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post #511 of 694

About 95% of what i listen to is live concerts so i get it.  Luckily the songs are mostly pretty long or it would drive me nuts. I actually did the preload and playlist mode to check it out in my current concert but the first song is 15+ minutes and i am only 7 into it.


Edited by dallan - 7/10/12 at 8:16pm
post #512 of 694

Despite Amarra being new and improved with 33% more... whatever it is rolleyes.gif, it continues to skip and trip. And I continue to put up with up. Quit several times yet, I keep coming back. I have a handful of OS X players and a handful of Linux audio players. Based on my config, Amarra continues to win me over on sound no matter how close!

 

I'm hoping with the release of Mountain Lion and Sonic Studio's rewrite for it, that things improve... and quickly! No idea how much patience I've got in the tank.

post #513 of 694

Yeah, i just updated to snow leopard, originally they said to wait and i just never got around to updating until their new version of Amarra came out and min OS was Snow Leopard.  In addition you can't upgrade to mountain lion with out Snow Leopard or Lion.  So now i need to wait for Amarra before i do the next OS jump.....glad i was reminded of that here.

post #514 of 694

So are there suppose to be "significant" improvements for ML but not SL?

post #515 of 694

Mountain Lion has been said by the developer of BitPerfect to be way better as an OS for audio than any other big cats before it. And will be worth getting (downloading).

 

Currently, I have Lion & Snow Leopard on the Solid State Internal Drive. And Snow Leopard on the External Hard Drive. Amarra sounds a bit different on each.

post #516 of 694

Damn, once I decided I could live with Amarra's minor bugs, a new major one pops up that I don't think i can take.  I have the preload off and will be listening to a track and it's fine but then the next track produces loud static.  Kind of kills the enjoyment of the music, so off to try the other programs again.  So far the only other program that I liked as much in my setup is Decibel from a sound point of view.  Hate that it's not integrated but give me great sound and perfect gapless playback.  It seems to capture the texture as well as Amarra does.  More organic sound.

post #517 of 694

Lion? Snow Leopard? Sounds like cub scouts, you know, Wolf, Lion, and Bear. Boy, that was a long, long time ago. At any rate, I've got Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 14, and, running iTunes, I could not be happier. It sounds great without any sort of add-on.

post #518 of 694
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Lion? Snow Leopard? Sounds like cub scouts, you know, Wolf, Lion, and Bear. Boy, that was a long, long time ago. At any rate, I've got Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 14, and, running iTunes, I could not be happier. It sounds great without any sort of add-on.

 

Have you given JRiver Media Center a run?

post #519 of 694

Have been using Amarra 2.34 for a couple of months, enjoying the richness, and yesterday installed 2.4. Absolutely hated the difference. 2.4 sounded as though it had a wider stage, less bass, less richness, and a low treble spotlight that sounded really annoying with my Stax 202 and kind of, I don't know... cheap. Just reinstalled the older software and much happier with the darker, richer sound. Anyone have the same experience, or am I losing my hearing?


Edited by mink70 - 7/13/12 at 1:31pm
post #520 of 694

I had a similar reaction as you described. The new version sounded a bit more kicked-up in someways...a bit too much when heard on Lion. SL reigns this madness in some but cannot save the tonal character of the new version. 

 

I'm reminded of cooking - one tries to spice things up and ends up throwing the dish out of balance. Of course, some may or may not be affected in the same way, as usual all of this is system dependent.

post #521 of 694
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I had a similar reaction as you described. The new version sounded a bit more kicked-up in someways...a bit too much when heard on Lion. SL reigns this madness in some but cannot save the tonal character of the new version. 

 

I'm reminded of cooking - one tries to spice things up and ends up throwing the dish out of balance. Of course, some may or may not be affected in the same way, as usual all of this is system dependent.

 

It's as though they wanted to tilt up the slightly dark sound and make it sound more "transparent" and "sparkly." But I agree—to my ears, they overdid it and made it sound pretty jacked up and fatiguing. Though the wider stage and separation is nice. But the tonal balance, for me, is dog****. Using it with SL.

post #522 of 694

Looking back, I am glad I held on to SL. I just happened to buy a new internal solid state drive at the time. And simply moved the internal HDD to an external enclosure, everything intact. Then later, brought kitty back inside to play along with Lion. 

 

Amarra versions aside, something seems off about the OS itself (Lion). It was cooked up to bring out the best in iTunes. rolleyes.gif But surely, developers had ample opportunity to make their players swing with the new cat! I really am hoping ML is an advancement over L & SL!

post #523 of 694

No, I have not yet tried JRiver Media Center. I've tried Media Monkey and Foobar. Initially, I thought Foobar sounded better but I did not think it was as versatile or intuitive as iTunes. Now, I'm also convinced it does not sound better but is just louder. At any rate does JRiver have a free trial program? 

post #524 of 694

Agreed, there's definitely something off about that cat Lion. I am hopeful, but don't expect much of a change in Mountain Lion. I have a feeling that SL will be the OS of choice for Amarra users for some time to come. I fear the Mac OS is more of an afterthought for Apple these days and IOS is still a long way from becoming the replacement OS we really need.

 

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Looking back, I am glad I held on to SL. I just happened to buy a new internal solid state drive at the time. And simply moved the internal HDD to an external enclosure, everything intact. Then later, brought kitty back inside to play along with Lion. 

 

Amarra versions aside, something seems off about the OS itself (Lion). It was cooked up to bring out the best in iTunes. rolleyes.gif But surely, developers had ample opportunity to make their players swing with the new cat! I really am hoping ML is an advancement over L & SL!

post #525 of 694
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Originally Posted by KevinWolff View Post

Agreed, there's definitely something off about that cat Lion. I am hopeful, but don't expect much of a change in Mountain Lion. I have a feeling that SL will be the OS of choice for Amarra users for some time to come. I fear the Mac OS is more of an afterthought for Apple these days and IOS is still a long way from becoming the replacement OS we really need.

 

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Looking back, I am glad I held on to SL. I just happened to buy a new internal solid state drive at the time. And simply moved the internal HDD to an external enclosure, everything intact. Then later, brought kitty back inside to play along with Lion. 

 

Amarra versions aside, something seems off about the OS itself (Lion). It was cooked up to bring out the best in iTunes. rolleyes.gif But surely, developers had ample opportunity to make their players swing with the new cat! I really am hoping ML is an advancement over L & SL!

 

The developer of the app BitPerfect (Tim) feels Mountain Lion is better for audio than either Lion or Snow Leopard. With Apple, their only concern is with iTunes and making money. They found all the activity from designers and users circumventing iTunes and manipulating Core Audio disturbing. And would like nothing more than to derail these efforts. It is my belief Lion was designed the way it was due to these activities.

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