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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
Dynamic Range: 130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted
THD+N: <0.0015%, 20Hz-20KHz@1W
PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit**
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz)***
1*AES/EBU, 2*Coaxial, 1*Toslink, 1*USB device to computer
Balanced: XLR (4Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 4.7ohm)
Unbalanced: RCA (4Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 50ohm)
Playback: 15W at max.
13 x 9 x 2.6 in. (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)
7.7 lbs (3.5kg)
Anodized precision machined extrusion aluminum case in matte silver.
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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.