AURALiC Unveils S1 Streamers, Refined Altair G2.2, and Lightning OS V10.0 Update

AURALiC Unveils S1 Streamers, Refined Altair G2.2, and Lightning OS V10.0 Update

By: CE Critic - Buy Better Tech


AURALiC has lifted the curtains on a series of exciting innovations: the S1 series audio streamers, the updated Altair G2.2 featuring the Tesla G3 streaming platform, and the feature-packed version 10.0 of its Lightning OS software.

S1 Series: The Essence of Sound at an Accessible Price Point

AURALiC's new entry-level S1 series streamers promise to deliver the pure essence of sound. The series embodies the company's commitment to audio excellence and makes premium streaming technology more accessible. Powered by AURALiC's cutting-edge Tesla G3 streaming platform, the S1 series unlocks a world of high-fidelity audio experiences.

ARIES S1: The Streaming Processor

The ARIES S1 is a pure streaming processor, focusing on delivering pristine digital signals. It boasts the following features:

  • Tesla G3 Streaming Platform: Enhanced processing power and efficiency for high-resolution audio.
  • Direct Memory Access (DMA): Reduces latency and jitter for superior audio quality.
  • Direct Data Recording (DDR): Improves sound quality by buffering incoming audio data.
  • Fusion DAC: AURALiC's in-house DAC technology delivering exceptional sonic performance.
  • Galvanic Isolation: Minimizes electrical noise for cleaner audio.
  • Dual Femto Clocks: Ensures precise clocking for reduced jitter and distortion.
  • USB and Digital Outputs: Flexible connectivity options for DACs and other audio components.

VEGA S1: The Streaming DAC

The VEGA S1 builds upon the solid foundation of the ARIES S1 but takes it a step further by integrating a high-performance DAC. It includes all the features of the ARIES S1, plus the following:

  • AURALiC's Proprietary Fusion DAC: Offers a blend of discrete ladder and Delta-Sigma DAC technologies for exceptional sound.
  • Analog Preamplifier and Volume Control: Provides direct connectivity to power amplifiers or powered speakers.
  • XLR and RCA Analog Outputs: Flexible connectivity options for a wide range of audio systems.
  • PureDAC Mode: Optimizes the VEGA S1 for even higher audio performance by dedicating all resources to the DAC.
  • Tone Mode: Allows users to fine-tune the sound signature with subtle harmonic elements enhancing the listening experience.

S1 Purer-Power: The Optional Upgrade

To further elevate the performance of the S1 series, AURALiC offers the optional S1 Purer-Power External Power Supply Unit. This dedicated unit promises a lower noise floor, contributing to improved sound quality and overall audio refinement.

Streaming, Connectivity, and More

Both the ARIES S1 and VEGA S1 support:

  • Seamless Wireless Streaming: AURALiC Lightning DS, AirPlay 2, TIDAL Connect, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio
  • Digital Input Channels: USB Audio, Coaxial, Toslink
  • Music Storage Options: NAS, USB drive, CD drive
  • Roon Ready (pending certification): Seamless integration with Roon for advanced music management.

Altair G2.2: Streaming Powerhouse, Even More Refined

The Altair G2.2 builds upon the legacy of its predecessors, bringing enhanced performance and new features. This powerhouse digital and analog source continues AURALiC's tradition of providing feature-packed components.

  • Tesla G3 Streaming Platform: Boosts performance and future-proofs the device.
  • Direct Data Recording, Fusion DAC, and Galvanic Isolation: Technologies carried over from the S1 series to deliver exceptional sonic performance.
  • HDMI eARC Input: Offers wider connectivity options for diverse audio setups.

Lightning OS V10.0: Unleashing Audio Potential

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, AURALiC is releasing a major update for its Lightning Streaming platform – version 10.0 introduces these exciting enhancements:

  • PureDAC Mode: Available on specific models, this mode disables streaming-related functions to optimize DAC performance.
  • Tone Mode: Subtly modifies the sound signature with calculated harmonic elements.

Pricing and Availability

  • ARIES S1 and VEGA S1: Available now for $1999 | €1999 | £1999 each.
  • S1 Purer-Power External Power Supply Unit: Available now for $999 | €999 | £999.
  • Altair G2.2: Expected to ship in May 2024 for a suggested retail price of $6099 | €5999 | £5299.
  • Lightning OS V10.0: Available via over-the-air (OTA) update by the end of April 2024.


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