Latest Amarra News
|03/10/2018||Amarra Luxe 4.2 receives praise|
|02/26/2018||Amarra Luxe 4.2 - get yours now!|
|05/01/2017||Amarra Play iOS MQA Music Player Preview|
|01/01/2018||macOS High Sierra Compatibility Update|
|11/14/2017||Free Update with MQA for Amarra 4 Luxe|
March 10, 2018: Amarra Luxe 4.2 receives praise
Initial response for Amarra Luxe 4.2 highlights sound quality, performance and new features.
Users appreciate iTunes integration, allowing use of iTunes with the sound of Amarra Luxe 4.2.
Thank you to our users for lettings us know...
- "Thanks for the new A4 with iTunes integration, Nice improvement in sound quality from A3" - D.W.
- "...the sound. OMG. Never, ever have I heard standard PCM and MQA presented with such definition, delicacy and authority.
Imaging beyond anything in my previous experience. Music!" - D.F.
- "After a very conclusive test, I bought Amarra... excellent musical performance compared to Audirvana." - D.S.
- "Now it's over Audirvana. Excellent repair, many thanks!" - A.V.
Feburary 26, 2018: Amarra Luxe 4.2 Released
Whether from the comfort of your home or on the go, you can now listen to the great sound of Amarra anytime or anywhere. Enjoy playback from your computer with Amarra 4 Luxe and our new Amarra Play iOS application. Listen to TIDAL, iTunes and stream music to your mobile device or download it for offline listening. However you choose to use Amarra Play and Amarra Luxe 4.2, you can now listen to music on your own time without sacrificing quality.
Amarra Luxe 4.2 has exciting new features and improvements with an even better sound.
- iTunes Integration: Use iTunes and hear your music like never before
- Stream or download music to your iOS mobile device
- Includes Amarra Play iOS Hi-Res Music Player with MQA Decoding
- Extensive performance improvements and bug fixes
Learn more here: Amarra Luxe 4.2.
Feburary 23, 2018: Amarra Play iOS Hi-Res Music Player preview
Sonic Studio announces first iOS Music Player with MQA support. Due for release in March 2018.
Learn more here: Amarra Play iOS.
- iTunes Integration: Play your mobile iTunes using Amarra playback
- Download your favorite music for offline enjoyment
- Supports FLAC, AIFF, WAV, and more
- Stream to your iOS device
- MQA Decoding to 96 kHz, Passthrough for MQA devices
- Extensive improvements for Amarra Remote control
January 1, 2018: MacOS High Sierra Support Update
Sonic Studio is officially announcing support for Amarra 4, Amarra 4 Luxe and Amarra sQ+ on MacOS High Sierra (10.13.2) Issues found relating to High Sierra have been addressed or noted in our Knowledge Base. We recommend all users check with their output device hardware manufacturer for compatibility with current Operating Systems.
November 14, 2017: MQA for Amarra 4 Luxe Owners Now Available
Attention Amarra 4 Luxe Owners:
Amarra 4.1 is now available and with it comes support for MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) playback. MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording in a fully authenticated file that is small enough to stream or download. Amarra 4 Luxe software can provide the first level of unfolding, allowing you to play back MQA music on virtually any device and still hear the benefits of using MQA. Read full Press Release HERE.
Use the appropriate button below to download your free update now.
October 5, 2017: Amarra Luxe 4.1 with MQA Support will Debut at RMAF October 6-8 in Denver
Sonic Studio’s upcoming Amarra Luxe 4.1 media player will go live during the RMAF show in Denver on Oct 6-8th 2017. Amarra 4 Luxe supports integrated TIDAL streaming for HiFi subscribers with all the benefits of the MQA experience for local and streaming playback on macOS.
To experience the sound please visit the HeadFi-Room, and the following partners who will be showing Amarra Luxe:
- Studio Electric, Room 9013
- Swan Song Audio, CANJAM A11
- Mr. Speakers, CANJAM 44-45
September 25, 2017: Sonic Studio recommends waiting to update to macOS High Sierra
As Amarra products are still in compatibility testing with macOS High Sierra, Sonic Studio recommends that users wait to update their Mac Operating System until compatibility has been fully tested and confirmed. At this time no issues have been found.
Jun 29, 2017: Sonic Studio Announces Release of Amarra 4 Luxe!
It is with great excitement that Sonic Studio announces the release of Amarra 4 Luxe! Get the best-sounding high resolution music player with a clean and easy user experience and all the bells and whistles...
Enjoy the best of all worlds in one package
- Integrated TIDAL support (MQA Masters coming soon)
- Scan your local music collection including DSD, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV, MP3, and more
- Import your iTunes music and playlists
Easily Navigate the clean and intuitive User Interface
- Your local and TIDAL music in one place
- View your library by Songs, Albums, Artists, Playlists, or Now Playing Queue
- Utilize the powerful search function and embedded links to keep every track at your fingertips
- Browse your library and quickly navigate back to your current track with the new Now Playlist List
- Select the best sound for your system with our powerful Sonic Mastering EQ
Experience the best DSP processing
- Mastering Equalization with a personal touch
- Upsampling, DSD/DoP 1X/2X (and MQA coming soon)
- Included Amarra iOS Remote lets you surf, select and operate remotely
- Optional iRC Room Correction for the best sound possible
Use the links below and get your copy of Amarra 4 Luxe now!
- Upgrade from Amarra for TIDAL for $50 today!
- Option to Add iRC at 50% discount ($225)
- Upgrade from other Amarra products
There’s so much Amarra 4 Luxe has to offer, learn more about Amarra 4 Luxe here...
Did you recently make an Amarra purchase and receive a link to purchase Amarra 4 Luxe at a discount? Now is the time to click that link and start enjoying Amarra 4 Luxe!
Take advantage of our free 2-week trial and see for yourself why you need to have Amarra 4 Luxe in your Audio toolkit. Sign up for a free trial below.
May 22, 2017: Amarra 4 Luxe Showing at the LA Audio Show June 2 - 4
Sonic Studio will be introducing Amarra 4 Luxe at the Los Angeles Audio Show June 2 - 4, 2017 at the Sheraton Gateway. We’re honored to have many manufacturers selecting Amarra for playback to show off their own products and so excited to provide a consistent playback platform the for Xtreme room!
You will see Amarra 4 Luxe all over the show, including in the following rooms:
- ampsandsound - Suite 563
- MrSpeakers - Suite 135 & Xtreme room
- Questyle Audio - Suite 112 & Xtreme room
- ESS Speakers - Suite 542
- Audeze - Suite 442 & Xtreme room
- ModWright Instruments - Headgear 126 & Suite 412
- Hifiman - Xtreme room
- Sennheiser - Xtreme room
Read the full press release HERE...
May 1, 2017: Amarra 4 Luxe Update
Amarra 4 Luxe Update: We’ve been busy getting Amarra 4 Luxe ready for release, targeted for June 2017. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Amarra 4 Luxe will be on display at the upcoming Los Angeles Audio Show on June 2-4, 2017.
Stop by and see the many exhibitors that are choosing Amarra 4 as their player of choice and we are honored to have Amarra 4 Luxe featured in the Xtreme Headgear room at LAAS. Check back here for updated release and show information.
April 20, 2017: Sonic Studio offers 30% Discount on Amarra sQ+ until April 30, 2017
Want to take control of your audio? Tired of being limited to what your computer provides? Wait no longer, whether you’re an audiophile, movie-buff, gamer or sports-nut, you have unique needs and the quality of your audio is a major part of the experience. Amarra sQ+ is the one tool available for your Mac that combines professional-grade EQ, noise reduction and processing with a flexible and simple to use interface, giving you the control you need to maximize your personal experience. Dial in your music, bring your movies to life, be in the game, experience events like you’re there, all with Amarra sQ+.
From now until April 30th, pay only $34.99 to get the most from your audio investments. This is a ‘must-have’ addition to any audio toolkit; buy it today!
April 9, 2017: Sonic Studio and Amarra 4 at CanJam Socal 2017
What a show this past weekend! Visitors to the SoCal CanJam this weekend were treated to experience some of the leading audio equipment in the world and we’re pleased that many exhibitors chose Amarra 4 to provide their source material playback for this epic event!
January 30, 2017: Sonic Studio releases the Highly Anticipated Amarra 4
Sonic Studio proudly announces the release of Amarra 4! Amarra 4 is the first in a new series of products that brings Sonic Studio’s audio expertise into the next generation of media players.
The Amarra 4 experience is built on new technologies including:
- Cross-platform, server-based architecture
- Amarra Audio Processing Engine
- Advanced Signal Processing
- Web-based UX
- Professional-grade EQ
Amarra 4 is fast, fun and easy to use and supports all common audio formats including DSD and FLAC. With integrated professional-grade tools and processing, Amarra 4 combines our legacy of outstanding sonic quality with a new and exciting User Experience.
October 20, 2016: Sonic Studio announces the upcoming release of Amarra 4
We are excited to announce the Next Generation of Amarra products. We’ve listened to your feedback and Amarra 4 promises to offer great sound with a fantastic new user-interface, easier licensing, and the consolidation of features into fewer products. We are also excited to welcome Windows-based users, as Amarra 4 will be cross-platform, providing support for Windows 8 and 10. Our goal is to provide one integrated solution for all of your playback needs!
Read the full press release HERE
September 22, 2016: Amarra 4 for Mac & Windows Debuts at RMAF 2016 with ampsandsound Mogwai & Kenzie Amps
Sonic Studio and ampsandsound will be teaming up at RMAF 2016, Oct 7-9 in Denver, to show off the newest products from both companies. Come see Amarra 4 from Sonic Studio and the Kenzie and Mogwai Amps from ampsandsound at the CanJam. Listen through state-of-the-art headphones or bring your own cans to compare to your current setup. Details for RMAF 2016 can be found at: www.audiofest.net.
September 20, 2016: macOS Sierra Update
We are aware of an issue with Amarra sQ+ in some environments where an error is generated saying "Could not set SonicStream Device.' If you encounter this error, do the following:
- Quit Amarra sQ+
- Go to your Applications->Amarra sQ+ folder and double-click on 'Uninstall Amarra sQ+’
- Select 'Yes' when asked to delete the SonicStream Driver
- Go to your Macintosh HD/Library/Extensions folder and, if present, delete SonicStudioProcessor.kext
- Empty your Trash can
- Re-run the Amarra sQ+ installer from the following link: http://downloads.sonicstudio.com/Amarra_sQ+/23/Amarra_sQ+_Release.2.3.2293.zip
- Reactivate your license and you should be ready to go
May 16, 2016: iTunes 12.4 Update causes issues with Amarra products
Unfortunately, Apple's latest update to iTunes (iTunes 12.4) has created issues with Amarra products. Please check our fresh knowledge base article on these issues here.
March 22, 2016: Amarra chosen (yet again) for Stereophile Recommended Component list for 2016
We are pleased to announce that once again Amarra products are part of Stereophile’s Recommended Components list for 2016. Continuing it’s leadership in improving the quality of audio source material, Amarra products now provide solutions for local file playback, streaming audio and room correction requirements to truly allow the user to dial in playback to their own personal tastes. Per Stereophile, “Longevity in a hi-fi component is rare enough that we think it worth noting.” Updated information about Amarra products can be found at www.sonicstudio.com/amarra
March 19, 2016: Amarra, MQA Showcased at CanJam SoCal 2016
Amarra sounded fabulous at CanJam SoCal 2016! Thank you for stopping by to see us and for listening. We demonstrated MQA playback using Meridian Explorer 2 DAC and supported AmpsandSound--a coming together of the best in tubes and digital! We hope we'll be seeing you all again at T.H.E. Show Newport in June.
January 14, 2016: Sonic Studio Releases Amarra for TIDAL 2.0 with iOS Remote!
This highly anticipated release offers some exceptional advantages, including:
• Fresh UI and Improved Performance
• Support for upcoming MQA streaming
• iOS Remote for iPad and iPhone (iOS 8+)
Now, with the iOS Remote for iPhone and iPad, you can control playback, EQ, and volume - all from the comfort of your couch! Amarra for TIDAL 2.0 introduces the Amarra iOS Remote, which will revolutionize the way you enjoy your TIDAL stream. Access, search, and control playback of all TIDAL music on your Mac-based sound system. ...Learn more
Update: The Windows version of Amarra for TIDAL is in it’s final development and testing phase, we are targeting availability in the coming weeks. Check back at www.sonicstudio.com for updated information
October 2, 2015: Sonic Studio showcases Amarra for TIDAL iOS Remote and Windows version at RMAF
"...The Amarra for TIDAL Remote is an iOS application for iPhone and iPad allowing complete remote control of Amarra for TIDAL. The iOS Remote provides access to tracks, albums, artists, genres, now playing, and access to remote playlists with its clean and simple user interface. The integrated EQ window allows control of all settings including, boost, frequency, Q, EQ presets, volume control (meters), and output device control. The Amarra for TIDAL iOS remote is slated for release in November 2015."
August 29, 2015: Los Angeles Times on Amarra for TIDAL
"...TIDAL is clean and efficient and effective. I found that CDs, played with the same digital processing equipment, do still outshine TIDAL Hi-Fi, but the difference isn’t extreme. Moreover, a $39.95 app just released by digital audio site Sonic Studio all but bridges the gap."
August 20, 2015: STEREO Magazine: "You should allow yourself the luxury..."
August 19, 2015: Computer Audiophile: "...Highly recommended."
August 18, 2015: FutureThink –– Amarra Today & Tomorrow
Learn about where Amarra is today and where we are going in the future.
Images for the Amarra Remote are shown below. We expect delivery by early October.
August 1, 2015: AppleInsider.ru Review: "...Amarra gets a solid 5 stars."
"В целом Amarra — очень хороший плеер, поддерживающий много форматов и великолепно их проигрывающий. "
July 16, 2015: MGR Audio Review: "A Quick Word on Amarra for Tidal"
Easton Page has some very kind words to say about our new app Amarra for TIDAL in this review! "This is not a subtle difference: it will blow you away. I’m addicted to listening to Amarra and TIDAL; it’s like I’m right inside the mastering studio listening through my HD800s or my UE Reference Monitors!"
Read the story here...
July 14, 2015: Digital Audio Review: "Amarra For Tidal: a better streaming sound for OS X, Windows"
John Darko takes a look at our new application Amarra for TIDAL and finds that, "Amarra For Tidal sounds both more relaxed and more alive than the native Tidal app." in this review.
Read the story here...
July 12, 2015: Digital Audio Review: Sonic Studio Amarra SQ+ Review
Check out Digital Audio Review's review of Amarra sQ+. John Darko looks at switching up the sound quality of roon Labs, TIDAL HiFi, Qobuz, Spotify, and Apple Music with Amarra SQ+.
Read the story here...
July 7, 2015: Sonic Studio Releases Amarra for TIDAL
Sonic Studio is proud to announce the release of our newest streaming music player specifically designed for the High Fidelity TIDAL music service.
Amarra for TIDAL is the audiophile grade music player for your TIDAL listening.
May 30-31 2015: Amarra at T.H.E. Show Newport 2015
We had a great time showing our newest Amarra for TIDAL streaming music player for Mac OS and Windows.
Read the full press release here: View Press Release
May 14-17 2015: Amarra Celebrates Munich High End Show
We will be in Munich, Germany between Thursday and Sunday this week, make sure to visit one of the years best audiophile events: the High End Society Munich Show. We will be showing our newest Amarra for TIDAL streaming music player for Mac OS and Windows.
Read the full press release here: View Press Release
April 1, 2015: Amarra sQ and sQ+ v2.1 Released
Amarra sQ 2.1 $29.99
The newest release of our Audio Stream Enhancer, Amarra sQ, adds exciting new features to further enhance your User Experience. Now, get all the benefits of sQ 2.0 plus:
- Easier to Use - Use keyboard keys to adjust volume; Save device preferences for future recall
- Stay Current - Auto-check for updates to maintain optimized features
- More Flexible - Resize window to fit your screen; Easy evaluation
- Simple and Effective - EQ presets for popular headphones and genres
Note to Current Amarra 2.0 Users:
Amarra sQ 2.1 is a free update for current Amarra sQ owners. Your current Amarra sQ 2.0 license will activate Amarra sQ 2.1 and the licensing process is automatic.
Download Amarra sQ 2.1: • Not available - Visit support for information
Amarra sQ+ $49.99
You spoke up and we listened! Introducing Amarra sQ+ with all of the benefits of Amarra sQ PLUS:
- Clarify any audio with Audio Conditioner!
- Remove noise from any audio source
- Reduce 'listening fatigue'; improve clarity and understanding
- Optimize the sound of Skype, YouTube, gaming, sporting events, recorded/online lectures, old movies, and more...
- Customized presets for music, video, and voice
- Gain advanced EQ control with full professional EQ
- Increase command over your sound with 13 filter types (Presence, Band Pass, Band Stop, Hi / Lo Shelf, Hi / Lo Pass, RIAA, and more...)
- Professional quality 4-band, full-parametric EQ with multiple filter types giving you infinite control over tone/timbre of your music
Download Amarra sQ+ 2.1: • Amarra sQ+ v2.2.1 Installer
January 1, 2015: parttimeaudiphile.com Awards 'Best Of 2014' To Amarra 3.0
Scott Hull writes "There’s a lot of fuss and bother that’s been made over the sonic contributions of software-only audio players. I’m not going to rehash that here (or anywhere, actually). What I will offer is that Amarra, the early leader in this space, has come roaring back with a svelte and easy-to-use package that will flat-out embarrass many of their competitors."
October 10, 2014: Amarra in the Mountains - Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014
Going to be in the Denver area October 10-12? Stop in at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest RMAF2014 in the Denver Tech Center to hear Amarra in action. Many exhibitors will be using Amarra and our Impulse Response Correction (iRC) functionality to highlight the capabilities of their components on display. Amarra provides an incredible signal out of your Mac and iRC provides a powerful yet cost-effective way of correcting issues in your listening environment. The results will make your ears sing.
Please visit the following exhibitors to hear Amarra and see the great equipment on display.
Peachtree Audio - Pikes Peak Room
Woo Audio - Rocky Mountain Event Center room C40/Marriott Lobby Booth 9
Mr. Speakers - Rocky Mountain Event Center room C28
Skogrand Cables - Marriott rooms 442 and 9018
Dynaudio - Marriott room 1118/1122
EnKlein Systems - Marriott Room 1010
June 10, 2014: Digital Audio Review: Improving the sound quality of Qobuz, Spotify and Pandora
Check out Digital Audio Review's latest report on "Improving the sound quality of Qobuz, Spotify and Pandorastreaming audio". John Darko visits with James Anderson and gives a first look at our upcoming Amarra sQ.
Read the story here...
May 30 2014: Amarra 3.0 Previews at T.H.E Show Newport
May 15-18 2014: Amarra Celebrates Munich High End Show
If you’re lucky enough to be in Munich, Germany between Thursday and Sunday this week, make sure to visit one of the years best audiophile events: the High End Society Munich Show.
Expired on 18 May.
More info about the show: http://www.highendsociety.de/index.php/en_high_end_moc.html
May 30 - June 1, 2014 - Sonic Studio and Peachtree Join Forces at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach
Sonic Studio is pleased to announce that it will be showing its Amarra™ range of award-winning computer music players in conjunction with Peachtree Audio’s leading audiophile DACs and amps. The companies will feature their products together in Hilton Hotel Room 832 during T.H.E. Show Newport Beach May 30-June 1, 2014.
At T.H.E Show, Sonic Studio will be introducing significant new features and enhancements to Amarra™. Be sure to check back and learn more as this important and exciting show approaches.
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