Auralic Altair G 2.1
Streamer / DAC / Preamplifier
"Auralic's new Altair G2.1 is one of the best sounding streaming DACs I've heard at or near the price." - James Michael Hughes, StereoNet
- Pursuit of the Perfect System (YouTube)
- The EAR, Editor's Choice Award
The Altair G2.1 is a fantastic source, and preamplifier for the demanding audiophile. Connect it directly to your amplifier (s) via the RCA or balanced outputs and you have a component that will rival a stack of separates that takes up less shelf space, and eliminates the need for additional interconnects and power cords. The savings in cables alone make the Altair G2.1 a great value.
- Full-Featured Digital Streaming and Analog Source
- Femto-Second Clocking dramatically reduces noise and distrotion.
- Dual Purer-Power linear power supplies.
- Analog, Resistive Ladder Volume Control.
- Two Analog Inputs: one line-stage, one mm phono stage.
- Precision machined, Unity II Chassis, with Copper Enclosure
- Advanced Tesla G2 hardware platform
' The Altair G2.1 is a fine allrounder, its strengths lie where Auralic usually shines, in streaming and digital to analogue conversion, in this respect it’s a serious contender for your budget at the price. You don’t get the Lightning Link option found on more dedicated G2.1 units but you do get almost everything most listeners need in a single, superbly executed product. What’s more it works beautifully without an ethernet cable. But ultimately it’s about the sound quality delivered with digital files and that is in the premier league.' The EAR
The Altair G2.1
The ALTAIR model name has always been synonymous with that of extensive features and functionality. ALTAIR G2.1, however, marks a new chapter, as it's the first time the ALTAIR concept has been incorporated and elevated into AURALiC’s world-renowned G2.1 series, combining the concepts of extensive features with that of top-quality performance.
The ALTAIR G2.1, like its G1 counterpart, provides every function and feature from AURALiC, but in one compact, ultra-quiet box, in line with the G2.1 ethos.
Powerful Preamplifier Functionality
As a G2.1 Series product, ALTAIR G2.1 has been developed with properties and features that ensure its performance is considered “next-level,” and allow for it to be used as a stand-alone preamplifier. Analog Volume Control onboard, similar to that on the VEGA G2.1 and based on a resistive ladder design, provides ultra-quiet signal, no matter the input. Class A Orfeo Output Modules allow for an ultra-low-noise and low-distortion signal in the analog domain. Altair G2.1 also houses two separate all-analog inputs, completely bypassing the digital structure and maintaining a pure analog signal from input to out. The first is a line-level analog input, including home theater bypass functionality, and the second is an in-house engineered moving-magnet phono stage for an elegant, direct, and quiet connection to a turntable.
Next-Level Processing Power
With so many demands placed operationally upon the ALTAIR G2.1, the choice of processor was simple. ALTAIR G2.1 utilizes the most powerful of the Tesla platforms, which has more-than-ample headroom to handle the challenging number of features and functions found in any AURALiC component. Finally, Dual Femto Second Clocks deliver precisely-timed signals, greatly reducing associated jitter. ALTAIR G2.1 can be controlled by Lightning DS (on Apple iOS devices), is also compatible with other OpenHome-based control software, and is Roon-ready as well. ALTAIR G2.1 can deliver a growing number of streaming services such as Qobuz, Tidal, and Spotify Connect, with more to come soon.
Pure G2.1 Performance
ALTAIR G2.1’s physical construction, as with all G2.1 products, includes Unity Chassis II, a stealth-silent aluminum enclosure encapsulating a highly-effective copper sub-enclosure that protects the advanced internal electronics from outside interference, a massive aluminum base, and a six-spring suspension footer system, all resulting in a quiet, sublime, musical performance.
Lightning DS App
AURALiC’s seamlessly integrated hardware and control software provide effortless command of high-resolution music playback throughout the home. Whether streaming from Internet services or local music collections, AURALiC components let you discover, share and connect like never before, expanding the horizons of your audio system with new levels of functionality and performance.
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Auralic Altair 2.1
Recent set up of a 2nd system in my office. Already enjoy using an Aries G1 in my main listening room. The Altair is a superior performer with better definition that yields a more precise sonic signature. All to say that the Altair sounds crisper and instruments are presented with clear placement in the sound stage.