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  1. Thought it might be easier for the developer of A+ to have the bug reports in a single thread. Hope that this will help to improve this nice audioplayer. 3.1.5 Structured Filter Browser: First letter shortcut within filters are no more activ. User has to scroll down the lists, which is a ardous path. Almost every database uses this feature (BTW: feature was present in 2.5.4).
  2. I wanted to start a topic that focuses on the parameters of these two upsamplers in A+ and perhaps even get some objective measurements of Fourier transforms (impulse response graphs) from those people who can capture them. My experience comes from these software upsamplers as they are implemented in Audirvana Plus 3.2 - But I don't think there's anything keeping others with different players from chiming in here. To kick things off, I'm using @copy_of_a 's extreme settings for iZotope as shown below. In order to avoid aliasing with his settings, you have to use a software plugin to further lowpass the signal. In my case, I'm using FabFilter ProQ2 steepness: 3 length: 500,000 Cutoff: 1.25 Anti-Aliasing: 50 Prering: 0.36 For SoX, I've chosen the below based solely by ear. No LP filter is needed with an EQ plugin since the filter is much steeper it seems. Admittedly I haven't put near a much time into SoX as I have with iZotope: Bandwidth: 90 samples: 500,000 Anti-Aliasing: 85 Prering: 41 Overall, the biggest difference between these is the inability to finely tune the filter steepness in SoX. I've read some anecdotal things and tend to agree with most of them. For instance, Sox seems to present a great image/stage/separation, but comes at the expense of some more ringing that can be heard in the "shimmering" highs on cymbals. What's interesting though, is that the preringing doesn't seem too bad when I scrutinize the timing of a kick drum - hearing first its batter head which should be followed by its resonate sub bass thump. I find that my setting in iZotope still perform best here - but the SoX isn't nearly as bad in the lows as with the high frequency "smearing/shimmering" I hear. But this could just be my settings, more time will tell which is the better upsampler for me. What else have other's experienced?
  3. I'm new to computer audio and need help with the following. I have a trial version of Audirvana Plus 3.0. I'm using a Benchmark DAC3 that can receive DSD in DoP1 format. The problem I have is that the Forced Upsampling to DSD option in Audirvana is greyed-out and Audirvana does not recognize the DAC's DSD capability. Otherwise, and in PCM format, Audirvana and the DAC play well together. What am I not doing correctly?
  4. Musicophile

    Audirvana 3.1

    I just upgraded to 3.1. Not really a big change to me as I still use my USB DAC and not a streamer, but probably good news for people with Network players. Maybe after 67 pages in the old thread it is time for a new thread? Post your experiences here.
  5. Browniesbane

    Audirvana switching outputs problem

    So, the one persistent problem I have with Audirvana is switching the audio system preferences. Right now I have three systems (1) main ethernet >ultra rendu> Gumby (2) office iMac > usb>Eitr>qutest ( or imac>optical out >qutest) and (3) bedroom headphone station airport express>ethernet>mrendu>bimby. Switching to the rendus is usually a big hassle where I have to refresh the rendus and ar several times to get ar to recognize the rendu, and sometimes even after I connect to the rendu, ar switches back to eitr. switching to the eitr from a rendu is less of a problem. However, I have had problems when I have been using the digital optical out from the iMac to feed the qutest. In that case, I have trouble switching to usb/ eitr or the rendus unless I disconnect the optical connection. on the other hand, before I got the second rendu, I used raspberry pi which was almost always recognized. Is this a likely a problem with ar or is there something I am missing here.
  6. Noob question alert. I have a slight hearing imbalance, and need to nudge the right speaker/headphone up by 3dB before outputting to my DAC. What's the easiest way to do this in Audirvana? If this is handled by a plugin, can you recommend a lightweight plugin that can do this? (I'm currently using Blue Cat Audio's BC Gain plugin, which seems like overkill. Not to mention 100MB!)
  7. Hi! Finally decided to try Audirvana 3.0 now that it unfolds MQA. I am using a 2011 Mac Mini i7 with 16GB of memory and a SSD, I am using my Marantz 8802a as the dac through HDMI. The Mini works just fine until I try to use Audirvana with the Marantz using HDMI; 1. If I try to use HDMI for both display and for audio (the HDMI cable goes out to the Marantz and then comes back to the display), the display blanks and resets every 5 seconds or so. 2. I then routed the video out to my display through the mini dvi port. But then the mouse acts up and twitches to a new spot on the screen every 5 seconds or so making using the mouse pretty difficult. Works fine if I do not use the Marantz as an HDMI doc, but that is my preferred choice and there isn't a problem using other music server software. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance. Peter
  8. jolon

    Audirvana Direct Mode?

    I've used Audirvana on and off for a few years and usually have as many options turned on as possible. Over the time I've noticed sometimes the sound can be a bit bright or harsh and I've noticed it seems to back off a bit with Direct Mode switched off. I've generally thought that's probably because it is not getting as a good a signal with it switch off, and perhaps because of expectation bias I leave it turned on. But the last 24 hours I've been doing DSD comparisons and I noticed that I can actually hear more detail with Direct Mode switched off with the Resonessence Herus. I haven't read many opinions about whether people generally have Direct Mode switched on or not. I would be interested to hear other people's experiences. With Direct Mode on, it feels like the DAC is being slightly overdriven, initially it sounds quite a bit better, but it is a bit like an overexposed photo where the detail is harder to see (that's the best analogy I could think of!).
  9. Has someone compared SQ of direct USB output from MBP/Audirvana to DAC vs. streaming to a device like Ultrarendu or USBridge with the same DAC and same USB cable ? Thanks Matt
  10. I would like to continue using iTunes. And I'm undecided between using A+ in iTunes-integrated mode (but how bad is the skin? Is it possible change it?) Or BitPerfect .. what do you recommend? My setup is Macbook Pro, Dragonfly Red and He-400i. I'm testing A+ and I noticed that the sound is already much clearer and fuller, with more fat volumes, even without using the DAC.
  11. creativepart

    Switched! A+ to Roon. Yeah

    For the past year or longer I've been a dedicated Audirvana Pro user. I loved most everything about it. The few complaints I had were very minor. But I'm looking at going to a Ethernet/USB solution and they all seem really setup for Roon users. Not that I couldn't use other server setups - but I decided to give Roon a try. OK, I now see why so many folks use this software. Plus, it overcomes every small issue I had with Audirvana. Key among them was their inability to mark Tidal files with any icon indicating the nature of the file format in Tidal. In A+ you had to play a song file to have any indication of whether or not it was CD, MQA, or some other version. I'd look at Tidal Albums and see two versions of the same title - one would be MQA and the other CD. But neither was marked as to version. It you wanted the MQA or even if you wanted the CD version you had to play a tune from each to find the one you wanted. You could see the format in Tidal because Masters have a "M" logo when on Tidal but not A+. A number of people requested this feature in A+ as much as 6 months ago, but it never happened. So, not only do I have this feature from Roon, but so many more that I wasn't aware of. And, in only 2-days I've learned so much about my music and what else I might like. I have a HD with 750 CD rips at 16/44 in ALAC format. It's great that my Tidal favorites and all 750 CDs are grouped together in Genres and organized for easier finding. Plus the SQ is very good as well. All in all a Win-Win. I wish I had switched earlier.
  12. I have been reading a lot here and learning both from the forums and about myself. I have used my 2012 Mac mini in my system before and I have decided to jump back in for a winter swim! I have a new PCIE SSD based Mac mini on order and my JS-2 is on the way. I will have one side of the JS-2 wired to my Mytek Brooklyn DAC + and the other side to the MacMini. I have several idea threads to run through. Here is a partial list: Digital music delivery process ideas: USB direct between the Mac and the DAC and with an ISO-Regen + LPS-1 and maybe more.... Ethernet - USB with my SOtM SMS-200 ultra. (several threads of setup here to test) Test with the DC grounded NetGear GS105 switch to the network. Using an LPS-1 Start with High Sierra in the default Apple configuration and work through reducing processes. I want to listen to Apple Music with this DAC. I use Apple Music for discovery and mobile listening. I use Audirvana and Roon: How does optimization in Audirvana do before we even tweet the OS. I want to figure out voice control for music. "Hey Siri" or the like..... SOtM clock testing since I already have it! Other possible / probable testing and learning Do I play with Isolation transformers on the AC side? Do I make other cabling improvements? Will I l test with my Rotel power amp to see how it compares to the Mytek Amp? ..... more .... So in summary my music will be stored on a Synology NAS outside of the stereo system so there is no SATA stuff going on in the MacMini. Attached is the basic layout of the stereo system for reference. I am building a few more pages with test outlines. Eventually I want to make an FAQ/WIKI/KB of this as finding stuff in these threads on the forums is really time consuming and I want to make this simpler. So the goals are as follows: Reduce operating complexity. (I dare. you to teach a non- audiophile how to switch inputs on a Mytek DAC +) Improve sound quality Have fun and listen more ???Simplify??? the systems design (I am not sure if changing power supplies and edit Mac processes is simple) Share my experience to help others. Stereo Overview.pdf
  13. okay I have had an annoying problem using A+ to control an mr. my office system has remote drive-i-mac-audirvana-eitr-modi. My main system has ethernet-microrendu-usb-Gumby, controlled by a+ on the iMac. basically, I have occasions with no sound in the main system even though the microrendu is selected in A+. I confirmed that my computer is seeing the microrendu and the microrendu is seeing the Gumby. After much frustration, I was able to fix things by physically removing the connection between the iMac and the eitr and restarting. For the moment everything is working and I am able to toggle between systems by changing the output selection in A+. But it feels like there is an intermittent compatibility issue between A+ and eitr, where A+ at times will try to send a signal to the eitr, even though I’ve chosen mr as output. any other explanations?
  14. As suggested from a user in the main Audirvana 3 (official) thread, I would like to create a new thread dealing only with feature requests and/or bug reports. I would welcome users to give their input into helping others (and myself) solving their problems, but would like to request that more general discussions (such as discussions on the licensing scheme, preferences of settings and equipment, etc) be limited to the official thread. I'll start off by requesting : - The remote app be updated. Being able to create playlists from the app would be very helpful - The ability to keep the screen OFF when the remote app connects to the audirvana mac - Still have system optimizer install error on 3.0.5 - any suggestions? Thanks for everyone's great input, and looking forward to continuing to see wonderful updates from Damien. Merci Damien - c'est tres apprecier ton bon travail!
  15. Hello Everybody I'm new here, and my knowledge is very limited, I've only just gotten in to playing high end digital music, but it seems like the place for me to be. I have a question regarding my Dragonfly Red and my MacBook player Audirvana 3+. I have recently bought some DSD files because I was curious to how it would sound, but the Dragonfly doesn't support DSD. So there has to be some kind of conversion for it to play through my Dragonfly. Can someone tell me what the best setting for this might be? Because when I plugged and played it, the Dragonfly displayed the amber color 24/88.2 kHz. And to my knowledge it was supposed to be playing the highest possible rate when it converts DSD to PCM? Is it something with the 64 bit multistage in the DSD to PCM algorithm? Or is it just because it is the best possible option for my setup to be playing the 24/88.2 kHz rate? If I seem a little blank and confused, don't worry that is really what I am. Best regards
  16. Dear Forum members I used to playback all my music using Audirvana to my Audiolab 8200 setup but have since played Apple Music off headphones. I have really been itching to get my Audiolab turned on a little more and listen to music through my speakers. My question is: Can the latest incarnation of Audirvana (Version 3 I believe) play with Apple Music? If not directly is there a work around? I look forward to your replies and I apologies if this has been asked before. Kind regards —Alex
  17. Do they play together? I have Audirvana Plus 3.2.6 and the Aries Mini in UPnP mode. Audirvana recognizes the Aries Mini with all its bitrates. But when i try to play a title, it takes very long to start, then plays a second or two and finally stops the playback. It doesn't matter which bitrate a title has - always the same behavior. Does anybody have that combination playing correct?
  18. Ive been running Audirvana through a Raspberry pi for a couple of months with no problems. (Setup follows) Last week I started getting major problems with 96/24 files from a remote HD. Drop-outs, my Bimby keeps clicking every time a 90/24 track comes on etc. The set up works fine with redbook files, and I have no problems with playing HD audio with USB out from a Mac into the Bimby I installed a new up dated image of dietpi, and it did not help. At wits end. The only thing I can think of is that there is a problem with using my airport express to catch the wireless signal and transmit to the diet pi by ethernet. (I am having trouble getting my network to recognize the wireless on my diet pi directly.) Any thoughts--should I try software other than GMrender? remotevHD-mac running Audirvana 3.2--wireless-Airport express 2---raspberry pi 3 with hifiberry digital pro running diet pi and gmrender-spdif-bimby-vahalla 2 Do raspberry pis have a reputation for problems with audio about rebook?
  19. Trying to figure out if Audirvana will upsample a first-unfolded MQA stream. Say I choose "No MQA Device" in Audirvana preferences, and I turn off upsampling as well. In this case, Audirvana will first-unfold a 24/48 MQA file into a 24/96 stream. It will also not add the relevant tagging for rendering - I know this because with this setting my Dragonfly Red does not show a purple light, it shows a pink light (ie standard 24/96 PCM stream) (*) The key question: If in this setup I turn on upsampling (and use a higher rate DAC as Dragonfly is limited to 96KHz), will it upsample the first-unfolded signal or will it switch off first-unfold and upsample the raw 24/48 MQA stream? (*) I am well aware that to get rendering in the Dragonfly I need to set the device to "MQA Renderer Device" or let it detect it automatically. This is NOT the question I am asking so please don't answer that.
  20. hi i bought Audirvana and it really plays better at least for my ears then other software like itunes or others may i ask you ? does Audirvana really play better then other (output) ? and what does Audirvana play better? the decoders ? and it's there an alternative for windows ? i use foobar but output is not great like Audirvana and i have tried on the same hardware thanks
  21. MSB will be releasing a new firmware update for their Network Renderer, which allows the use of Audirvana + directly across the network. It will now be possible to select the Renderer as the audio source in A+. Prior to this release, the Renderer could be selected, but playback was not possible. The firmware update should be available within the next few days in the "Renderer Firmware" section at this link: http://www.msbtechnology.com/about-msb/support/ If you own the Renderer, you can eliminate your NAA/USB connection to take advantage of Audirvana's excellent sound quality.
  22. I on the verge of buying myself a SOTM sMS-200 Ultra, with the intention to stream Tidal only. I have a Meridian Explorer 2 DAC which fully unfolds MQA wthat I will hook up to the sMS-200. But is it true that I can only access MQA streamed music from Tidal via either the Tidal App itself, Roon or Audirvana? The Tidal App won't serve as a method to stream to the sMS-200. Roon I know successfully streams MQA via Tidal to the sMS-200 - but I don't really want to invest in Roon 'just' to gain access to MQA! Audirvana runs from an Apple and I don't have Apple computers in the home. Is there any FREE software that allows access to MQA tagged files from Tidal which I can send on to the sMS-200, which will then subsequently be detected by the Meridian Explorer 2 for full unfolding? Thanks.
  23. Hi all, I have a matter of months experience with Audirvana previously using a network audio player via hardware eq to dac and amp. What I am struggling with, I believe, is assessing accurately replay gain for each album I want to listen to. I know replay gain can be tagged in Audirvana but to my ears gives a poor sound. Also I am using the eq plugin and have bluecat gain plugin for some adjustments. What the software does not offer ( I believe) is any visual metering plugin to accurately render gain. I have had a bit of a search on our site and see software eq such as Fabfilter pro q 2, Izotope Ozone 8 amongst others. Is that the way to go? Any further suggestions/advice welcomed.
  24. Browniesbane

    Microrendu through airport express

    I’ve been searching this forum, but couldn’t find anything that answered all my questions. I use a iMac with a remote wireless hard drive to store music and an Apple time capsule router,, and would like to feed into a usb dac (bitfrostmb) for a remote headphone station. I’m looking to alternatives to an airport express to feed the dac because it only allows optical digital output ( other than analogue) and has the Apple airplay limits on hd. I understand that audirvana is now compatible with microrendu, but I don’t have direct internet access through an Ethernet. Would it be possible to use an airport express in client mode to convert the wireless signal to Ethernet and then feed the microrendu through the AE Ethernet output, all controlled by audirvana. If this works, would hd audio be downsampled to 16/44, when I am using audirvana and would I lose audirvanas sound enhancements?
  25. So, i have been running my audio system off of a 10 yer old PC running XP until now. The only things on this computer are JRiver and Chrome to run Tidal. I know it's a security risk, but since the only time I ever access the outside world is through the Tidal website, which is my home page, I figured the risk was minimal. Yesterday a notification came up saying that Chrome will no longer receive updates, nor will flash. I think my time with this cheap solution may have come to an end. We just recently bought a house, so I was not planning on spending money on audio upgrades for a while, but it seems as though it may be necessary. I've considered all of the available options and I've come up withe the least expensive, option that has the most long term upgrade potential. I currently have an iMac in another room that accesses the network by wifi only (the house is not wired for ethernet) that will be running Audirvana Plus 3.1, controlled by the iPhone app. I planned to purchase a refurbished MicroRendu and and iFi power supply that will plug into the router which is near the audio system. With this setup though, I have a few questions that I'm having a hard time finding the answer to. I'm sure the answers are there somewhere, but I just haven't found it. 1. Has anyone had any experience with the refurbished MicroRendus? Anything i should be concerned about? 2. Should I expect any problems with the server being on a wifi connected computer as opposed to via ethernet? I don't have a good alternative right now. 3. I understand that the Audirvana iPhone app can be set to wake the iMac, but what if the iMac is locked (as it usually is). Will that matter? If so, do I have to get up and unlock the computer every time i want to do anything? That would be a bit of a deal breaker. Thanks in advance for your help! Jason