Picking the right media player for you could be confusing, because of the overwhelming number of options out there, but if you are all ready for a heavy dose of features and compatibility with a wide number of formats, then JetAudio Basic is a great choice.
The Installer is a bit on the heavy side, weighing in at 38MB(Do not download from homesite->CNET installer). Installation procedure is not really straightforward like other media players. Like many softwares of today, the installer asks, whether you want to install Ask toolbar, you may deselect it. You may select the option to add a shortcut on desktop. Before you exit the main wizard after installation, don’t forget to deselect ‘free mp3’ and ‘trial pay’ check boxes. During first time startup the media center asks, how you want to setup the player, for ‘file management’, ‘music listening’ or ‘simple music and video playback’. For our purposes, let’s select the option, ‘Video window only’. You can change the configuration anytime. The installation also registered DirectShow splitters, audio encoders, video decoders, audio stream switchers on the system for playback, against my interest.
Clean, modern and very informative with lot’s of options but not userfriendly or simple. Starting from top, the leftmost pane gives you access to all the menu options for playback and preferences. The check box next to it, let’s the media player window to be on top always. I couldn’t find a option for ‘playing file info’ but that was available by mouse hover on the top bar. Mouse hover on the topmost screen let’s you to change the window size through various options. The bottom bar let’s let’s you control playback and volume. Also on the middle, two numbers exist, first one let’s you setup playlists & albums and the second one for editing track properties & a useful menu that let’s you auto-resume any video files that’s been played before. Also the you could bookmark the video at the specific time by clicking the 'playing time' displayed and the capture button on the right, to save the screenshot. The properties toggle once you insert a DVD. Finally, a dropdown arrow towards the very bottom, not very noticeable, for configuring subtitle, screensize, playback options and color controls. All in all, a very intuitive interface but difficult to get used to. There are a handy number of skins available.
JADBasic is a very good, solid featured packed media player, that comes with a lot of goodies, to provide the best multimedia experience.
Played all the video formats, I threw against it without a hassle. The only problem was the audio where it failed to play AAC/AC3 audio, but that was easily remedied by enabling S/PDIF passthrough (right click->Configure DirectShow options->Sound). JetAudio is a very good platform for playing and watching DVD movies and VCD's.
The quality of the video is awesome. The player provides 3 different renderers, very basic A-B repeat and DirectX video accerelation. Also you can set the color controls as well as provide video effects to sharpen or denoise. You can make instant video capture with capture button. JetAudio has powerful subtitle configuration capabilities by pre-buffering and you can fix various positions, transparency, shadowing, colors, font's, delay and switching multiple languages.
The audio quality is average, but which can be enhanced by sound effect filters and also provides audio stream switching. It plays best on speakers. There are different equalizers and presets available. There are a few cool visualizations packed inside with internal & external spectrum viewers. There is a synchronized lyric viewer available and convienient album & playlist management.
When I meant feature packed, I really meant it. JetAudio supports Audio CD burning, Ripping, Recording, Creation, Converting audio and video to different formats, Internet radio and includes an Inbuilt Youtube downloader. There is a timer and clock available which comes in handy when you nap while watching videos or hear songs. And lot's more!
Since this section is all about multimedia players, tested mainly against video files, this review may not be enough for you to know the diverse functions that JetAudio Basic is capable of, including music management capabilties providing a rich, fun and engaging experience.
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JetAudio Basic scores 4/5 on Gizmo's reviews for Best Free Media Player .
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****Version Reviewed 8.0.16