Amarra -- What Does It Do?

discman -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 01:03

I've heard that using Amarra on a Mac together with iTunes is wise for better audio quality. But after visiting Amarra's site, I really have no idea what the software does. So: what does this do? Is it really important or a marginal tweak?
 
Thanks.

bherlihy -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 04:02

Great thread, i am interested for good posts as i am asking the same thing.  my understanding of Amarra is that it acts as a software to determine the resolution of a stored music file before sending it to the respective DAC or upsampler outside of the computer (or internally if it is an internal DAC).  This sounds strange, but when playing with the computer you quickly realize that you have to mannually switch between Hi-Rez files and normal MP3 or 16/44.1 files.  (At least this is how it is with the dCS equipment).   Furthermore ITunes doesn't permit the use of FLAC, so you have to use a second (or replace ITunes) source such as MediaMonkey (PC) or Songbird.  I am not sure if Amarra replaces these sources to store music or if it just selects out of each source without mannually switching.  I apologize as this post is not very well written, but i am struggling to understand Amarra myself.  i know the guys at dCS are playing with it.
 

bherlihy -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 04:28

sorry, meant 'i am interested for information on Amarra, as i am exploring a way to play HiRez and ITunes into my upsampler (external)'; however, i think that Amarra does much more than this, although i am not fully certain what and how...

Steven Stone -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:50

 I have a full review of the Amarra Software in the next issue - 201 of TAS.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound, EnjoytheMusic.com, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

bherlihy -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 15:26

Hi Steven,
what page is it.  i have the digital 201 and couldn't find it in the contents.  going through page by page now.
Brian

Tom Martin -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 16:52

Steven's article will be in Issue 202. Sorry for the confusion.
 
 

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bherlihy -- Wed, 01/27/2010 - 23:09

thanks Tom,
this would be a good GEC article to post early ;)
 

Tom Martin -- Fri, 01/29/2010 - 09:05

We'll make it happen. I have to check on where the article is in the process, but it should be posted soon for GEC.

CEO and Editorial Director, Nextscreen LLC

bherlihy -- Fri, 01/29/2010 - 10:20

Thanks Tom, things like this make GEC worth it.  i'll spread the word

Steven Stone -- Mon, 07/05/2010 - 08:59

 Pure Music had not been released when the article was written.
 
Did you read the article or just this quote?
 
 
 
 

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound, EnjoytheMusic.com, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

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Steven Stone -- Mon, 08/30/2010 - 09:07

And what do think is being tweaked?

It is far more than an auto-midi bit-rate switcher....

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound, EnjoytheMusic.com, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

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