Sonic Studio Amarra HiFi Review. Amarra is an incredibly good audiophile Mac OS X music player that streamlines your experience and has powerful file processing technology.
The American software manufacturer is one which has been at the forefront in the production of CD's, pioneered the digital Red Book (the mastering quality music format), and professional mastering software. Starting life in the 1980's, Sonic Studio has a proven track record in the professional music industry that has subsequently led to the development of an audiophile consumer audio player that brings the same premium DAW quality audio playback in a simple format package that is intuitive for those whom are both familiar with iTunes and fanatical about audio digital lossless quality playback.
In terms of unboxing there really isn't a physical package as the Amarra player only comes via digital distribution. With this noted I shall outline the following simple purchasing process. When purchasing Amarra you should appreciate that this is an application that is best suited for users with high-
Purchasing Amarra is quite simple, head on over to the link supplied on the Sonic Studio website for purchase, this will then take you over to their client 'Mediarte' where you can pay for Amarra by card or PayPal. Following this you can download your version of Amarra and your activation code will be sent to you in an email. Please be aware that the Amarra licence will only function for one install on one computer. During the install and activation we encountered no problems at all, and everything went swimmingly. We have however been notified that users who used Amarra for the trial period that they have encountered some issues inputting their legitimate authorisation code. In relation to this we have been reliably informed that if this does happen to you, then you should remove Amarra from you system and reinstall the programme. For the following review we will be using Amarra version 2.5, a Prism Sound Orpheus connected with AudioQuest Firewire and Epiphany Acoustics Mains Cables, where the outputs are a pair of Beyerdynamic T90's, Grado RS1i's, Heir Audio 4.Ai's, and feature a matched pair of Dynaudio BM6a MK2's.
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As seen within the picture above, when you load iTunes Amarra will automatically open as well and add a simple interface to the top of the iTunes window. Forgetting the self-
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Since updating to the version 2.5 of Amarra I have not experienced as many issues as there used to be. Although the standard Amarra player supports seamless track playback occasionally there can be delays between tracks which can disturb your experience of Amarra as the icon bobs up and down in the dock to tell you it is actually processing something. Also every time you will want to 'shutdown' you will notice that iTunes and Amarra has to be properly exited before hand otherwise iTunes and Amarra will cancel shutdown... this can become annoying. When paying the price that you have for Amarra you expect both excellent sound quality and function, however, Amarra does have its faults which I am hoping Sonic Studio will improve.
Overall the sonic quality of Amarra is a drastic change from iTunes, it sounds incredibly detailed and is the true definition of sonic perfection. Although parallels should always be avoided in the review setting, I can comfortably inform you that Amarra offers the best audio playback quality than anything else we have encountered, and if it was just down to this audio quality then Amarra would easily win a five star review, but it is the bugs as outlined above that places this as a four star package. Even with mentioning this I would like to give some more information regarding the sound quality of Amarra, and how exactly it holds a ground of its own. First, even if you cannot afford the full Amarra price or think that it is a bit overpriced then I would really urge you to commence a trial so that you can A/B it against the standard iTunes processing. Even with the most basic audio setup you will notice a difference that is highly palatable. Amarra is extraordinarily defined and perfectly sonically balanced, and the easiest way to describe what it does to the sounds is to say that it doesn't add anything to the audio, Amarra just opens up the music into the soundstage that it was produced for. Some might describe that the music that they had been listening to for years now appears to have a three dimensional feel, or element of air between each instrument. I would definitely say that the nuances of reverb tails are defined and not lost into the void, or dead space. By all means feel free to try Amarra on any genre you feel like and there will be no perceived difference in the way that it performs, that is because Amarra is what it is. It doesn't colour the audio in a way that it means that it will fit with certain genres better than others, hell I love its performance on everything, and if you do want to colour the audio then add some of the professional Amarra EQ... it's your music, your experience, so make it at the best that it can be, although do listen to a well recorded classical track before you install Amarra and After.
Amarra is an excellent hi-