I’ve been listening to Audirvana Studio since it came out… at first it was interesting but strangely something about it kept making me feel irritated and not wanting to listen to music. Multiple DACs, Burson Playmate 2, Chord Mojo, and through UPnP on Strata.
Whatever Audirvana Studio has done… they have stripped out presence and tone/texture to trade for what I would call an empty experience lacking all presence and push/shove. This sounds like I took the 500Hz to 3Khz region and sculpted it to make you think everything was super separated and transparent… but it sounds completely wrong.
Roon is very good in comparison and sounds awesome… but that’s not what the narrative has been… sadly. I disagree. Roon actually sounds much much closer to what PS Connect sounds like on the Strata which says something.
Audirvana Studio - proceed with caution