Music player upgrade offers improved audio playback
London / Paris, 16 March 2017 – Audirvana Plus, the desktop music player for macOS, has released the latest version of its software which now includes integrated MQA audio technology. The MQA Core decoder, contained within the new Audirvana Plus 3 player, enables the first origami ‘unfold’ and also authenticates the file using a blue or green light to confirm that the sound is identical to that of the source material.
In addition to optimising sound quality and authenticating file provenance, Audirvana Plus 3 also includes the following benefits:
- A complete library management system with full metadata and cover art display for all music, whether stored locally or streamed;
- Integration with premium streaming services such as Tidal and Qobuz.
The MQA Core decoder’s initial file ‘unfold’ recovers all the direct music-related information and makes it available for either analogue or digital output at 88.2 or 96 kHz. With a non MQA-enabled device, any listener can experience enhanced sound. Teamed with an MQA-enabled device, the listener benefits from the highest possible sound quality, as the music will continue to unfold with precise file and platform-specific DAC compensation and management.
"I am thrilled to work with MQA because our companies both share the same goal to bring the magic of hearing the original live performance to everyone. The integration of MQA technology is a major step toward enabling all Mac users to hear their favourite artists as if they were right there in front of them,” commented Audirvana founder Damien Plisson.
Added Spencer Chrislu, MQA Director of Content, “We’re pleased to be working with Audirvana in the quest to bring the sound of the studio to everyone. Audirvana presents music fans with a great user experience in both functionality and sound that reminds us all of our deep connection to great music.”
A free 15-day trial version of Audirvana Plus 3 is available.
Additional pricing information on Audirvana Plus 3 to buy or upgrade:
- $74 USD for new customers
- $39 USD for any Audirvana Plus user of a previous version
- Free upgrade for customers who have purchased Audirvana Plus 2 since 25 December 2016.
MQA – the award-winning technology which delivers master quality audio in a file small enough to stream – made its streaming debut on global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, at the beginning of this year, and is also available internationally on several music download services.
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Press Site for MQA
Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company.
For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk
About Audirvana Plus
Audirvana is a French company which was founded in 2011 by Damien Plisson, a developer highly respected within the audiophile community. From the start, the company that created the hi-fi software player for Mac, Audirvana Plus, quickly gained recognition from audiophiles around the world. Thanks to its reliability and enhanced audio quality, Audirvana has won many supporters among sound engineers, both for studio use as well as at concerts. Audirvana has received several awards, including most recently the Audio Excellence Award 2016 from Japanese specialist magazine Audio Accessory.
For more information visit: www.audirvana.com