Does Anyone use "Amarra" media player and does it justify it price? What other media players are worth a punt?
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Quick look No way $995 for a media player , it doesnt even play FLAC , use Itunes, Media Monkey or my favourite Foobar
I'm with Kena....dont know why it costs so much, maybe there are facilities that probably wont be used in playback so just go with what kena suggested. No personal experience but why pay for it when you can get it for free....
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Amarra is bit-perfect on the Mac, which is not the case usually if you have files of different sample-rates since iTunes and Midi-Audio settings on the Mac only play at the specified setting and don't auto-adjust depending on the media being played.
There is also an LE version of the software at 1/3rd the price I think.
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I use this with my macbook.. www.channld.com/pure-music1.html
15 day free trial too. whether its any better or worse than amarra, i dont know but its definately worth giving it a go.
I'v used it for a few weeks. It seems some useful for improving sound.
Speakers: Spendor SP3/1R2
Amplifiers: Musical Fidelity M6i, Me-Share X5 with EL34 Tube
Sources: Macbook Pro 15“+Amarra，Musical Fidelity M1 CDT & Dac.
Other Kit: Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Sony PCM-D50, Colorfly C4
Better invest that money elsewhere. Here's why: Amarra is aimed at studio mastering; playback is only a small part of its functionality.
It takes a lot of computing power and memory to have it running smoothly. Playback gains are audible, but there's more to be gaine if same money would be invested in amps or speakers.
Audio merits of Amarra would be in the 50-80 pound region IMO.
EDIT: other options would be to invest in rega dac. IMO there is more sound per pound gains in speakers, but as you seem already settled on rega speakers and amp, my next choice would be rega dac.
I use Channel D's Puremusic which is fantastic.
It improves the sound quality integrating with itunes on the Mac using it as just a player and processing everything through Puremusic.
It has a free trial period fully working for 15 days, so you can try and see, and is £86 for the full version with lifetime support and updates.
It has many other excellent features, here is the link which will explain all
Scroll to the bottom to see the comparison with Amarra... there is no comparison!
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