Currently using kubuntu 16.04 with deadbeef player. I would really like different gui cause of the ammount of music on my drive, deadbeef is not a good idea when you have 1tb+ music. I've tried clementine and other players from this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/561961/bit-perfect-audio-from-linux Turns out I can't select ALSA in any of them except deadbeef, no such option. Any suggestions?


If you like the look of Amarok 1.4 and Clementine, but want an updated player with more advanced settings for audio output, you can check out my fork of Clementine called Strawberry

It's aimed at audio enthusiasts and users who play local music files. It has support for multiple backends (gstreamer, xine and VLC), with advanced audio device options, like setting a custom alsa device string.

Here is a picture of Strawberry compiled on Ubuntu


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JRiver Media Center

JRiver Media Center works with ALSA. Unfortunately it's not free. You need to purchase JRiver License (either Linux Licence or Master Licence). You have 30 days to try the full feature set.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:anonbeat/guayadeque
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install guayadeque

after install, go to the terminal and run

 aplay -l

find your bit perfect device number and sub number.

Open Guayadeque and go to the View>Preferences>Playback and set device to the ALSA and hw:DeviceNumber,subNumber. For example, hw:0,0.


sudo apt install gmusicbrowser

After install, just go to the Settings>Output Device>output device (ALSA)> advance options and set ALSA device (For example: hw:0,0).

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  • I am aware of it. I used to use it for every media file i've got. Sadly its Linux version is paid and pretty bad. – fixxxera Aug 31 '16 at 18:16
  • I updated my answer. i'm currently using gmusicbrowser and i'm quite happy with it. – ICE Sep 18 '16 at 16:01
  • Add Audacious (audacious-media-player.org). It does not handle large libraries the same way gmusicbrowser does, but allows direct ALSA output to an external DAC. – epsicot Jan 28 '18 at 17:35

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