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does Audirvana 3 really sound better and is there a windows alternative?

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hi

i bought Audirvana and it really plays better at least for my ears then other software like itunes or others

may i ask you ?

does Audirvana really play better then other (output) ?

and what does Audirvana play better? the decoders ?

 

and it's there an alternative for windows ? i use foobar but output is not great like Audirvana and i have tried on the same hardware

thanks

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9 minutes ago, RunHomeSlow said:

Only your ears can tell  :)

 

Audirvana is coming to Windows really soon,

HQPlayer is really good software if you love to upsample

JRiver has a more friendly playlist look and tagging.

hi

ok only ears can tell

but honestly , what kind of engine does a+ use?

does it patch files?

from the audirvana 3 plus homepage

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1 minute ago, gaia said:

hi

ok only ears can tell

but honestly , what kind of engine does a+ use?

does it patch files?

from the audirvana 3 plus homepage

thanks

 

Installation of A+ doesn't patch anything... before it could go deep in OS System to use is Direct Mode 'plugin' for better playback. Since Sierra and Now High Sierra direct mode can't be use because Apple Closed the door to software programmer for security... But if you really need Direct Mode you can still patch your OS by yourself to get it to work again...

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1 minute ago, RunHomeSlow said:

If you use Sierra and High Sierra Direct Mode option is not there, but if you patch your OS, The option will be back in the preferences...

hi

i use sierra last update ,how can i patch it?

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I think it sounds 'better' in both Qobuz and TIDAL esp with MQA via ME2 and also without MQA on/via Schiit Gungnir BUT ROON sounds pretty good with/without MQA on both DACs

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On 12/12/2017 at 9:55 AM, gaia said:

hi

i bought Audirvana and it really plays better at least for my ears then other software like itunes or others

may i ask you ?

does Audirvana really play better then other (output) ?

and what does Audirvana play better? the decoders ?

 

and it's there an alternative for windows ? i use foobar but output is not great like Audirvana and i have tried on the same hardware

thanks

 

 

I can't speak for all software players but Roon beats A+ for sound quality by a substantial margin in my setup.

 

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On 12/12/2017 at 10:01 AM, RunHomeSlow said:

 

In all of your experimenting here.... have you experienced any downside to performing this change?  Like other weird audio behavior outside of A+, etc? I'd like to do this, but don't want to mess up my OS.  

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Not for me. Mainly mac for music A+ only, but didn’t change anything for HQPlayer or JRiver they still work, my mac sound is the same i can still use the mac sound for viewing youtube in my tv screen...

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5 hours ago, RunHomeSlow said:

Not for me. Mainly mac for music A+ only, but didn’t change anything for HQPlayer or JRiver they still work, my mac sound is the same i can still use the mac sound for viewing youtube in my tv screen...

one last question..... is there a possiblity of bricking my mac mini?  I don't have any data to lose, so if I have to reinstall the OS, I really don't care.  But I am concerned about rendering my mac completely unusable and unrecoverable if I screw up the 'superuser do' commands.  Hopefully, the worst that could happen is I have to factory restore the OS from the 'high sierra install' USB disk I made a couple months ago.  

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16 minutes ago, buonassi said:

Hopefully, the worst that could happen is I have to factory restore the OS from the 'high sierra install' USB disk I made a couple months ago.

 

If you screw it yes you will have to restore, but it is not difficult, just some copy paste and restarts

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24 minutes ago, RunHomeSlow said:

 

If you screw it yes you will have to restore, but it is not difficult, just some copy paste and restarts

Oh, I forgot to thank you for the download files.  So Thanks!  I wasn't able to get a copy of el capitan kext so I appreciate it, as well as the detailed instructions in the rtf file, AND the repairPermissions app!  All in one download.  Awesome.  

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Yes, it sounds outstanding.  Better if you enable Direct Mode (Takes some work). Sitting at my iMac using it now and it sounds spectacularly good.  SO much I stop my browsing often just to listen.

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14 minutes ago, AudioDoctor said:

Yes, it sounds outstanding.  Better if you enable Direct Mode (Takes some work). Sitting at my iMac using it now and it sounds spectacularly good.  SO much I stop my browsing often just to listen.

you're on high sierra?  I'm on 10.13.3 and going to take the plunge tomorrow to enable direct mode.  Just looking for more success stories with high sierra before I do.  

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35 minutes ago, AudioDoctor said:

Yes I am actually on the beta of 10.13.4 and it works fine and sounds wonderful.

boom, I'm there.  Something sounds a little sweeter my friends - cymbals smoother, less sibilance, harshness?  It's hard to know for sure without spending some time and seeing if my "enjoyment level" goes up.  It sounded great before but .....   I'll report back.  

 

The instructions worked like a charm @RunHomeSlow - all I need to do is lock down the system SIP again.  

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