Hi, Audirvana team
I know this will sound like a weird request, and maybe it’s a feature request more than an improvement request, but it would be nice if there were more “attack” in the reproduction of the sound envelope. I’m using Studio 2.0 and I find the attack softer/rounded in comparison to another software I use frequently. Or, perhaps it’s the overall dynamic range of a track that makes it seem the Audirvana sound is less dynamic: cymbals bite less, piano is less sharp, etc. Either way, Audirvana does sound more full tonally, but the attack sounds muted. It’s not as sharp as the intensity of the other software.
This impression comes from listening to classical music, acoustic instrument recordings, with standard Red Book FLAC and ALAC files. I will note that in most all of my listening tests with upsampling, I find that going to “far” also causes this dynamic “rounding” so that is why I mainly listen to the original recording resolution (which is Red Book for probably 80%+ of what’s available).
Also for what it’s worth, my system is very transparent in this way so I feel this suggestion is a reasonable one if possible. The intensity and dynamic range of sound are two of the things that make a recording feel more like live sound, so I hope this is something you’d consider adjusting in a future update.