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  1. Yes, both Amarra and A+ are coloured sound, I just think "they should announce it" because I didn't know it and had lots of issues trying to set up my system to my liking, and on top of that they should offer a "direct source" option, Cheers, MosfetMist
  2. That sounds good, let us know how it goes, Greetings, MosfetMist
  3. Yes I recommend you give it a try, Android is a better option because of this: https://darko.audio/?s=iphone Cheers, MosfetMist
  4. Yes you're right, Audirvana+ is bright and a bit harsh, it manipulates the audio signal digitally to create artificial detail but it comes at a cost: it becomes ear fatiguing and sometimes boomy. Cheers, MosfetMist
  5. @DancingSea bear in mind that a lot of DACs already do upsampling internally without even advertise it (PSAudio, Chord Qute etc.), so this settings would make no sense in many cases unless you have a NOS DAC or you're sure your DAC doesn't do any implicit upsampling (also DAC chips can do internal upsampling too, Burr Brown comes to mind). Cheers, MosfetMist
  6. Hi all!, for what it's worth I gave up using my Mac all together as a music streamer because I found something better, so I'm not using either Amarra or Audirvana+ anymore. I found that using my mobile phone connected to my DAC through an OTG interface cable delivers a better sound than both Amarra and A+, I mean I get a pleasant crystal clear sound from my mobile phone, yes you read it! it's posible to get a hi-fi sound from a mobile phone. We need to realise that current mobile phones are not just phones, they are pocket computers with plenty of RAM and multiple cores capable to deliver great sound as a digital source/streamer. So to sum it up the sound I get from my phone sounds very natural as opposed to A+ which delivers a detailed but fatiguing and bright sound (at least on my system) whereas Amarra offers a darker, warmer sound with muffled highs. All in all Amarra sounds better to my ears than A+, so I suspect both apps manipulate the sound digitally so as to make us believe they sound better whereas my mobile phone gives me the real thing: a balance natural sound. I'm using an Android phone and the Tidal native app with very good results, and if you're interested you can get this inexpensive mobile phone which unfolds MQA completely: https://darko.audio/2018/09/lgs-g7-one-is-another-audiophile-smartphone/ + OTG cable to be connected to your current USB DAC, so you don't either need to spend a lot of money buying an expensive streamer nor using your Mac as a streamer. You can also use other music mobile apps such as Neutron and USB audio Player, the latter allows music streaming from Tidal, Qobuz etc. and it even plays DSD. Greetings, MosfetMist
  7. To get close to Amarra's sound using A+, you just need to raise a bit the 100hz and 300hz/400hz bands as you can see in the pictures above, this will give A+ a warmer sound and body. Kind Regards, MosfetMist.
  8. Hi @Jamesroy, Apple AUGraphicEQ is free and it comes with MacOSX whereas FabFilter Pro-Q 2 costs $179 (you can try it for free for one month), there many others paid plugins Blue Cat comes to mind. I recommend you try AUGraphicEQ first, to use it in A+ go to Preferences->Audio Units then select from the list: Apple AUGraphicEQ, as you will see there are many others plugins you can use (in A+ up to 4 at the same time), check "Use AudioUnits effects" and "Real time AudioUnits control and setup" so you can see and hear while tweaking the bands, then click "configure" and you'll see the EQ, you can choose to use 10-Band or 31-Band EQ as needed. Tweak with the EQ's bands gently until you find a pleasant sound, this is the easiest way to EQ in A+: This is what AUGraphicEQ looks like in A+ And this is FabFilter also in A+ The FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is more complex to use, you need to know what you're doing, it is a parametric EQ with many options and settings. Hi @Frans, in Amarra you can't use Audio Units directly as in A+, you need to capture the audio output with applications like Audio HiJack (paid) or SoundFlower (free) (don't know if the latter stills exists though), this way you can EQ Amarra externally with any plugin including FabFilter Pro-Q 2. This is how you can capture Amarra's output with Audio HiJack applying FabFilter Pro-Q 2, you can use it with Roon as well: Don't know anything about Dirac, sorry. Hope it helps. Kind Regards, MosfetMist.
  9. I'm now testing Tidal app + Audio HIjack + FabFilter Pro-Q 2, it sounds good to me, more detail than Amarra and crispy highs, I yet need to listen longer to draw a final conclusion, Kind Regards, MosfetMist.
  10. Hi All!, in my opinion both A+ and Amarra manipulate the sound behind the scene to make it sound "better", so if you think you're getting the "purest sound" through those audio players you should look elsewhere, they both sweeten (and deteriorates) the sound in one way or another... @DancingSea you couldn't be more right, that's exactly what I found on Amarra: tube-like sound, warmth tone and full bodied sound but less detail, no crispy highs, a bit less soundstage. As for A+, it sits on the other side of the fence: it has crispy highs but lacks body and warmth, a bit bright and thin sound but more soundstage. This can be improved by using a EQ plugin like Apple AUGraphicEQ or FabFilter Pro-Q 2 I will give Roon a try... Kind Regards, MosfetMist.
  11. I don't know why some people say that the browser mode sound better on Amarra, both modes use JavaScript and Angular, that is both are web apps, the Amarra app is just a container with a web page inside, the browser mode is the same web page but inside the browser, behind both modes there is the Amarra engine that gets called from the interfaces, that's all, by the way I'm still waiting for a sorting option by name/artist on Tidal's playlists, Kind regards, MosfetMist.
  12. Hi @DancingSea, in my case it is the warm/meaty sound Amarra adds to my music, on Amarra drums sound punchy and meaty and bass sounds more defined, on the contrary the highs sound weak, with no definition, way too sweet..., when I'm craving crispy highs I switch to A+, but then I need to raise the 300hz and the 80hz on the EQ to add some body to the sound, A+ lacks body and warmth. Kind regards, MosfetMist.
  13. Hi copy_of_a, I understand what you mean, the Amarra's EQ is not crispy on the highs it smooths out everything creating a mist/roll-off on the highs, sickeningly sweet highs some would say with no detail, this is the only downside I see on Amarra's sound, they should add a AU/VST option so that one can have a more realistic/crispy highs. Kind regards, MosfetMist.
  14. Hi Ralph, thank you for this post, it's good to know you're working hard on Amarra to offer a better user experience. Amarra EQ sounds nice as oppose to Apple AU EQ, for example the 31-band graphic EQ adds audible distortion, Amarra EQ does not (unless you raise the bands all the way up). Looking forward to the next Amarra version. Kind regards, MosfetMist
  15. Hi all!, I've been using Amarra4L for the last few weeks and it works flawlessly, you all are right when you say it still needs a lot of polish and that we've been dealing with a unusable piece of unfinished software for so long, I hope SS read these comments and make the changes accordingly. I can't believe SS have been missing a gold opportunity to stand out as a definitive hi-fi player both sound wise and user experience wise. A4L offers a full-bodied warm sound as opposed to A+ which sounds thin and a bit bright (tested on several audio set ups I have had), we now have at least a "working music player" to start from but user interface needs to be at least on par with the rest, hope SS have learned the lesson, Kind Regards, MosfetMist
  16. A new version has been released: Changes since 4.2.401 Release • Fixes for handling iTunes artwork • Fix for TIDAL Master playback (wrong speed) • Fix for changing Tracks and not playing new Track • Bug fixes • Fixes and enhancements to scanning and loading local, iTunes and TIDAL music libraries • Amarra Play [NEW] / Amarra Remote new features, fixes and enhancements • Fixes and enhancements to MQA playback • Fixes and enhancements to DSD/DoP integration • Artwork and Metadata display fixes • Enhancements to Exclusive Access mode • Fixes and enhancements to iTunes mode Kind regards, MosfetMist.
  17. I can confirm this issue only happens when I use the native app or Safari (both using the same Safari engine), when playing on Chrome everything seems to work well without interruptions/jumps between tracks. Hi!, don't leave us!, on the contrary you've been a very nice guy and I know at heart you're right when you say we should stay away from computers when it comes down to playing audio and use an audio streamer instead like your X50D, it is just that I don't have the money at the moment to get a nice audio streamer like yours, but I'll be looking for a nice streamer in a near future, thank you for your recommendation, hope to see you around again. Cheers, MosfetMist.
  18. There is a very annoying issue I'm experiencing very... very often: when I play a track from a Tidal playlist for no reason Amarra keeps frozen for 5 or 10 seconds and then jumps to the next or the second next track. It's not what I want to listen it is what Amarra wants me to listen *bummer*.
  19. IMHO Amarra sounds way better than A+, why is it?, I've been using A+ for several years and in every system I set up A+ sounded bright, no matter what filter you use soX/iZotope it always has the same character to the sound, A+ relies on MacOSX sound API which is not the best sounding whereas Amarra relies on its own sound API based on their experience and it sounds right to my ears. A+ offers a more "airy sound" but that approach brings a bright sound and fatiguing listening. On the other hand Amarra offers a warm and full-bodied/meaty sound, instruments like drums come to life, it sounds more like a real performance and it doesn't add that "tzzzzzzz" artificial sound typical in some digital players, in the end Amarra offers a totally undigital sound , and as a plus it also sports a EQ that doesn't add distortion. A+ doesn't have any EQ's of its own to play, and even though it allows using the Apple AU units, I don't recommend using those, e. g. the Apple: AUParametricEQ adds distortion, but if plan on using A+ with EQ I highly recommend you use FabFilter: FF Pro-Q 2 as it doesn't add distortion. What Amarra lacks it's a smooth and fast user interface but when it comes down to sound Amarra is really nice. In the end it all boils down to personal preference, use what you like the most and let your ears guide you. Regards, MosfetMist.
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