Audiofile Engineering has launched Fidelia (http://audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/), an US$19.99 “premium desktop music player” created exclusively for Mac OS X and designed to offer “rich high-fidelity playback for music lovers of any taste or technical background.”
It has support for numerous high-resolution file formats and an interface that honors the classic stereo amplifiers of decades past. Also, Fidelia integrates with users’ existing iTunes libraries, says Matthew Foust, founding partner of Audiofile Engineering.
“Just as high-definition video technology has changed the way people experience movies and television, high-resolution audio formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless give consumers access to superior levels of sound quality,” he adds. “Fidelia is designed as an elegant, approachable way for casual and studious listeners alike to embrace these higher sonic standards. The MP3 format may have revolutionized the music industry, but there are higher-quality formats that can truly enhance the listening experience.”
Fidelia supports high-quality audio file formats including FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, AAC, Ogg Vorbis and CAF (Core Audio Format). Users can not only import and playback music in these formats, but they can also convert existing MP3 files to any of the above.
Available in the Apple App Store for $9.99, the Fidelia Remote app for iOS turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-featured remote control for Fidelia. You can rowse your library, adjust volume and navigate between tracks from anywhere your network signal allows.
For dedicated audiophiles, an expanded license option priced at $49.99 adds the ability to give Fidelia exclusive access to your computer’s audio system, plus deeper configuration options for iZotope’s DSP.