I like that it includes the option to display the composer tag. Most audio players omit this. It seems a nice player and less demanding of memory than audacious, exaile and similar. CPU use on my desktop is a tiny bit higher than with mpd+gmpc. I find CPU use depends mostly on the samplerate conversion settings, though if I use moc I can enable the best setting and it still uses next to nothing of the CPU. I think deadbeef makes a very good alternative to console only or to database based players. I prefer it to other (filesystem based) graphical players, especially the fancy but useless ones. Players that can't manage gapless playback or some other core playback task but have a gazillion plugins for twitter, album art, pidgin, cd writing, ripping, badly implemented tagging etc. strike me as hopelessy ill conceived. Deadbeef impresses me for getting the important stuff right. And it builds into a deb with no fuss, no weird new build system, no off the wall dependencies. I might even keep it installed.
Wisdom from my inbox: "do not mock at your pottenocy"