ARIES MINI

Wireless Streaming Node

Compact and lightweight, the ARIES MINI packs all the functionality of our award-winning ARIES Streaming Bridge into a space-saving and affordable package, with the addition of a High-End internal DAC for analog output to your system. Whether you’re looking to outfit your Hi-Fi with streaming capabilities for the first time, or to provide the missing link between multiple listening environments, the ARIES MINI is the perfect combination of connectivity, features and sound to discover what High-Resolution streaming is all about.



High-End Streaming Starts Here

The ARIES MINI uses Wi-Fi to link your Hi-Fi system to all your favorite sources of high-resolution digital music. Stream music from any network-attached computer, media server, attached USB drive. or even an (optional) internal drive for hosting your music onboard the MINI itself. With support for the highest resolution formats out there including DXD and DSD256, and features like memory caching and bit-perfect multi-room playback, the ARIES MINI packs a lot into a small package. Just connect it to your DAC or go straight into your amplifier from premium analog outputs that deliver your music without compromise.

The Art of High-End Streaming

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.

Unite Your Digital Sources

The ARIES MINI offers a plethora of ways to access your music, wherever it is. Store digital music files on a networked computer or media server and the MINI streams that library on command to your audio system over Wi-Fi. Or simply attach a USB drive to one of the MINI’s 2 USB ports. There’s even space inside to install any 2.5” HDD/SSD, turning the ARIES MINI into a music server in its own right. Online services like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Internet Radio expand the possibilities even further, and with support for Roon, AirPlay, SongCast and Bluetooth there’s no end to the ways you can use the ARIES MINI to add high-end streaming to your system.

Small Box, Big Sound

Don’t let its small size fool you — the ARIES MINI is serious gear for serious music lovers. It sports an ES9018K2M High-End Sabre DAC chip and supports the highest resolution digital music around, all the way up to DXD and DSD256. We’ve made an optional external linear power supply for the ARIES MINI too, for discriminating users looking to keep EMI as far from their music as possible. No matter how you use it, the ARIES MINI is a great way to discover what high-end streaming is all about. No matter how you use it, the ARIES MINI is a great-sounding way to explore the world of High-End streaming.

Tesla Core

Tailored For a Perfect Fit

We built a special version of our Tesla hardware platform for the ARIES MINI, called Tesla Core. Designed with space-saving efficiency in mind, it’s no lightweight when it comes to performance, sporting the same Quad-Core Cortex-A9 processor found in the original ARIES. With 512GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage, Tesla Core has everything it needs to meet the demands of modern high-resolution streaming. Automatic updates keep Tesla Core outfitted with the latest features and support, so your device is always ready for peak performance and up-to-the-minute functionality.

Specifications

Benchmark

Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
THD+N: <0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz@0dBFS
Dynamic Range: 116dB, 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)****

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

Streaming Inputs: Network shared folder, USB Drive, Internal Music Storage**, uPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL and Qobuz Sublime+ streaming, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast, RoonReady

Audio Outputs

Digital Output: Coaxial, Toslink
USB Output: USB Host to compatible DAC *****
Analog Output: Single-Ended RCA (2Vrms at 0dBFS)

Network

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

Power Consumption

Sleep: <5W
Playback: 16W at max.

Dimensions - W x D x H

5.3 x 5.3 x 1.1 in. (13.5cm x 13.5cm x 2.8cm)

Weight

1.1 lbs (0.5kg)

Product Finishing

Matte black or matte white.

Contents

AURALiC ARIES MINI Wireless Streaming Bridge, Power adapter, RCA cable, HDD installation kit, Quickstart guide, HDD installation guide

* Tested under Filter Mode Precise for all sampling rate
** With optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD installed
*** 352.8KHz and 384KHz and 32bit are not supported via digital outputs
**** DSD128 and DSD256 are not supported via digital outputs
***** 'Compatible DAC' means a DAC do not require a driver for Linux system

Press Awards

"AURALiC has put together a team of hardware and in-house software engineers that have elevated the ARIES MINI and Lightning DS to heights beyond that which much of the competition will likely every reach, for a really reasonable price. Those seeking an upgrade from the sonic, software, and hardware imposed restrictions of Sonos, those seeking to get into WiFi or HiFI streaming for the first time, or even those looking for their first high quality digital system would be well served by AURALiC's ARIES MINI and Lightning DS."

Chris Connack - Computeraudiophile

"When you consider the compact size of the chassis and how easy it is to stow in a confined space, this is a streamer that offers a huge amount of capability without much in the way of compromise. While the best results are undoubtedly gained with the external power supply in place, you could buy the Aries Mini without it and budget for it further down the line. Doing so will allow you to get your hands on one of the most accomplished affordable streamers I’ve yet to listen to."

HiFi Choice

"Auralic zeigt erneut seine Kompetenzen im digitalen HiFi-Bereich. Der Aries Mini bietet einen enormen Funktionsumfang, lässt sich außerordentlich gut bedienen und spielt auf hohem Niveau. Zu dem Preis praktisch ein Pfl ichtkauf für alle, die endlich Streaming nutzen wollen.

Philipp Schneckenburger - HiFiTest

"Mit dem Aries Mini zeigt Auralic in imponierender Manier wie Streaming geht. Das ultrakompakte Gerät bietet Zugang zu jeder Form digitaler Musik. Darüber hinaus begeistert es durch die blitzsaubere Einbindung des Streaming-Dienstes Tidal in das Bedienkonzept der übersichtlich gestalteten App. Kurz gesagt: der Aries Mini ist eine absolute Kaufempfehlung für anspruchsvolle HiFi-Kenner und fast schon ein Muss für Musikfreunde, die ihre Musik vornehmlich digital lagern!

Jonas Bednarz - lite magazine

"Erst mit dem Mini starten, dann irgendwann mit dem Aries und einem exquisiten D/A-Wandler eine Stufe weiter ausbauen und den kleinen Bruder fortan als Nebenanlagen-Streamer einzusetzen wäre eine durchaus praxistaugliche Vorgehensweise. Immerhin haben Sie dann auch mal ein Vorurteil bestätigt: Es klingt mit großem Netzteil tatsächlich besser."

Christine Tantschinez - FIDELITY

"Der Auralic Aries Mini ist der ideale Einstieg ins Streaming. Der Wandler mit Sabre-9018-Chip klingt wirklich überzeugend, die Inbetriebnahme und Bedienung ist dank Lightning DS geradezu vorbildlich einfach, und mit dem SBooster BOTW P&P Eco inklusive SBooster Ultra macht der Mini auch in High-End-Ketten eine hervorragende Figur. Das alles für 500 respektive 800 Euro: verboten gut, verboten günstig!

Dirk Sommer - HIFISTATEMENT