Audirvana, the popular audiophile music software now has a new 3.5 version for MacOS. The new version is completely rewritten and features a new GUI, better sound quality, and a new mini player view.
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Paris, 25 April 2019 – AUDIRVANA, maker of the leading expert audio software for Mac, has redesigned the software and is thrilled to unveil its new version 3.5. AUDIRVANA, Completely rewritten, the new Audirvana version 3.5 for Mac benefits from an improvement in Sound Quality compared to previous versions, as well as a new-generation Graphical User Interface and new features such as the Mini Player.
Created by Damien Plisson and acclaimed by users all around the world, AUDIRVANA has quickly established itself as the world leader in paid audio software for Mac owners by allowing music lovers who use macOs to replace Apple’s iTunes and take advantage of optimal sound quality, whether using HD online music services or managing locally stored files, including high resolution formats. And July 2018, for PC owners, AUDIRVANA also launched the new version of AUDIRVANA for Windows 10 for PC owners.
AUDIRVANA transforms the computer into a source of true high-fidelity audio
By becoming master of the computer’s flow of audio signals, AUDIRVANA avoids the intervention of other applications during listening as well as any hidden modification of the audio samples. The expert software reduces processor activity and stabilizes power supply, to minimize digital distortion and possible radio interference. Finally, it optimizes the operation of the digital-to-analog converter— integrated or external— of any hi-fi installation by providing it with a suitable and pre-decoded digital stream.
AUDIRVANA also allows audio files to be sent to compatible network players that use the UPnP/DLNA protocol, the most universally used standard for transmitting music to the wireless hi-fi systems without loss of sound quality.
Library management and navigation in AUDIRVANA
AUDIRVANA allows the playback of the most popular audio formats, especially those in high resolution: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, the new MQA format, as well as DSD files. The software also integrates TIDAL, Qobuz, and HRA Streaming high- definition streaming services. The software manages all types of music-file libraries, regardless of their size.
Thanks to AUDIRVANA, the user can view and directly modify the information of about albums and songs in various metadata fields, especially for classical music: Conductor, Orchestra, Soloist, Period, Style, Main Instrument…
Standard Playlists can be created, as well as intelligent playlists whose content is automatically updated according to the criteria defined in AUDIRVANA. Playlists created from a streaming service are also available.
What’s new in AUDIRVANA 3.5 for MAC?
The new version 3.5 of AUDIRVANA for MacOS of AUDIRVANA brings an improvement in Sound Quality thanks to the complete rewriting of the software. Version 3.5 also presents a new graphical user interface, the result of a meticulous work in integrating the choices between two themes proposed to users: a light mode and a dark mode.
To make it easier to use AUDIRVANA, the following features have been added:
- A new view by Artists, in addition to views by Tracks and by Albums
- Direct selection of the audio device via a button directly on the main window
- A new search system, to facilitate searching by Track, Albums, Artist, or Playlist
- Integration of HRA Streaming, a high definition streaming service from the German HIGHRESAUDIO download site
- A new Mini-Player
Trial Version available for free for 30 days.
Suggested retail prices of AUDIRVANA 3.5 for Mac software (taxes not included):
- Full Version 3.5 : $75
- Upgrade for owners of Version 1 : $52.50
- Upgrade for owners of Version 2 : $45
- Upgrade for owners of Version 3 : FREE
Audirvana is a French company founded in 2011 by Damien Plisson, an engineer recognized as an expert in the audiophile world. Since its creation, the company has developed Audirvana,* the reference hi-fi player for Mac, which has quickly established itself among audiophiles worldwide. Its sound quality and reliability have won over sound engineers, who use it both in the studio and in concert. Audirvana has received numerous awards such as the 2016 Audio Excellence Award from the Japanese magazine AUDIO ACCESSORY, the “Five Star” award for an Exceptional Product from iCreate magazine in September 2017, and the “Remarkable” award from VUmètre magazine in 2018.
*We recently decided to name our software simply Audirvana, and no longer Audirvana Plus. The “Plus” was originally added because we thought of offering a premium version of the software. But down the road, deactivating features in order to design a more basic version seemed artificial, and we found that the “Plus” designation was confusing to customers. Now our brand name is our product: Audirvana.
More information at audirvana.com.
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|Audio player||Operation system||License||Supported file types||Sample rate||DAC interface||Description|
Audio players Windows, Mac, Linux
|AIMP||Windows||Free||CDA, AAC, ac3, APE, DTS, FLAC, m4a, ogg, mp3, WAV, WMA, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other, web radio||DirectSound, ASIO, WASAPI|
|Album Player||Windows||Free||WAV, FLAC, APE, WavPack, ALAC, AIFF, TAK, MP3, MP4, OGG, CD, DSD, DVD-A, other||ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASAPI|
|Amarok||Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac||Free|
|Amarra Luxe||Windows, Mac||Commercial||DSF, mp3, AAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, streaming service, other||DSD to PCM|
|Audiogate||Windows, Mac||DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, BWF, WMA, ALAC, mp3, other||up to DSD128||DAC limitation for the software activation|
|Audirvana||Mac, Windows||Commercial||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WavPack, APE, MQA, streaming service, other||DoP, DSD to PCM||Windows 10 compatible|
|Audacious||Linux, BSD, Windows||Free|
|Channel-D Pure Music||Mac||Commercial||up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD128||DSD to PCM, DoP, streaming||Gapless and memory playback|
|Daphile||Run as firmware (Linux based) from flash stick memory||Free||DSF, PCM||up to 384 kHz / 24 bit, up to DSD512||Music server. Stereo only|
|Foobar2000(with sacd input plugin)||Windows||Free||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, FLAC, WAV, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, AAC, other||up to DSD512||ASIO, DSD to PCM|
|Fostex Audio Player||Windows, Mac||Free||DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, AIFF, ALAC||up to DSD128, up to 192 kHz / 24 bit||ASIO, DoP||Demands certain playback hardware|
|Gom Audio||Windows||Free||cda, MPL, mp3, ogg, WMA, APE, FLAC, WAV, m4a, WavPack, AIFF, DSF, DFF|
|iTunes||Mac, Windows||Free||WAV, ALAC, AAC, mp3, AIFF, CD-audio|
|JRiver||Windows, Mac, Linux||Commercial||DSF, DFF (including DST), SACD ISO, mp3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, other||ASIO, DoP, DSD over DLNA, DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD||Gapless playback|
|Hi-Res Audio Player||Windows||DSD, PCM||Require certain hardware|
|HQ Player||Windows, Mac, Linux||Commercial||DSF, DFF (non-compressed DSDIFF), CD-audio, FLAC, AIFF, other||up to DSD1024||DSD to PCM, PCM to DSD, ASIO, DoP|
|Hysolid||Windows||Free||DSF, WAV, FLAC||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||ASIO, DoPWASAPI||To work on music server PC with smartphone app control|
|Logitech Media Server||Windows, Mac, Linux||PCM, DoP PCM files||Bit-perfect PCM output of DoP||Need additional hardware and pre-conversion DSD files to PCM DoP files. How to adjust and use the software.|
|Media Player Classic||Windows||Free||PCM, DSF, DFF|
|moOde audio player||To run on Raspberry Pi||Free||Here information about DSD settings|
|Pine Player||Mac||Free||mp3, FLAC, APE, AAC, m4a, WAV, AIFF, ogg, WMA, DSD, SACD ISO, other||up to 768 kHz / 32 bit|
|Resonic Player||Windows||Free, Commercial||WAV, AIFF, FLAC, WMA, mp3, ALAC, WavPack, MID, DSF, DFF, other||up to DSD512|
|Roon|| Windows, Mac;|
the server on Windows, Mac, Linux
|Commercial||Audio files and streaming service||Bit-perfect, DSD to PCM||The server may be installed on network area storage (NAS)|
|TEAC HR Audio Player||Windows, Mac||Free||DSF, DFF, PCM||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit||ASIO, DoP|
|Technics Audio Player||Windows, Mac||DSF, DFF, WAV, FLAC, mp3, ALAC, AIFF|
up to DSD128,
|USB driver||Read the software license agreement about using limitations|
Run as firmware from flash stick memory on PC, Raspberry Pi, other
|Free||MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, ALAC, DSD||UPNP DLNA, Airplay, DoP||Open source music server|
|VLC||Windows, Mac, Linux, other||Free||mp3, AAC, MLP / TrueHD, DTS, WMA, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, ATRAC 3, WavPack, APE, WAV, other|
|Vox||Mac||Free||DSF, WAV, AIFF, FLAC (including uncompressed), ALAC, mp3, other, network radio|
|Wtfplay||Linux||Free||WAV, FLAC, DSF|
up to DSD128; DSD256, DSD512 are experimental,
Audio players Android and iOS (mobile applications)
|AIMP||Android||Free||APE, mp3, WAV, ogg, AAC, FLAC, mp4, m4a, WavPack, DSF, DFF, other|
|Amarra Play||iOS (iPhone, iPad)||Free, In-App Purchases||AIFF, AIFC, MP3, ALAC, FLAC, MQA||MQA Decode up to 96 kHz with Amarra Luxe license||No DSD. Amarra Luxe unlocks some features. Amarra Play must be running on the same wireless network as the computer|
|FiiO Music||Android, iOS||Free||DSD, PCM||up to 384 kHz / 24 bit||Raw DSD output||Support HWA (LHDC) Bluetooth transmission|
|Foobar2000||Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad)||Free||MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack||Gapless playback, playback / downloading music from UPnP media servers|
|HibyMusic||Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad)||Free||DSF, DFF (including DST), ISO, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, M4A, AAC, mp3, ogg|| up to DSD256,|
up to 384 kHz / 32 bit
|net driver (Dropbox / DLNA / LAN) native DSD, DoP, DSD to PCM|
|Hi-Res music player-NePLAYER||iOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch)||Commercial||ALAC, FLAC, WAV, mp3, AAC, HE-AAC, DSF, DFF||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz / 32 bit||DSD to PCM, DoP||Check DSD replay issues at the online store page|
|HYSOLID||Android, iOS||Free||WAC, FLAC, DSD||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||ASIO, WASAPI, DoP, native DSD||Music server control application|
|Neutron Music Player||Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad)||Commercial||mp3, ogg, FLAC, AC3, AAC, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, ALAC, APE, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, other, DSD||UPnP / DLNA, USB DAC, DoP, native DSD, DSD to PCM||There is evaluation version 'Neutron Music Player (Eval)' on Android|
|Onkyo HF Player||Android, iOS||Free, In-App Purchases||DSF, DFF, mp3, ALAC, AAC, WAV, AIFF||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||AOA 2.0, DoP, DSD to PCM||Some limitations of the free version. Sample rate depends on the format and In-App purchases.|
|TEAC HR Audio Player||Android, iOS||Free, In-App Purchases||FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, ogg, DSF, DFF||up to DSD256, up to 384 kHz||DoP, DSD to PCM|
|USB Audio Player PRO||Android||Commercial||WAV, FLAC, ogg, mp3, AIFF, AAC, m4a, APE, DFF, DSF, other||up to 384 kHz / 32 bit||DoP, DSD to PCM, native DSD playback|
|VLC||Android, iOS (iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch)||Free||ogg, FLAC, WavPack, AAC, other|
|Vox||Free, In-App Purchases||FLAC, ALAC, mp3, DSD, other|
Online audio players (hi-resolution streaming services)
|High Res Audio||Free trial, Commercial||up to 24 bit|
|Primephonic||Free trial, Commercial||up to 24 bit|
|PrimeSeat||Free trial, Commercial||PCM, DSD up to 11.2 MHz|
|Qobuz||Free trial, Commercial||up to 192 kHz / 24 bit||streaming and downloads according to purchased plan|
|Tidal||PC/Mac, web-player, iOS, Android||Free trial, Commercial||FLAC 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, MQA||supported with audio players (details)|
Online audio players (streaming services)
|Amazon Prime Music||Free trial||Allow listening online and offline|
|Apple Music||Free trial||Music platform|
|Datpiff||Audio platform for musicians and music discovering|
|Google Play Music||Free trial||Music platform with the store. Offline listening is available|
|Jamendo Music||Free trial||Audio platform for musicians and music discovering. Free and paid stuff|
|Noisetrade||Audio platform for musicians and music discovering|
|ReverbNation||Audio platform for musicians and music discovering|
|SoundCloud||Audio platform for musicians and music discovering|
|Яндекс Музыка||Free, Commercial||Music site 'Yandex Music'. Offline listening is available|
What is the best hi-res audio player software
Which high-resolution audio player has the best sound quality is your personal choice rather. Some audio players may playback qualitative audio files without altering (bit-perfect). In general, there is no matter, that player is use for it, but some nuances are there. Below how to make the choice is discussed.
An audio player may works in 2 base modes (depend on the software abilities):
- bit-perfect (transmitting data from an audio file to DAC without altering);
- processing mode (resampling, room correction and other).
In bit-perfect mode, the sound quality is defined by DAC and next audio devices.
This mode consumes minimal computing resources and is desirable for non-powerful computers.
Processing mode sound quality depends on the player and/or processing plug-in.
This mode may consume many computing resources (more quality = more resources), and, sometimes, can't work at lower-performance computers. Also, this mode consumes more electrical energy for calculations and cooling, than a bit-perfect one.
When fans work in intensive mode, they cause more noise.
Some albums (operas, live concerts, etc.) should be played back as a continuous stream.
Some players can begin the next song without DAC re-initialization.
This ability is called as Gapless playback.
It may be applied for as bit-perfect as processed modes (see 'Playback modes').
Also played back audio files may be pre-converted in gapless mode too.
This mode has a sense when audio files are resampled or DSD files are processed.
Gapless conversion has a sense, when the audio player works in gapless mode.
ASIO is a kind of audio drivers by audio interface vendors, that provide low latency and use of specific properties of the audio interface. ASIO SDK (programming tools) is provided by Steingberg.
As rule, ASIO driver is provided together with a sound device. Specific functionality management is supported via a special software control panel.
There is universal ASIO-driver ASIO4All. But, as rule, DAC-vendor driver is more recommended.
Latest MacOS versions use their builtin drivers (Core Audio) instead ASIO. So, you no need special drivers to works with a DAC. However, audio device vendors may provide Mac's ASIO drivers for some devices.
- How to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >
WASAPI is builtin Windows drivers to direct access to audio interface without operating system processings. May be used instead of ASIO.
WASAPI may use exclusive access to an audio interface to render sound stream directly to the DAC's audio buffer without mixing of audio streams from several applications. So, no operating system's audio processing is there.
Native DSD is sending DSD audio stream from audio file to DSD DAC without conversion to PCM.
ASIO drivers under Windows may support it. Under the latest MacOS version, DSD audio stream should be packed in DoP format. The packing is lossless. Also, DoP format may be used on Windows.
- How to configure foobar2000 for DSD playback >
DSD to PCM
DSD audio stream may not be played on PCM DAC. Before sending the stream to the DAC, this stream should be converted to PCM.
It consumes processing resources. In the general case, better sound quality depends on amount of computing resources.
Some computers may have a lack of computing power to realtime DSD to PCM conversion. It may be solved via offline DSD to PCM conversion. Also, it saves free space at hard disk (HDD) of an audio player (allow more songs on the disk). It may be very useful for portable/mobile devices.
One of the widespread demands to players are:
- album artwork displaying;
- text metadata displaying;
- search in song database;
- web radio/streaming playback.
Audio player software F.A.Q.
Can Windows Media Player play high-resolution audio?
Yes. Windows Media player is capable to play high resolution audio files. If your file iss not played back, you can try other players...
Do audio players have different sound quality?
It depends on the mode of playback. In bit-perfect mode, a music player app just transports audio data from a sound file to DAC without audio processing.
When audio player software process audio data (resample, alter bit depth, apply dithering, EQ, etc.), it causes different distortion levels. If consider psychoacoustics, distortions may have a different character, which also impacts the final perception of the distortions. Also, the interaction of the distortions with a playback system (DAC, amplifier, speakers) is matter.
Some apparatus can cause the audible level of intermodulation distortions, that generated by ultrasound components.
Practically it can cause audible noise.
- try low sample rate 44.1 kHz, or
- apply ultrasound cut in hi-res audio file.
- Do a sound check of different players in various modes and audio resolutions on your music equipment. Read details...
Does hi-res audio sound better? Is hi-res audio better than CD?
Hi res audio allowing solve some issues of analog filters of ADC or DAC. But actual result is matter of implementation of an audio equipment and software. Read definitive guide...
What is the best music player for Windows 10?
As rule, it's personal choise.
- Read common rules how to choose the best audio player...
- Try and choose own player...
Where can I buy high resolution music?
See list of sites with high-resolution audio...
Does memory playback improve audio quality?
Memory playback doesn't improve 'transparency'. But the mode can get rid of pauses if file played from slow/overload network or album player in gapless mode.
Do gapless playback is helpful?
If an audio player re-initialize DAC, it can cause quiet clicks.
When files played back without re-initializing, there is no kind of clicks.
Do computer digital hardware interface (HDMI, USB, SPDIF, etc.), its cables impact sound quality?
Digital audio interfaces don't impact sound quality, which may be defined as 'sound transparency'.
Also, digital interfaces have sample rate and bit depth limitations.
Operating system built-in driver can additionally process sound and impact to sound quality.
But pauses, clicks, serial interruptions are possible when an audio interface doesn't work properly (poor cables, grounding, shielding; hardware issues, etc.).
- Buy thick cables in the mid or higher price range. It is fairly for longer cables especially.
- Ferrite rings/barrels can give some advantages. But it's recommended, that measurement tools are used.
Do analog audio cables impact to sound quality?
Analog inter-module cables (linear inputs and outputs) can impact the noise floor, crosstalk and frequency response.
- If you hear the hum at 50 Hz or multiple frequencies (power high voltage network), try to use other analog cables or use digital inter-module connection instead.
Is jitter a real issue for audio playback?
DAC clock source can impact to analog output jitter of a digital-to-analog converter . But all other factors, including memory playback, cables and interfaces - no. Read details...
- Don't bother about jitter, when DAC is clocked by its internal source.
- Don't use synchronization by SPDIF digital audio input.
What is the best audio format for sound quality?
To achieve maximal sound quality, lossless audio file formats are recommended: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, DSF, DFF, SACD ISO. Read details...
What is 24 bit / 192 kHz audio?
It is resolution audio with sample rate 192 kHz and bit depth 24 bit in PCM format (modulation). Read details...
Is WAV better than FLAC?
In audio resolution 384 kHz/32 bit and lesser, there is no difference between FLAC and WAV by the sound quality. Watch video...
If you need a higher resolution, WAV can provide it. When file size is more 4 GB, WAV RF64 format may be applied.
Read details about:
Is DSD better than FLAC?
Both DSD and FLAC are high-resolution formats, that try solve issues of 44.1 kHz / 16 bit. But, actual result depend on implemengtation of your audio system. Read details...
Is MQA better than FLAC?
MQA is high qualitative lossy format, as the author know. FLAC is lossless format, providing output sound quality absolutely identical source. MQA provides better file-size comression ratio. Read details...
Can VLC play hi-res audio?
Yes, VLC can play hi-res audio. However, as the author know, VLC don't support DSD formats.
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