Audirvana Plus 3.0.2 released with opt-in MQA device detection

Please note: The MQA devices automatic detection is now optional.
If you have a MQA DAC, you need to enable it in the Audio System page of the preferences as shown in the screenshot below:


This is needed as the “are you MQA able?” request send to some DACs make their USB interface crash.
This option will be removed and the automatic detection always active when this incompatibility issue is fixed.

This release also brings other bug fixes:

  • Fix MQA decoding not done when playing to Mytek Stereo 192-DSD
  • Fix legacy iTunes integrated mode not playing correct track
  • Remove TIDAL deprecated Discovery category
  • Fix SysOptimizer reinstallation on Sierra

HIGHRESAUDIO

Browse your HIGHRESAUDIO purchases, manage your playlists, play directly from inside Audirvana Plus without prior download.

Qobuz

 

Browse Qobuz complete catalog, manage your playlists, play Qobuz music directly from inside Audirvana Plus

And get a 1 month free trial of Qobuz HiFi once you have purchased Audirvana Plus 2

TIDAL

 

Browse TIDAL complete catalog, manage your playlists, play TIDAL music directly from inside Audirvana Plus

And get a 3 months free trial of TIDAL HiFi once you have purchased Audirvana Plus 2

Audirvana Plus 3 integrates MQA decoding

Audirvana Plus 3, announced at CES 2017, is the first audiophile player that integrates the MQA Core Decoder, enabling:

  • MQA capable audio devices to benefit from the complete MQA audio quality. In this case Audirvana Plus continues to bring the strongly audible Sound Quality improvement of its optimized audio engine.
  • Non MQA capable audio devices to benefit from the high resolution (doubled sample rate compared to the encoded file one) thanks to the MQA decoder integrated in Audirvana Plus 3. In this case, Audirvana Plus brings, in addition to the general Sound Quality improvement, the decoding of the MQA file that would be played only at little above CD quality otherwise, losing all its high resolution benefits.

Any MQA file (in FLAC, or other container) will benefit from Audirvana Plus 3 decoder, whether it is in the local library, or read from a streaming service such as TIDAL master.

What is MQA?

MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. What’s more, it’s backwards compatible, so will play on any device. And because it’s fully authenticated, you can be sure you’re hearing exactly what the artist approved in the studio.

The price in euro may be increased to follow the EUR/USD exchange rate variation.

For those who are attending CES, pay attention to the Macs demoing MQA, you will see the pre-release of Audirvana Plus 3 in action:

2016 in review

2016 has been a great year for Audirvana Plus, with major new features:

  • TIDAL and HIGHRESAUDIO VirtualVault complete integration
  • Rewritten database engine bringing strong improvements in the library manager performance and reliability. And this makes navigation a breeze even with huge database as it has been proven with a 270k+ tracks library
  • Multiple Artists per tracks, albums, names for sort, Full Text Search, Hyperlink Navigation within the whole library as in streaming services catalogs
  • PCM to DSD upsampling, in stereo and multichannel
  • Automatic volume leveling between tracks or whole albums (ReplayGain)
  • Loudness Dynamic Range analysis using the EBU R128 standard, and the DR rating

Stay tuned for great new features and innovation in Audirvana Plus in 2017!

Audirvana Plus 2.6: major update

The new release 2.6 is now available. That is a free update for any user of Audirvana Plus version 2.

This update includes:

  • Improvements in the library manager performance (proven with a 270k tracks library) and reliability, thanks to the rewritten database engine
  • ReplayGain and Loudness Dynamic Range analysis
  • Management of multiple artists per track or album
  • Sort names for artists names, tracks and albums titles
  • Full Text Search and Hyperlink Navigation within the whole library

You’ll find the details on this update in Audirvana Plus 2.6 Update.

 

The winner of HighResMac great test of TIDAL players

“Audirvana Plus 2 is an excellent choice for access to Tidal (…) the audio quality is beyond any doubt. Crisp heights, warm mids, full basses, all transparent and authentic, as well as other recordings and listening opportunities – anyone who is thinking about a Tidal subscription can rely on Audirvana.”

Read more on HighResMac

macOS 10.12 Sierra

Apple has just released macOS 10.12 Sierra that has a regression that breaks Direct Mode.

  • Until they fix it, or I find a user friendly workaround, you have to disable Direct Mode (option in Audio System page of preferences) to get playback to start. In Audirvana Plus 2.5.4, it is disabled by default.
  • If you are Terminal-savvy, there is a way to get it back: you can replace the faulty kernel extension of 10.12, IOAudioFamily.kext, located in /System/Library/Extensions, by the one from El Capitan 10.11.6, if you have a backup. You may need to disable SIP during this replacement operation.

Other than this Apple regression that breaks Direct Mode, Audirvana Plus 2.5.4 is fully compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra.

Music Browsing & Discovery in TIDAL

Enjoy this video that shows the new features for Browsing and Discovering Music in TIDAL.

It shows the navigation features in the just released Audirvana Plus 2.5.3:

  • All albums titles, artists names are hyperlinks to show the whole album, artist albums
  • Albums descriptions with embedded hyperlinks
  • Artists biographies with embedded hyperlinks
  • All people involved in albums, with hyperlinks for most
  • Artists related to the displayed one (influencers, followers, similar)
  • Top tracks of the displayed artist