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G2 stack (VEGA G2 DAC, LEO GX clock, SIRIUS G2 upsampling processor)

The complete four box stack is a hugely impressive digital audio platform, powerfully driven by the company’s Lightning app backbone. “It made music uniformly more analogue sounding.” said Alan Sircom, “not in a ‘fake LP’ way, it just made music sound more visceral and real, with greater solidity, image separation, soundstage width, depth, height and even more coherence, both in terms of frequency and timing

- Hi-Fi+ - 5 Stars

So this streaming DAC is perfect, two proper headphone jacks for sharing wonderful music with a partner in a European loft, a near-perfect App with Qobuz integrated and crisp accurate delivery. I’ve still got the Naim ND5 XS2 going into the Supernait 3 as well, with the Vertere 4 Din-Din system. They are not in the same price point of course but you can feel where the money is, even at this level.

I guess at this price point and with a Supernait 3 in the house, you might be thinking of the Naim NDX streamer as your source. But with a superior control App in Lightning DS with Qobuz and a really sleek look, the Vega G2 is a must listen and may even have the edge. As always, listen and decide. It’s an ‘Outstanding’ for me, it has to be, just as the G1 was.

- Hifi & Music Source - 5 Stars

The Aries G2 and Vega G2 combination is already a remarkable duo. Auralic are mastering hardware and software to perfection with a merciless pursuit against noise and vibration. From the control of your iPhone, the musicality of the system will impose itself. As for those who have the means, they will not regret the acquisition of the Leo GX clock which propels the performance to a hard to reach summit, not by adding spectacular effects but by a naturalness that some people thought almost inaccessible to digital

- Haute Fidelite - 5 Stars

The Vega G2 offers a lot. It’s full featured, has a great app for streaming over my network with smartphone control, and mated well with my MacBook Pro via USB when I listened to my collection of stored music files. When products such as this add complexity through advanced features, there’s often a letdown in one area or another in terms of ease of use. Not this time: the Vega G2 was a joy to use, and rock-solid in operation. Better still, its sound quality was consistently stellar. And it was extremely resolving, with a transparent volume control that will let you hear deep into your favorite music when the Vega G2 is directly connected to your power amplifier. You can insert an Auralic Vega G2 in your audio system and be confident that you’re hearing everything on your recordings -- as long as the rest of your system is up to the task. It’s not this DAC that will be the limiting factor, I can assure you

- Sound Stage Ultra - 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

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!<br><br>

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.<br><br>

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.”<br><br>

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

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 - - 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

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
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    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.

    A one-of-a-kind Master Clock DAC
    For the ultimate in Jitter-Free Operation


    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 80% quieter than the original VEGA DAC.

    Customized DAC Chip
    There wasn’t a DAC chip on the market that could satisfy AURALiC's requirements for sonic performance with the all-new VEGA G2. That’s why AURALiC used a modified Sabre DAC chip scheme, optimized for audio signal processing of resolutions up to DSD512. It’s just one more way AURALiC 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.

    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.
    AURALiC 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.

    Tesla G1
    Scalable Power, Custom-Built for Streaming Audio AURALiC's 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, AURALiC's 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.

    Technical 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
    Lossless File Formats AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF,
    FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
    Lossy File Formats AAC, MP3, MQA and WMA
    PCM Sample Rate 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit**
    DSD Sample Rate DSD64(2.8224MHz)
    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)
    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, AirPlay,
    Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, RoonReady
    Balanced Outputs XLR (4.8Vrms at 0dBFS,
    output impedance 5ohm)
    Unbalanced Outputs RCA (4.8Vrms at 0dBFS,
    output impedance 50ohm)
    Headphone Output 6.35mm Headphone Jack
    (output impedance 5ohm)
    Network Gigabit Ethernet
    Playback Power Consumption 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
    Finish Anodized precision-machined
    aluminum case in matte black
    Contents AURALiC VEGA G2 Streaming DAC
    Power cord
    USB Cable
    Lightning-Link Cable
    User's guide

    * Tested under Filter Mode Precise for all sampling rate
    ** 352.8KHz and 384KHz and 32bit are supported through streaming, USB and Lighting-Link input only
    *** By 'DoP V1.1' or native DSD protocol through streaming, USB and Lightning-Link input only

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