AURALIC AIRIES G2 Streaming Transport
Please click here for the first review of our Aries G2 Wireless Streaming Transport as featured on the front cover of the Christmas 2017 edition of Hifi Choice Magazine.
'What the Aries G2 does is take every aspect of network audio that the brand has been perfecting with its previous products and places all of its know-how into a seriously accomplished piece of hardware.'
'The Lightning DS app leaves most rivals standing in terms of its responsiveness'
A New Standard in Digital Audio Streaming
The AURALiC ARIES G2 includes all the rock-solid connectivity and one-of-a-kind features found in the original award-winning ARIES, and builds on them by introducing original engineering designs focused on isolation, separation and protection against interference. Not just a big brother to the ARIES, the ARIES G2 is an enhanced streaming device endowed with cutting-edge technologies and proprietary innovations. Whether on its own or working in consort with other G Series devices from AURALiC, the ARIES G2 is for music lovers who require the most discerning approach to modern streaming.
Like all streaming-capable AURALiC products, the VEGA G2’s expansive functionality and connectivity options are thanks to its native integration of AURALiC’s custom-built Lightning Streaming technology. Lightning Streaming uses your existing network to create a dedicated music streaming environment capable of processing and streaming the highest resolution musical formats available, including DSD512 and PCM 32bit/384k. Lightning Streaming brings with it all the audio network functionality you’ve come to expect from AURALiC devices too, like Gapless Playback, Memory Caching, Bit-Perfect Multi-Room, and Upsampling.
Lightning Link is a low-jitter, bi-directional 18Gbps coupling that takes advantage of high-speed HDMI-type hardware connectors to provide a superior level of transmission control, making today’s ultra-high resolution digital music shine like never before.
Different from the I2S standard, the bi-directional Lightning Link opens the door to jitter-free operation of all the devices in your system. Clocking information from destination devices such as the VEGA G2 can drive the ARIES G2 timing for example, providing perfect data synchronization. Lightning Link also carries system control data for everything from volume control to processor engine setup, allowing all linked AURALiC devices to appear in a single, unified control interface.
The AURALiC Tesla Platform is at the heart of the VEGA G2’s processing power. Built around a Quad-Core A9 chip, with 1GB DDR3 memory and 4GB of storage, the VEGA G2 runs at a whopping 25,000 MIPS – 25 times faster than the processor found in the original VEGA. That allows for the introduction of more sophisticated filter algorithms and oversampling techniques than ever before. As always, automatic updates keep the VEGA G2 up to date with the latest feature set and support, continually expanding its functionality and ensuring peak performance.
Dual 72fs Femto Master Clocks
We’ve built the VEGA G2 with two incredibly precise clocks for amazing accuracy. One clock handles sampling of formats in multiples of 44.1kHz, and the second takes care of 48kHz (and multiples) files. They’re the most sophisticated clocks we’ve ever built, and function on 72 femtosecond cycles – 72 quadrillionths of a second. The result is less jitter and immaculate sound.
The 72fs Femto Master Clock is just as quiet as it is accurate, with an extremely low -169dBc/Hz of phase noise and a 100Hz offset noise level of only -118dBc/Hz, thanks in part to its low-noise 3uV dedicated power supply.
Full Passive Volume Control
Years of development at AURALiC have resulted in yet another brand-new feature appearing in the VEGA G2 – a high-performance, low power, fully passive volume control. The fact that most relays need to draw power whether their status is ‘closed’ or ‘open’ is not only inefficient, but their always-energized coils also generate significant levels of EMI noise, adversely affecting sound quality. The eight coil-latch relays driving the VEGA G2’s R-2R resistor ladder attenuator network draw no current once set. That fully passive, zero-current system means…zero noise. It’s an expensive solution to construct, but when the goal is precise control and uncompromised sound quality, it’s worth every penny.