Mix sounds amazing, clean, punchy, bright, not muddy......export---> playback bad

I have one question I really hope you can answer for me, it's really bothering me.
 
When I'm playing my track in my DAW (Ableton 9 Suite)  
 
 Everything is where I want it,
 The master channel is free of Compression and Limiting, Headroom left for Mastering.
Sounds Clean and Amazing in my DAW ( and this is before mastering)
I go --->  File export audio as WAV 96000 32 bit  , No dither, No normalize , 
I export as one WAV file.
 
Now when I play that WAV file on my computer , say through WINDOW MEDIA PLAYER
 
I've lost quality!!! the clean bright punchy clear sound is gone. And nothing should be different correct?
 
Anyway, Maybe you've run into this before..
 
Thanks!

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  • c.randall.warren
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    The type of sound card has nothing to do with the quality of a rendered file. Unless you're sending audio out and back in through an analogue insert point or something...

    Can you describe how it sounds different? Do things sound like they're getting clipped?

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • Dichter
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    The answer lies in the driver. You are likely using ASIO or WASAPI in your DAW, and WDM for playback. Try using a player that supports WASAPI (FOOBAR will do this with a plugin and it is open source and free software as well as an excellent player).

    At any rate, playback on professional systems should sound fine because its a DSP and driver issue; not an issue with your file.

    19 days ago | 0 comments
  • Deceitful
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    Try routing all your tracks into an audio track, record that, then export your recording. I'm not sure if Ableton exports a track with the effects, so having a recorded master without effects on it might be a solution.

    14 days ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    Are you using an external soundcard?

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    I beg to differ: if I make and render a track with my computer's internal soundcard and compare that to a track that was made using my studio soundcard, the difference is huge!

    In both cases it will sound nice on ("normal" ) headphones, but sounds much worse after rendering with a bad soundcard. So yes, it can have something to do with that. If not, nobody would be using specialised soundcards, right. 

    Just trying to help.

    3 years ago | 1 comment

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