart Foobar2000.
the Foobar2000 menu select File -> Preferences. Select Components.
You should see listed in bold the ASIO support and the Super
Audio CD Decoder components.
the Output node select ASIO. You should see the exaSound
ASIO (2ch) driver and the foo_dsd_asio driver listed in the ASIO
drivers box. Double-click foo_dsd_asio.
the exaSound ASIO (2ch) driver; Select the ASIO Native DSD
on the Output node. In the Device dropdown select foo_dsd_asio.
on the Tools node and select SACD. Click on the ASIO
Driver Mode dropdown and select DSD.
to the Media Library node an add some folders with DSD files to the
Foobar2000 media library.
and drop some DSD tracks to a playlist and click the Play button.
on the exaSound Icon next to the system clock. The exaSound G3 dashboard should
display the DSD icon and the current sampling rate. This will confirm that
Foobar2000 is successfully configured for native DSD playback.