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post #1891 of 2218
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Originally Posted by agentsim View Post

 

I have a Dragonfly, nice little DAC, should work just fine with BitPerfect.

I really had problems getting the DF to handshake with PureMusic as well as BitPerfect.  I have not had that problem with Amarra.  I can only describe my experience.  Frankly I liked both BitPerfect and PureMusic. BitPerfect was the first music player I tried, for the cost I thought it delivered really good bang for the buck.  

post #1892 of 2218
I'm fairly new to the Audiofile world. I just picked up a pair of HD598 and a Fiio E17 to help me get all I can out of MacBook Pro. I'm a traveling musician so my vinyl unfortunately stays at home most of the time. I was looking for an alternative to iTunes and stnled across this awesome thread. I will of course look throughout at the suggestions but was curios if anyone had suggestions of a player for my current set up. Thank you for your help!
post #1893 of 2218

I've tried Fidelia, Audirvana Plus, Amarra and Bitperfect and Decibel.  If your looking to jump right in I would go with Audirvana Plus.  To me it is the most transparent and feature packed player for the money.  I also prefer how it allows the user to organize the music library with itunes but plays songs through its own software.  This also allows the use of the Remote app to control itunes remotely.  I also really like that it is updated almost monthly, bringing new features or improved quality.  If your on more of a budget Bitperfect is a great set-and-forget app to play various bitrate files without having to manually change it.  

post #1894 of 2218

I think it really depends on the user. Audrivana and Amarra are my favorite full featured players,

however If find myself using BitPerfect more and more.

 

If you want the bells and whistles, tons of choices, if you want set and forget, BitPerfect, no brainer.

post #1895 of 2218

Is BitPerfect its own player, or is iTunes required?

 

I still use Audirvana Plus by itself.

post #1896 of 2218
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Originally Posted by Jmstrmbn View Post

I've tried Fidelia, Audirvana Plus, Amarra and Bitperfect and Decibel.  If your looking to jump right in I would go with Audirvana Plus.  To me it is the most transparent and feature packed player for the money.  I also prefer how it allows the user to organize the music library with itunes but plays songs through its own software.  This also allows the use of the Remote app to control itunes remotely.  I also really like that it is updated almost monthly, bringing new features or improved quality.  If your on more of a budget Bitperfect is a great set-and-forget app to play various bitrate files without having to manually change it.  

I think that is all good advice. Keep in mind most every player, half-dozen maybe even a dozen of them, will have a free version to use for a while so you will have plenty of time to do some evaluating and choosing.

I use Fidelia, iTunes (looking into Bitperfect), and recently decided to give Decibel another trial. (w/MBP)

I like how Decibel worked, the remote works … but I'm not sure about playlists. (that is where Fidelia is lacking).
post #1897 of 2218
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Originally Posted by solserenade View Post


I think that is all good advice. Keep in mind most every player, half-dozen maybe even a dozen of them, will have a free version to use for a while so you will have plenty of time to do some evaluating and choosing.

I use Fidelia, iTunes (looking into Bitperfect), and recently decided to give Decibel another trial. (w/MBP)

I like how Decibel worked, the remote works … but I'm not sure about playlists. (that is where Fidelia is lacking).

I like the idea of free trials, different setups favor one player over another. 

post #1898 of 2218

I'm really interested in this subject as well but do any of these players really make a difference if all of you music is standard iTunes Match 256k files?

post #1899 of 2218
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I'm really interested in this subject as well but do any of these players really make a difference if all of you music is standard iTunes Match 256k files?

Most of them play 256, Amarra won't play 128.

post #1900 of 2218
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Originally Posted by ddanois View Post

I'm really interested in this subject as well but do any of these players really make a difference if all of you music is standard iTunes Match 256k files?

Most of these players offer a free trial, and Audirvana Plus has its completely free counterpart: Audirvana Free.

You can give them a try for yourself and see if they're worth the price to you. :)

post #1901 of 2218
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Originally Posted by ddanois View Post

I'm really interested in this subject as well but do any of these players really make a difference if all of you music is standard iTunes Match 256k files?


Probably not, just stick to itunes

post #1902 of 2218

What players don't need iTunes to operate?

post #1903 of 2218
Audirvana (Free and Plus), Decibel, and Fidelia for sure don't need iTunes.
post #1904 of 2218
In Audirvana, you can set the max sample rate to 96KHz. When doing so, it shows my DAC playing at 24/96KHz like I want. I can't seem to find any similar settings with Amarra. Is this not possible? Emailed their support but no response.
post #1905 of 2218
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Originally Posted by Y2HBK View Post

In Audirvana, you can set the max sample rate to 96KHz. When doing so, it shows my DAC playing at 24/96KHz like I want. I can't seem to find any similar settings with Amarra. Is this not possible? Emailed their support but no response.

Amarra outputs 24/96, rescan the audio devices off edit on the Mac.

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