New Audirvana user here, I’m wanting to add to my iTunes environment I’ve been using with BitPerfect for about 10 years. I’ve read what I can find and watched the YouTube’s, but don’t see an actual manual, so I have some novice questions.
I’ve taken an extra Mac mini and done a fresh install of Catalina and the Music App (no BitPerfect), I then added my music to it and got a working Music App (with Album Artwork) and Apple Remote App. I then installed the Trial Audirvana and pointed it to my files, it also works as does the iPad Remote App. I think from the little I’ve read here in the forum that Library Sync is preferable, but I don’t know why, nor what the pro’s and cons are (my library is only about 500GB).
My goals with Audirvana are to more reliably play my varied bit rate/depth files, mostly 44/16 ripped CDs, and HDTracks (96/24 or 88/24) both in ALAC; and a small smattering of MP3’s. Improved audio would be a bonus, as would reliable album and artist artwork.
I need iTunes integration so that we can access the music library from our Apple TV’s and into the Home Theatre, but I want Audirvana to play into my two channel system — I’m assuming USB is preferable, but TOSLink is also available — there is an 8Ft/2.5M distance in either case.
Sorry to be so wordy (it’s my way), I’m willing to read I just can’t find anything outside the FAQ. Feel free to point me to any useful documentation.
Here are my questions:
Is there a preferred way to auto start these two Apps?
What are the pros & cons of Monitored folders vs Library sync?
Though my Apple Music App had embedded Album artwork for all entries, only some art made it to Audirvana. I read something about a .jpg in the music folder, is that the preferred/only way? Is there any way to fix Artist Artwork? What are the preferred file format/sizes?
Are there other recommendations for my situation?
Merci beaucoup pour votre aide