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AIR 3 Beta for Mac
#1
Hi guys

I have been testing the new AIR 3 beta for Mac.

I have been playing non-stop since 10am, so nearly 5 hours. No dropouts and no white noise.

I am using Audirvana Plus 1.5.12 and playing a collection of albums downloaded from Qobuz, some 24 bit.

See the attached image to see what low level playback options I have selected. Essentially everything!  Smile

This is by far the best SQ I have ever heard using AIR. At times jaw dropping. Many of you on here will know I have not been a great fan of AIR in the past. This in my mind changes everything (assuming the lack of dropouts and white noise perseveres!). I have NEVER heard AIR sound this good before. I know, I'm repeating myself!  Big Grin

   

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#2
Just can't believe after promising for over a year that the only thing they've come up with is a bloody Mac version.
Devialet 200 (FW 7.1.3) / Magnepan 1.7i / Rel T5 / Foobar (WASAPI event 24bit) / AIR 3.0.1b (Ethernet)
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#3
(11-May-2016, 14:54)nicoludio Wrote:
(11-May-2016, 14:44)Confused Wrote: Here is some actual news ......

A new 'public beta' version of AIR has appeared on Devialet's website...... (I suspect this might be Mac only, but haven't checked myself yet)

Here's the link and comment from the Devialet rep:

Sorry guys, we were so busy recently on various things and believe me we have so many surprise prepared for you, just bear with us a bit longer. Meanwhile, here is a public beta version:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lv5x51atsfzfsb...a.dmg?dl=0
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(11-May-2016, 14:59)Cylob Wrote: Just can't believe after promising for over a year that the only thing they've come up with is a bloody Mac version.

It is shocking, although I think the most recent beta's were Windows only? So perhaps they do one OS per six months?

Roon lifetime > Mac mini > AIR ethernet (finally!!! After 2 years!!!!) > Devialet 250 Pro > PMC fact.8
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(11-May-2016, 15:06)Hifi_swlon Wrote:
(11-May-2016, 14:59)Cylob Wrote: Just can't believe after promising for over a year that the only thing they've come up with is a bloody Mac version.

It is shocking, although I think the most recent beta's were Windows only?  So perhaps they do one OS per six months?

I've been told a windows version is on its way

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#6
Ah thank god! Cheers Guillaume for getting my temperature down again by 10 degrees. 
Big Grin
Devialet 200 (FW 7.1.3) / Magnepan 1.7i / Rel T5 / Foobar (WASAPI event 24bit) / AIR 3.0.1b (Ethernet)
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#7
(11-May-2016, 14:56)GuillaumeB Wrote: I have been playing non-stop since 10am, so nearly 5 hours. No dropouts and no white noise.

That sounds promising, but it's still early days obviously... I'd be wanting 'months' rather than 'hours' or even 'days' before I committed to using it again.

How did AIR2 work in your system Guillaume? Was it reliable?

Roon lifetime > Mac mini > AIR ethernet (finally!!! After 2 years!!!!) > Devialet 250 Pro > PMC fact.8
- London, UK -

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#8
(11-May-2016, 15:10)Cylob Wrote: Ah thank god! Cheers Guillaume for getting my temperature down again by 10 degrees. 
Big Grin

Trouble is I don't know when... all I know is a windows version is coming. 

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#9
(11-May-2016, 15:11)Hifi_swlon Wrote: How did AIR2 work in your system Guillaume?  Was it reliable?

It was unusable and sounded a bit iffy to be honest. This is a completely different thing altogether.

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

O d'A no.63, Absolare Integrated Signature, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-six, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Transparent Ref XL digital cables, Transparent XL Gen 5 speaker cables, Ansuz Diamond Darkz, Shunyata mains cable prototypes, Shunyata Denali D6000/S, Shunyata Venom RCA, Audioquest Diamond Ethernet, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, AQVOX Audiophile High-End Network Switch, sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD & MCRU LPS
UK
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#10
(11-May-2016, 15:13)GuillaumeB Wrote:
(11-May-2016, 15:11)Hifi_swlon Wrote: How did AIR2 work in your system Guillaume?  Was it reliable?

It was unusable and sounded a bit iffy to be honest. This is a completely different thing altogether.

Guillaume

Interesting....
Had you tried AIR2 since getting the Od'A? Maybe they made changes that end that would make AIR sound better or be more reliable?

If not, I guess there is hope for all of us.

OK, I'm going to try and stay positive! I will just be fully open minded that this could really be it, and that we won't be seeing any reports of instabilities...... Angel

Roon lifetime > Mac mini > AIR ethernet (finally!!! After 2 years!!!!) > Devialet 250 Pro > PMC fact.8
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