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AURALiC Altair Streamer/DAC/Headphone Amplifier (silver) - USED DEMO

By AURALiC
Item # ARLC-ALTAIR-S-B
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$1,899.00
$1,450.00
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This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources including stream from Network Shared Folder, USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady. The rest of digital inputs are AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and external DAC

The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a WiFi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC’s ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background.

Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer.

Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer.

ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback.

ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC.

When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself.

Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel.

What can ALTAIR do?

ALTAIR can work as a full function streamer / music server or a stand-alone DAC. When working as a streamer, you can:

  • Stream music from NAS or computer.
  • Stream music from TIDAL, Qobuz through Lightning DS.
  • Stream music from Deezer, Spotify, Pandora through AirPlay or Bluetooth.
  • Use it as a RoonReady endpoint with your Roon software.
  • Optional 1TB SSD hard drive to store your personal music collection and turns it into a fully functioning Music Server.
  • Use it as a virtual sound card of your computer through Songcast.

If you prefer to use it as a stand-alone DAC, then you get:

  • AES/EBU input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
  • Coaxial input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
  • Toslink input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
  • Asynchronous USB input with sampling rate support up to 32Bit/384K with DSD64, DSD128 and DS256 support (DSD256 is not available for Mac OS X)

The ALTAIR is available in silver and black

Roon Ready

Roon Ready network players from Auralic have Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology built right in.

Roon will discover them on your network, deliver the highest possible quality audio, and even allow volume control right from the Roon user interface!

For more information on Roon and how it works, please visit our Roon Guide

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Products specifications
Height (In) 2.6
Width (In) 11
Length (In) 9

This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources including stream from Network Shared Folder, USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady. The rest of digital inputs are AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and external DAC

The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a WiFi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC’s ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background.

Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer.

Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer.

ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback.

ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC.

When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself.

Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel.

What can ALTAIR do?

ALTAIR can work as a full function streamer / music server or a stand-alone DAC. When working as a streamer, you can:

  • Stream music from NAS or computer.
  • Stream music from TIDAL, Qobuz through Lightning DS.
  • Stream music from Deezer, Spotify, Pandora through AirPlay or Bluetooth.
  • Use it as a RoonReady endpoint with your Roon software.
  • Optional 1TB SSD hard drive to store your personal music collection and turns it into a fully functioning Music Server.
  • Use it as a virtual sound card of your computer through Songcast.

If you prefer to use it as a stand-alone DAC, then you get:

  • AES/EBU input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
  • Coaxial input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
  • Toslink input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
  • Asynchronous USB input with sampling rate support up to 32Bit/384K with DSD64, DSD128 and DS256 support (DSD256 is not available for Mac OS X)

The ALTAIR is available in silver and black

Roon Ready

Roon Ready network players from Auralic have Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology built right in.

Roon will discover them on your network, deliver the highest possible quality audio, and even allow volume control right from the Roon user interface!

For more information on Roon and how it works, please visit our Roon Guide

HighEnd Wireless Streaming

ALTAIR is equipped with AURALiC’s awards-winning Lightning streaming technology. Lightning streaming, launched in year 2014, is industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through WiFi network. It also supports several advanced features such as gapless playback, on-device playlist and multiple-room functions. 

Memory Playback, the latest feature been added to Lightning streaming technology allows ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance then play locally without the need of network data transfer to improve the sound quality. ALTAIR’s streaming function can ben operated by AURALiC Lightning DS control App which is available on iOS platform right now with Mac and Windows version in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback.

15 Input Sources, More to Come

ALTAIR can act as home music center for virtually all digital input source. It read music stored on USB drive, internal hard disk, network shared folder and DLNA/UPnP music server. By joint use with Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth inputs provide alternative way to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through smartphone or computer.

ALTAIR also work as RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software if necessary, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The rest of inputs includes AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and USB connection to computer working as USB DAC. When ordering ALTAIR, you can add a 2’5-inch hard disk drive or solid state drive as internal music storage as an option, turning ALTAIR into a full function music server. Since there is no capacity limitation, you can always purchase ALTAIR and install the storage by yourself.

 AURALiC Tesla Platform

ALTAIR is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB system storage. The Tesla platform has a calculation ability of 25,000 MIPS, more than enough to decode a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA. AURALiC has chosen this platform for its flexibility and long term support consideration. Future features planned include DSD Upsampling, Room Acoustic Treatment and MQA support. All these features can be delivered through automatic online updates without user’s attention. 

Femto Master Clock

The dual-frequency Femto Master Clock inside the ALTAIR is specially designed and optimized for its ESS Sabre DAC chip: with one frequency for playing music with a sampling rate which is the multiple of 44.1K, and a second for 48K, making it possible for the ALTAIR to be able to lock on with highest clock precision (equal to the VEGA’s “EXACT” mode) at all time without dropouts. The Femto Master Clock, which is powered by a 9uV extremely low noise dedicated power supply, has a very low phase noise performance. It not only has dramatically low phase noise, which is only at -151dBc/Hz level, but also an excellent 100Hz offset noise level which is only -115dBc/Hz. Driven by such a high performance clock, the ALTAIR can bring you vivid music with natural detail and a solid sound image.

 Full Linear Power Supply

With more and more DACs at this price range starting to use switching power supplies, AURALiC insists on using high performance but costly Purer-Power™ linear power supply technology on the ALTAIR. With this technology, the dirty AC power firstly goes into a power purification module, and the DC current and noise from both within and outside audio frequencies can be reduced by as much as 90dB. The purified AC power is then feed to a high quality transformer, with a specialty iron core made to AURALiC’s specifications, and unique wiring to ensure zero vibration and very low noise to avoid impacting the sensitive audio electrical circuit.

Compared to the conventional switching power supply which generates wide-band noise that is hard to eliminate, AURALiC’s discrete component- based power supply feeds the DAC chip’s analog circuit with an astonishing low noise that is below 1uV (1uV = 0.000001V) within the entire audio band, making ALTAIR a perfect tool to re-discover your music with more details in the “last bit” that you may never noticed before. 

Flexible Filter Mode

ALTAIR has four built-in filter modes which allows its user to customize sound best befitting their personal preference. Those filter modes were developed from AURALiC’s well known Flexible Filter Mode in the VEGA Digital Audio Processor, with each containing several digital filters optimized for a corresponding sampling rate. Flexible Filter Mode was developed under AURALiC's subjective auditory sense and objective testing data relationship models, to optimize the listening experience for different music and format. The “Precise” mode exhibits perfect in-band ripple and out-band attenuation performance, while the “Smooth” mode is better for overall enjoyment as it has no 'pre-ringing' effect. The other two modes, named “Dynamic” and “Balance” are optimized for different music formats as well.

After several years development, AURALiC is now able to pack quite a lot of technologies, which used to be only on very High End product, into ALTAIR.

  • High-End Wireless Streaming
  • ALTAIR is equipped with AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through Wi-Fi network. It also supports several advanced features such as gapless playback, multiple-room functions. Memory Playback, the latest feature added to Lightning streaming technology allows ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its on-board memory or system storage in advance, and then to play locally without any network data transfer needed, in order to improve the sound quality to the highest level.

  • 15 Input Sources, More to Come
  • ALTAIR functions as a home music center designed for virtually all kinds of digital input sources. By joint-used with Lightning DS, you can stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio lively at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth inputs provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers from a smartphone or a computer. The rest of inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and USB connection designed for a Computer-as-Source system.

  • Femto Master Clock
  • The dual-frequency Femto Master Clock inside the ALTAIR is specially designed and optimized for its ESS Sabre DAC chip: with one frequency for 44.1K and multiple of 44.1K, and with another working frequency for 48K. This design makes ALTAIR to lock on with highest clock precision (equal to the VEGA’s “EXACT” mode) at all time without dropouts.

  • Full Linear Power Supply
  • With more and more DACs at this price range starting to use switching power supplies, AURALiC insists on using high performance but costly Purer-Power™ linear power supply technology on the ALTAIR. With this technology, the noisy AC power firstly goes into a power purification module, and the DC current and noise from both within and outside audio frequencies can be reduced by as much as 90dB.

  • Flexible Filter Mode
  • ALTAIR has four built-in filter modes that allow users to customize sound best befitting their personal preference. Those filter modes were developed from AURALiC’s well known Flexible Filter Mode in the VEGA Digital Audio Processor, with each containing several digital filters optimized for a corresponding sampling rate.

    Frequency Response
    20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*

    THD+N
    <0.0003%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS

    Dynamic Range
    124dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted

    Streaming Inputs
    Network shared folder
    USB Drive
    Internal Music Storage**
    uPnP/DLNA Media Server
    TIDAL and Qobuz streaming
    Internet Radio
    AirPlay
    Bluetooth
    Songcast
    RoonReady 

    Digital Inputs
    1*AES/EBU
    1*Coaxial
    1*Toslink
    1*USB device to computer
    2*USB host to storage and DAC
    1*RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
    1*802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi

    Analog Outputs
    1*Balanced XLR(output impedance 10ohm)
    1*Single-ended RCA(output impedance 50ohm)
    1*6.35mm headphone Jack (output impedance 5ohm)

    Supported File Formats
    AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC,
    MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA

    Supported Digital Formats
    All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s in 32Bit***
    DSD64, DSD128, DSD256***

    Output Voltage
    4Vrms at 0dBFS (XLR)
    2Vrms at 0dBFS (RCA)

    Control Software
    AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
    AURALiC RC-1 remote control
    OpenHome compatible control software
    uPnP compatible control software

    Device Interface
    512*64 pixels OLED Display

    Power Consumption
    Sleep: <10W
    Playback:  35W at max.

    Dimension
    11''W x 9''D x 2.6''H (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)

    Weight
    7.0 pounds (3.2kg)

    * Tested under Filter Mode Precise for all sampling rate
    ** With optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD installed
    ** 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s are supported 
    through streaming and USB input only
    *** 32bit is supported through streaming and USB input only
    *** By 'DoP V1.1' or native DSD protocol 
    through streaming and USB input only

    All specifications are subject to change without notice.

    "The AURALiC ALTAIR is a product that demonstrates that its beauty is not only skin deep. This elegant looking and nicely built product is equipped with DSD/DXD high-resolution network-streaming capability that is ahead of its competition. Its performance as a stand-alone DAC is also extraordinary. The ALTAIR really represents the modern hi-fi product in its true form; implementing the latest scientific and technological digital signal processing and advanced features and ultimately a wonderful sonic performance. All these are definitely more than sufficient to justify its price tag. Highly recommended!"- Yongki Go PH.D.

    Home Theater HiFi Review of the AURALiC Altair | March 2017

    "The AURALiC ALTAIR Wireless Streaming DAC is sonically a fast and musical DAC that offers unprecedented versatility. It handles almost every digital format currently in use including Quad DSD and DXD and wrings the most out of even the most humble recordings. Switchable digital filters means that you can tailor the sound to your own taste and a phase reversal switch means you can correct what was broken by the recording process (or possibly your streaming service). And they take the concept of streaming music seriously, not only giving you access to streaming services, but letting you stream from a NAS or uPnP/DLNA media server or Bluetooth device, and by allowing you to connect directly to an external hard drive, it renders the concept of a USB DAC obsolete, removing the computer from the signal processing entirely, guaranteeing the best possible performance." - Gary Allan Barker

    Headphone Guru Review of the AURALiC Altair | March 2017

    "Whether you look at it from the standpoint of convenience, flexibility, performance, or sheer value, the ALTAIR is that rare multi-purpose component that can play many different roles, all of them successfully." - Chris Martens

    HiFi+ Review of the AURALiC Altair | January 2017

    "A few years ago, it became clear to me that computers and audio DACs would converge, and we'd no longer need box upon boxes, and cable after cable in order to bring our digital music to life. The Auralic Altair is the very essence of this potential. With its vast array of connectivity and upgradeable firmware, it should be a viable digital playback platform for a very long time. It is a well-built, well thought out product for high-end digital music lovers, and a terrific value. But I'm most happy to report that the Altair sounds great too. Highly recommended for your further exploration." - Gary L Beard

    Positive Feedback Review of the AURALiC Altair | December 2016

    Products specifications
    Height (In) 2.6
    Width (In) 11
    Length (In) 9