VEGA

Digital Audio Processor

We re-examined every step of the digital-to-analog process to make a digital audio processor that never compromises in its quest to faithfully re-create every nuance in the music you love, just as it was recorded. With powerful digital processing algorithms and a patented Class-A analog output module inspired by classic Hi-Fi designs, the award-winning VEGA sets the standard for High-End digital music.



Attention to Every Detail

From a super-accurate Femto Clock to extensive component isolation and temperature compensation, everything in the VEGA was designed with a relentless focus on quality. We know that when it comes to high-resolution digital music, every detail matters. The VEGA supports files up to DSD256, and has the resources to build an amazingly natural sound from your source. Add filters that let you tune the output profile to fit your tastes and the VEGA will challenge what you thought was possible from digital music.

A Strong Heart

At the heart of the VEGA is our Sanctuary Audio Processor. Based on a multi-core ARM9 architecture, it’s got all the processing power it needs for the challenging task of turning leading-edge multi-channel high-resolution digital files into beautiful music. Sanctuary is behind the VEGA’s ability to upsample every PCM signal to an impressive 1.5MHz at 32bits for incredible clarity. It also employs our ActiveUSB technology that provides asynchronous USB control and reduces EMI noise by circumventing dirty USB power in favor of its own supply.

Megahertz Upsampling

Our Sanctuary Audio Processor uses a set of tailored algorithms to upsample every PCM signal to 1.5MHz at a depth of 32bits. That’s improved precision, but it also creates a new Nyquist frequency for PCM signal, which in turn makes it possible to improve bandwidth, slew rate, and more. It’s a process that results in greater transparency, lower distortion, and less noise.

ORFEO Class-A Output Module

A Universally Good Fit

Inspired by classic analog 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 up to 600ohms while keeping noise low — open loop distortion comes in at less that 0001%.

Femto Clock

A dedicated 9uV power supply keeps our 82 Femto Master Clock precise and quiet. Accurate to 82 quadrillionths of a second, the result is less jitter and better sound. Built around an aerospace-grade crystal oscillator, its temperature compensation dramatically reduces phase noise, and its ability to adjust frequencies in response to different sampling rates means it can lock on to any signal with the highest precision possible and avoid dropouts.

Flexible Filter

Flexible Filter Mode gives you a nuanced level of control over your audio output. Its four filter 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.

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

Benchmark

Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
Dynamic Range: 130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted
THD+N: <0.0015%, 20Hz-20KHz@1W

Sampling Rate

PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit**
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz)***

Audio Inputs

1*AES/EBU, 2*Coaxial, 1*Toslink, 1*USB device to computer

Audio Outputs

Balanced: XLR (4Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 4.7ohm)
Unbalanced: RCA (4Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 50ohm)

Power Consumption

Sleep: <10W
Playback: 15W at max.

Dimensions - W x D x H

13 x 9 x 2.6 in. (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)

Weight

7.7 lbs (3.5kg)

Product Finishing

Anodized precision machined extrusion aluminum case in matte silver.

Contents

AURALiC VEGA Digital Audio Processor, AURALiC RC-1 remote control, Power cord, USB cable, User's guide

* Tested under Filter Mode 1 for all sampling rate
** 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s and 32bit are supported through streaming and USB input only
*** By 'DoP V1.1' or native DSD protocol through USB input only, DSD256 is not supported by Mac OS X system

Press Awards

"For just over 5% of the price of the dCS Vivaldi three-piece DAC, the Vega got remarkably close in sound quality, at least as far as I could tell without being able to do a direct comparison."

John Aktinson - Stereophile

"The Auralic Vega is a must audition component for readers seeking a DAC that does it all and does it all well for less than $3,500. The Vega's rich tone combined with a terrific transparency make it a DAC for both serious and all day listening. A peek under the hood reveals an incredibly clean design that's eye candy for enthusiasts. It's even better than the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Sound quality and flawless operation of the Auralic Vega are the main reasons this DAC is better than the competition."

Chris Connack - Computeraudiophile

"To say that I am impressed with the AURALiC Vega is an understatement. Its ability to turn music reproduction into an engaging and thrilling musical experience is simply stunning. Offering up to DXD and 2x DSD playback, the AURALiC Vega has everything going for it that a DAC should and then some."

Michael Lavorgna - Audiostream

"When I add up the evidence of sonic elegance, comprehensive featurization, excellent build quality and dual-format top-resolution compliance, there's only one appropriate response: rousing applause (pipe that in now in full DSD128 or native 24/384) and a very blue award. With the Vega, ambitious company AURALiC has created the jewel in their catalogue's crown."

Srajan Ebaen - 6moons

"The AURALiC VEGA is a fantastic product that has surprised me to no end. Looked at objectively on the test bench it offers performance that is unmatched. Listening to it subjectively it reveals more of the music than anything I have on hand. It is a true reference product from a company I hope continues this level of performance.

Chris Heinonen & David Rich - Secret Home Theater