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I have a Mac Mini music server. i had been using the Pure Music Version 2.0. I would appreciate members opinion regarding the best current music playback software for the Mac Mini server. I looked on the internet but found very few comparisons for the recent versions of software for a Mac Mini Music Server. It appears from what I could find that either the Pure Music 3.0 and Audirvana Plus 2 would be a good choice. Your thought would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help.

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I have a Mac Mini music server. i had been using the Pure Music Version 2.0. I would appreciate members opinion regarding the best current music playback software for the Mac Mini server. I looked on the internet but found very few comparisons for the recent versions of software for a Mac Mini Music Server. It appears from what I could find that either the Pure Music 3.0 and Audirvana Plus 2 would be a good choice. Your thought would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help.

 

I have both and enjoy both. Pure Music offers greater configurability, and has a "play-through" mode that allows you to pipe youtube and other streamed sources through its music engine. It requires that you use iTunes as your music library -- and so you'll tend to prefer to have all of your files in alac or aiff format. Mostly. Audirvana is a bit simpler in its user interface with fewer configuration settings. No play-through feature, but you may not need this in a standalone file-based music server.

 

For a music server, you'll want a remote. With Pure Music you use the iTunes Remote app and with Audirvana, they provide a custom remote. Both of these work in IOS.... but I'm not sure if Android is supported.

 

I have a preference (in my system according to my own listening tastes) for the sound of Pure Music. On the other hand, I would hesitate to say that Audirvana is in any way inferior. Both offer a slightly different, but excellent view into the sound.

2013 MacBook Pro Retina -> {Pure Music | Audirvana} -> {Dragonfly Red v.1} -> AKG K-702 or Sennheiser HD650 headphones.

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I have both and enjoy both. Pure Music offers greater configurability, and has a "play-through" mode that allows you to pipe youtube and other streamed sources through its music engine. It requires that you use iTunes as your music library -- and so you'll tend to prefer to have all of your files in alac or aiff format. Mostly. Audirvana is a bit simpler in its user interface with fewer configuration settings. No play-through feature, but you may not need this in a standalone file-based music server.

 

For a music server, you'll want a remote. With Pure Music you use the iTunes Remote app and with Audirvana, they provide a custom remote. Both of these work in IOS.... but I'm not sure if Android is supported.

 

I have a preference (in my system according to my own listening tastes) for the sound of Pure Music. On the other hand, I would hesitate to say that Audirvana is in any way inferior. Both offer a slightly different, but excellent view into the sound.

 

Fallback thanks for the input. Is it fairly simple to setup/use your iTunes library with Audirvana? I am not thrilled with the Apple remote I use with older version of Pure Music. The volume control is very sensitive. It the Audirvana remote control better in your opinion? Have you tried Amarra software and if so how does it compare to PM and Audirvana? Thank you very much for your thoughts and help. It is greatly appreciated.

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I have both. Like the sound quality of PM. I prefer the up sampling to Integer mode.

The Less is More playback in PM gives the best sonics I have heard. Also Hog mode has to be selected.

 

2012 Mac Mini, i5 - 2.5 GHz, 16 GB RAM. SSD,  PM/PV software, Focusrite Clarett 4Pre 4 channel interface. Daysequerra M4.0X Broadcast monitor., My_Ref Evolution rev a , Klipsch La Scala II, Blue Sky Sub 12

Clarett used as ADC for vinyl rips.

Corning Optical Thunderbolt cable used to connect computer to 4Pre. Dac fed by iFi iPower and Noise Trapper isolation transformer. 

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Fallback thanks for the input. Is it fairly simple to setup/use your iTunes library with Audirvana? I am not thrilled with the Apple remote I use with older version of Pure Music. The volume control is very sensitive. It the Audirvana remote control better in your opinion? Have you tried Amarra software and if so how does it compare to PM and Audirvana? Thank you very much for your thoughts and help. It is greatly appreciated.

 

Getting your music into Audirvana is simple. You select the locations where your music resides and then those directories are synchronized. There is also a synchronizer specifically for your iTunes library which (I believe) takes advantage of your existing iTunes metadata. You can use Audirvana in an integrated mode with iTunes -- but I don't like this much. I just use Audirvana's built-in library features.

 

I don't think the Audirvana remote is any better than Apple's Remote. On the other hand, I find both quite acceptable and haven't had any problems adjusting volume.

 

It's been too long since I've regularly used Amarra, so not much I can say there.

2013 MacBook Pro Retina -> {Pure Music | Audirvana} -> {Dragonfly Red v.1} -> AKG K-702 or Sennheiser HD650 headphones.

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