I signed up for the free trial as soon as it went live. Creating an account and getting the email-link for download was quick and smooth.
As an existing Audirvana 3.5 user, Studio migrated my settings as part of the install and then immediately started syncing my music library to its new database.
My Qobuz settings came across automatically. For TIDAL I had to re-login via Audirvana for it to show up.
I’ve been playing with the macOS version of it for a bit over an hour so far …
Other than a re-arranged and re-designed UX, which is quite nice overall (fonts could do with being larger, or better yet user-selectable). Despite the comments that it is a ground-up new product, it feels a lot like Audirvana 3.5 in use.
Some things are missing … or I can’t find them, such as being able to see the native path for a local file that is playing (that’s going to be a pain in the arse).
The “Audio Output Settings” menu in the menu bar doesn’t do anything. You can get to those settings via “Preferences” and then the “Output Device” box, and the other settings that’ll show up on that page.
Some settings there are problematic. If you use Audio Units, it doesn’t save the changes to what’s selected. It does save the “Enabled/Disabled” flag. But if I change the first Audio Unit, and leave the screen (there’s no “Save” button I can find, and other options are sticky without one), it retains the previous setting.
It has yet to finish “Synchronizing” my local library, which is admittedly huge, but even though Audirvana was quite slow at this, it wasn’t THIS slow. The status bar showing progress is all over the place. So far it appears to be progressing alphabetically by artist, but I can’t play anything local past “D” yet, and it’s been at it for well over an hour. It now says it is “Analyzing Audio Files” … and the progress bar hasn’t moved in 20 minutes.
I am not convinced it is going to actually finish at all at this rate.
Trying the files it has indexed so far, and comparing the output to Audirvana 3.5, the bit-stream is identical. Which is amusing given all the claims of “massively improved sound”.
My next test, once/if it finishes indexing before I lose all interest, is to see whether it’ll run with no internet connection. With Roon you can do that no problem; you just need to be connected once every 30 days for the metadata sync. Since I only use Audirvana 3.5 on the go, from my laptop, and occasionally for plug-in use, if it won’t work fully disconnected (for at least the same 30 day periods as Roon), I have no use for it.
Quite a few issues that existed in Audirvana 3.5 are still present. Along with a bunch of new ones, most of which seem to be UX related so far. We’ll see how that goes when/if it finished syncing my library.
I’m a bit underwhelmed at this point.