Wireless Streaming Transporter
To outfit your audio system with superior high-resolution streaming, you need a device flexible enough to connect to everything, and smart enough to control your musical world with a touch. For truly exceptionalperformance, it must also be powerful enough to deliver an outstanding audio signal that gets the most from your gear. The ARIES G2 Wireless Streaming Transporter links your home audio system to high-resolution local and Internet sources, providing an astonishingly pure, bit-perfect stream for music formats up to DSD512 over Wi-Fi. Whether on its own or working in consort with other G Series devices from AURALiC, the ARIES G2 redefines the sound of digital audio connectivity.
Designed to Innovate, Engineered to Perform
Years in the making, G2 is the culmination of exhaustive R&D striving to create a new, holistic approach to digital music that pushes the boundaries of sonic quality. Incorporating state-of the art technologies and delivered with innovative features, G2 is built for ultimate performance.
Every G2 series component including the ARIES G2 sports an all-new industrial design that’s engineered to set a new standard for sound quality, heightening the user experience and looking every bit as good as it sounds with its contemporary aesthetic. Offering features like full galvanic isolation to optimize the sound of today’s highest-resolution formats, the ARIES G2 is the most capable and feature-rich way to introduce streaming to your audio system that we’ve ever created.
Designed specifically for the premium lineup of AURALiC G Series devices, the Unity Chassis is machined from a single billet of aluminum that provides the ARIES G2 with superior shielding from EMI noise, so nothing interferes with the quality of your music.
ARIES G2 internal circuits are physically distributed to enhance overall balance. And with specially designed foot spikes that dampen and absorb vibrations, the ARIES G2 is always rock-steady, for ultra-smooth signal delivery.
Tesla G2: Platform Made for Sound
In 2014 we developed the original Tesla hardware platform with the goal of creating a high-performance, upgradable platform optimized for audio sound quality. Working hand-in-hand with our control interface and innovative software features, it was the most powerful processing platform available for digital music playback and streaming.
Now there’s Tesla G2. 50% faster, with twice the processing resources, Tesla G2 is the hardware powerhouse behind the sonic excellence of the G2 line.
CPU performance that’s 50% faster than the original Tesla G1 processor.
Twice the system memory and data storage means fluid audio signal processing and support for advanced features.
An enormous memory cache means reduced network noise and dramatically reduced open circuit time for improved sound quality.
The Art of High-End Streaming
Lightning OS is full of cutting-edge innovations that bring your music to life like never before. An extensive memory cache, bit-perfect multi-room functionality and on-device playlists help you seamlessly experience and explore all your high-resolution sources. Take control with user apps like Lightning DS or Roon, and meet true audiophile streaming.
A 4.0-inch true color in-plane switching display with a resolution of over 300ppi provides complete operational feedback: playback status, configuration settings, and a full library view for browsing your collection.
Flexibility to Explore
The ARIES G2 offers nearly universal connectivity for access to all your digital sources. Tri-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet open your system to UPnP/DLNA media servers, shared network folders, high-resolution Internet Services, and Internet Radio, as well as RoonReady, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and SongCast control.
An Integrated Family of Devices
Built around cutting-edge transfer protocols, more powerful processing, and enhanced isolation engineering, G2 is a new concept in component integration. Four specialized components, working together to deliver a premium sound experience.
Jitter-free to maximize sonic performance, Lightning Link provides single-point control of the entire G2 audio system.
Whisper-Quiet Operation: Dual Galvanic Isolation
To avoid the interference associated with traditional open circuit designs, Galvanic Isolation in the ARIES G2 separates electrical circuits while allowing data to flow between them. We created two special high-speed galvanic isolators and configured them between the ARIES G2’s primary clocking, processing, and transmitting circuits. It’s a new level of protection against EMI that helps eliminate jitter, contributing to an unparalleled level of clarity.
Dual Purer-Power Linear Power Supplies
We’ve given the ARIES G2 two of our ultra-quiet Purer-Power linear power supplies, galvanically isolating them from each other in the obsessive quest to reduce noise for better sonic performance. Processing and display power is completely separated from sensitive audio components that operate on their own dedicated supply. Interference between the separate areas is reduced to zero, so all you’ll hear from the ARIES G2 is the music.
Dual Femto Clocks
Dual Femto Clocks have got you covered no matter how you like to connect. With 2 separate, super-accurate clocks cycling on the order of quadrillionths of a second, you’ll enjoy extremely low jitter and better sound. One clock takes care of digital outputs, and the second regulates USB output, so you can be sure your musical signal is always rock-steady.
Smart-IR Remote Control lets your AURALiC device map its functionality onto any remote you’d like. Just let the device know which remote you prefer, and all of its operations (play/pause, volume control, track select, etc.) can be assigned to buttons just the way you like them.
Like our ActiveUSB feature, GalvanicUSB bypasses the noisy USB power supply to improve sound quality. Precise re-clocking reduces jitter, and brand-new galvanic isolation provides even more protection against EMI noise. It’s the quietest and best-sounding USB connection we've ever offered.
The first of two Purer-Power supplies feeds the ARIES G2’s processing circuit, LCD display, and storage – whether internal or attached via USB. The second Purer-Power pathway is dedicated to sensitive audio components such as the Femto clock and USB audio output. Both power supplies are galvanically isolated from each other to ensure zero EMI interference between them.
1GB Memory Cache
Open network connections and data fetching are prone to noise that can hurt the quality of your audio signal. The Tesla G2 hardware platform dedicates a whopping 1GB of RAM to the task of caching, lowering the frequency of open circuits and helping your music sound better.
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), DSD512(22.57892MHz)**
AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
AURALiC Lightning DS for web browser (device settings only)
OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
Roon (Roon Core required separately)
Network shared folder, USB Drive, Internal Music Storage***, UPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL and Qobuz Sublime+ streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast, RoonReady
AURALiC Lightning Link
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: 50W at max.
13.4 x 12.6 x 3.2 in. (34cm x 32cm x 8cm)
Anodized precision-machined extrusion aluminum case in matte black
AURALiC ARIES G2 Wireless Streaming Transporter
2*External WiFi antenna (2pcs)
*352.8KS/s and 384KS/s and 32bit are supported through Lightning Link and USB Output only
** By 'DoP V1.1' or native DSD protocol
*** With internal SSD/HDD installed
**** 'Compatible DAC' means a DAC not requiring a driver for Linux system
The Premier Choice for Hi-Res Music Streaming
Since 2014 the AURALiC Aries Wireless Streaming Bridge has been a leader in the world of high-resolution audio streaming. For many audiophiles, Aries became the premier choice for bridging the gap between lossless digital music sources and a home audio system. Now, with cutting-edge transfer protocols, faster processing, enhanced isolation engineering and a redesigned chassis, the brand-new Aries G2 Streaming Transporter raises the standard for connecting your musical world.
A New Standard in Digital Audio Streaming
The AURALiC Aries G2 includes all the rock-solid connectivity and one-of-a-kind features found in the original award-winning Aries. Then it builds on these features by introducing original engineering designs focused on isolation, separation, and protection against interference. Not just a big brother to the Aries, the Aries G2 is an enhanced streaming device endowed with cutting-edge technologies and proprietary innovations. Whether on its own or working in consort with other G Series devices from AURALiC, the Aries G2 is for music lovers who require the most discerning approach to modern streaming.
Now with Spotify Connect
The AURALiC G2 Aries now lets you stream content from Spotify Connect. For the firmware update that makes this possible, just fire up the Lightning DS app on your iPhone or iPad. This gives you one more way to access music on your AURALiC device, and you are in good company. Spotify Connect is the number one streaming service and as of July 2017 claims 60 million paying subscribers and 140 million users, according to John Darko via darko.audio.com.
Like all streaming-capable AURALiC products, the Aries G2's expansive wireless connectivity options take maximum advantage of its native integration of AURALiC's custom-built Lightning Streaming technology. Lightning Streaming uses existing Wi-Fi to create a dedicated music streaming network capable of wirelessly delivering the highest resolution musical formats available, up to DSD512 and PCM 32-bit, 384 kHz. Lightning Streaming brings with it all the features you've come to expect from AURALiC streaming devices too, like Gapless Playback, Memory Caching, Bit-Perfect Multi-Room, and Upsampling.
Along with the Aries G2 and the G series of products, AURALiC is also introducing a browser-based interface for configuring Lightning Streaming and its features, allowing universal access for the first time from any smart phone, tablet, or computer.
In addition to compatibility with AirPlay, the Aries G2 is also a certified Roon Ready endpoint for seamless integration with Roon software, making it one of the most flexible streamers available in hi-fi.
Lightning Link is a low-jitter, bi-directional 18 Gbps coupling that takes advantage of high-speed HDMI-type hardware connectors to provide a superior level of transmission control. It makes today's ultra-high resolution digital music shine like never before.
Different from the other HDMI based I2S connection, the bi-directional Lightning Link opens the door to jitter-free operation of all the devices in your system. Clocking information from destination devices such as the Vega G2 can drive the Aries G2 timing for perfect data synchronization. Lightning Link also carries system control data for everything from volume control to processor engine setup, allowing all linked AURALiC devices to appear in a single, unified control interface.
Tesla G2 Platform
The AURALiC Tesla G2 Platform is the revamped heart of the Aries G2, and it packs a processor that's 50% faster than the Tesla G1 platform, with twice the system memory (2 GB) and data storage (8 GB) of the previous generation. Tesla G2 not only handles the most demanding audio formats with ease, but it also drives the Aries G2's software processing engine and its advanced DSP functionality, including upsampling duties and a bigger Memory Cache for an exacting level of sonic quality and stability. As always, automatic updates keep the Aries G2 up to date with the latest feature set and support, continually expanding its functionality and ensuring peak performance.
Digital Audio Galvanic Isolation
Physically separating electrical circuits while allowing data to flow between them, Digital Audio Galvanic Isolation in the Aries G2 offers a new level of protection against electromagnetic interference. AURALiC created two special high-speed galvanic isolators and configured them among three primary circuits in the Aries G2. Noise-sensitive Femto Clock and digital audio transmitter systems, as well as the central processing circuit are completely isolated from each other, eliminating jitter and contributing to an unparalleled level of clarity.
Dual Linear Purer-Power
AURALiC's Purer-Power technology already re-examined every detail of power delivery with innovative wiring and circuit designs based on the concepts of isolation and purification, and it was a key to the pristine operation of the original Aries. Now the Aries G2 takes that approach a step further by using two internal Purer-Power linear power supplies, separating and protecting distinct power circuits from interference. The first Purer-Power supply feeds the Aries G2's processing circuit, LCD display, and storage - whether internal or attached via USB. The second Purer-Power pathway is dedicated to sensitive audio components, such as the Femto clock and USB audio output. Both power supplies are galvanically isolated from each other to ensure zero EMI interference between them.
Dual Femto Clocks
AURALiC retained the use of two Femto clocks in the Aries G2 for incredibly detailed signal handling. The first clock drastically reduces jitter across the AES/EBU, Coaxial, and Toslink outputs. But timing issues can affect sound quality from output via USB too, so there's a second Femto clock dedicated to the USB controller in the Aries G2. No matter which route you choose, you'll benefit from extremely precise timing and low jitter thanks to these super-accurate clocks.
The Aries G2 is housed in a completely redesigned enclosure - the Unity Chassis. It's machined from a single billet of aluminum and specifically designed for the premium lineup of AURALiC G Series products, right down to mass balancing and the shape of its foot spikes. The Unity Chassis excels at shielding the inner workings of the Aries G2 from EMI and providing superior dampening and absorption, reflecting the obsessive attention to noise reduction throughout the G Series.
Optional Internal Storage
The Aries G2 connects to all your favorite sources of high resolution digital music, no matter where they are. But if you prefer to store your music locally, there's an internal drive bay capable of housing any 2.5" HDD/SSD. With an internal drive installed, the Aries G2 becomes a powerful and flexible streaming music server, ready to deliver an exceptional audio experience.
- Updated G2 version features cutting-edge transfer protocols, faster processing, enhanced isolation engineering, and a redesigned chassis
- Custom-built Lightning Streaming technology uses Wi-FI to deliver the highest resolution musical formats available, up to DSD512 and PCM 32-bit, 384 kHz
- Browser-based interface for configuring Lightning Streaming and its features
- AirPlay compatible
- Certified Roon Ready endpoint for seamless integration with Roon software
- Lightning Link low-jitter, bi-directional 18 Gbps coupling takes advantage of high-speed HDMI-type hardware connectors to provide a superior level of transmission control
- AURALiC Tesla G2 Platform with 1.2 GHz qyad-core processor, 2 GB system memory, 8 GB data storage
- Digital Audio Galvanic Isolation in the Aries G2 offers a new level of protection against electromagnetic interference
- Two internal Purer-Power linear power supplies separate and protect distinct power circuits from interference
- Two Femto clocks provide incredibly detailed signal handling
- AES/EBU, Coaxial, and Toslink outputs
- Completely redesigned enclosure – the Unity Chassis
- Internal drive bay is capable of housing any 2.5” HDD/SSD you provide (professional installation recommended)
- File formats: AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV, WMA
- Sample rates: PCM in 44.1 kHz, 384 kHz at 16-32 bits, DSD64 – DSD512 (DoP and Native)
- 3.97" retina resolution display
Streaming Input Sources
- Network shared folder
- USB removable drive
- Internal music storage
- UPnP/DLNA media server
- TIDAL and Qobuz
- Internet radio
- AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast
- Roon ready
- RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
- Tri-band 802 11ac wireless
- USB Host Audio
- AURALiC Lightning Link