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post #2281 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post

For myself. I find that it's more transparent and detailed. Slightly more musical too. But I think it best you DL it for the 15 day free trial and have a listen for yourself. That way you can decide if it's worth your while to update to version 20. smily_headphones1.gif
I want to thank Kiats for his accurate description of the differences between JRiver 19 and 20. I couldn't agree with him more.
post #2282 of 2295
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post

I want to thank Kiats for his accurate description of the differences between JRiver 19 and 20. I couldn't agree with him more.

No worries, bpcans! I'm just glad I'm not the only one who heard that difference. wink.gif
post #2283 of 2295

just loaded the trial version of Audirvana 2.0....

 

 

my DT150  transformed into a T1 ??!!!......

 

 

LIFELIKE ....

 

 

VERY CLEAR...

 

 

old CDs like Flashdance, Lawrence of Arabia remastered..

 

 

39bucks...

 

 

BIG QUESTION is do i upgrade NOW or wait for 15days ?!!

post #2284 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

just loaded the trial version of Audirvana 2.0....

 

 

my DT150  transformed into a T1 ??!!!......

 

 

LIFELIKE ....

 

 

VERY CLEAR...

 

 

old CDs like Flashdance, Lawrence of Arabia remastered..

 

 

39bucks...

 

 

BIG QUESTION is do i upgrade NOW or wait for 15days ?!!


Were you using 1.5.12 before and you notice a big difference between the two ?

post #2285 of 2295

ya...i was using the previous version, 

ALOT of diff, now i am trepidating,

wondering what i am gonna hear when i actually put on a T1.

 

maybe i should just sell off the T1? LOL

post #2286 of 2295

Downloaded the AmarraHifi, basic software for demo..

initial impression..

sound is more bodacious, fuller, less bright/clarion.

Enjoyed the session running thru my 20testsongs..

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Detected a low ssshhhhh kind of envelope wrapping around the vocals especially..

following all the words..

maybe it is my setup..dun shoot me u AmarraFans. :P

 

 

Switched back to Audirvana2.0...

and the spatial cues improved immediately..better extention..

sense of realism is a notch better.

Leona Lewis n Laura Fygi sounded v clean..

brass band pieces has good sense of depth n placement..left to right.

(for those with setups that are bright ...the improved CLARITY might not work to your advantage )

 

so the verdict is...

post #2287 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

Downloaded the AmarraHifi, basic software for demo..

 

Why Hifi and not 3.0?

 

3.0 definitely competes with A+, and beats it IMO. I'm not sure if Hifi is the appropriate choice for comparison.

post #2288 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

Why Hifi and not 3.0?

 

3.0 definitely competes with A+, and beats it IMO. I'm not sure if Hifi is the appropriate choice for comparison.

http://www.sonicstudio.com/amarra/amarra_trial_landing

 

u mean the one 2nd from the left...$189? 

post #2289 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

http://www.sonicstudio.com/amarra/amarra_trial_landing

 

u mean the one 2nd from the left...$189? 

Yes. That's 3.0 and so is the Symphony beside it on the right.

post #2290 of 2295

Ok fair enuf...downloaded Amarra 3.0

toggled around Audirvana1.5

and Audirvana2.0

 

One key piece i played... March of Florence, by the Longdon Festival Orchestra:

 

On the Amarra3.0...the band sounded like it is in a field..u hear the whole band on parade..nice but distant..

 

On the AUdirvana1.5...the band came closer...more punch..crispier ...tighter.

 

On the Audirvana2.0...u are inside a concert hall with the band, very clear instrument placements...

all the way to the back...realism is v high.

 

I think Audirvana thrives on complex music...if that is your main genre/addiction.

 

 

The verdict is....

 

=======================

 

Listened to this piece twice over again...on both softwares...

Amarra, is like one big band marching by..rousing music. 

on Audirvana...u are in a concert setting, the trombone here, picolo there , trumpets clear n attacking with their tongues. :P


Edited by Lorspeaker - 9/15/14 at 8:10am
post #2291 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

Ok fair enuf...downloaded Amarra 3.0

toggled around Audirvana1.5

and Audirvana2.0

 

One key piece i played... March of Florence, by the Longdon Festival Orchestra:

 

On the Amarra3.0...the band sounded like it is in a field..u hear the whole band on parade..nice but distant..

 

On the AUdirvana1.5...the band came closer...more punch..crispier ...tighter.

 

On the Audirvana2.0...u are inside a concert hall with the band, very clear instrument placements...

all the way to the back...realism is v high.

 

I think Audirvana thrives on complex music...if that is your main genre/addiction.

 

 

The verdict is....

Run both on full System Optimizations. It takes a bit of time to get used to 3.0 completely.

 

Also, for complex music, most would agree that Amarra will be the better choice with it's separation and resolution. A+ actually smears some stuff. All you need is time ;)

post #2292 of 2295

Played thru the various EQsettings on Amarra3.0...KEF PS1000 LCD3 Classicals, Acoustics..etc

the sound presentation is just further away, but with diff degrees of edginess/attack/body etc..

and the March of Florence just got bunched up on the last 30secs of the climax.

 

Switched over to Audirvana2.0...and the clarity, realism n control over the last 30sec is telling.

 

I think it is still v personal...your taste, genre of music..

one software will tick more boxes than the other,

 

for me the choice is CLEAR..CLARION. :P

post #2293 of 2295

I'm running Amarra 3.02 on MacBook Air, this works best for me > plug into DAC  

 

Turn on Amarra >turn off iTunes (don't synch) >hit the i and make sure the output is to the DAC, hit rescan if needed, punch up the playlist and fold in AIFF/Flac albums directly into the playlist and go

 

Trial and error with iTunes and my audio taste. This is what I find works for me.

 

Amarra instructions are complicated and wordy, but the sound is excellent and full textured

post #2294 of 2295
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 

Anyone using A+ know how the settings below would affect the sound in the iZotope advanced parameters (ignoring the upsampling which would be set to none in both configs)....

2nd screen shot is standard fresh install config.

 

I could not find much in the manual about these 5 slider settings....

 


Really curious BUMP !

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