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ARIES MINI is a wireless streaming node designed for your existing audio system connection. It enables your home stereo with wireless high-resolution streaming capability at an affordable price.
ARIES MINI shares all existing software and hardware functions of the original popular streaming bridge: ARIES Femto, which was launched last year on the High-End Munich show.
In additional, ARIES MINI has a pair of high quality analogue output powered by ESS Sabre DAC chip: ES9018K2M. The built-in storage slot accepts any 2.5-inch hard drive or solid-state drive, which can be used to build your personal music library.
ARIES MINI can stream high-resolution music extremely fast over WiFi signal at virtually any sampling rate, even for the latest Quad-Rate DSD and DXD. It is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform including a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal data storage. The Tesla platform has a calculation ability of 25,000 MIPS, more than enough to decode a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA.
Through Lightning DS, AURALiC’s control software, ARIES MINI can stream music stored on network attached storage, USB disk and optional internal storage. It also supports TIDAL, Qobuz and WiMP lossless streaming services. The other streaming sources are vTuner Internet Radio, AirPlay from Apple devices and Songcast for Windows and Mac system.
The input of ARIES MINI includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, USB input and optional internal storage such as 2.5’ hard disk or solid-state drive. The outputs are USB audio that is compatible with DACs, which do not required drive to work on Mac system. The digital audio outputs include Coaxial and Toslink with maximum supported sampling rate up to 24Bit/192k. The single- ended analog output drive by internal DAC supports all sampling rate up to Quad-Rate DSD and DXD.
Excellent bit of kit. Had a problem initially setting it up but a reminder from Igloo Audio that it created it's own network helped sort it. Ordered the S-Booster power supply with it and sound is great through a Cyrus 2 amp and Epos ES11 speakers. Better still is the fact that the Auralic control app allows me to control the volume despite the amp not having remote control. Internet radio is rock solid on our 2.4GHz wifi network and CDs are now on the internal SSD. Highly recommended. BTW I was somewhat surprised by the size of the S-Booster - it's about twice as high and deep as the streamer.
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Great sound,detailed but without the CD "glare"Even on my 8 year old Arcam Solo Neo the top end is much smoother.The convenience of every track on every CD at a touch on my iPad is transforming my listening.A genuinely innovative product, which I highly recommend.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This is such a good toy! It's my best pleasure per £ spend on hi-fi ever. I can play my own music from my NAS, and access a whole universe of music via Tidal. Set-up was straightforward, and it has worked flawlessly for a year now. Auralic updates to Lightning interface have all been seamless and their website is informative. I am well pleased.
A truly excellent piece of kit, probably the best £449 I've spent on hifi. I use it with £480 Custo Hifi Cables DC3 linear power linear supply and an internal SSD hard drive. It sounds great, easily beating my previous Linn Renew DS (Klimax/0). It also acts as a server for my 2 Naim Unitiqutes so I don'y need a NAS. Support from Igloo and Auralic has been fantastic for such a modestly priced piece of kit.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Fantastic piece of equipment, straightforward to set up (one hour) Discreet package, superb quality, an unbelievable price delivering stunning performance. The product I was waiting for to make the switch to streaming.
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