Audirvana Plus
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Music player that uses CoreAudio for high-quality sound.   Demo ($74.00)
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Audirvana has no equalizer, no trendy special effects, just the best sounding music
  • Native playing of FLAC, libSndFile (WAV, AIFF, ...), ALAC and other quicktime formats (AAC, MP3, ...)
  • Direct sound path, directly to the !CoreAudio HAL for pure bit perfect sound
  • Audio Device exclusive access mode
  • HAL I/O using DAC native physical formats "Integer Mode" (instead of CoreAudio 32bit float)
  • Automatic sample rate switching
  • Up/Oversampling capability
  • Plays completely from memory
  • Tracks are loaded, decoded and sample rate converted in a
What's New
Version 1.5.12:

New:

  • Airplay Devices selection in preferences (Audio System page)
Bug fixes:
  • Fix for Retina Display issues for volume control knob and scrolling track title
  • Fix issue incorrectly reading multichannel track of SACD ISOs with Mytek DAC
  • Fix polarity inversion not propagated in case of proxy files
  • Fix slipping volume control in iTunes integrated mode, with dithered volume control
  • Fix metadata not being read correctly with proxy files leading to incorrect track playback in ISO and .Cue files

Version 1.5.12:

New:

  • Airplay Devices selection in preferences (Audio System page)
Bug fixes:
  • Fix for Retina Display issues for volume control knob and scrolling track title
  • Fix issue incorrectly reading multichannel track of SACD ISOs with Mytek DAC
  • Fix polarity inversion not propagated in case of proxy more...
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • CoreAudio compatible DAC
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)



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Audirvana Plus User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Llongley commented on 06 Mar 2013
Mac Update: The price according to the developers website is $79.00 not $49.00. This is not easy to spot intact I could not find the price until I clicked on the purchase button. However the $49.00 price is no where on the site only the $79.00 price.
[Version 1.1.1]

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ANDREW HILLS replied on 27 Apr 2013
Have been doing a player comparison Decibel (have had that for a long time ) cheap and good 4* Amarra HiFi had this for a few days 4.5* and today Audirvana Plus, very impressed with this using B&W MM1s this is the best sound i have managed from this set up (low listener fatigue,been listening for many hours) so i give this 5* based on my setup. Hope B&W will make some MM2s that will have a DAC that works with bigger sample rates.
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Ashes2Ashes commented on 06 Mar 2013
Uh... 1.46. is the latest version:

Release 1.4.6

- New tuned method for Integer Mode playback for better sound quality. This new "mode 1" is set by default, the previous one (called "mode 2") can be selected in the user preferences
- Check and set Audirvana Plus to be the default application to open .audlic files. This enables to load the license file by simply opening it.

Bug fixes:
- Fixed stalled playback bug in iTunes integrated mode
- Fix potential crash on 32bit architectures
- Fix truncated text in German SysOptimizer panel
- Do not hang when iTunes (11.0.2) is exiting while playing

Your entry hasn't been updated since 2011. o_0
[Version 1.1.1]

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Llongley replied on 06 Mar 2013
I get that the playback quality of music is a very personal thing. Even for me now that I have both Decible and Amarra HIFI find my self selecting one or the other based on the type of music and how it's being played ie headphones or attached speakers. But when I went back to purchase Audirvana and found that the $49.00 price was temporary and they now want $79.00 I had to pause. I'm just not sure the sound difference (and to me it is a preference ) justifies the price difference? I'm going to have to really think about that even though I would really like to own it.
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ANDREW HILLS replied on 27 Apr 2013
Meant to say i think the price is worth it very happy with it having made comparison (see my earlier reply)
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lamontDakota commented on 08 Dec 2012
Try Amarra Hifi, at the same 49-dollar price.

www.sonicstudio.com/amarra/amarra_hifi.html

I also own Audirvana, but I think that Amarra Hifi is the better. For those not wishing to take my word for, there's a fifteen-day, try-before-yiu-buy trial-period.
[Version 1.1.1]

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Llongley replied on 04 Jan 2013
Your right I also decided on Amarra HiFi after extensive eval of Audirvana Plus, Decibel and Amarra HiFi.

I will be purchasing Decibel soon though. I really like Audirvana and before long will probably own all three. Amarra HIFi although not offering as many options as Audirvana just seemed to have the best sound on the broadest number of test files.

Decibel seemed to push a heavier bottom sound while Audiravana brought everything to the mid range losing some of the lows, IMHO.

They are all good programs and Amarra HiFi blends well with iTunes, plays my Flac files and offers a 15% discount on their web site.

I wasn't sure how long the discount on Amarra HiFi would be available so I purchased it first. I will be looking for the others to offer discounts as well.
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lamontDakota replied on 04 Jan 2013
"Your right" Thank you! Digital music is my hobby. So, I own every Mac music-player that there is. My collection of sounds ranges from music of the Roaring Twenties to whatever I find that I like after I post this. No single player works for *every* kind of music from *any* kind of source, naturally. But, IMO, the Amarra HiFi works the best, for the price, for more different kinds of music.
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Llongley replied on 05 Jan 2013
Correction: Amarra HiFi does not play Flac files natively but converts them to AIFF. Have to upgrade to the $189.00 version to get native play of FLAC files.
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lamontDakota replied on 05 Jan 2013
"Amarra HiFi does not play Flac files natively but converts them to AIFF."
Sigh! Nothing's perfect! I use Pro Audio Converter to convert FLAC to ALAC. Since my set-up uses only Apple and NuForce hardware, I find that to be a satisfactory solution. FWIW, some providers of high-density digital recordings, like HDtracks, now offer native ALAC versions, as well as native FLAC, WAV, AIFF, Vorbis, etc. versions of their music, so conversion is no longer required, even for those of us willing to go that route. Apple is beginning to acquire a bit of the Microsoft advantage.
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Ashes2Ashes replied on 06 Mar 2013
Odd... I still prefer Audirvana.
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lamontDakota replied on 11 Mar 2013
"Odd... I still prefer Audirvana." That's not odd at all. The ear wants what the ear wants. When it comes to music and to music-players, the bottom line is "Different strokes for different folks."
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Tomeg replied on 23 Oct 2013
"Different strokes for different folks" may provide a hint to evaluate between different products, on the basis of one listener's perceived differences and preferences, versus another's.

For example (mine): I listen overwhelmingly more to classical music over other genres. Amarra is my preference, perhaps for that reason only. Or, there may be other performance differences betw. Amarra and Audirvana that are audible to some but not to other's, and vice versa. I suggest an additional slogan: "Variety is the spice of life."
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lamontDakota replied on 24 Oct 2013
We agree on Amara, Tomeg. But, sadly, "Variety is the spice of life" is no longer true for me, probably because I'm too old to change being nearly eighty years old. I enjoy a variety of genres of music, but pretty much only stuff from back in the day. Somebody posted a list of about a dozen things that snobby assholes say to try to go one up on people. First on the list was, "I prefer their earlier work." That's not what I say, since, at my age, it's impressive enough that I'm still alive and thinking and don't have "Old-Timer's disease." :-) But, it's certainly the way that I feel! Different strokes for different folks. ;-)

Pure Music is another good music-player..
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Ashes2Ashes reviewed on 02 Sep 2012
Simply amazing. Makes songs sound more vibrant and rich... even coming out of my laptop speakers. With an actual speaker setup it's just unreal.
[Version 1.1.1]

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Fervid replied on 08 Sep 2012
Agree with you 100%. I have my tunes coming out through a pair of B&W MM-1's and the sound is awesome! One question though, how come my version is 1.3.5 and yours is 1.1.1? Maybe you need to update? Macupdate is showing as version 1.1.1 too!?
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Ashes2Ashes replied on 08 Sep 2012
The version number being displayed under responses is the latest version number on the page of MacUpdate at the time of posting... which... as you can see... is outdated. I'm using version 1.3.9.7.
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Shock-J commented on 20 Apr 2012
You're way behind. The latest version is 1.3.2.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Ibigmac commented on 05 Dec 2011
Audirvana PLUS is out on the homepage. With optional iTunes integration. Like it, but not free (49$).
[Version 0.9.4]


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Eyeless reviewed on 19 Sep 2011
Lots of opinions when it comes to audio, but just listen a minute to an mp3 track I ripped (legally) from a YouTube video with Audio Hijack (regular edition under 10.7.1), I can clearly hear the difference to iTunes (which would no play the song until I quit Audirvana, but Audirvana could play it while iTunes was running). In my opinion it sounds much better than iTunes (for whatever reason). And this from listening to it through the in-built speaker in a MacBook Air ... more audiophile than this one has not to be in judging the difference. (Normally I listen mostly these days only to mp3 Lame encoded VBR high quality on an older iPod Nano (as it sounds much better than through my iPhone) and with Yuin pk-2 (which gives the most easy access to decent sound, I think).)
[Version 0.9.4]


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JavierRD reviewed on 16 Sep 2011
what's this "cpu over"?

i see this message in red appear in 0.9f
[Version 0.9.4]


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nobody2011 commented on 12 Sep 2011
Since Jul.22-2011 theres a new version (0.9.5) out. Following the link for downloading this one ... thanx to the dev. for Audirvana

http://code.google.com/p/audirvana/downloads/detail?name=Audirvana%200.9.5.zip&can=2&q=
[Version 0.9.4]


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Jazzyguy commented on 16 Aug 2011
I am using version 0.9.5 I am getting some skipping on vocals. I tried these tracks in iTunes and there are no problems. I wonder if the new version may have some problems.
[Version 0.9.4]


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shutter_bug70 rated on 22 Feb 2014

[Version 1.5.12]



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[Version 1.5.12]



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Ashes2Ashes rated on 06 Mar 2013

[Version 1.1.1]



redCasval rated on 12 Dec 2012

[Version 1.1.1]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 10 Feb 2012

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Hifiguy1 rated on 18 Jan 2012

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xdefeenx rated on 27 Nov 2011

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widethtripp rated on 10 Nov 2011

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Screentom rated on 26 Jul 2011

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Pripyat rated on 01 Jul 2011

[Version 0.9.4]


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Audirvana has no equalizer, no trendy special effects, just the best sounding music
  • Native playing of FLAC, libSndFile (WAV, AIFF, ...), ALAC and other quicktime formats (AAC, MP3, ...)
  • Direct sound path, directly to the !CoreAudio HAL for pure bit perfect sound
  • Audio Device exclusive access mode
  • HAL I/O using DAC native physical formats "Integer Mode" (instead of CoreAudio 32bit float)
  • Automatic sample rate switching
  • Up/Oversampling capability
  • Plays completely from memory
  • Tracks are loaded, decoded and sample rate converted in a memory buffer before being played
  • Minimizing CPU and hard drive activity to lessen sources of interference
  • Gapless playback by using a double buffering mechanism (playing track and next track)
  • Transparent split load for loading tracks of any size
  • Background tracks loading/decoding (including sample rate conversion)
  • Playlist (m3u & m3u8 formats) load/save
  • Handles Apple IR Remote
  • Automated updates downloading (using Sparkle)


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