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In Reply to: RE: Chris bought the DXD multi channel so we know it's real... posted by Ivan303 on July 11, 2017 at 10:10:58
. . . although, come to think of it, I haven't actually tried playing multichannel files while Audirvana was still operating in "compatibility" mode. Maybe I should give it a try and report back.
back when I dawdled with Mac.
. . . because iTunes has a WAY BETTER user interface (IMHO) than, for instance, HQ Player does. Too bad about all of iTunes' other limitations. As my library of multi-channel files continues to grow, I find myself (of necessity!) using iTunes less and less.
I did try it a couple of times, almost by default on a couple of machines. However, I found the UI totally counter-intuitive and the format/program constraints unacceptable for classical music.
That was a long time ago, so things might be a bit different now but I use programs that are much more configurable and which have little or no constraints on how I use them or on what files I can play (including the rare AIFF).
I know of nothing about it to tempt me.
iTunes will not allow a multi-channel aiff file to be added to its database, so the only way that Audirvana can play multi-channel files is via its own database. (So compatibility mode needs to be switched off in order to play the multi-channel file.)
prefer the SQ of iTunes/Bit Perfect.
And stereo headphones so I don't care.
I will be downloading the DXD Stereo version anyway.
It never occurred to me that there actually were 2 channel DXDs! Duh.
most of us were born with only two ears. You guys seem to have FIVE or even MORE! ;-)
And yes, navieDSD will sell me the DXD file in multi or stereo but from their web site:
DXD = 32/352.8k PCM - 8X Redbook [file type is .wav and sometimes .flac]
I can import .wav into iTunes but not .flac. :-(
AFAIR, if you import a 24-bit WAV file into iTunes, iTunes will simply truncate the last 8 bits, resulting in a 16-bit file which is not optimized for 16 bits - unless something has changed in the last few years.
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