Nov 172013

I’m currently working hard on writing the review of the Mhdt Labs Stockholm V2 vacuum tube USB DAC (below).

Stockholm V2

For a digital front end I am using my iMac with the new Mavericks OS and iTunes, which I’ve loaded around 900 to 1000 CDs at full resolution onto.

I really wanted to make sure I was getting the highest quality out of the Stockholm V2 vacuum tube USB DAC, so I’ve tried a number of high resolution music server software solutions.

I have to say most of the most of them didn’t impress me all that much, as they were plagued with a variety of issues related to compatibility with the new Mavericks OS, iTunes, or just didn’t really sound all that good , except one, which has really impressed me – Channel D’s Pure Music software.

Pure Music 1

One of the things I really like about Pure Music is how nicely it integrates with iTunes. I like iTunes for managing my music, and as you can see in the screenshot above, Pure Music just wraps around iTunes to embrace all the nice features of iTunes.

Here’s what the experience is like: When I turn on my iMac and the Stockholm V2 USB DAC, the iMac goes through its startup routine as the Stockholm V2 syncs with it, as validated by the Audio MIDI setup screen.

Pure Music 2

Once everything is all synced up I start iTunes and Pure Music up (below).

Pure Music 3

Pure Music software allows you to customize the settings for your system and tastes, and is straightforward to follow and understand. I had it up and running in no time, and I was really pleased with the results.

Pure Music 4

I really like Pure Music: It is intuitive to use, it works perfectly with Mavericks & iTunes, and it sounds great! In fact, listening to digital music on my system has never sounded so good!

You can download a full version to demo for 15 days so you can try it to see if you like it (I suspect you will, just like I did), then if you want to buy it ($129 USD) you’ll get a code to register it and you’re good to go.

So for the price of about three 45 RPM records you’ll have a state-of-art high-resolution music server software for your music collection, which is not a bad deal at all – highly recommended!

Thanks for stopping by!

 Posted by at 8:20 am

  9 Responses to “Today’s Fresh Catch: Channel D ‘Pure Music’ High Resolution Music Server Software”

  1. Jeff

    Welcome to Pure Music! Be careful; or you may find yourself enjoying not only the convenience of computer audio; but also the music. Sure can be nice during those times you don’t want to be getting up to change LP’s


  2. Hi Jeff,

    I haven’t tried Pure Music – but do own Amarra and Audiovarna – i am not a fan of Audiovarna but would be interested to know if you tried Amarra and any thoughts you had.

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Piers,

      I have tried the Amarra in the past (an older version), but I haven’t compared it to the Pure Music that I am using now. They both seem like nice software solutions.



  3. Hello Jeff,

    Nice to read your description of the player ‘Pure Music’. I recently bought an M2tech Young DAC with Teddy Pardo powersupplie. I have an Apple Macbook Pro. So, based on your positive experience with the Pure Music. I downloaded an trial version of it. And indeed, it integrates beautiful with iTunes. Now am I wondering, if you are ripping Cd’s, do you use Aplpe Lossless or WAV?

    An other story for an other time: I am currently listening to a Tube amp! And with an CD player from Philips. The CD-104. I guess this player is more than 30 years old. It is completely modified. It sounds awesome!

    I am looking forward for your answer.


    • Hi Siedy!

      The Young looks like a nice DAC!

      I’ve been enjoying the Pure Music software, it seems to get the best out of the Mhdt USB DACs that I have here, and it is nice to have software that feels like it was developed by pros that also know what music sounds like.

      I’ve tried ripping in almost all the formats, but I don’t really consider myself an expert, and I’m not sure I really have a favorite. I haven’t heard a CD-104, but I suppose I’m still an analog LP guy at heart, as the digital I”ve heard just doesn’t reach the musical heights of analog LPs or FM broadcasts.

      However, these days I really feel like I need a DAC for listening to music that just isn’t available on vinyl, and its really nice to be able to hear the music available over the internet, so I keep looking into it.

      A tube amp! Tube amps do some wonderful things for sure … but you have the ASR Emitter! If I had the ASR Emitter in my system now I don’t know if I’d ever listen to anything else – truly wonderful!

      Keep me appraised of your adventures!

      Kind regards,


  4. Hi Jeff,
    After trying the 3 most used players this summer, I selected Pure Music as sounding the most “musical” and having the most body and dimensionality of the three, when played through my system. You are correct that it is simple to use, and it can easily be set up for a variety of upsampling options, memory play, and also their “Less is More” mode which disconnects Pure Music from iTunes interaction. All of those are worthwhile options IMO. Good job on the reviews and the blog.

    • Hi Mitch,

      Thanks for the kind words – mucho appreciated!

      I like the Pure Music player, and it’s intuitive to use. I’ve been using the upsampling and memory play, but I’m not sure about the ‘less is more’ mode, so I’ll have to check into it … thanks for the heads up on that!

      If you make any more discoveries with Pure Music be sure to let me know!

      Kind regards,


  5. Please try audhirvana plus .i own pure music as well as audhirvana plus .A+ beats PM anytime.A+ plays sacd iso images and all formats thrown at it. I am using NAD M 51 DAC . I know the difference believe me!

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