Aries and Altair get .1 upgrade
Auralic have become very well known in a short period of time. They've done this by releasing extremely good sounding streaming products. Both their Aries and Altair products have recently been improved and both models benefit from technology proven in the G2 products.
First is the Aries G1.1. This is a high performance streaming transporter. This means you will either need a DAC OR an amplifier with digital inputs. It uses the high-mass base from the award-winning G2.1 series products. This satin silver base plate improves their overall aesthetic and provides extra vibration damping for better sonic performance. The Aries also now support AirPlay 2, further expanding your streaming options. This is in addition to a wide range of streaming services.
The Altair G1.1 is a fully functional streamer with analogue outputs to plug straight into an existing hi-fi system or amplifier. Rather cleverly it also has variable output. This means it can be connected directly into a power amplifier or active loudspeakers to provide variable volume without any loss of performance normally entailed. It also features the rigid base plate and the AirPlay 2 feature.
Both of these units retail for £2499 and both are now on demonstration at Moorgate along with the G2.1 products that bear the same name and features. We've only had them a short while but we're extremely impressed and can confirm that they do offer performance improvements from the previous incarnations.
Founded in 2009 by Xuanqian Wang and Yuan Wang, AURALiC products are all designed and developed with unrelenting attention to detail, exacting tolerances, and extreme precision. AURALiC’s passion for music, peerless expertise in electronics design, and a complete understanding of electrical engineering all govern the care that goes into our design and build process.
Streaming File Formats
Lossless: AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
Lossy: AAC, MP3, MQA* and WMA
PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit**
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz), DSD512(22.57892MHz)***
AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
AURALiC Lightning DS for web browser (device settings only)
OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
Roon (Roon Core required separately)
Network shared folder, USB Storage, USB CD Drive, UPnP/DLNA Media Server, Amazon Music Unlimited, HighResAudio, KKBOX, Qobuz Sublime+, TIDAL Connect, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, RoonReady
Digital Outputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink
USB Output: USB Host to compatible DAC ****
Wired: Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi
Playback: 50W at max.
Dimensions - W x D x H
13.4 x 12.6 x 3.2 in. (34cm x 32cm x 8cm)
15.9 lbs (7.2kg)
Anodized aluminum case in matte black