And I reiterate that my findings having listened to both extensively as well as to countless paid and free players on various platforms over the last decade. Foobar2000 may very well be, for all intents and purposes, audibly transparent to untrained or non-golden ears on lesser hardware, such a treble-challenged Sennheiser HD 650 or a distortion-prone Grado through a tube amplifier or a distortion-prone solid state amplifier. I will clarify and qualify this in stating that it is not that MusicBee is the only transparent player but, rather, that Foobar2000 is one of a few which are somewhat audibly flawed. In my experience, MusicBee and even something mainstream and non-audiophile of the likes of Groove Music are audibly transparent, whereas Foobar2000 is not. I can reliably and blindly tell whenever Foobar2000 is playing and is not as transients and dynamic range is highly muted when decoding high-bitrate MP3s. This is while ensuring that playback is bit-matched, ReplayGain is turned off, and no extensions or plug-ins are enabled. I say this as an objective audiophile, being a voracious reader of NwAvGuy, Archimago, and many other objective type audiophile bloggers. Somewhere in Foobar2000's codebase is something not quite right, and that is why I do not recommend it or use it except in duress or with lesser, unrevealing equipment where its MP3 audio flaw is effectively transparent.