Great 6moons review!

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!”

The Sound Quality redefined: Direct Mode BETA available

Direct Mode shortens further the audio signal by bypassing all CoreAudio, even its lowest level HAL layer.

In addition, the Integer Mode that was no more available in Lion is back for all the devices that offered it in Snow Leopard!

As it is now at a good level of maturity, I’ve decided to release Direct Mode as a public beta for you to enjoy it now. I will continue to improve it, taking you feedback into account, and pursuing the optimization ideas I’ve identified.

The beta is no longer available for download. Directly download the official version that now includes Direct Mode.

Be sure to enable Direct Mode in the Audio System panel of Audirvana Plus user preferences.

And enjoy!

Note that as this is a BETA, the automated updates are disabled. You’ll get notification of updates in this post, in #audirvana tweets, or on Facebook (Audirvana Plus). And use the link above to download the latest version. update (June 3rd, 2012)

  • Metric Halo, RME devices support (including Direct Mode for Metric Halo)
  • Strengthened recovery from clicks
  • Safety net to prevent most kernel panics
  • Long playback sessions stability improvement update (June 9th, 2012)

  • Improved audio signal stability
  • DSD to PCM audio stream playing correctly after a 16bit track on DACs with both 16 & 24bit streams update (July 7th, 2012)

  • Audiophilleo2 compatiblity, fixing both bitrate & sample rate change when changing track
  • Update play count and last played date in iTunes, even when play position in iTunes is deactivated
  • Fix for potential crash when hot-unplugging the playing audio device
  • Fix issue when loading a proxy file with broken link to the original file update (July 16th, 2012)

  • Stability improvement update (July 26th, 2012)

  • Stability improvement
  • Code Signing for Mountain Lion GateKeeper update (August 1st, 2012)

  • Direct Mode playback startup (initial and after sample rate change) stability improvement
  • Bugfix for bit depth change at track transition update (August 19th, 2012)

  • Direct Mode stability improvement
  • Minor bug fixes update (September 11th, 2012)

  • Direct Mode stability improvement update (October 25th, 2012)

  • Direct Mode stability improvement
  • Allow screen saver during playback (but not computer sleep)
  • Workaround for Mountain Lion Airplay channels swap bug
  • Other bug fixes
  • And Sound Quality improvement update (November 26th, 2012)

  • Dropouts fixes, especially for FW DACs

 December 9th: Official 1.4 release!


Enjoying native DSD

I’ve received from exD their latest native DSD capable DAC, and I must say I rediscovered my DSD files, the transparency is so impressive that I can easily tell where each instrument is located, even in a large orchestra setup…

Many thanks to the exD team for making this possible!

Official iTunes integration version released

The 1.1.0 is now released, bringing the iTunes integration.
Giving, in addition to the classic playlist mode, the ability to use iTunes library features and (remote) control abilities.

Audirvana Plus demoed on Esoteric at Malmö Hifi Show

Audirvana Plus has been used as the source of choice for demoing the ultra high end Esoteric electronics and the Amphion loudspeakers at the Malmö Hifi Show last 5-6 November, in Sweden.

There were two setups: one with a Macbook Pro connected to an integrated RZ-1 system,
and the other one with a headless Mac Mini connected to a K-03 DAC/SACD player, C-03 pre, A-03 poweramp feeding Amphion Argon 7L speakers.

Many thanks to Patrik Klangerstedt from KAVENA Multimedia for the pictures.

iTunes Integration: BETA version now available!

Audirvana Plus can now, in addition to its independent playlist mode, be fully controlled by iTunes.

In this mode, Audirvana Plus works transparently in the background, replacing the audio engine, while iTunes is used as the library to select, control the tracks to play.
This also enables to use the Remote app for iPhone & iPad.

It is available here

Audirvana Plus introduced at the National UK Show

Audirvana UK Show Room

I introduced Audirvana Plus at the UK National Audio Show ’11, and thanks to AMR & Keith Cheal from AngelSound who made it possible by offering to use their room for this.

This was also the occasion to give lectures on Computer Audio, with Vincent Luke from AMR.

National Audio Show logo