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.
Hardware connections on the ARIES include USB Host, TOSLINK, AES/EBU, Digital Coaxial, Ethernet and Wi-Fi to cover a host of local sources. And with the ARIES’s native integration of AURALiC’s Lightning OS, your system is finally free to explore the world of High-Resolution audio, online streaming like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Internet Radio. The ARIES is a RoonReady endpoint and supports AirPlay and SongCast too, for access to all your mobile device and computer services.
The ARIES is a bridge between your DAC and the wide array of High-Resolution digital music sources available to modern Hi-Fi. Connect your system to music on networked computers, NAS drives, online streaming, Internet Radio, USB drives and more. With powerful features like a 120 Femto clock for ultra-precise data handling, memory caching, and support for resolutions up to DXD and DSD256, the ARIES delivers impeccable sonic performance and super-stable streaming for your system.
Based on 120 femtosecond cycles, this extremely precise clock keeps a tight reign on timing for less jitter, and better sound. It’s capable of adjusting frequencies for varying sampling rates too, and with a dedicated low-noise 9uV power supply it’s just as quiet as it is accurate. A specially adapted aerospace-grade crystal is the beating heart that gives our 120 Femto Master Clock its impeccable rhythm.
The second generation of our ActiveUSB provides more than just asynchronous control over USB data for enhanced accuracy and precise re-clocking to reduce jitter. It also bypasses the USB power stream, using its own Purer-Power linear power supply instead. That means dirty USB power — and the EMI noise that comes along with it — is kept as far from the music as possible.
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.
Lossless: AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
Lossy: AAC, MP3, MQA and WMA
PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit*
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz)**
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)
Network shared folder, USB Drive, uPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL and Qobuz Sublime+ streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Songcast, RoonReady
Digital Outputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink
USB Output: USB Host to compatible DAC ***
Wired: Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi
Playback: 15W at max.
Appox. 9.8 x 7.9 x 2.7 in. (25cm x 20cm x 7cm)
1.8 lbs (0.8kg)
AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge, AURALiC Purer-Power Linear PSU with customized interconnect cable between ARIES and LPSU, AURALiC RC-1 remote control, Quickstart guide
* 352.8KH/s and 384KH/s and 32bit are supported through USB output only
** DSD128 and DSD256 are supported through USB output only
*** 'Compatible DAC' means a DAC do not require a driver for Linux system
" I will say the Aries is as good as or better than all other sources I’ve had in my system. Whether it was a CAPS or a turnkey music server, the Aries was equal or better in all sonic respects. It’s incredibly tough to be a jack of all trades and a master of all trades, but the Aries comes as close as any component I’ve yet heard. "
"When you consider the many things the ARIES can do and the very high level of performance that it offers, I would argue it is one of the best values in all of digital audio today. Having the ARIES in my system has transformed my review listening experiences for the better; the ARIES gives me instant access to my music library (including all of my high-res PCM and DSD files), plus the ability to explore streaming content whenever I choose. But above all, ARIES is a convenient, reliable, and easy-to-use system that imposes virtually no compromises in performance. If that’s not having your sonic cake and eating it, then I don’t know what would be."
"A product like the Auralic Aries feels like the future of file-based playback. Combining the ability to stream from NAS and soon USB storage, streaming from Internet radio, and perhaps most importantly the integration of lossless streaming services from WiMP and Qobuz put the icing on the proverbial cake. The Lightning App is also very well designed offering a nice variety of views into your music sources. Since this is a firmware based product, the real possibility of future upgrades and enhancements should also be taken into account."
"As digital devices go, the Auralic Aries has to be considered one of the best on the market at the moment. Plugged in to my system it took the streaming experience to another level - with more detail, more depth and more clarity to everything I played. If you want to hear your stored files at their best (whatever the resolution) I'd say it's almost an essential purchase."
"Abgesehen davon, dass der Auralic Aries sich als Meister aller Formate und Verbindungen erweist und durch Software-Updates im Hinblick auf diese „Meisterschaft“ als zukunftssicher und erweiterbar durchgehen sollte, ist er auch klanglich ein Sahnestück. Er lässt mit keiner Art von Musik etwas anbrennen, sondern erlaubt es aufgrund seiner hohen Transparenz, der präzisen und neutralen Gangart ohne Übertreibungen, seines feingeistigen musikalischen Gespürs und der großen Dynamikspannweite wohl jedem Musikliebhaber, „seine“ Lieblingsmusik zu genießen. "
"Eine Aussage, die auch jetzt noch Bestand hat, die nun aber durch eine exzellente Detail- und Stimmwiedergabe, einer tonalen Ausgewogenheit und der totalen Abwesenheit von Künstlichkeit. Kurz gesagt: die aktuelle Auralic Aries LE lässt einen Musik nicht nur hören, sondern schlichtweg erleben.
"So klein und unauffällig, wie der Auralic Aries zunächst wirkt, so faustdick hat er es hinter den Ohren. Mit Lightning DS – der Weiterentwicklung des OpenHome-Protokolls – hat Auralic seine eigene Plattform geschaffen, die den DLNA-Standard locker ausspielt. Bist Du bereits in Besitz eines guten D/A-Wandlers, rüstest Du ihn mit dem Auralic Aries zur perfekten Netzwerk-Kombi auf. "