Auralic Aries Music Streamer
Computer Audio Without the Computer
2015 PFO Brutus Award Winner!
Get your noisy PC out of your listening room. Stream up to Double DSD. Use with your own DAC (Hopefully it is DSD capable. If not, check out the Auralic Vega).
The Auralic Aries serves as a bridge between music on network storage and DACs, enabling your server to stream music quickly and superbly via Wi-Fi in virtually any format, including DSD, double-rate DSD and DXD. the Aries includes a switchable USB host output; digital AES/EBU, coaxial and Toslink connections driven by AURALiC's patented ActiveUSB technology; and an extremely accurate Femto Master Clock (The $1599 LE version will have the Femto master clock).
What does all this mean to you? It means that you no longer need a computer and associated cables in your listening room. You plug the ARIES into your DAC through the USB port and after installing the proprietary app for iPad/iPhone and you are ready to rock! Other ports are available (namely AES/EBU, coaxial and Tolink but will go only up to 24bit/192KHz).
IMPORTANT: What is needed (In Addition To The Aries)
- A network connected computer, or NAS with your music collection on it. You will need to install a program called minimserver on this computer or NAS as well. This will allow your Aries to be recognized by the network and allow your music collection to be catalogued by the Lightning ap.
- A high speed internet connection.
- A current router that supports 802.11ac (Gigabit). Here is a list of Routers we recommend
- NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (R7000)
- Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router -Frustration-Free Packaging
- Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (ME918LL/A)
- TRENDnet Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Router with USB Share Port, TEW-812DRU Version 2.1
- A current Apple iPad or iPad mini with the Auralic Lightning DS App installed
- A Digital to Analog converter. Preferably one that supports playback of DSD files via the USB input. We recommend the Auralic Vega.
- We recommend connecting the Aries to your DAC via the USB output on the Aries. This takes advantage of AURALiC’s patented ActiveUSB™ technology.
Setting up the Aries for the First Time
Assuming you have Minimserver installed on your NAS or music server PC (NOT your iPad)
Yes, the Aries can now playback music from a USB drive connected to the USB input. Click the link above for complete information.
Other things you may need to know
- DSD is streamed only through the USB output on the Aries. Therefore the USB output offers the highest playback capabilities.
- Toslink max bitrate is 32/192 pcm
- AES max bitrate is 32/192 pcm
- Coax max bitrate is 32/192 pcm
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Other Resources for the Aries
Computer Audiophile has two great discussion threads running.
Auralic Aries hardware discussion thread
- Auralic Lightning DS Ap discussion thread
Streaming With The Auralic Lightning Ap
Lightning, the speedy, versatile lynchpin of the new system, showcases several industry firsts. It’s the first streaming solution based on dual-band 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi, among the world’s fastest, with a maximum speed of 1300 Mbps. As a result, Lightning is also the first system able to stream Direct Stream Digital (DSD), double-rate DSD and Digital eXtreme Definition (DXD) wirelessly.
In addition, Lightning is the first streaming solution that allows digital audio signals to output though a USB host port to DACs, like AURALiC’s VEGA Digital Audio Processor. The USB output does PCM in sampling rates from 44.1 to 384 KHz at 16-, 24- and 32-bit resolutions. It also supports DSD, Double-Rate DSD and DXD at 2.8224 and 5.6448 MHz rates, as well as a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA.
Auralic's Lightning is based on the OpenHome structure, adopted by the U.K. streaming manufacturer Linn. Compared to the legacy standards of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), Lightning supports several more-advanced functions, such as on-device playlist that allow control software to turn off during play, the gapless playback, and complete supporting of multi-room, multiple control points.
Lightning also supports Songcast, a music distribution service that allows users to map computer’s sound to any Lightning-equipped system and to map sound between different Lightning systems in the house.
The Lightning App
AURALiC’s Lightning App can control all Lighting-powered hardware. The Lightning App allows you to browse your music library on your network-attached storage (NAS), to control the playback, and to set the hardware settings. The Lightning App also comes with built-in radio services, such as Spotify.
The Lightning App will be available on several platforms, such as Apple iOS, Android, Windows PC, Mac OS X and even Linux. The Lightning Streaming solution is compatible with other digital streaming control programs, such as Kinsky and BubbleDS. It is also backwards compatible with legacy UPnP and DLNA standards hardware and software.
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