AURALiC Aries G1 Wireless Streaming Transporter

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I bought the Auralic G1 on the recommendation of a fellow reviewer and I'm so glad I did. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a stylish, easy to use and neutral sounding server

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- Hi-Fi Pig - 5 Stars
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Impressive integration of Tidal and Qobuz. Perceivable improvement to the musical performance and operation an absolute breeze. is the most transparent way to add network music streaming to your system. Supreme flexibility, excellent features and gloriously transparent sound make this an essential audition.

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- Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Stars
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I moved up to the Auralic Aries G1 after a couple of years with the wee aries mini (Two of them actually, one at home, one at work.) and I have to say they are superb value for the price, not to mention dinky yet unobtrusive! I initially listened to the Aries G2 with a heady assembly of ancillaries in the Leven "sin den" as my wife calls it! Superb, stunning, just braw. But I'm retired now so I have to watch what I spend, or so my wife tells me anyway. So I bought the G1 (With a very generous part-exchange deal!). Whilst I didn't listen to them side by side, I'd say from memory that the G1 runs at about 90% of the standard of the G2! The G1 is detailed - without screaming - the sound stage is detailed, wide and deep. Brass "parps" and rasps when it's supposed to! Bass is firm but not overblown. This may sound odd - it's just a digital "front-end" afterall, but this is the same job I had the mini performing! Compared to my Aries minis? Less digital and considerably better all round - even when using the mini with the same DAC via USB. I'm using the DAC section of an Oppo 205 which I now reckon is holding back the G1 a bit...... oh dear. I'll have to think about that one! If you're in the market for a streamer "front-end" this should definitely be at the top of your shortlist! Oh, whilst I don't use Tidal etc. I do use internet radio. Even with fairly low bit-rate stations it still sounds better than FM/Dab stations, especially BBC Radio 3 at 325Khz ACC! The G1 is probably better value than the G2 but there are a few differences (no internal HDD for the G1 etc.), if you can afford it - and the wife isn't there to stop you - the Aries G2 is pretty stunning.

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- Dave Herd - 5 Stars
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It’s hard to assess the sound quality of a streamer because it’s dependent on the source and DAC that it sits between but it nonetheless has a character that is revealed when comparisons are made. The first one has to be does it make sufficient improvement to the output of the server, which in this case is the remarkable Innuos Zenith SE, putting the Aries G1 in circuit between that and the ifi Pro iDSD DAC resulted in a much more solid and present sound. Joni Mitchel sounded like she was in the room, a physical rather than ethereal presence compared to the server’s USB output

The G1 is a very nice piece of kit, it does most of what the G2 does and offers the same high quality user experience thanks to Lightning DS. If you want to hear what streaming is really all about you need a good streamer, the Aries G1 is a good streamer, no doubt about it.

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- The Ear Best Buy - 5 Stars
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From a wireless perspective, there are very few high-end audio streamers that offer sound quality better than a hard-wired device. Until now. It took Auralic almost four years to bring this product to market and its Wi-Fi capabilities are quite remarkable. With support for Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay, Roon, Tidal, Qobuz, and Internet Radio, the Aries G1 makes an excellent high-end server with reference level sound quality. The ARIES G1 offers nearly universal connectivity for access to all your digital sources. Tri-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet open your system to UPnP/DLNA media servers and shared network folders. The Aries G1 also integrates a 4” display to view album art and includes the Lightning DS which runs a rather close second to the Roon interface. You do need to connect the Aries G1 to an external DAC which is something to consider, but it is legitimately one of the best digital audio streamers on the market priced well below its competition

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- Gear Patrol - 5 Stars
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The Auralic Aries G1 network streamer is an extremely well thought out and well-equipped device. First, it can read almost all digital file formats. It is compatible with Roon and AirPlay. The Auralic Lightning DS control application is very easy to use. The front screen is welcome to always know where we are. Configuration menus abound with settings and features, such as parametric equalizer, the accurate left / right balance, and audio filters. The construction is not left out, with a rigid chassis and a chalky finish. Finally, the sound signature offers us restitution both vigorous and with great precision. The Aries G1 knows how to make the most of all audio files. Combined with high-quality devices that will capitalise on the product's capabilities, Aries G1 brings music to your living room. A real favourite.

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- ON Top HiFi - 5 Stars
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The VEGA G1 is a flexible piece of hardware. It is flexible in the sense that it can reproduce music in a pure, lively, robust signal for any of your transducers. It is flexible because it is never stiff, but rather effortless, diverse and wildly nuanced in its translation of source material. From a value standpoint, it’s hard to deny the draw of a giant bonus in the form of a wired streamer. Those prospecting in the market will find refuge in the sound quality and technical aspirations of the device. The palate it sends offers up fleshy fineness for your ears to grab onto. There is intrinsic body to the reproduction without outside coloration. It’s a powerhouse. The G1 is a well-executed digital product that doesn’t hold much back, highly recommended

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- Audio Head - 5 Stars
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... there's a genuine sense of the Aries G1 enabling the music to express itself, presenting a gloriously transparent sound regardless of file format or style of recording.

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- AV Tech Media - 5 Stars
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Focussing on accessing your digital music files from a home or external server and presenting them to an outboard DAC, the Aries G1 is equipped with a USB-A port alongside optical, co-axial and AES outputs to cover all connectivity options. Auralic's accompanying Lightning Server software provides a peerless way to access music and offers impeccable integration with streaming services including Tidal and Qobuz. While performance is dependent on the DAC it's partnered with, there's genuine sense of the Aries G1 enabling the music to express itself, presenting a gloriously transparent sound regardless of file format or style of recording

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- AV Tech Media - 5 Stars
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.....The ARIES G1 wireless streaming transporter is a product created based on some of the best engineering know-how that AURALiC has invested in the top-of-the-line ARIES G2. The effort seems to pay off nicely, resulting in a high-fidelity wireless music streamer that is well built, feature laden, and very competent sonically at a significantly lower price. Its streaming operation is smooth and fast, and more importantly it has wonderful sonic performance. Clearly, these two new ARIES (G1 and G2) form AURALiC’s potent one-two punch to meet the market demands of audio enthusiasts with different priorities. With sonic performance that is not far off from what the top-of-the-line product offers, the ARIES G1 is easy to recommend. In fact, it gets my vote for the higher performance-to-cost ratio wireless streaming transporter between the two.

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- Secret Home of Theatre and High Fidelity - 5 Stars
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    The brand-new ARIES G1 Streaming Transporter from AURALiC carries on the ARIES tradition of skillfully managing the connections between various sources of high resolution digital music and the rest of your hi-fi system. ARIES G1 streams high-resolution digital music from local network locations, attached USB storage, Internet streaming sources like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Spotify, and Internet Radio — delivering all of it to your current setup over Wi-Fi. 

    Being based on the DNA of AURALiC’s original ARIES means that the new ARIES G1 benefits from all the features and functionality of Lightning Streaming — the infrastructure that AURALiC developed for its streaming products. On-Device Playlists, Memory Caching, Gapless Playback and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functionality are all standard Lightning features.

    For user control, AURALiC’s well-regarded Lightning DS iOS app serves as the system’s primary interface, so users have plenty of browsing and play-back features at their fingertips with the G1 as well.

    The unit is compatible with AirPlay and SongCast, and can function as a RoonReady endpoint. Setup and configuration changes are easier than ever with a recently added, universally accessible web admin. 

    This upgrade of the original ARIES wouldn’t be possible however, without a lot of tech borrowed from AURALiC’s premium G2 line, and that means a serious boost in performance and functionality.

    The new version supports streaming resolutions up to DSD512 and PCM 32bit/384K over a home Wi-Fi network for example, and the processing heart of this year’s G1 is in fact the same as what’s found in the top-of-the-line model ARIES G2 from last year.

    That means the Tesla G2 platform with its processor that’s 50% faster than the older ARIES had, supported by twice the system memory (2GB) and data storage (8GB), and a giant 1GB memory cache. 

    Outside, things also bear a similarity to AURALiC’s premium product line, with the ARIES G1 shipping in a chassis that’s inherited its design aesthetics from the G2’s sleek Unity Chassis.

    The anodized black aluminum enclosure is updated with front panel buttons for easy navigation — or just use the Smart-IR function to assign control to any remote. That front panel borrows the G2’s 4.0-inch true color retina resolution display as well, and inside the G1 you’ll find dual Purer-Power linear power supplies just like in the G2, separating and isolating the processing circuit from the digital audio circuit for less noise and better sound. 

    Streaming File Formats

    Lossless: AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
    Lossy: AAC, MP3, MQA and WMA


    Sampling Rates

    PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit*
    DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz), DSD512(22.57892MHz)**


    Control Software

    AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
    AURALiC Lightning DS for web browser (device settings only)
    OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
    Roon (Roon Core required separately)


    Streaming Inputs

    Network shared folder, USB Drive, UPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL and Qobuz Sublime+ streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast, RoonReady


    Audio Outputs

    Digital Outputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink
    USB Output: USB Host to compatible DAC ***


    Network

    Wired: Gigabit Ethernet
    Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi


    Power Consumption

    Sleep: <10W
    Playback: 50W at max.


    Dimensions - W x D x H

    13.4 x 12.6 x 3.2 in. (34cm x 32cm x 8cm)


    Weight

    15.9 lbs (7.2kg)


    Product Finishing

    Anodized aluminum case in matte black


    Contents

    AURALiC ARIES G1 Wireless Streaming Transporter
    2*External WiFi antenna (2pcs)
    Power cord
    User's guide

    Read the Lightning Server FAQs here

    Video Review

    "The Auralic Aries G1 is a shockingly well built device that functions and sounds excellent" ~ Hans Beekhuzen

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