MQA continues to muscle through the audio world with yet another coup in the digital-audio player market. Audirvana Plus, the well-loved desktop music application for Mac OS has just announced that their latest Plus 3 player includes MQA software unfolding of the MQA origami codec. This type of MQA integration seems to be the same level of authentication as Tidal is offering in their desktop application. Audirvana Plus 3 player also implements a blue or green light for confirmation that the file is delivering an authorized sound recognized as identical to the source recording.
From the edited press release:
London / Paris, 16 March 2017 – Audirvana Plus, the desktop music player for Mac OS, has released the latest version of its software which now includes integrated MQA audio technology. In addition to optimizing 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 ($98 CAN) for new customers
- $39 USD ($52 CAN) for any Audirvana Plus user of a previous version
- Free upgrade for customers who have purchased Audirvana Plus 2 since December 25, 2016