I’ve been testing Audirvana, Qobuz and Apple Music here.
At first on my daily laptop. A Lenovo running Windows 10.
iTunes sounds dull and bland. It can’t match Audirvana or Qobuz’s own Windows app.
So for me on Windows Qobuz or the combination of Audirvana + Qobuz (WASAPI) definitely win when it comes to sound quality. App wise iTunes, to me at least, seems like a dinosaur. Clunky and slow.
After testing on my Windows laptop. I’ve hooked up my good old 2017 MacBook Air running on macOS 11.4 Big Sur.
Things are a bit different. Sound quality wise Audirvana wins hands down. But I can’t hear a difference between Qobuz or Apple Music when using their respective apps. Apple’s Music app on the Mac is far superior to iTunes.
One of the tracks I’ve been testing with is one of my all-time favorites.
When it comes to my hardware/hifi setup. Nothing fancy at all. My good old Philips FR 966 receiver, a set of RankArena speakers, JVC subwoofer and a Terratec Aureon 7.1 USB external sound card. I love listening to music, but I don’t consider myself an audiophile
So yeah. For now I’ll stick to Audirvana + Qobuz since I have a yearly sub on both. But if Apple keeps improving that might very well change in the future.