By Audiofile Engineering
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Fidelia is a high-definition audio player for sophisticated music lovers. With support for all contemporary audio file formats and an elegant interface that focuses exclusively on music, it gives users the power and the freedom to organize, customize and savor their digital music collection at the highest possible fidelity in any circumstance. If you've invested in premium audio hardware, you should have the best audio software.
Just as an HD television enables viewers to enjoy high-definition video, Fidelia provides a gateway to high-definition audio by supporting a wide range of high-quality formats — including FLAC, which iTunes does not support. As artists in every genre increasingly turn to high-quality formats, Fidelia gives discerning listeners a way to hear their music as it was meant to be heard.
Fidelia's stylish interface reflects users' pure passion for music, paying tribute to the iconic stereo systems of decades past while offering sleek, intuitive controls that Mac owners demand. A classically styled volume dial is augmented by Mute and Dim functions. A crisp, eye-pleasing display shows individual track details, stereo levels and audio waveforms. Fidelia also provides seamless access to your existing iTunes music library.
With Fidelia, savvy music lovers have the ability to further personalize audio playback by installing third-party Audio Unit plug-ins. For example, Fidelia reaches beyond the narrow parameters of typical built-in equalization controls, allowing users to install higher-quality EQ and other Audio Units plug-ins to suit any taste or listening environment.
Audiofile Engineering's Fidelia Audio System optimizes the modern listening experience by realizing the full potential of quality audio hardware. No matter what type of sounds are in play, it incorporates iZotope's industry-best sample rate conversion to achieve optimum sonic fidelity. Dedicated audiophiles can also select real-time audio dithering via iZotope's MBIT+™ technology.
New in version 1.1.0, Lion users may now unlock the "Advanced" features of Fidelia, giving them control over specific parameters for iZotope MBIT+ dither and 64-bit SRC as well as exclusive hardware access and memory play-back. When you purchase Fidelia Advanced, a new "Advanced" pane will be available in Fidelia's preferences.
New in version 1.2.0, Lion users may now also unlock FHX™ Headphone Processing, enabling you to create a more spacious, natural soundstage over headphones. With user controls that are simple and effective, the algorithm can be fine tuned to your personal music library, listening preferences, and hardware. When you purchase FHX, a new "FHX" pane will be available in Fidelia's preferences.
FHX utilizes a unique, dynamic-range optimized equalization section to maintain the highest possible digital resolution at any setting. So you’ll never need to worry about digital clipping, distortion, or loss of headroom when using FHX The FHX monitoring section offers several key monitoring facilities that are typically reserved for high-end monitor controllers or mastering consoles.
With the Fidelia app for iOS (sold separately), users can turn their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a full-featured remote control for Fidelia.
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NOTE: Fidelia does not support DRM-protected AAC files.
What's New in Version 1.3.1
Fidelia 1.3 contains numerous improvements including:
- Enhanced audio system
- Improved support for Retina displays
- Updates to FHX™
- Significantly improved performance and reliability
Best audio engine out there!
So far I have tried Fidelia, Pure Music, Amarra, Audirvana, Bit Perfect, and Decibel. Each of these listening tools has their own strengths and weaknesses. Amarra is the closest contender to Fidelia, as far as warmth and natural sound goes (but Amarra is also more flukey to work with and crashes and freezes sometimes). In fact I routinely rotate through my entire collection of audio players (I’ve purchased licenses to all of them). It’s kind of like “tube rolling”. Yet listening with a good DAC/amp and a nice set of speakers - Fidelia is the one I keep coming back to. Fidelia just sounds more engaging. It is warmer sounding - less digital. It produces a larger soundstage. It seems to have a better sense of energy and is more fun to listen to than any of the other players that I’ve tried. And all the while, it sounds REAL. The music through Fidelia just sort of pulls you in. I keep wanting to find a reason to like one of the other players, but Fidelia is the one I listen to everyday. It’s a great product!
By the way, I’m puzzled about why there are reviews from folks having a problem with Fidelia. I use it at home and at my office. Both computers are running OSX 10.9 and the latest version of Fidelia, and I am having consistently good results - no problems whatsoever.
Don’t Waste Your Money
I downloaded Fidelia and looked at the instructions…which are essentially nonexistant. I loaded it, strictly by intuition, and instructed it to add my music files and pointed it to my iTunes Music folder, It converted some of the files and then crashed. When I rebooted it and tried again, it made it a little farther and then crashed again. In the albums where it did make conversions, it reconverted the MP3 files repeatedly, so I had multple copies of the same recording. It didn’t know to not make another conversion.
Even worse, when I looked at the songs that it had converted, it listed no album or artist information…just the song titles.
I just wasted almost $20 on a crap piece of software with no real instructions. And, given the policies of the iTunes App Store, I might have just as well lit the $20 bill on fire and watched it burn.
The couple of times this app has actually opened, it doesn’t really work. Songs don’t import fully (gaps of silence interspersed throughout the song), when trying to import an entire album only a few songs show up in the library, and a lot of times nothing shows up after importing. Also, it crashed every time I have used it. This seems like it could be a really cool app but it needs a serious update and I really don’t like the fact that I paid $20 for something that doesn’t work and there is nothing I can do about it. Absolute bull shart.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Jun 20, 2013
- Version: 1.3.1
- Size: 12.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Audiofile Engineering, LLC
- © 2013 Audiofile Engineering, LLC
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later
Top In-App Purchases
- Fidelia Advanced$49.99
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