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  1. Hi DancingSea I have to thank you for your encouragement and recommendation to try Roon. I have eventually got round to downloading a Roon trial and was very pleasantly surprised. As I don’t do any up-sampling, because at least in my system and equipment I find as direct play as possible to be the most revealing and all-round best, I experienced absolutely no deterioration in sound quality using Roon, compared to Aurdivana and Amarra Luxe. After a week I was so overjoyed with the fact that I have now found an audio player with such a superior, totally engaging and joyful library system, without the constant nagging doubt that a better sounding audio player exists, I purchased a full license. I also later trialled HQPLayer, but as I said previously have never found any improvement up sampling in my system (but was curious), and I was very pleased to find out that I didn’t this time either, saving myself an extra £120-ish. In fact the loss of detail and clarity was very noticeable to me, and after a few days trying different set ups it often crashed anyway. Personally I’ve had much more noticeable improvements over the years in my system trying to reduce noise from computer bits and bobs. Just recently I refreshed my quite large and convoluted Ethernet connections, changed some equipment to Wi-Fi, removed two ethernet switches and kept my Mac mini audio player on Ethernet. I have an old AV receiver (unrelated to my hi-fi set up) connected to the same Ethernet switch which has always been active in standby, but when I switched off that function so that it disconnects when it’s on standby, The sound quality from my Mac Mini improved greatly, not detail wise but much less harsh. I can only surmise that The AV receiver must’ve added some detrimental noise or interference to the network, because removing its connection changed sound quality significantly for the better. But without knowing what or how to measure I don’t know. Anyway, hopefully sonic studio will start to improve the library function of their player and App, so most of you that persist with them get better satisfaction, instead of some convoluted way you have decided to sacrifice to enjoy better sound quality in your systems. However if there is anybody else frustratingly persisting with sonic studio who does not up-sample and also find direct play to be better in their system, there is much better library functioning audio players out there now without reduction in sound quality, at least in my experience. Trial Roon, if it sounds no different with direct play, and you prefer that anyway, the library system is an absolute joy, and the accompanying app is also fantastic. Best wishes to everyone
  2. Yeah it is true we are on the wrong thread really, sorry. But my settings are pretty much exclusive mode, linear mode, no up sampling, allowing the maximum amount of memory for Audirvana as I can (because I don’t use that particular Mac Mini for anything other than music). but I won’t be able to check exactly until I get to look at my computer tomorrow. All my music is on an external Gtech FireWire 4 GB hard drive, and I stripped the operating system of, and removed, anything that isn’t required for audio playback. Also I’m still using the script thingy app that came with Amarra symphony that allows you to easily switch off much of the mac’s automatic operating nonsense, like spotlight and notifications...etc
  3. Hi DancingSea, I don’t find Audirvana harsh or aggressive in my system at all and my PV1 speakers can naturally be a little harsh if in the wrong system and set up. Have you tried a USB Reclocker? One of the best things I’ve bought in my system and very reasonable price. Lowers the noise floor massively and has given me a much more organic analogue sound. I was really surprised how much it improved the sound, removing most of the harshness of Computer audio. However, I really want to try your recommendation of Roon with HQplayer, just don’t have any money any more :-) but when I’ve got plenty of time I will trial both of them together, if that’s possible. Although I much prefer to not up sample and direct play to my Brooklyn DAC, I am also curious about the DSD up sampling with the Roon HQPlayer combination, as you give it such a glowing recommendation :-) Though I do find direct play with Audirvana much better than DSD up sampling with Audirvana. We will see.
  4. I’m exactly like you, sound quality is always the driving force. Which is why Amarra’s “new” ish audio players are so damn frustrating. However recently Audirvana has released an update with new options which seem to either lower noise floor or just increase musical detail dramatically. Although I only ever use direct mode, it for me, in my system, is far more absorbing than Amarra Luxe. Luxe is less detailed and in your face, but slightly wider soundstage. Audirvana now feels like I’m closer to the soundstage, in my system. A few are experiencing a few bugs with the new Audirvana SOX function, but I haven’t at all. also some consider it a little harsh, but in my system, in direct mode, it sounds lovely, natural and not harsh at all. Maybe because I use a W4S Recovery usb reclocker, one of the best things I’ve purchased, which lowers computer noise dramatically, even more with a good power supply. I also use a PV1 subwoofer to supplement my PM1’s lightweight bass to very pleasing effect. recently I put some memory foam under the granite chopping board under the subwoofer, revealing so much mid range detail and imaging, very pleased and very surprised. so Amarra Luxe isn’t so frustrating anymore, as for me it’s not the best sounding anymore, at this time. the advice nearly every Amarra user will tell you is functionality probably won’t be coming soon, if at all. Unfortunately That’s not an emotionally driven opinion, just fact based on many years experience with Amarra.
  5. Exactly, anyone who says they trust Sonic Studio to get it right obviously don’t have much experience with them. But nonetheless I’m happy for those of you that are not bothered about the appalling library and playlist “functionality”, all to be more accurate, lack of of functionality.
  6. quark

    Audirvana 3.1

    Thank you very very much :-) Do you have to do it every time there’s an OS X system update?
  7. quark

    Audirvana 3.1

    Thanks mate I can do integer mode but others get the choice of different modes, mode 1 and mode 2, I don’t get these options only plain simple integer mode. I thought the hack was to get the choice of two different modes of integer mode? So what’s the difference between integer mode and direct mode?
  8. quark

    Audirvana 3.1

    Thanks, Can anybody direct me to the process for enabling integer mode, I can vaguely remember someone mentioning you need to install a file or something using terminal, I’d like to give it a try please I should add what I mean is I can select into gym mode but I don’t get the option of mode 1 or mode 2 it shows in the manual and others have mentioned Also, anybody know what “use large CoreAudio 1/0 buffer” means?
  9. quark

    Audirvana 3.1

    It seems after a while listening, although initially sounding pretty good and revealing much detail, SoX is a little harsh and quite tiring after long periods. I always personally find direct mode and exclusive mode much better than upscaling in my system, does anyone know if you can still use direct mode and exclusive mode when using a plug-in? I haven’t bothered programming OS X to accept integer mode, does this really improve on direct and exclusive mode does anyone know? And if so, does anybody know any excellent plug-in that can soften sound a little without removing any of the detail? I have absolutely no experience with audio plug-ins :-) Thanks for any help
  10. Just looked up briefly on SoX, the new Audirvana function, it seems it can be used to lower noise. I wonder if it can be implemented with Roon somehow. But obviously that’s a question for Roon forums and not here? But for now at least I’m happy with Audirvana with SoX selected, no upsampling direct to DAC, which sounds clearer than Amarra Luxe in my system. Sonic studio are getting caught up now so they’ll need to get their library, playlist and remote APP sorted, or change the application as a kind of plugin for properly functioning library software.
  11. Hi DancingSea, Thanks for the information. I will look into it I have a DSD DAC, Mytek Brooklyn, but always found upscaling less revealing than direct play. But I am always interested in experimenting :-) Roon let you have a free trial, so might try out. I would have to keep everything on my Mac Mini, external FireWire hard drive with music on plugged into Mac Mini, then USB to USB Reclocker and DAC. I know this isn’t the point of Roon, but I can’t afford any new equipment at the moment. Have you experienced it this way? I take it HQPlayer is a kind of plug-in for Roon? Could you use Audirvana with Roon in a similar way?
  12. Thanks DancingSea, Serious competition for sonic Studio is great for everyone. ‘Where can I get HQPlayer? How much? is it a plug in? care to share your settings? id love Roon but very expensive, especially considering I’d have to get more hardware to get the best sound. ‘Won’t playing audio over a local network add more noise?
  13. In Audirvana preferences select audio filters tab, click the ‘converter’ drop down menu and select SoX. Like I said, I’m using direct mode without any upsampling but it still sounds significantly better and good enough to not miss Luxe. Must be somehow lowering the computer’s noise floor perhaps.
  14. Hi all, merry belated Christmas for any of you with Audirvana+ There is a new update which for me on my system is a significant improvement in sound quality, enough to seriously challenge Amarra Luxe. There is a new upsampling algorithm available, SOX, which when I select and even without upsampling sounds amazing, on my system. I can only guess that perhaps it lowers the computers noise floor.
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