- Dec 2, 2012
Regarding JPlay, the feedback on it is very mixed. Where a good 75% used to prefer using JPlay over Roon "direct", it is now more like 50/50. I'm trying to get a handle on what causes these mixed results but there appears to be no common ground from a system setup perspective, results are even split between headphone users, so it may very well simply be completely personal. Chris is back from his holiday, the appointment scheduler is live again at https://taiko-audio.appointlet.com/ , feel free to schedule an update to restore JPlay but do evaluate carefully if you consider it an improvement or not. The 2015/EVO did not come with JPlay so those do require a license purchase.
I've been evaluating JPlay and so far I'm ambivalent. I would say so far that while my first experience with JPlay compared to the dCS Upsampler ASIO driver was very positive in favor of JPlay, that was prior to Roon build 537 and the later Taiko operating system tweaks.
Now, I hear JPlay as different to the ASIO driver, but not unequivocally better. It certainly isn't bad, but while I might characterize the JPlay sound as "bold" it also sometimes strays over into "brash" with some musical selections.
My plan is to continue listening to a wide range of music using JPlay for at least another week, then switch back to the ASIO driver to hear the contrast between the two again.
JPlay certainly isn't bad by any means -- it just might be a bit too much of a good thing at times. I suspect a preference for one or the other might be system (preamp/amps/speakers) and taste dependent at this point.