With more than 75% of the votes, Audirvana Plus has been awarded ”2012 Product of the Year Readers Choice” by the reference site for all that concerns attaining audiophile quality with the convenience of a computer.
Thanks to all the members of this terrific audiophile site, and special thanks its founder, Chris Connaker
Another great review from IT Enquirer, giving a 10/10 to Audirvana Plus.
“The resulting sound was nothing short of breathtaking”
“the best sound characteristics I have heard in years, and certainly the best of what digital music players can offer”
Direct Mode has arrived with release 1.4, and this is marking a strong step forward in the quest for the ultimate sound quality, always with very strong stability (so much that I’ve got reports Audirvana Plus is now used in large live performances with thousands of spectators!)
This is now a long way since 1.0 was released, with the iTunes integration, the SACD ISO playbacks with cataloguing in iTunes (along with all numerous playable file formats), and now Direct Mode. 1.5 (still free upgrade) will bring AU/VST plugins support for applying filters including room correction, and multichannel.
This is why its price for all new customers (the 1.x upcoming upgrades will remain free for current customers) is adjusted to be on par with the new standard set by Audirvana Plus in sound quality on the Mac platform. It is still at a very competitive position compared to competition, set at 59€ or 74$
And as we are entering the Holiday Season, there is a strong discount until January 5th, that makes Audirvana Plus price stay at 39€ or 49$ for any new orders.
Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
Audirvana Plus has been reviewed in the September editions of The Absolute Sound (USA) and Hi-fi+ (UK)
A great review on The Audiophile World on the Direct Mode beta that ”provides a true Reference Audio Standard level of listening pleasure”
And on AudioStream on the 126.96.36.199 that “sets the bar for OSX music playback software”
Audirvana got a good review in 6moons by Frederic Beudot.
It comes first in a comparative review of the audiophile players for OS X:
“(…) Audirvana deliver excellent musical performance with great ease and flow and minimal digital glare.”
“For now then my nod for playback software goes to Audirvana”
“Where the software truly separates itself in my mind is its stability and complete absence of glitches. I still have to see the computer or iTunes freeze up when Audirvana runs.”
“Considering that the difference in price is more or less equal to a single high-resolution download, I won’t hesitate for a second to recommend that you skip over D. and B. and head straight for Audirvana.”
The full review is available here.
Update: A follow-up review has been posted on 6Moons, with a review of the new Direct Mode by the publisher (Srajan Ebaen):
“Based on my own experiments, I’ll loudly join Frederic in naming Audirvana the as yet best-sounding Mac-centric music player I’ve tried. Except that in direct mode it’s even better than he’s already called it!”