Earlier this year, AURALiC debuted a new high-resolution streaming solution, known as Lightning Streaming. Now the company is introducing its first Lightning product. Get ready to meet the ARIES.
The ARIES is a slick product that acts as a “bridge” between audio files and your DAC (digital audio converter). It works with all of the music that’s stored on your network, as well as whatever you’re streaming from high-res audio services online. It also promises to work with just about any sampling rate, including DSD, Double-Rate DSD and DXD.
AURALiC has made the ARIES just as pretty on the inside, with a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB DDR3 of onboard memory and 4GB of internal storage. It also has the Telsa hardware platform to decode a variety of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA.
The ARIES comes packing plenty of connectivity options, such as dual-band Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 inputs, as well as AURALiC’s patented ActiveUSB, AES/EBU, coaxial and Toslink outputs. Other features include support for OpenHome and uPnP AV-based control software and an OpenHome structure.
The ARIES comes bundled with AURALiC’s Lightning DS App, which allows listeners to browse libraries on network-attached storage (NAS), control the hardware and playback settings, and stream music from Qobuz, WiMP and Songcast. It also includes support for Apple AirPlay. Currently, the app is available in two versions, for iPad and iPhone users. An Android version is expected in September, with Mac and Windows options coming by the end of the year.
The ARIES Streamer Bridge will start shipping in June. The standard ARIES LE model includes a low-phase noise crystal and standard external PSU for $999, while the $1,599 ARIES has two Femto Clocks for USB audio host and digital outputs, as well as a low-noise internal design to eliminate jitter and the AURALiC Purer-Power-based 10uV low noise external linear PSU.
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