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post #2836 of 2845
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 


Why is that ? I'm currently trying 24/88 vs 16/44 which I've left it at for a long time....

 

It's what the DAC chip expects and it's easier to force the source to comply and to pad at the receiving end.

post #2837 of 2845
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You will be asked to import your iTunes music folders in the dialog that pops-up after choosing your iTunes Library.xml file.

 

Then, it syncs the collection of actual music files (in the box above, where it says Auto with a Sync button). Only after you have finished syncing the music files, you click on the 'Sync' button next to the 'iTunes library synchronization' field ... THEN it will sync your playlists.

 

It took me a really long time to figure that out and I was only recently able to actually see my iTunes playlists :eek: 

Thanks a million! That was it! However, my first attempt didn't work, because I chose "Folders" after the sync prompt. My next attempt I chose "Import" and then my playlists appeared after a couple minutes.

 

So after this my "one ring to rule all" is Audirvana! My quick feedback on others I've tried:

  • BitPerfect - critical flaw for me was no EQ and no AU plugin support
    • Best feature - price and integrated with iTunes
    • Worst feature - have to manually disable for system sounds and browser audio
  • Fidelia - critical flaw for me was no "powers of 2" upscaling and needed to pay more for advanced sampling features
    • Best feature - price
    • Worst feature - no DSD support and will most likely cost more as an option
  • Audirvana - has it all (now that I know how to get playlists!)
    • Best feature - price, has it all including DSD native and DSD to PCM conversion
    • Worst feature - price, still expensive, but had I started with Audirvana, it would have been overall cheaper

 

I think the SQ is comparable for all so depending on what's important to you, any of the 3 above are far better than stock iTunes.

 

Quick tip on purchasing Audirvana from the US - you can still pay in Euro and with the current exchange rate it's just under $70 so you save a few dollars.

post #2838 of 2845
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  • BitPerfect - critical flaw for me was no EQ and no AU plugin support
    • Best feature - price and integrated with iTunes
    • Worst feature - have to manually disable for system sounds and browser audio

 

Not true, in AM-setup I route system sounds to my mac's internal speakers, all other audio (browser, game, ...) to my external BOSE USB 2.1 and when iTunes plays BP takes over and sends it to my dac. I can even play music through my dac while still hearing youtube through my Bose speakers.

You just need to configure it right.

 

What's more, when you use DSD Master from the same developer, you can store all your DSD files right in the iTunes library and play them as DSD on DSD capable dacs or non-DSD on devices that can't handle it.

 

Audirvana gives you two libraries to work with. One can hold DSD but can't sync with idevices, the other is iTunes.

I did try Audirvana, up to the last version as well but I hate multiple libraries for my music.

 

And I do love using iTunes the old way, with the five browser colums on top. Let's me find any kind of music that suits my mood instantly.

post #2839 of 2845
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post
 

 

Not true, in AM-setup I route system sounds to my mac's internal speakers, all other audio (browser, game, ...) to my external BOSE USB 2.1 and when iTunes plays BP takes over and sends it to my dac. I can even play music through my dac while still hearing youtube through my Bose speakers.

You just need to configure it right.

 

 

Your are right. I should have clarified that I only use my external DAC and amp for all of my sounds since I only listen via my headphones. I do something similar to what you describe though. I also listen to Spotify but it doesn't have an EQ so I installed Boom which adds system wide EQ. I select "Boom" as my system wide sound output device and then select my DAC in Audirvana so that it bypasses the crude EQ of Boom and instead uses the built in parametric EQ.

post #2840 of 2845
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post
 

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Audirvana gives you two libraries to work with. One can hold DSD but can't sync with idevices, the other is iTunes.

I did try Audirvana, up to the last version as well but I hate multiple libraries for my music.

 

I ended up with that anyway, as I have a large collection of multi-channel FLAC files that I play with A+ to my AVR via HDMI.

 

Another thing I've discovered is that FLAC is just better supported than ALAC on things like network streamers (ALAC's meta data placement and format is more difficult to extract; and, ALAC is more complicated to transcode to PCM than FLAC - uses an order of magnitude more CPU on appliances, from what I've seen first-hand).

 

But on my Mac, I just love iTunes. Sigh.

post #2841 of 2845

Audirvana Plus 2.1 released with "Drag&Drop", folders displayed as albums, bit depth lowering in dithering,......

 

Finally we got Drag&Drop back, for those who are missing it so much!


Edited by joeexp - 5/18/15 at 12:59am
post #2842 of 2845

Joy, he is obviously listening to what was wanted.

post #2843 of 2845
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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post

Joy, he is obviously listening to what was wanted.
Now I can stop using JRiver and go back to A+

But how do I do drag and drop?
Edited by georgelai57 - 5/18/15 at 2:09am
post #2844 of 2845

Drag& Drop:

Just drag files and Folders to > "Play Queue" over on the left hand side, just below Libraries….

post #2845 of 2845
Thanks. Had to read the manual
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