AURALiC Aries Lightning Streamer

AURALiC Aries Lightning Streamer
AURALiC Aries Lightning StreamerAURALiC Aries Lightning StreamerAURALiC Aries Lightning StreamerAURALiC Aries Lightning StreamerAURALiC Aries Lightning StreamerAURALiC Aries Lightning Streamer
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  • Streaming Services
  • RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 2.0 High-Speed USB DAC
  • Dual Femto-Clocks, USB and Digital Outputs
  • Purer-Power Low Noise External PSU
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AURALiC ARIES Femto Lightning Streamer

Following AURALiC’s CES 2014 introduction of its Lightning Streaming technology, the industry’s first whole-house, high-resolution streaming solution that supports both Double-Rate DSD and DXD, the company is now debuting its first product in the Lightning family - ARIES.

The ARIES serves as a “bridge” between music files on network storage or high quality online streaming services and the consumers’ DAC - enabling DACs for the first time to stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, including DSD, Double-Rate DSD and DXD.

ARIES is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB DDR3 on-board memory and 4GB internal 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.

The inputs of ARIES include Dual-Band high-speed Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 port. The outputs are USB audio host buffered by AURALiC’s patented ActiveUSB™ technology; low jitter digital audio outputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial and TOSLINK. The USB audio host can deliver PCM from 44.1 to 384 KHz at 16-, 24- and 32-bit resolutions as well as DSD, Double-Rate DSD for compatible USB DAC. The other digital outputs are limited to 192 KHz at 24-bit in maximum according to S/PDIF standard.

By using OpenHome structure which is adopted by U.K-based streaming solution manufacturer Linn, ARIES as well as all other Lightning based products support several advanced functions such as on-device playlist that allow control software to turn off during play and complete supporting of multi-room, multiple control points — functions that are not part of the legacy standards of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).

ARIES is bundled with AURALiC’s Lightning DS App. The App has the capability to fully control ARIES to browse your music libraries on your network-attached storage (NAS), to steam high quality music content from service providers like Qobuz and WiMP, to control the playback and to select the hardware settings such as output channel and Wi-Fi network, etc. The App 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 and streaming sound though Apple AirPlay.

The Lighting DS App is available on the iOS platform now with two dedicated versions optimized for operation on iPad and iPhone, respectively. The Android version of Lightning DS App will be available by September 2014, followed with desktop versions that support both Mac and Windows PC by the end of 2014. ARIES is also compatible with other OpenHome and uPnP AV based control software such as Linn Kinsky and BubbleDS, although those software do not support most of Lightning DS App’s advanced functions such as the online streaming and hardware settings. ARIES also features a 3” OLED display to let users view playback status, and an AURALiC RC-1 remote control to control basic operations such as Play, Pause and Select Track without needing to open the Lightning DS App.

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Streaming Services:

  • Local uPnP Library Media Playback
  • Qobuz and WiMP Online Streaming Services
  • Internet Radio
  • Songcast and AirPlay
  • USB Hard Drive Media Payback

Supported Files:

  • MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA

Sampling Rates:

  • PCM in 44.1KHz – 384KHz at 16 - 24bits
  • DSD 2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz

Control Software:

  • AURALiC Lightning DS App on iOS, Android, OS X and Windows 
  • OpenHome compatible software like BubbleDS, Kinsky 
  • uPnP AV 1.0 control points

Server Protocol:

  • Compatible with uPnP media Servers

On-­-Device Display:

  • 3” 256*64px OLED


  • RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Dual-­-Band 802.11ac Wireless Connection
  • USB 2.0 High-Speed for external storage


  • USB 2.0 High-Speed for compatible USB DAC

Internal Clock:

  • Dual Femto-Clocks, USB and Digital Outputs

Power Supply:

  • Purer-Power Internal Design 10uV Low Noise External PSU


  • 25cm/20cm/7cm (W/D/H)


  • About 1.8kg (without external PSU)

UK Delivery

  • FREE delivery via DPD Local By 12pm on orders to value over £300, including one hour delivery window service 'Predict & Follow My Parcel'.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery By 1pm costs between £5.00 - £10.00 on orders to value under £300, dependent on weight.
  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

EU Delivery

  • £25 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Road service (3-5 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
  • £60 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (1-2 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.

USA & Canada Delivery

  • Services based on your order being shipped to the U.S. and Canada are calculated as follows:
    £100 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL international 'Day Definite' service per parcel.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.


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  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
  • Goods purchased in UK and EU are covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulations.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017  | 

My hifi system suddenly sounds as if it has doubled in price and it was pretty darned good before I swapped the iPad for the Aries as a streamer of Tidal. The ultra-low noise floor and the pure cleanliness of the sound are allowing the whole system to work synergistically. I can now relax and listen effortlessly to increased levels of detail and emotional communication. Even after 40 years of listening to decent hifi, I an totally wowed by the Aries.

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