Audirvana for windows: no comparison to a pi/i2s/es90xx-combo nor VLC-player nor CD-transporter solution
as i´m lately here full on „try-out“ to play DSD/dsf/dff-files (easy handling at first !!) i came today about „Audirvana“ (for windows)..It has a very great reputation in the Apple-scene, and i read about it from time to time..
so, i just downloaded the windows-version (not easy to find, absolutely complicated on their website, have first to be registered and so on..)
(also interesting is that „our“ great Skysong XMOS-USB-bridge (see other posts) has the capability of up 768khz/PCM and DSD256 (the „Leaf“-XMOS-USB-bridge (also other posts) for example goes only to 384khz/PCM, DSD128))
okay, tried the „Xduoo Link“ (55$)->(http://essabre-90xx-rpi.sfb2.com/?p=2193) to play, finally !!, some dsf(DSD)-files under windows without any problems/hassle (like foobar2000 for example) and voilá, it works !! ;-)->
the UI of Audirvana is also okay (u get again another approach to your wonderful/great music library !!) but now the downside:
for me, absolutely NO hi-fi !!
the „normal“ VLC-player (for windows) has a better „performance“( soundwise) IMO, not to speak about some brilliant raspberry-pi/i2s/es90xx-combo or CD-transporter-solutions..
absolutely too „muffled“ and no „clear“ presentation (its because of the PC-emi-things and thousand processes running in the background) against the short electronical circuits on a pi for example..so conclusion:
very nice UI, another approach to your great music-library, easy handling, u can play dsf(DSD)-files but soundwise absolutely no hi-fi..(because PC-based)..
but okay, very easy handling, no „pops“ by changing/playing different sound-formats and u can play dsf-files..
so, more to come, (ordered some Sony Bluray-player with DSD over hdmi-capability and will post then more about it !!)
greets for now !! 😉