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Fidelia

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By Audiofile Engineering, LLC

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'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 Goodhertz's sample rate conversion, a new standard, to achieve optimum sonic fidelity. Dedicated audiophiles can also select real-time audio dithering via Goodhertz' Good Dither™ technology.

Fidelia features CanOpener™ Headphone Processing by Goodhertz, enabling you to create a more spacious, natural soundstage when listening with headphones. With user controls that are simple and effective, the algorithm can be fine tuned to your personal music library, listening preferences, and hardware.

CanOpener 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 CanOpener. The CanOpener 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.

For additional info and product specs, visit the Audiofile website by clicking the button at the upper right.

NOTE: Fidelia does not support DRM-protected AAC files.

Release Notes

12/11/2015 | Version : 1.6.5 | Size : 6.8 MB
Fidelia is now fully compatible with El Capitan (10.11)

20/08/2015 | Version : 1.6.1 | Size : 6.8 MB
Fidelia 1.6.1 resolves an issue that prevented the Player and Library from appearing at launch and fixes a crash when importing certain MP3 files.

28/07/2014 | Version : 1.5.3 | Size : 20.7 MB
Version 1.5.3 improves the overall performance and stability of Fidelia.

Please contact us at support@audiofile-engineering.com if you encounter issues with Fidelia. We want your feedback!

Rankings

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#55 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Music]

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Category

Entertainment , Music


Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Fidelia

Missing Something (1.6.5)
21/09/2016 13:03:00 3/5 By solarcity
Very good with almost all music genres BUT does not support classical music, which for me is a major flaw.

Buggy (1.6.5)
15/08/2016 22:24:00 2/5 By superarmandbros
The view>bitrate, sample rate, size buttons do not work. If playing music on Fidelia then switching to another music source such as iTunes, Fidelia requires a restart in order to play any music. These small annoyances really get in the way of your music listening experience, which is why Fidelio gets a 2 star rating from me.

Flawed (1.6.5)
14/01/2016 06:00:00 2/5 By FrasSmith
I like the idea of this, and most of the time, it works just fine. But, be aware, don’t buy it if you have older hardware. On a late 2008 macbook al, it takes multiple seconds to start tracks and then, when it starts playing, it starts several seconds into the song. Disconcerting to say the least. Also seems to have a habit of going silent in the middle of some tracks. In summary, poor performer and buggy. For the price, that’s barely forgivable. UPDATE: i decided to remove a couple of stars, I was far too kind in my previous assessment. The issues mentioned above aren’t just linked to old hardware. Even on a much faster more recent Macbook Pro tracks sometimes start playing a few seconds in. Also, if I pause a track then press Play, seems to be playing visually. but no audio is output. I don’t normally use reviews as a place to air grievances but I’ve had zero response from the creators of this app so better to warn off other unsuspecting potential purchasers before they by this overpriced beta quality software.

Very Slow When Using ALAC Files (1.6.1)
02/09/2015 18:36:00 3/5 By Black-Bert
Doesn’t seem to cope well with Apple Lossless files, especially Hi-Rez stuff. If this is addressed i will give it 5 stars. Please do

CONTINUE TO BE Very Impressed with Fidelia - Great sounding App (1.6.1)
15/08/2015 11:47:00 5/5 By robfollis
UPDATED Felt I had to come back after reading some of these odd negative reviews. Fidelia has never crashed on me, just works and makes good music every time Have tried a lot of players, J River Media Center event at V21 is a rubbish Windoze port, Amarra is very expensive and complicated and IMHO sounds no better than anything else. Audivarna is very good (and now has a remote iPad app) and Fidelia is good too. listening to 24 bit Van Morrison right now. Both work well and improve iTunes sound too Hi-resolution music makes a huge difference, especially when played from the computer via a DAC like an Arcam. Don’t hesitate, download some HD Tracks or similar and get playing

Problems (1.6.0)
12/08/2015 21:03:00 3/5 By Deanderthal
Been using this app for years but tonight got the message ‘Executing a statement failed becuase database is locked’. Have tried all evening to get the app working.

WONDERING WEATHER TO BUY?? READ ON! (1.5.3)
15/07/2015 21:05:00 5/5 By Matt wakes up on caffeine
Before starting this review I would just like to mention that I do not work for Fidelia, haha, I am just a HQ audio lover. I only have 1 gripe; I would love it if the Fidelia developers updated the app more often, that is it. I am running it on a 2014 mac air with yosemite and it works great, it hasnt crashed on me, not even once, since the yosemite update. It has a couple of bugs here and there but nothing major at all; for example when you connect a bluetooth speaker you have to quit fidelia and then open it again for it to play through the speaker, again, nothing major. THE THING IS its sound quality far, far surpasses any complaints. I really, really like the sound quality of Fidelia, it makes everything sound SO much better, clearer, fuller, crisper. I havent opened Itunes except to sync my iPhone in over 2 years since I bought Fidelia!! I had it on an older 2012 mac air and it worked great too. Since getting fidelia I have been building a FLAC audio collection of my favourite music. I am what some people would call an audiophile, I love music, and HAVE to listen to it in the highest quality I possibly can. Fidelia sounds FAR better than any other way of playing music and this is why I use it. It really is noticeable. It works fantastic with HQ headphones, same with speakers. If you like high quality music and you have good headphones/speakers you will notice the difference in audio quality immediately, and aprecciate it immensely. If your speakers are low quality, you might not notice such a difference. Notice I said low quality, not average quality. I can still tell a big difference on my portable TDK a33 bluetooth speakers. If your not too fussed about how music sounds or you cant distinguish the difference in sound between some good headphones and some bad headphones, then there is no point in getting this. If you have Fidelia and you cant tell a difference in sound quality, then please dont leave a bad review as you may wrongly discourage audio lovers, its not Fidelias fault, its yours and/or your equipment. If you have HQ headphones/speakers, it really is a must. It meets my audiophile needs, it works great, it sounds fantastic. It could do with a little more attention. Since the last update it works great. Since the Yosemite update it works almost flawlessly. Itunes integration is brilliant and flawless. As you can tell, I LOVE fidelia, its one of those apps that is ALWAYS open on my mac. If you like high quality audio, get fidelia, you will not regret it. When you get it, learn the cmd-shift-L shortcut, its nice.

Crash after crash after crash! (1.5.3)
08/04/2015 09:39:00 1/5 By Alfie 98
Looks great, sounds good, but try to add tracks to the library and it just crashes every few minutes, which makes the whole App completely useless. If Audiofile Engineer could fix this issue, it could be five stars, but as it is now, I feel like I have wasted my money and it was not cheap! If you are going to charge a fair amount of money for an App, please ensure that it works.

Player is decent. Library function is awful (1.5.3)
24/03/2015 20:21:00 2/5 By HiFi Nutz
I don’t know if it’s just me not knowing how to do it or whether it’s not available but I can’t find anywhere how to browse my music library in a nice way. My library consists of over 45,000 tracks all perfectly tagged and with album art. I don’t and never will use itunes. I have always been a Windows user and use MediaMonkey which is the best music manager I have found to date. When not using an itunes library this software just displays a full list of every track you have. No way of browsing through your collection by artist, genre or year. It is literally just a list. Also no album art support. I admit, the player looks kind of nice and it sounds decent. I am feeding my Mac into a Meridian Explorer 2 headphone DAC and some Sennheiser HD598 headphones. I can’t hear any difference between this player and my MediaMonkey in Windows but that’s not why I bought it. I just wanted a player on my Mac that would play FLAC and hi res files and I could browse my music collection in a nice organised way. I wish I had just spent the extra and bought Audirvana instead.

Ripped me off (1.5.3)
14/10/2014 15:02:00 1/5 By carolinesmoo
I spent an extra £35 to get the FHX addon and when I updated this app to the latest version it was removed with no way to reinstall it without paying for it again. Ripped off.


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