Re: So....which Media Player for a normal user
> For a user with a decent, but certainly
> not great ( or even good ), set of
> speakers and a consumer sound card (sb
> live ), what are the recommended media
> players. I'm especially looking for one
> that will handle as many formats as
> possible, since I don't want to mess
> around with several.
> Which audio players do video?
For the Windows platform, I have found that Winamp is fairly simple and versitile. The program is free at www.winamp.com. It plays a wide variety of sound formats, and many plugins are available (also free) to play formats which are not supported by the base program. It offers DSP plugins and an EQ to tweak the sound to your liking. A plugin called Vidamp plugin will play video. Skins and "visualization" plugins add to your viewing pleasure.
If you can't find a plugin to play a certain format, you can ask around in the winamp forums, or you can write your own plugin. (with VB I believe.)
The more plugins you add, the more versitile, but it can become a power hog, so only pick what you need (or would like).
There are many audio-enhancing and surround-emulating plugins, although my SB Live card sounds pretty good with just a pair of Soundworks speakers.