Among other aspects, the search function has been expanded: It not only searches for names or titles in your local music collection, but also in the streaming services Qobuz, Tidal and HighResAudio, if they are activated and connected to it. In the expert mode, the entire signal path is clearly displayed, and you discover every aspect of the volume settings in both the hardware and the software of the DAC.
One of the most interesting new features is the possibility to "Check Audio HD Profile". This examines the spectrum and other properties of the music signal to determine whether it is a native HiRes recording or up-sampled material. Finally, the Windows version offers a new streaming driver: In addition to WASAPI and ASIO, Kernel Streaming can now also be used – a mode with a particularly direct signal path.
The new version is called "Audirvana Studio", and it is no longer offered as a one-time purchase. From now on, the service will be subscription-based, coming at a German price of 7 Euros per month or 70 Euros for an annual subscription. Audirvana Studio will be activated on Sunday, May 16. After that, the previous version will no longer be available. Owners of the old purchasable version will receive a discount if they want to switch – they can of course also continue to use the existing version.