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.
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!



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

New review in AppleInsider.ru

Обзор Audirvana Plus — плеер для тех, кто хочет максимума

The review is available here

Audirvana Plus 2.0 review by IT Enquirer

Great review from IT Enquirer : Crystal-clear & perfectly manageable: Audirvana Plus 2 music player

“Now, Audirvana Plus 2.0.1 has been released, and I am starting to see the light. Audirvana Plus 2 outperforms everything else”

“With regards to the music asset management, I’m a fan, a huge fan.”

“In contrast [to other player], Audirvana Plus 2.0.1 seems not to add anything to your music — just the sound as it was recorded.”

Audirvana Plus 2.0 is now released

It’s here!

The trial version is available to everyone, including for use on Macs that had already tried a 1.x version.

The major update to Audirvana Plus is coming!


Audirvana Plus 2.0 is bringing a full featured library manager that will enable you to catalog all your music with easy to use user interface, and provide advanced metadata editing with even advanced tags like conductor, ensemble or period!

New license price will remain unchanged at $74 or €59.
Upgrade for 1.x owners will be at a low $39 or €31.
(Note that VAT may apply for purchases in European countries)

Stay tuned for the 2.0 release in the very next few days!

More reviews

Among recent great reviews on Audirvana Plus:

  • Hifi & records (Ausgabe 3/2013): “Klanglich ist Audirvana derzeit wohl der Mac-Player mit der hôchsten Transpa- renz und der schônsten Feinzeichnung.”
  • Vous et Votre Mac (N°89, mai 2013): “il est difficile de prendre en défaut Audirvana Plus. Ses concurrents n’ont pas d’arguments plus percutants, alors qu’ils affichent un placement tarifaire plus élitiste. C’est donc un logiciel que je vous recommande chaudement.”
  • PC Advisor May 2013: “If you enjoy music from your computer, you owe it to your ears to hear how Audirvana Plus can nurture the hidden sound of your ripped collection.”
  • Positive Feedback (Issue 67, May/June 2013): “I’m settling on Audirvana Plus as my new standard. I can’t think of a higher compliment”
  • AudioHolics review (August 2013) : “On the Mac, the clear sound quality winner, to me, was Audirvana”
  • HighResMac 18.09.2013: “ist Audirvana Plus sicher einer der besten Player am Markt und mein persönlicher Favorit”

Audirvana Plus awarded 2012 Product of the Year Readers Choice by Computer Audiophile



Computer Audiophile Reader voted for Audirvana Plus as the “2012 Product of the Year Readers Choice“. And with more than 75% of the votes!

The Computer Audiophile website is THE world reference in the HiFi universe.

Indeed, it is one of the first sites that has offered audiophiles effective solutions in order to dematerialize their music. The Computer Audiophile Forum brings together music enthusiasts from around the world. So these music lovers could share tips to achieve the best Sound Quality.

That’s why this award is a true recognition of the international audiophile community towards Audirvana Plus.

Thanks to all the members of this terrific audiophile site.  And special thanks its founder, Chris Connaker