It would be great if Naim could collaborate on the ‘Plays with Audirvana’ certification / partnership, thus ensuring the ‘old’ streamers play effortlessly with Audirvana.
The current version of Audirvana Studio does play well with my streamer, but older versions did not.
If Naim can collaborate with Roon, why not with Audirvana? In numerous comparison tests I did, Audirvana ‘wins’ from other software in terms of audio quality. Even from AssetUPnP and the Naim app or BubbleUPnPServer.
It would give Naim users the option to choose whatever playback method they prefer and as an added bonus it would give older generation streamers the opportunity to stream from Tidal and Qobuz with better sound quality than can be achieved with the Tidal integration.
Like Roon, Audirvana ‘preprocesses’ the incoming stream and sends out a PCM stream to the streamer. Unlike Roon, which uses a native protocol, Audirvana uses UPnP, something Naim has been supporting from day 1. The ‘Plays with Audirvana’ program just asserts the UPnP protocol on both sides is fully compatible.
For the software people at the Naim HQ: you probably have tried it yourself and if not, you really should. It just makes your hardware sound better.
For the forum users:
Before you flood this topic with ‘but I like such and such’ better. Or ‘I have this setup and I’m fully satisfied with it, why would you want this’ comments:
- If you are happy right now : good for you! Just enjoy.
- No one forces you to use this option, just like no one forces you to use Roon, Chromecast or Tidal connect.
- If you cannot hear a sonic difference using different software, all the best to you, but that doesn’t mean other’s don’t.
For people that are curious:
- You can try Audirvana for yourself. Just visit their website. It could be though that it has hiccups with your particular streamer. There are setting for that to try to fix that, but these settings are quite deep down in the software.
- Audirvana requires an external Windows of Mac computer, just like Roon needs one for their Rock OS. If you don’t want that, Audirvana is just not for you.
- Audirvana can be controlled with a remote app from your phone or tablet, as long as the computer which had Audirvana Studio installed on it is on and in your home network. You can control it from a laptop or PC which runs the software too.
For people who have tried before and got frustrated with the software, but do like it:
- A lot of bugs seems to have been fixed in the recent version. It did not play nice at home for me a few versions ago, but it certainly does now (so far)
- If Naim would collaborate with Audirvana, then those incompatibilities would be straightened out. Venting your frustration won’t help, supporting this call to Naim could potentially. I’m still living with the naive assumption that the voice of the customer is listened to.
Of course, I haven’t got a clue what it would mean on the firmware side, if any, but since UPnP has always been such a central core of Naim streaming platform functionality, it would be a no brainer. There is some overlap with the Naim app, like Radio station support, but so has Roon. These things don’t bite, it is just enriching the ecosystem in which Naim hardware can participate.