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post #2221 of 2525

I'd had been my hope the past couple of years that Amarra would return a trouble free playback experience with Playlists.

post #2222 of 2525
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Do you mean in the iTunes Library? I know that Bitperfect can create special files that can reside in iTunes that contain DSD. I haven't tested to see if this works with Audirvana Plus though.


Yes, I did, after emailing in a request for a discount code.

So far so good, though it refused to work with my Geek Out and the music pauses when you add files to the playlist, which I consider crazy.

A+ plays DSD bit perfect through the creation of proxy files. It's a manual process, just like Pure Music. A bit tedious.

As for for Amarra 3.0, the SQ had definitely improved from Amarra Hifi I was tried previously. However, it only has DSD support, ie everything is downsampled to PCM for playback. Not quite optimal. frown.gif
post #2223 of 2525

Currently have Amarra 2.4; Amarra Hi-Fi. The latter hasn't really moved me. And improvements may have left the former behind a bit. Want to get Amarra 3.0 but have bigger Catfish to deep-fry. I'm riding the latest gen A+ for now and hope to get the completely overhauled version soon!

post #2224 of 2525

Amarra 3.0 is an upgrade over the previous models, love the sound, it synchs with my AQ Dragonfly as well as previous versions.

 

The SQ is a nice addition.

 

My biggest beef is the support.  The manual is OK, but if I want answers to questions I don't want to search thru FAQ pages.

post #2225 of 2525
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Is there any word about when Audirvana Plus v2 will be released? Will there be library support for DSD files?

Do you mean in the iTunes Library? I know that Bitperfect can create special files that can reside in iTunes that contain DSD. I haven't tested to see if this works with Audirvana Plus though.
Oh, I meant that since Audirvana Plus 2.0 will feature a library-like browsing method similar to iTunes or JRiver Media Center if it will support DSD in there as well. I don't know why, but I was thinking that since DSD music is pretty rare, that support for it in the library might have been a secondary priority or something.
post #2226 of 2525

Audirvana Plus 2.0 free ugrade ?

post #2227 of 2525
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Audirvana Plus 2.0 free ugrade ?


No. It will be a paid for upgrade. Probably still be the best value on the market by miles even so.

post #2228 of 2525

Audirvana Plus 2.0 can't get here fast enough!

:popcorn:

post #2229 of 2525
What in the...
Is JRiver Media Center free for OS X now? I just downloaded JRMC19 and it works for me. Previously I couldn't use it since my free trial period was expired...

If anyone is interested in a special upgrade price for JRMC 20?
http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Upgrade_to_MC20


The interface is just as clunky as I remember and it feels like a legacy piece of software or something emulated through Wine.
Edited by miceblue - 7/31/14 at 11:34am
post #2230 of 2525
Been listening to the Amarra 3.0.2 music player with my MBP. My early assessment is that it has a richer sound than the Audirvana+ player.
post #2231 of 2525
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post

Been listening to the Amarra 3.0.2 music player with my MBP. My early assessment is that it has a richer sound than the Audirvana+ player.

It does. Pity about the non-native dsd playback though
post #2232 of 2525
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It does. Pity about the non-native dsd playback though
Agreed sir. I have yet to acquire any DSD recordings so I'm not familiar with its much ballyhooed wonderfulness given my poor knowledge. I'm listening to Steely Dan 1972-1980 and it's never sounded so good through my headphones. And these are old recordings, even though they are remastered, the better EQ in Amarra lets the music speak in its totality.
post #2233 of 2525
Kiats, the Amarra 3.0.2 actually improves the musics presentation instead of being just a series of clever screen fonts that one can sell to unsuspecting laptop owners. Geez, that was harsh. Sorry, I got a little snarky there.
post #2234 of 2525

Going to give Amarra a try. I see they offered it for $99 on the demo download page which is quite a discount.

post #2235 of 2525
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post

Going to give Amarra a try. I see they offered it for $99 on the demo download page which is quite a discount.
I was truly taken aback when I also saw the heavily discounted download price. For that amount of pesos it's worth it just to have as an alternative to whatever other music player software you might be using. There are no real proprietary software secrets anymore. If at some point Amarra breaks through with some game changing software for my MBP I don't want to be left out or charged an arm and a leg to get it.
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