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"To be honest, the Aries G2 is responsible for some of the best digital sounds I’ve heard. Powerful, flexible and ekes the last ounce of performance from digital streams and files"
- Martin Pipe - HiFi World - 5 Stars
"AURALiC's VEGA G2 represents a big sonic step forward from the firm's well-respected VEGA Digital Audio Processor and it also is one of the most beautiful sounding and accomplished DACs I've ever had the pleasure of using in my reference system. For this reason and more, the VEGA G2 is thoughtfully and enthusiastically recommended."
- Chris Martens - hifi+ - 5 Stars
"The Vega G2 is superbly built and capable of very high sound quality for the asking price, it has competition to be sure but not much of it combines such a broad feature set with such remarkable decoding abilities. I’ll be impressed if anything comes along that can do much better for the money."
- Jason Kennedy - the-ear.net - 5 Stars
"Hong Kong-based AURALiC has been impressing us for some time, but the current G2 series (first seen at Munich High End 2017) really blows us away, for its build, its functionality, its performance... in fact, practically everything!

The VEGA G2 is in a category that didn’t exist a few short years ago: the streaming preamplifier with built-in DAC. Effectively a nerve centre for a good audio system – just add power amplifiers and you have a complete system that’s very good to go – the VEGA G2 is very much a product of today... and tomorrow. Capable of supporting high-resolution PCM and DSD files, streamed through OpenHome-compatible software, the fully RoonReady VEGA G2 incudes a brace of headphone jacks and a slew of inputs and outputs... more than enough to remain future-proofed for years.

In our test, we were struck by, “the G2’s significantly lower noise, it’s markedly superior rendering of low-level sonic information, it’s clean and clear but never hard or etched-sounding handling of transient sounds, and its downright astonishing three-dimensionality.” We were also impressed by, “the brilliant purity and richness of the tonal colours of each of the instruments in play, the dead-accurate rendering of the dynamic envelopes of the instruments, and especially of their distinctive attack and decay characteristics.”

Elsewhere in the same review, we surmised that, “In short, the G2 offered up a sound that was at once invigorating, elegant, refined, and realistic.” And we think that perfectly encapsulates all that sounds so very right about the G2 series in general, and the VEGA G2 in particular. (reviewed in issue 156)"
- Streamer/Network Player of the Year 2018 - hifi+ - 5 Stars
"I don’t know how much better digital audio decoding can get. Auralic has achieved a new level of performance with the VEGA G2 DAC and LEO GX MASTER CLOCK. The distortion is so low, it is reaching the limits of my Audio Precision spectrum analyzer. Jitter, which is an important issue to be dealt with, is dealt with superbly."
- Secrets of Home Theatre & HiFi - 5 Stars


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    AURALiC Vega G2 Streaming DAC

    ".......AURALiC’s VEGA G2 represents a big sonic step forward from the firm’s well-respected VEGA Digital Audio Processor and it also is one of the most beautiful sounding and accomplished DACs I’ve ever had the pleasure of using in my reference system. For this reason and more, the VEGA G2 is thoughtfully and enthusiastically recommended........" - Chris Martens / HiFi+

    From the addition of integrated streaming to its unique casework, the VEGA G2 is transforming the idea of what a DAC can be. Every aspect of the VEGA G2’s engineering has been designed to push the boundaries of sonic performance, reshaping data into vibrant musical performance — but its sound engineering is only half the story.

    The completely revamped architecture of the VEGA G2 combines high-end DAC performance and feature-rich streaming, emerging as a complete digital music solution for your home audio system. VEGA G2 streaming is based on the Lightning Streaming framework, so favorite AURALiC features like On-Device Playlists, Memory Caching, Gapless Playback and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room are all at your fingertips. With support for every audiophile format and resolution up to DSD512, the stellar VEGA G2 is the embodiment of what high—resolution digital music can be.

    Designed to Innovate, Engineered to Perform

    Years of research and development have gone into the creation of the G2 line and the all-new VEGA G2, resulting in engineering innovations that set a new standard for sound quality. With a completely new internal architecture focused on advanced isolation techniques and a new approach to clocking, the VEGA G2 is breaking new ground in the world of premium digital processing. Advanced galvanic isolators and always-in-control, hyper-accurate Dual 72 Femto clocks contribute to the extraordinary clarity and precision of the VEGA G2.

    Master Clock DAC

    The completely redesigned architecture of the VEGA G2 allows it to accomplish something amazing: it is the first DAC ever that operates independently of the source signal’s frequency.

    Unity Chassis

     Designed specifically for the premium lineup of AURALiC G Series devices, the Unity Chassis is machined from a single billet of aluminum that provides the VEGA G2 with superior shielding from EMI noise, so nothing interferes with the quality of your music.

    Perfectly Balanced

    VEGA G2 internal circuits are physically distributed to enhance overall balance. And with specially designed foot spikes that dampen and absorb vibrations, the VEGA G2 is always rock-steady, for ultra-smooth signal delivery.

    Beautifully quiet

    The VEGA G2 introduces sophisticated galvanic isolation and Unity Chassis techniques that drastically reduce the potential for electro-magnetic interference, for an extraordinarily pure, clean sound. And the VEGA G2 is a full 20% quieter than the original VEGA DAC.

    Customized DAC Chip

    There wasn’t a DAC chip on the market that could satisfy our requirements for sonic performance with the all-new VEGA G2. That’s why we used a modified Sabre DAC chip scheme, optimized for audio signal processing of resolutions up to DSD512. It’s just one more way we made sure everything inside the VEGA G2 lives up the premium standard of the entire G2 line.

    Fully Passive Volume Control

    Precise control, distortion free, noise free. The only way to get all three is to painstakingly construct a R-2R resistor ladder network — and that’s exactly what we’ve done for the VEGA G2.

    Inconspicuous

    Eight coil-latch relays remain entirely passive when not in use, drawing no power and producing exactly zero EMI noise. Once set, the VEGA G2’s volume control system remains electronically invisible — one more detail that helps the VEGA G2 push the boundaries of sonic performance.

    Turn Your Wi-Fi into a Music Streaming Ecosystem.

    We developed Lightning OS to be the highest-quality streaming environment you’ve ever heard. A meticulously-crafted software architecture designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with the powerful Tesla hardware platform found in AURALiC streaming products, Lightning OS is full of cutting-edge innovations that bring your music to life like never before. Connect to all your of high-resolution sources, take control with user apps like Lightning DS or Roon, and meet true audiophile streaming.

    Scalable Power, Custom-Built for Streaming Audio

    Our Tesla G1 hardware platform is the processing engine that gives the VEGA G2 the power and flexibility it needs to meet the demands of modern high-resolution streaming. Designed around a high-performance Quad-Core Cortex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, Tesla G1 sports 1GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage. Automatic updates keep the Tesla G1 platform outfitted with the latest features and support, so your device is always ready for peak performance and up-to-the-minute functionality.

    Display Brilliance

    A 4.0-inch true color in-plane switching high-resolution display provides complete operational feedback: input channel, volume, sampling rate, playback status, and configuration settings.

    Flexibility to Explore 

    Connect every source you’ve got to the VEGA G2 using its full array of ports. Traditional AES/ EBU, Digital Coaxial, and TOSLINK ports are all galvanically isolated for enhanced performance. Access network resources like UPnP/DLNA media servers, shared network folders, high-resolution Internet Services and Internet Radio via Ethernet.

    An Integrated Family of Devices

    Built around cutting-edge transfer protocols, more powerful processing, and enhanced isolation engineering, G2 is a new concept in component integration. Four specialized components, working together to deliver a premium sound experience.

    Lightning Link 
     
    Jitter-free to maximize sonic performance, Lightning Link provides single-point control of the entire G2 audio system.

    Dual 72fs Femto Clock

    With a dedicated, low-noise 3uV power supply to minimize phase noise and keep it as quiet as it is accurate, our 72 Femto Master Clock is amazingly precise for less jitter, and immaculate sound. Its 72 femtosecond cycles — that’s 72 quadrillionths of a second — set a new standard for signal timing. Temperature-regulated for consistent performance, this clock is always there to keep things rock-steady.

    Galvanic Isolation

    One of the VEGA G2’s high-speed galvanic isolators lies between the Tesla processing platform and its highly sensitive DAC circuitry. Data can flow across the isolator, even while it physically separates and shields the DAC from interference. The result is a whopping 80% reduction in noise levels compared to the original VEGA DAC.

    Flexible Filter Mode

    Flexible Filter Mode gives you a nuanced level of control over your audio output. Its various modes were developed using a combination of objective data models and subjective testing, with each mode offering a unique array of filters to match the sonic quality of the source. Whether it’s modes to tweak in-band ripple, out-band attenuation, ultrasonic filtering and more, you’ve always got the power to dial in the performance you want.

    ORFEO Class-A Module

    Inspired by classic analog circuit designs, ORFEO is capable of driving an array of loads to match the characteristics of a variety of amplifiers. Using small signal components with excellent linear qualities, thermally balanced and biased into Class-A, ORFEO has the power to drive loads of up to 600ohms while keeping noise low — open loop distortion comes in at less than 0.001%.

    Smart-IR Control

    Smart-IR Remote Control lets your AURALiC device map its functionality onto any remote you’d like. Just let the device know which remote you prefer, and all of its operations (play/pause, volume control, track select, etc.) can be assigned to buttons just the way you like them.

    Dual Purer-Power

    The Purer-Power linear power supply reduces DC current noise by as much as 90dB with its power purification module. Using a specially designed transformer and unique wiring that minimizes vibration, noise from Purer-Power is kept below 1uV across the audible spectrum, leaving you to discover the details in your music, down to the last bit.

    Specifications

    Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
    THD+N: < 0.00012% (XLR); < 0.00015% (RCA), 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS
    Dynamic Range: 130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted

    Streaming File Format

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

    Sampling Rate

    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 setting only)
    OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
    Roon (Roon Core required separately)

    Audio Inputs

    Digital Inputs: Lightning-Link, AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB Audio
    Analog Inputs: RCA Line-stage (2Vrms maximum)
    Streaming Inputs: uPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL and Qobuz Sublime+ streaming, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, RoonReady

    Audio Outputs

    Balanced: XLR (4.8Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 5ohm)
    Unbalanced: RCA (4.8Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 50ohm)
    Headphone: 6.35mm Headphone Jack (output impedance 5ohm)

    Network

    Wired: Gigabit Ethernet

    Power Consumption

    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

    17.2 lbs (7.8kg)

    Product Finishing

    Anodized precision-machined extrusion aluminum case in matte black

    Contents

    AURALiC VEGA G2 Streaming DAC
    Power cord
    USB Cable
    Lightning-Link Cable
    User's guide

    Lightning Link Cable

    A default Lightning Link cable will be provided with your order.

    AURALiC will be providing a list of certified HDMI cable that will work as a Lightning Link cable in the future.

    Currently, AURALiC recommend using an AudioQuest Diamond HDMI cable which will bring huge sound quality improvement. This can be added to your order using the dropdown menu on the product listing.
     

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    "To be honest, the Aries G2 is responsible for some of the best digital sounds I’ve heard. Powerful, flexible and ekes the last ounce of performance from digital streams and files"
    - Martin Pipe - HiFi World - 5 Stars
    "AURALiC's VEGA G2 represents a big sonic step forward from the firm's well-respected VEGA Digital Audio Processor and it also is one of the most beautiful sounding and accomplished DACs I've ever had the pleasure of using in my reference system. For this reason and more, the VEGA G2 is thoughtfully and enthusiastically recommended."
    - Chris Martens - hifi+ - 5 Stars
    "The Vega G2 is superbly built and capable of very high sound quality for the asking price, it has competition to be sure but not much of it combines such a broad feature set with such remarkable decoding abilities. I’ll be impressed if anything comes along that can do much better for the money."
    - Jason Kennedy - the-ear.net - 5 Stars
    "Hong Kong-based AURALiC has been impressing us for some time, but the current G2 series (first seen at Munich High End 2017) really blows us away, for its build, its functionality, its performance... in fact, practically everything!

    The VEGA G2 is in a category that didn’t exist a few short years ago: the streaming preamplifier with built-in DAC. Effectively a nerve centre for a good audio system – just add power amplifiers and you have a complete system that’s very good to go – the VEGA G2 is very much a product of today... and tomorrow. Capable of supporting high-resolution PCM and DSD files, streamed through OpenHome-compatible software, the fully RoonReady VEGA G2 incudes a brace of headphone jacks and a slew of inputs and outputs... more than enough to remain future-proofed for years.

    In our test, we were struck by, “the G2’s significantly lower noise, it’s markedly superior rendering of low-level sonic information, it’s clean and clear but never hard or etched-sounding handling of transient sounds, and its downright astonishing three-dimensionality.” We were also impressed by, “the brilliant purity and richness of the tonal colours of each of the instruments in play, the dead-accurate rendering of the dynamic envelopes of the instruments, and especially of their distinctive attack and decay characteristics.”

    Elsewhere in the same review, we surmised that, “In short, the G2 offered up a sound that was at once invigorating, elegant, refined, and realistic.” And we think that perfectly encapsulates all that sounds so very right about the G2 series in general, and the VEGA G2 in particular. (reviewed in issue 156)"
    - Streamer/Network Player of the Year 2018 - hifi+ - 5 Stars
    "I don’t know how much better digital audio decoding can get. Auralic has achieved a new level of performance with the VEGA G2 DAC and LEO GX MASTER CLOCK. The distortion is so low, it is reaching the limits of my Audio Precision spectrum analyzer. Jitter, which is an important issue to be dealt with, is dealt with superbly."
    - Secrets of Home Theatre & HiFi - 5 Stars
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