Audirvana Plus 2 awarded AUDIO Excellence Award 2016 from AUDIO ACCESSORY Magazine

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*About Audio Excellence Award promoted by Japanese magazine AUDIO ACCESSORY
“These awards were established 1978’s with the aim of contributing to the evolution of audio culture and market vitalization. The purpose of these awards is to select prospective best-selling or long-selling genuine preeminent devices featuring superior performance, innovation and audio spirit, from a host of pure audio components brought into the world each year. The distinguished characteristic of these prizes is impartial evaluation by a panel of judges consisting of audio critics having a profound technological knowledge and judges from distributors well versed in the competitiveness of products in the market.”

Qobuz integration now available in public beta!

You can find the beta version of Audirvana Plus with Qobuz integration here.

System requirements are now OS X Mavericks minimum. Yosemite or El Capitan is recommended.

Just enter your Qobuz credentials in the Library page of Audirvana Plus preferences, and you get access to the Qobuz streaming library.

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Please note that this beta version may have some issues playing MP3 streamed tracks. If you have a Qobuz HiFi or Sublime subscription you will listen to FLAC files, so no issue.

And I’ll be at the Paris Festival Son & Image this week-end to present Audirvana Plus with Qobuz integration at the Qobuz booth.

For those who don’t have yet a Qobuz streaming account, you can subscribe here.

L’intégration Qobuz est en approche…

Audirvana Plus 2.3 aves l’intégration Qobuz arrive très bientôt!

Elle est maintenant en phase de beta test, avec une sortie officielle prévue dans les prochaines semaines.

Voici une copie d’écran de la version beta actuelle en action:
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Qobuz is the leading HiFi online music service that provides access to all labels (independent and major) and all artists across all genres.

Qobuz offers very unique and attractive innovations such as :

  • Unlimited music subscriptions in 16-bit/ 44.1 kHz “True CD Quality” 
  • Downloading of 16-bit/ 44.1 kHz for the entire catalogue (more than 30 million titles)
  • Downloading of up to 24-bit/192 kHz on more than 40,000 “Qobuz Hi-Res” albums
  • Last but not least, Hi-Res streaming of your purchases in worldwide first with Qobuz Sublime subscription

    Qobuz also provides extensive information on catalogue releases, including thousands of digital booklets and exclusive high quality editorial content.

    Qobuz aims to provide the world’s best music service, and there are currently a large number of releases and services offered exclusively by us. Access to the service is available in specific countries.

    Find Qobuz on : http://www.qobuz.com // https://facebook.com/qobuz // @qobuz // Press contact: pr@qobuz.com

More reviews on Audirvana Plus

Newsweek (Europe edition 5/15/15): “(…)this one plays every available high- resolution format. The Audirvana Plus 2 is excellent quality and for €59 it’s pretty good value.”

Audirvana Plus 2.1: Enhancing the onboarding Experience

The modern library management features of Audirvana Plus bring strong convenience for sorting all your music tracks & albums. Helping to quickly find the piece you want to hear now, in this genre, from this artist. Or even easily perform A/B listening of the same classical piece by different performers.

The albums view to scan visually through the album cover images, or the tracks list view with its structured filter browser to quickly zero on The track in a hierarchical refining manner are very powerful tools.

But… all these need the audio files in the music library to have the proper metadata, and especially the album information ones. And this is not always the case, especially when coming from proprietary database librarian, or by just using the Finder hierarchy of file folders (and no library manager). Even more, some audio files formats like WAV, DSDIFF (.dff), are quite often missing any metadata.

The new Audirvana Plus 2.1 helps you in the on boarding to the full library management experience by:

  • Understanding file folders missing album metadata as albums in the album view, enabling to see them as if they were already actual albums. Option is then proposed to convert them to albums, storing in the files the album metadata
  • Retrieving all the iTunes album art information, even the one stored only in its database to have all albums with their cover image after just asking to synchronize the iTunes library. It is then proposed to save these hidden album images in the audio files metadata
  • And for those not yet ready to fully benefit from the library, it is possible to temporary add files directly in the Play Queue. This can be done by either drag files, folders, .m3u playlists from the Finder, or tracks from iTunes and drop them directly in the Play Queue, or use the “Open with…” command of the Finder on audio files.

And the good news is that this new major release is free as will be all the upcoming 2.x ones for all Audirvana Plus 2 users.

Test DSD256 vs DSD64 quality improvement

Ever wondered of the sound quality improvement brought by the DSD256 native playback capability of Audirvana Plus through compatible DACs?

NativeDSD.com has made the recordings to provide this experiment and is proposing free downloads of the same recording done simultaneously in DSD64 and DSD256:

In the brave new world of High Resolution Music Downloads many music fans have asked a big question: Is there a difference in sound quality that comes from recordings made at different bit rates and different Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs)?

A Unique Opportunity
The experts at NativeDSD.com are giving you a unique opportunity to compare session files from a brand new performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Iván Fischer. The session was recorded at two different Direct Stream Digital (DSD) bit rates – Single Rate DSD (DSD 64fs) and Quad Rate DSD (DSD 256fs) with two of the industry’s best Analog to Digital Converters – the Grimm Audio AD1 (at DSD 64fs) and the Merging Technologies Horus (at DSD 256fs) Live in Budapest.
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You can read more about The Engineers, The Recording and Comments from the Engineers in the complete version of the article, posted on Computer Audiophile: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/635-midsummer-night%92s-dream-compare-simultaneous-dsd64-and-dsd256-session-recordings/

Download and Compare!
We would like to invite you to download the files, free of charge, and hear the (potential) differences in sound quality for yourself. I look forward to reading your comments and results as a response to the article on Computer Audiophile. Make sure you tell us about your DAC, and the bit rates you listened to. And most of all, I hope you enjoy this fun exercise, and enjoy helping the folks at NativeDSD and Channel Classics make some DSD recording history!

The Files:
* DSD 256 from the original Merging Horus AD converter
* DSD 128 downsampled from Horus 256
* DSD 64 downsampled from Horus 256
* DSD 64 from the original Grimm AD converter

Find the Free DSD track downloads of the session files from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream recording sessions in the Just Listen section at NativeDSD: https://justlisten.nativedsd.com/albums/mendelssohn-session

More reviews on Audirvana Plus

2015/05 edition of MacWelt : “Note 1.2: Sehr Gut”

Cuk.ch : Audirvana Plus: la musique, et rien d’autre: “j’utilise Audirvana Plus depuis quelque temps, et ceci avec vraiment un très grand plaisir”

L’Express (n°3306 du 12/11/2014): “Pour écouter de la musique depuis un ordinateur et ne rien perdre de la qualité des fichiers audio”

2014 Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Award

Audirvana Plus got the recognition by the Positive Feedback Writers of the best they’ve reviewed during the course of the year!

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Next steps: iOS remote App, Qobuz integration

To enjoy the beautiful sound quality and efficient music cataloging, a remote app for your iPad/iPhone is the next step for the comfort use from your listening position sofa.

I’m currently working on the iOS Remote app for Audirvana Plus that will enable you to control playback of Audirvana Plus, and much more…

 

Streaming music source integration will come next, to give the opportunity to play from such nearly unlimited music libraries.

Qobuz, with its unique proposal of lossless streaming, will come first.

 

Qobuz is the first and only Hi-Fi online music service that provides access to all labels (independent and major) and all artists across all genres.
Qobuz offers

  • –  Unlimited music subscriptions in 16-bit/ 44.1 kHz “True CD Quality”
  • –  Downloading of 16-bit/ 44.1 kHz for the entire catalogue (more than 20 million titles)
  • –  Downloading of up to 24-bit/ 192 kHz on a large selection of “Qobuz Studio Masters” titles(more than 25,000 albums)

    Qobuz also provides extensive information on catalogue releases, including thousands of digital booklets and exclusive high quality editorial content.

    Qobuz aims to provide the world’s best music service, and there are currently a large number of releases and services offered exclusively by us. Access to the service is available in specific countries.

    Find Qobuz on : http://www.qobuz.com // https://facebook.com/qobuz // @qobuz Press contact:pr@qobuz.com