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  1. Hello, Since Damien will start beta semi public (need registration) tomorrow of his 3.5 version, i thought it would be good to have a new thread for it For those enrolled in it, you should start by shutting down your old version of A+ and copy your Software in applications folder, your preferences of it and your 3.2.x database, just in case you wanted to go back Apple hide the Home Folder in User Library at some time depending on OS System... When you have clicked your Home Folder, and cannot see the Library Folder in there, just do a ''cmd J'' to show the folder settings preferences and see at the bottom... click Show Library Folder and then you'll have access to the rest forever. Copy application Audirvana Plus from the Applications folder with ALT key to make a second copy... It will have a 2 number at the end. Drag it out and save it to a new folder. Now delete the copy in Applications folder you just made. You're back like you were before... Go to User... Home Folder... Library... Applications Support... Audirvana Folder... Copy the file AudirvanaPlusDatabase.sqlite (that is your database of music) to your new folder with the copy of the software you just made. Go to User... Home Folder... Library... Preferences... Copy com.audirvana.Audirvana-Plus.plist in that folder (those are A+ software preferences) again to the new folder you made for backup old 3.2 version. So now, you have 3 things backed up.... The Application 3.x.x, the database and your preferences. Now check for update within application menu It will create a new database file with a V2 in the name... the old will still be there, but for myself i remove it just to not have things happen between the two. you can leave it here if you want, since you have made a backup anyway... Happy music!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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!)
  9. 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
  10. 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!).
  11. 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
  12. Hi all, I am writing this post to suggest that Sonic Studio includes in the next release of Amarra a companion App for iOS devices to provide full control of Amarra in a headless mac. I love the sound of current version of Amarra (Symphony) 2.5 I use a headless Mac Pro (tower) exclusively for Audio, and have trimmed down the OS (Mountain Lion) and disabled features as much as I could following many advices from other users. I only use Amarra in cache mode and playlist mode (without iTunes) an I quit the finder. Surprisingly, every single step improves the sound even though the computer is running almost at iddle (from Terminal "top" command). The remaining piece to get rid of is Screen Sharing. I use and iPad to control the headless mac with VNC software iTap. It works perfectly from the user point of view. But if I disable Screen Sharing, the already excellent sound gets even better. The processor does not have to take care of updating the screen and sending over the network to the iPad. However in order to use Amarra in the current setup, I need to have access to the Mac screen (with Screen Sharing). Spotify has two remote solutions (Spot Remote and Remoteless) that use a small server application in the Mac which is much lighter at using CPU resources, and the sound - without Screen Sharing and with the small server app - is better than with Screen Sharing enabled operating directly Spotify on the iPad clone of the Mac Screen. I also own Audirvana+ and even though I personally prefer Amarra Symphony, a remote App for Audirvana+ would be a welcome addition too. My expectation is that getting rid of Screen Sharing through the use of a custom remote App for Amarra or Audirvana+ may bring further improvements in sound quality than another iteration of the already fine sounding engines. Sorry if I became too technical or not too clear but for those avandced users I recommend experimenting at improving the Mac sound if it is used only for computer audio. It costs no money and you are rewarded with better sound. Regards, Jotauve.
  13. Hello All, When I select Airplay as my Audio Device in Audirvana Plus, I get sound from my Apple TV but not Airport Express on the same network. Is there any way to choose AE and/or ATV like in iTunes?
  14. Wondering if anyone is connecting MacBook Air as a one computer config so one usb port is connecting to dac, and internal ssd as boot drive - whats the best sq solution in your experience: 1. Use another usb port for external hdd - ssd, or just a regular drive? I play mostly dsd; 2. Use the SD card slot and better sq or not? 3. Use thunderbolt external hdd, better sq? Audirvana manual recommends making sure the high speed usb port are dedicated to usb connection to dac, not sure if the 2 usb ports on macbook air is on same circuit thus shared, therefore am wondering if using the other connection options may imprive sq. Anyone can chime in on this? Thanks.
  15. I have a Mac Mini (mid 2010 model) with 8GB of RAM, running OSX 10.9.2 and the latest iTunes 11.1.5. I send audio out to a Wyred4Sound DAC-2 via USB; it then goes through my amp and into my headphones. I also use either BitPerfect or Audirvana Plus (in iTunes integrated mode). No problems at all, until installing Mavericks (1o.9.1 and 10.9.2) and the newest versions of iTunes. (probably the last two updates). What I'm hearing is right at the beginning of each new track as it starts to play. There are crackling, popping noises; not loud, but certainly audible. It sounds a bit like dropping the needle between tracks on a noisy vinyl record. Sometimes, the first couple of seconds of the tracks will stutter and repeat, as well. Once the track gets going, it's usually fine. Occasionally, I'll hear a glitch somewhere in the middle of the track as well. I've been through the manuals for both BitPerfect and Audirvana, and tried all of the different pref settings that are suggested to stop this sort of thing (i.e. stopping gapless playback,integer mode on/off, iTunes interaction, etc.) No combination of settings that I've found will eliminate these crackling noises completely. BitPerfect support has been excellent; they've even sent me an experimental version to try, which seemed to help somewhat, but the noises still appear now and then. The only way I can eliminate the glitches completely is to run iTunes directly without using either BitPerfect or Audirvana Plus. I don't hear a huge difference in audio quality with either program, but I enjoy the automatic sample rate switching. To get around that, I've just set my W4S DAC-2 to upsample everything to 192kHz, since iTunes alone can't do it. I would love to get either or both of these players back in the chain again, but right now the only noise-free listening I can get is when I am bypassing them. I know that a lot of people had many diverse audio problems with iTunes and other software when Mavericks first came out, but most people reported them solved with 10.9.2, or with the newest iTunes. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
  16. Hi everyone, I used for a year a wadia 121 DAC plugged with usb interface with my old iMac and got nothing less than pleasure. A couple of month ago I did an upgrade to a new imac, the os was in version 10.8 and, as 10.9 (mavericks) was already out, I did an os upgrade. Since then using the wadia with usb is really problematic, the sound is clattering, first the rattle is gentle and becomes very annoying. The annoyance is less important when using audirvana as itunes plugin, but still there. I didn't remarked anything special before I upgrade to 10.9 but I used this computer a very short time before updating, so not 100% sure the problem was not already there. I have sent an email to wadia support to ask them if they had any negative feedbacks from users of mac os 10.9, I'm waiting for their answer. Does anyone had such problem ? Thanks for help and suggestions.
  17. 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!
  18. Something got corrupted on my computer. If I enable Audio Units, Audirvana crashes and quits. However, it plays normally with Audio Units unchecked. I've deleted all files that I can find related to the app, but no luck. Ideas?
  19. I have been using Audirvana+ Player (Mac OS) connected to my KEF X300A (Active Speakers) for years, playing mostly AIFF and WAV files. Recently the KEF speakers are no longer working, and I plan to replace them with my Cambridge Audio speakers. Since the new speakers are not active speakers, I will need an Amplifier for it and I am looking at Cambridge Audio CXA80. The question is, it seems to be that CXA80 has USB audio input and a WM8740 DAC chip, I believe I can connect it to speakers directly. Using Audirvana as player, do I still need to buy a DAC, or a network player, like DacMagic or CXN? What's the purpose for a network player (e.g. CXN) in my setup?
  20. 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?
  21. Can anyone tell me if it s possible to somehow upsample the streams from TIDAL or Spotify? I purchased Audrivana which has a powerful upsampling filter, bypassing Core audio. Just wondering if there was some way to feed it the stream from a streaming service like Tidal or Spotify
  22. Hi guys, I've been using A+ to convert my SACD.iso backups to .flac files. Unfortunately, my network player can't play 88.2kHz files, so A+(which is a great program for everything else) can't get me what I want. I have since discovered Saracon, which looks like it might be able to provide me with 24/96 files. However, I don't know how to mount/load/open my SACD.iso files. When I attempt a DSD to PCM conversion it asks for a .dff file. How can I produce a .dff file from my SACD.iso files? Or do I have to use a different program to convert my SACD.iso files to a PCM format?
  23. Hi guys, Unfortunately my Cambridge Audio NP30 won't play the 24 bit/88.2 or 24 bit/176 kHz .aif files I created from my SACD rips (using Audirvana), but it has no problem playing 24/96. Can Audirvana create 24/96 audio files? And if so, how should I set up Audirvana to do so? I've literally spent 5 hours scouring forums to find info, and haven't found anything. So, if I'm missing something obvious, please be gentle.
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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