The price drop is them half responding to the market, half marketing gimmick. They rebranded them. junior, mini, and amarra are now hi-fi, amarra and symphony. The plus side is they upped the sample rate on mini (now amarra) from 96 to 192, and hunior/hi-fi can do 96 instead of topping at 44. So now all you are missing by not getting symphony (formerly amarra regular) is the meters and a peak sample rate of 384. I don't care about 384, but the meters are nice to have. So for most of us, amarra (formerly mini) is the sweet spot. Gapless, 24/192. There's no gapless on hi-fi, which makes it mostly a way to intro amarra to people that would normally dismiss it because of price, and then get them to upgrade when they learn that caching and gapless playlists are key to a pleasant listening experience.
So instead of their pricing model being 10-15 years out of date, it's only 5-10 years out of date. That's some progress at least.
I agree with this completely. Exactly my experience. Bugginess and all. But yes, the richness is the best thing. I do think A+ is excellent however, as is Fidelia with the proper settings.
But dude, they dropped the price of Amarra from $700 to $189?
When did that happen?!?
And Amarra Hifi is $49? What is that?