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Audirvāna announces a Linux beta program

Audirvana Core Player Linux

French company Audirvāna creates software for playing music files and from streaming services Qobuz, Tidal and HighResAudio. The latter service is a German music shop with a streaming service.

Audirvāna is installed on a Mac or Windows machine, and nice apps for the phone or tablet are available to control the software from the couch. Audirvāna streams using UPnP, Chromecast or an USB connection between the computer and the DAC or streamer. We are enamoured by Audirvāna’s sound quality, see our review.

The company has been making headway with their ‘Plays with Audirvāna’ certification programme, which is joined by more and more manufacturers. Now they are taking the next step and have announced a Linux version of their software.

Unlike the Windows and Mac version, this Linux version is without an interface. The software is operated through a new version of the app for phone or tablet. Besides Linux, the software can also be installed on a QNAP NAS. This step opens the door to using Audirvāna on Raspberry Pi-based streamers, like Volumio and the open source software Ropieee XL also offer. Ropieee XL is widely used to make a Roon endpoint of a streamer.

We expect to see Audirvāna Linux added as a choice in due course, currently the software is still in beta testing. Great fun for computer audio enthusiasts, you can test the software by navigating to Audirvāna’s Linux forum.

Tidal started its lower subscription prices


Where Spotify is desperately trying to become profitable by increasing subscriptions, Tidal subscribers now enjoy a lower price.

Masimo spins off Sound United


To the surprise of many, Masimo – originally active in the medical equipment market – bought Sound United. That adventure is about to end.

Teufel Real Blue TWS3 in-ears

Teufel Real Blue TWS3

The new Teufel Real Blue TWS3 in-ears go another step up from previous versions. For example, ANC has been stepped up a notch.

Sennheiser Momentum Sport in-ear

Sennheiser Momentum Sport

The new Sennheiser Momentum Sport in-ear features a special extra: an accurate ear thermometer.

Final D7000 planar headphones

Final D7000

The Final D7000 is an open headphone equipped with planar drivers armed with a special damping technology called AFDS.

Campfire Audio Fathom in-ears

Campfire Audio Fathom

The recently released Campfire Audio Fathom in-ears feature 6 built-in drivers per earbud; it’s a wired in ear too.

Pure Classic Stereo and siblings

Pure Classic Stereo

With the Pure Classic Stereo, you bring a classic-looking stereo set into your home, but one packed with modern technology.

‘Spotify is going to raise prices again’


According to various sources, Spotify is going to raise its subscription prices again soon, to finally become profitable.

JLab Studio Pro ANC headphones

JLab Studio Pro ANC

With the JLAB Studio Pro ANC headphones, you get ambient noise-canceling headphones for an attractive price.