Audirvana has introduced a new desktop music player for macOS that supports the MQA format. The Audirvana Plus 3 player allows you to manage your full digital music library, whether it's stored locally or streamed, and it has integrated support for TIDAL, which recently added MQA playback. The software costs $74 for new customers and $39 for existing customers to upgrade; a 15-day free trial version is available.
From MQA and Audirvana
Audirvana Plus, the desktop music player for macOS, has released the latest version of its software, which now includes integrated MQA audio technology. The MQA Core decoder, contained within the new Audirvana Plus 3 player, enables the first origami 'unfold' and also authenticates the file using a blue or green light to confirm that the sound is identical to that of the source material.
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 analog 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 favorite 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 for new customers
• $39 USD for any Audirvana Plus user of a previous version
• Free upgrade for customers who have purchased Audirvana Plus 2 since 25 December 2016.
MQA - the award-winning technology which delivers master quality audio in a file small enough to stream - made its streaming debut on global music and entertainment platform TIDAL at the beginning of this year, and is also available internationally on several music download services.