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post #646 of 691
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Originally Posted by dallan View Post

I have been using it for years, can't even imagine going back. I actually converted from PC to Mac because of it.

The first time I heard it at me dealers I was impressed. It is a great addition to the chain. I believe they are working on DSD capability now.

post #647 of 691

I"m always going back and forth between Amarra and Audirvana + but end up coming back to Amarra because of the warmer sound.  Audirvana + has a touch more detail and is a little more dynamic but after extended listening isn't as organic sounding.  Also strings have a sweeter sound on Amarra.

post #648 of 691

Yes, I too prefer the natural and organic sound of amarra. 

post #649 of 691

Wish that they made an iphone or ipad app. version.  That would be awesome! 

post #650 of 691

Love the "vocals" EQ.  It brings out the midrange.  Makes it more full, liquid, smooth and alive.  Especially for JH13 which tend to sound midrange recessed sometimes do to the bass and treble being a little more pronounced unless you have an Amp that is midforward.  I use it with my LCD-2 also.  It compensates for the upper midrange being recessed. 

 

I used to miss my Grado RS1 because of the midrange fowardness that it gave but hated the treble spike sometimes.  Now with the "vocals" EQ on the Amarra, no longer crave the Grado RS1.  It was really a love and hate thing.  

post #651 of 691

I am patiently waiting the Amarra DSD implementation.....Audirvana+ until then.

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I've noticed that Amarra seems to use 12.5% on average of my CPU on my late 2013 MacBook Pro even when it's been paused for a long time.  This figure is reported by activity monitor.  This happens whether the cache playback is on or not.  My machine is as powerful as the laptops come with the 2.6 i7 16 GB RAM and a 1TB SSD, so it seems to be pretty intensive while paused.  What do other see when when Amarra is not playing?  Thanks!

post #653 of 691

I have a maxed out New model Mini and I never notice any lag when Amarra is playing. I have not checked the usage but it has not created any problems for me. Just great sounding music.

post #654 of 691
Thanks for the note. My music sounds good, but I'm wondering why it consumes so much in the background. Could others check using activity monitor?
post #655 of 691
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Originally Posted by schalliol View Post
 

I've noticed that Amarra seems to use 12.5% on average of my CPU on my late 2013 MacBook Pro even when it's been paused for a long time.  This figure is reported by activity monitor.  This happens whether the cache playback is on or not.  My machine is as powerful as the laptops come with the 2.6 i7 16 GB RAM and a 1TB SSD, so it seems to be pretty intensive while paused.  What do other see when when Amarra is not playing?  Thanks!

4.2% - 4.7% when idle for 2.6 - 16GB/1TB 2013 15" retina MBP

post #656 of 691

Sounds like you have the same machine as mine.  I wonder why I have more CPU activity.  Frankly, I'm not sure why there should be more than 1% when it's sitting in the background.

post #657 of 691
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Originally Posted by schalliol View Post
 

Sounds like you have the same machine as mine.  I wonder why I have more CPU activity.  Frankly, I'm not sure why there should be more than 1% when it's sitting in the background.

 

Well, it does set up a large cache in RAM and monitors the Mac's need for more RAM for apps, etc. It will try to take all available RAM, and re-claim RAM if there is any left from quitting another app.

post #658 of 691

That does make sense.  Thanks

post #659 of 691

Is iTunes radio playable through the Amarra engine? I'm a new Amarra user and I'd asumed it would be but it won't play unless I disable Amarra's engine and let the iTunes engine handle iTunes radio play. Rather disappointing.

post #660 of 691

I cannot get iTunes Radio to play via Amarra. It will always switch immediately back to iTunes.

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