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post #1381 of 2228
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Originally Posted by Rumbleripper View Post

 

I find the audio quality of Amarra better if I load the music into Amarra's playlist and then play from there as opposed to just running it off of iTunes and having Amarra in the background. 

Although it is much easier that way, the sound is not as good.

 

That's how I was loading music when I used the Amarra trial. I don't use iTunes, so loading iTunes when Amarra started up was a nuisance for me.

 

Say, speaking of iTunes, is there an easy way to properly import .flac files into its library? I have used Fluke before, but it doesn't import Asian unicode characters correctly and only imports the track title, artist, album, and track number tags (yes my music is properly tagged).


Edited by miceblue - 8/10/12 at 6:16pm
post #1382 of 2228

A couple of week ago I bought a Mac Mini to use as a dedicated transport, and have been trying Audirvana Plus, Pure Music, and Amarra.  I ended up buying Audirvana and Pure Music because I had a hard time deciding which sound I really like.  In my system, these two sounded the best.  Amarra for some reason made vocals sound deeper (very unlike how the actual artist/singer would sound like in real-life) and also covers up some micro-details in the music.  Because of this and with its limited number of features (e.g., no real-time upsampling, hog mode/exclusive access) compared to Audirvana and Pure Music I could not justify spending $190 on it.  

 

Both Audirvana and Pure Music has very nice smooth and detailed sound.  I like Pure Music's upsampling (I upsample 44.1KHz to 88.2KHz and leave the high-resolution >96KHz at its native sample rate).  Audirvana also has a good upsampler, but I do not like its default settings (sounds somewhat harsh) and I had a hard time adjusting the Advanced Parameters to suit my system.  Any one have any suggestions for the best Advanced Parameter filter settings? 

 

In my system, Audirvana is the more stable than Pure Music.  Pure Music's little quirks is more of an annoyance than a real problem.  I use the Mac Mini in a headless (no monitor) setup and I like to put it to sleep after listening.  One big annoyance with Pure Music after I wake the computer for the next listening session Pure Music would lose the connection to the DAC, and I would have to restart Pure Music.  This is a bit difficult to do with a headless setup.  Normally with Audirvana I could just load the Apple Remote app on my iPad and select songs to play.  With Pure Music, I have to log into the computer using a VNC, restart Pure Music, and then go back to the Apple Remote app to select songs.  Anyone know how to solve this little problem?  

post #1383 of 2228

Audirvana Plus is amazing. Great software. Never tried Amarra & Pure because back when I was looking the pricing was outrageous. I think they have versions that are more reasonable. 

 

Fidelia copies Audirvana's "virtual" component interface, and in the default setting it's HUGE. Change it to small, and it's actually smaller than Audirvana. 

 

I think these are both very fine programs, and glad people are still developing "pro" software for the Mac at reasonable prices. These are good times for audiophile Mac people, it's been slim and overpriced pickings before these two showed up.

 

It would be nice if Apple would pay attention to iTune's grainy sound engine and fix it, but given the revenue from mobile, I wouldn't count on it any time soon. At the very least, you must get Audirvana free.

post #1384 of 2228
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Originally Posted by sferic View Post

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Fidelia copies Audirvana's "virtual" component interface, and in the default setting it's HUGE. Change it to small, and it's actually smaller than Audirvana. 

 

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It would be nice if Apple would pay attention to iTune's grainy sound engine and fix it, but given the revenue from mobile, I wouldn't count on it any time soon. At the very least, you must get Audirvana free.

Oooh, I didn't see the option to make it smaller. Large is huuuuuge (larger than my 22" monitor), small is the default size, and smaller is a lot smaller than Audirvana [free].

 

I agree, for starters Audirvana [free] is a fantastic upgrade over iTunes at no cost.

post #1385 of 2228

Been using the FHX processor on Fidelia and have fallen in love with the customization.

post #1386 of 2228
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

Been using the FHX processor on Fidelia and have fallen in love with the customization.

FHX is basically their way to say DSP ?


Edited by paullindqvist - 8/10/12 at 11:00pm
post #1387 of 2228
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Originally Posted by sferic View Post

Fidelia copies Audirvana's "virtual" component interface, and in the default setting it's HUGE. Change it to small, and it's actually smaller than Audirvana. 

 

 

 

Ah didn't know that, they should make the default setting small... i bet that would attract more people especially people that have smaller monitors.

post #1388 of 2228

It's a software crossfeed which actually sounds pretty good. Fidelia is a really cool app and FHX makes it really great for headphone users but I always find the sound a little flat compared to Amarra. That makes me sad as from an imaging perspective FHX works some magic and I love the Fidelia UI.

 

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Originally Posted by paullindqvist View Post

FHX is basically their way to say DSP ?

post #1389 of 2228
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Originally Posted by kstaken View Post

It's a software crossfeed which actually sounds pretty good. Fidelia is a really cool app and FHX makes it really great for headphone users but I always find the sound a little flat compared to Amarra. That makes me sad as from an imaging perspective FHX works some magic and I love the Fidelia UI.

 

Thanx for the explanation! I only own a pair of cheap sennhieser headphones and don't use them enough to warrent Fidelia for the FHX feature. 

post #1390 of 2228

Here's a question for those who are truly tech-saavy.  Does changing out your computers ram effect the sound, especially given most of the audio players discussed in this thread have options to load the songs to ram in the first place?

post #1391 of 2228

Won't affect the sound but if you don't have enough ram you can get interruptions when playing from memory.

So as usual, the more the better.

 
post #1392 of 2228

A question regarding Fidelia is there guide to all the settings available in it ? Compared to audirvana it has a plethora of settings, most which i don't have a clue about. .-)

 

After receiving my DAC (Audinst hud-mx1) im evaluating Audirvana and Fidelia again. Im not touching Amarra though, honestly i dislike it more and more for every time i start it up.

post #1393 of 2228

I got Audirvana recently and it's my favorite, mostly because it's itunes integration is much better than Fidelia's. I still use Fidelia as my default player if I want to listen to something on the go.

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Adding RAM can definitely make a difference if you have a short supply already, especially if you use the computer for tasks other than just playing music. The exact impact will depend on the software you're using. 

 

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Originally Posted by Jmstrmbn View Post

Here's a question for those who are truly tech-saavy.  Does changing out your computers ram effect the sound, especially given most of the audio players discussed in this thread have options to load the songs to ram in the first place?

post #1395 of 2228
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Originally Posted by OmarCCX View Post

I got Audirvana recently and it's my favorite, mostly because it's itunes integration is much better than Fidelia's. I still use Fidelia as my default player if I want to listen to something on the go.

I wished one could merge these two players. I actually prefer Fidelias itunes integration as you don't need intunes open. But i very much prefer Audirvanas playlist opposed to Fidelias library. 

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