Amarra
Amarra
4.3.510

5.0

Amarra free download for Mac

Amarra

4.3.510
23 August 2019

High-resolution music player for audiophiles.

Overview

Amarra is a high-resolution music player designed for the discriminating ears of audiophiles and professionals.

Deep, analog, natural, and musical; these are words Amarra our customers use when describing their Amarra listening experiences. With Amarra, you'll have many "oh wow!" moments even with tracks you've listened to for years. That's because Amarra enables your music to sound the way it was intended to be heard: beautifully.

If you're looking for the best sound, try Amarra:

  • Support for sample rates up to 384 kHz
  • Special Cache and Playlist modes
  • Runs perfectly with or without iTunes
  • Amarra 3-band adjustable EQ including room node corrections
  • Great customer support and online FAQ help

What's new in Amarra

Version 4.3.510:

Version 4 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Sebuchen
09 March 2010

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You're kidding, right? This software costs almost as much as a Mac and it only improves sound quality? I don't think so. I can buy a pretty top of the line brand of music amp for this price. I wouldn't be holding my breath if I were planning on making any money from this little adventure.
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Version 1.2.3203
Big Johnson
29 January 2016
Amarra makes my music sound like it's being sung by The Chipmunks! Well, not quite that bad, but tracks play too fast through my speakers.

I'd installed Amarra last summer and after many emails with support I uninstalled it due to its inability to properly play my iTunes tracks through my JBL Pebbles computer speakers.

Recently I installed it again because I'd forgotten what the issues were and I have a new computer, but am now having the same problems. I found the old emails and this is what SonicStudio Support said:

"It appears from your description that you have manually changed the sample rate on your DAC from 44.1 kHz to something else like 48 kHz. When using Amarra products, it's important to let our software control the sample rate..

Your JBL rep is not completely correct when it comes to outputting audio from a computer. Specifically, on a Mac, the sample rates that are listed in Audio Midi Setup under the Format menu are the sample rates supported by that device. The signal coming out of the computer must be converted to that sample rate for your speakers to play the tracks back.

That all said, each program deals with mis-matched sample rates differently. Some will convert the file in real-time and play back your upsampled track without issue. Unfortunately for you, Amarra does not up sample any information so we cannot up-sample a 44k track to 48k in real-time. This is why Amarra is not playing back your 44k tracks in your current setup. We believe that up-sampling a track will create non-bit-perfect output, an audiophile no-no."


I had not touched the sample rate - my desktop speakers ONLY play at 48 kHz - that can NOT be changed in Audio MIDI Setup.
So maybe the "problem" is with my speakers, but the dev's are aware of this issue and fail to warn people that Amarra may be incompatible with some speakers and that you should check your specifications before installing.

The problems last year occurred on my old computer running Yosemite.
Now I have a 2-month old computer running El Cap. and have identical issues (same speakers).

Since Pure Music and BitPerfect play the tracks correctly through my speakers, I must put the blame on Amarra.

There were other bugs on both computers as well, such as the EQ window always opening almost half way off the side of the screen, and other GUI issues. Thus, only 1/2 star.
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Version 3.0.4559
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
29 January 2016
Audirvana and Fidelia also played my files just fine.
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hwgray
hwgray
19 February 2017
"my desktop speakers ONLY play at 48 kHz - that can NOT be changed in Audio MIDI Setup."
Then, Amarra is out of luck and has nothing to sell you.

"Now I have a 2-month old computer running El Cap. and have identical issues (same speakers)."

What other result can there be other than identical issues, if you're still using the same, incompatible hardware?

"Since Pure Music and BitPerfect play the tracks correctly through my speakers, I must put the blame on Amarra."

Put the blame on yourself. After SonicStudio explained the situation to you, you had two options: 1) to get new speakers; 2) to stop wasting your time on Amarra. You've chosen option (2). Where is this "blame" whereof you speak? Do you blame Apple and/or Microsoft because you can't run OS X/macOS on a Windows machine?

I own and I use Amarra, BitPerfect, and Pure Music with headphones only. So, clearly, I don't have any speaker-problems of any kind with any one of the three.

Audirvana and Fidelia also play _my_ files just fine.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
15 September 2017
A player should be compatible with the hardware consumers will be using.

The speakers have worked fine with every source EXCEPT Amarra since I began using them in May 2015.

That tells me that Amarra is the problem, not my speaks.
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JohnHaley
08 August 2015
I'm running Amarra HiFi 3.0 from a MacBook Pro through a SraightWire USB cable to a Schitt BiFrost with Uber Analog and USB Gen2, (using BetterCables all the way from here) to a Schitt SYS , and finally to Focal CMS40's on my desk. I'm getting a much improved sound from iTunes and also iTunes Radio from the HiFi version. Finally... my question is for anyone running a similar setup, is the full version or SQ+ a major improvement and worth the cost?
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Version 3.0.4552
hwgray
01 August 2015
Now priced at an even $99.00.
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Version 3.0.4552
hwgray
04 April 2015
The current price for Amarra is $99.99, probably in response to competition from Pure Music and Audirvana Plus. In addition to the Amarra sQ mentioned below, there is now an additional, very different player confusingly named the Amarra sQ+, even though it's a new product and not an upgrade of the sQ. However, the sQ is still being supported and has been upgraded recently, to v2.1.

The sQ costs $29.99
The sQ+ costs $49.99
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Version 3.0.4552
GeogProf
12 January 2015
The description of this app says almost nothing about how it actually works.

Cheesy marketing-speak from a lazy (and greedy) developer.
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Version 3.0.4552
1 answer(s)
hwgray
hwgray
04 April 2015
"The description of this app says almost nothing about how it actually works."

If the technology matters to you, then you can download it and see for yourself for fifteen days, at no cost to you. You can also just read Espiridion's review.

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Kzx72
03 January 2015
I'm telling you, you can hear a difference when using this w/ ITunes - more precise, technical, clear. Interface needs to be more polished, looks like something from the Windows XP age.
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Version 3.0.4552
1 answer(s)
hwgray
hwgray
19 February 2017
IMO, the GUI of Amarra 4 could still use a good ass-whipping.
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UniqueNickName
23 July 2014
found a 100$ discount coupon: https://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=6FHVW_LIVE&redirect=no&action=addnew&view=cart&order/javascript=YES&currency=USD&product/413578655847/0/quantity=1&order/coupon/code=realhdaudiospecial not sure how long it will last
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Version 3.0.4545
4 answer(s)
Fyreflye
Fyreflye
11 September 2014
Discount apparently still available as of this date. Still, without a trial demo I wouldn't pay even $99 for any media app.
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hwgray
hwgray
15 December 2014
@Fyreflye: There's a 15-day, full-use, free trial period for any Sonic Studio software. In general, any freely-downloadable, paid app from anywhere, on MacUpdate, has a free-trial period. No one is expected to buy a pig in a poke.
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Fyreflye
Fyreflye
15 December 2014
@lamontDakota Thanks for the clarification, even if you are a little late for me to take advantage of the sale :)
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hwgray
hwgray
18 December 2014
@Fyreflye:: Well, if you still have any interest, you may want to check out the Sonic Studio Christmas sale, which includes a new, much-less-inexpensive product, Amarra sQ, and also the less-expensive Amarra HiFi, as well Amarra itself. Download the *trial* version(s) at http://www.sonicstudio.com/amarra/amarra_support#DOWNLOAD. If you like one of the pairs - Amarra+Amarra sQ or Amarra HiFi+Amarra sQ, then pay the Xmas sale price - Amarra+Amarra sQ/$110 or Amarra HiFi+Amarra sQ/$50 - which is valid till midnight, 12/31/14. OTOH, since I'm only a fan of Sonic Studio and not a shill for them, let me say that, if the word, "DAC," means nothing to you, the sQ alone - $30 - is probably all that you might want to waste time on. :-)
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Espiridion
23 December 2013
I write this quick review in case someone wants to take advantage of their promo (Amarra for $99.00 until Dec 23rd). What does Amarra offer? • Adds Sonic Studio Engine to iTunes • Sample rate support up to 192 kHz, 24-bit • Automatic sample rate switching • Plays mp3, mp4, alac, aac, wav, aiff • FLAC to AIFF conversion • EQ via iTunes interface or via Amarra Presets • 384 kHz support • FLAC file playback • Cache play • Amarra playlist creation • Can work independently from iTunes • Sonic Mastering dither algorithms • Independent Amarra EQ Window • Includes Sonic Studio Processor Sample Rate Converter application It's up to each individual to decide what features they need, and whether they're willing to pay for those features. For example, Fluke or X Lossless Decoder may provide some features for free. There's a simple test that shows objectively whether 2 audio files are different. I recorded the output from iTunes into Audio Hijack Pro, and then recorded the same file but this time played via Amarra. If both files are identical, inverting the polarity on one yields silence. This can be done with Sonalksis' FreeG. For example, Fidelia -and IIRC Decibel- sound exactly the same as iTunes. On the other hand, Amarra and Pure Music do not sound exactly the same as iTunes. Does Amarra sound $189 "better"? Not to me. Since I had tried the demo before, I wrote support asking for a new evaluation. I received no answer. I purchased Amarra and although I will use it, it is buggy. For example, artwork was incorrectly displayed, and it takes a bit of configuring and often relaunching the program in order to get it to work properly. At first it would not play 96 kHz files. On another occasion no sound came out at all. iTunes measurements in dB after playing a song fragment: Max Peak: -8.47 L, -8.57 R Max RMS: -14.02 L, -14.09 R Average RMS: -22.25 L, -22.33 R Amarra measurements in dB after playing the same song fragment: Max Peak: -3.35 L, -3.45 R Max RMS: -8.91 L, -8.98 R Average RMS: -16.76 L, -16.84 R Most people listening to iTunes and to Amarra would perceive Amarra as better due to the increase in volume. After getting both files to the same levels, the differences between Amarra and iTunes, at least in this test, are very subtle. For example, using FreqAnalist Pro iTunes is stronger (i.e., louder) at 120 Hz and from 18 kHz and above, but in this last case at levels around -93 dB, so no one would hear those differences. Definitely not a thorough test, particularly since the song I used only has piano and vocals. Still I wanted to get this done quickly in case anyone wants to take advantage of the promo. Pure Music is only slightly more expensive than this promo, so you may want to try both. Amarra does sound good and $99 is certainly more reasonable than their regular pricing.
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Version 2.6
Tomeg
02 October 2013
How does Amarra differ from a good DAC (which is what I have now)? Would Amarra work satisfactorily with a good DAC?
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Version 2.6
4 answer(s)
UniqueNickName
UniqueNickName
02 October 2013
makes one wonder why you have a good DAC and ask a question like that. =0) no offense. Amarra is a must have if you have a good DAC. high definition music is also a must have in that case, but that's another universe of problems and trials for you.
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Tomeg
Tomeg
03 October 2013
your sarcasm doesn't address my question. unfortunately i can't help you with your attitude problem. i wonder why you bothered yourself to reply at all. it certainly didn't help me. if you know so much about high definition audio, perhaps you would do the courtesy of pointing me to some sources and/or resources where I good obtain a proper education in high definition music, whatever it is you imagine "high definition music" is or should be. try again, i'm sure you'll do better next time.
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Tomeg
Tomeg
23 October 2013
Now I've tried and bought Amarra, I acknowledge the salient point in @UniqueNickName's reply. The difference with Amarra is subtle but for a classical music lover capable of perceiving hypercritical distinctions of timbre and other aspects of instrumental, choral, and vocal sounds, it is definitely a boon paired with a good DAC.
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UniqueNickName
UniqueNickName
29 October 2013
i'm glad i stimulated a purchase =0)
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hwgray
01 October 2013
Now at v2.6, still a free upgrade, still has to be re-registered from scratch as with previous upgrades; paid sidegrades from less-expensive versions - Amarra Hifi, Amarra Jr - available; paid sidegrade to premium Amarra Symphony also acailable.
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Version 2.5.1
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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
02 October 2013
Thanks for letting us know about the availability of v.2.6!
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$49.99

5.0

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