Audirvana 3+ (MQA decoding added). Is it worth the upgrade?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by ishmaelk, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. ishmaelk

    ishmaelk Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Hi everyone.
    I've been a user of Audirvana 2 and, although I'm not a huge fan of the software, I was thinking of upgrading to 3+ just because I use Tidal masters every now and then.
    Has anyone upgraded?
    What's your opinion? Is it worth it?
    Adding the 39$ of the upgrade to the 74$ I already paid for it in the first place makes me wonder if I'm just wasting my time.
  2. Hudo

    Hudo Well-Known Member

    Dublin, Ireland
    You know MQA is lossy format?

    I never listen master (mqa) format on tidal since it degrades sound quality.
  3. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
  4. Shiver

    Shiver Forum Resident

    (Basil Fawlty voice... 'Don't mention MQA')
  5. ishmaelk

    ishmaelk Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I've read a few articles on the subject, and followed some of the threads here, but then, I've also found some master versions of certain albums (Elvis Costello, for example) to sound better than the standard hifi ones. It's a hit and miss thing, really, and I wouldn't say it keeps me awake at night.
    So thanks for the input but I'd like to know the experience of people who have used Audirvana versions 2 and 3 and that could comment on that experience.

    JMCIII Music lover first, audiophile second.

    Given that your other choice is Roon at $499 per life, yeah, I'd say it's worth it. I use it to stream Tidal MQA and think it's great.

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