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AURALiC Altair G1 Streaming DAC
"The ALTAIR G1 is not simply a technological marvel; it’s greatest strength is its sound. In our test, Alan Sircom felt that, “It absolutely knocks that tight, fast, leading edge driven percussive sound out of the park. It’s fast-paced, upbeat, energetic (without being frenetic), and starts and stops in a heartbeat.” He summed the ALTAIR G1 up by saying, “It’s easy to set-up, easy to use, fun to listen to, and is priced to appeal"
Cementing its reputation for developing high-performance digital sources, AURALiC unveiled a new addition to the critically acclaimed G1 Series of products at the Munich High-End Audio show this year. Continuing its tradition as a high-performance wireless streamer, the updated and enhanced ALTAIR G1 made its debut at the MOC venue in Munich on May 9th to May 12th 2019.
As a premium digital hub for any high-performance system, the ALTAIR G1 software and hardware functions in much the same way as the original ALTAIR, able to act as a preamp, a DAC, a streamer, and an all-in-one digital source, but is also now fitted with the G1 chassis, providing a matching 4-inch colour display and Smart IR feature.
As a digital audio streamer, ALTAIR G1 has received several updates from both the G1 and G2 series of products. It now uses the ESS 9038Q2M conversion chip, providing the user with more detail and perceived resolution than ever before. To match the higher levels of performance available from this new DAC chip, the analogue circuitry received necessary parts upgrades and an improved layout for a balanced presentation.
Finally, the processor platform has been upgraded to Tesla G2 from Tesla G1, featuring 2GB of system memory, providing the user with a seamless, powerful experience.
An internal storage option remains, and for a fee an upgrade kit can be provided to the dealer or the customer, allowing for robust, local storage of large music collections in any number of formats and resolutions. As a digital hub, the ALTAIR G1 still functions as a Roon Endpoint, can stream subscription music services such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify Connect, and offers Bluetooth, Airplay, and SongCast for a multifaceted and varied set of feature needs.
As a premium digital hub for any high-performance system, the ALTAIR G1 software and hardware functions in much the same way as the original ALTAIR, able to act as a pre-amp, a DAC, a streamer, and an all-in-one digital source.
ALTAIR G1 is now fitted with G1 chassis, providing a matching colour display and Smart IR feature. Also worthy of note, the new ES 9038Q2M conversion chip providing the user with more detail and perceived resolution than ever before.
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