"...What was beyond doubt was that switching between a computer feeding a DAC and the same converter with the Aries G2.1 in harness revealed that this dedicated ‘transporter’ was removing a layer or two of haze from the sound, and delivering
more sure-footed, weightier bass..."
"...First, it sounds great – giving a very open, expansive and expressive sound, that gels musically very well. Secondly, it's refreshingly easy to use and set-up – and never crashed on me during the review period, unlike many others I've tried over the years. Third, it's beautifully built inside and out. Finally, it forms part of a whole new streaming' stack system', including clock, upsampler and DAC..."
“...In this context the Auralic proves remarkably effective: the Marantz is very good indeed, but the digital feed finds the system unearthing previously unheard detail and giving an even more resolved soundstage, with performers more tightly focused..."