The ARIES LE serves as a bridge between music files on network storage or high quality online streaming services and the consumers DAC enabling DACs for the first time to stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, including DSD, Double-Rate DSD, Quad-Rate DSD and DXD.
ARIES LE is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal 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.
The inputs of ARIES LE include Dual-Band high-speed WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 port. The outputs are USB audio host buffered by AURALiC's patented ActiveUSB technology; low jitter digital audio outputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial and TOSLINK. The USB audio host can deliver PCM from 44.1 to 384 KHz at 16-, 24- and 32-bit resolutions as well as DSD, Double-Rate DSD and Quad-Rate DSD for compatible USB DAC. The other digital outputs are limited to 192 KHz at 24-bit in maximum according to S/PDIF standard.
By using OpenHome structure which is adopted by U.K-based streaming solution manufacturer Linn, ARIES LE as well as all other Lightning based products support several advanced functions such as on-device playlist that allow control software to turn off during play and complete supporting of multi-room, multiple control points functions that are not part of the legacy standards of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).
ARIES LE also features a 3 OLED display to let users view playback status, and an AURALiC RC-1 remote control to control basic operations such as Play, Pause and Select Track without needing to open the Lightning DS App.
ARIES LE began a new era in the Hi-Fi industry, said Xuanqian Wang, the President and CEO of AURALIC LIMITED. AURALiC has invested and budgeted more than $1,000,000 to develop the Lightning Streaming system. We are committed to providing continuous, free online upgrades to improve the performance and compatibility for our solution, as well as to add new exciting functions support in the near future such as local storage playback, DSD upsampling, room acoustics correction and multi-channel.
The interface of iPad version Lightning DS
The ARIES Streamer Bridge is available in three models:
- ARIES LE: The standard model with low-phase noise crystal and standard external PSU.
- ARIES: The set-up model with two individual Femto Clocks for both USB audio host and digital outputs, low noise internal design to eliminate jitter and AURALiC Purer Power based 10uV low noise external linear PSU.
- ARIES MINI: Shares all software and hardware functions coming from original ARIES, but is also equipped with additional high quality analog output and optional hard drive slot for anyone whom don’t want to invest for a dedicate DSD DAC and NAS drive.
It is not very uncommon to launch a streaming product nowadays. Therefore, it is very encouraging to notice that some companies not just tags along, but go ahead with innovations.
Let`s start with the most obvious - the design. AURALiC Aries is simply no A4-box, but an elegan designed item that may be associated with some of product lines from Linn.
Strange that I should mention Linn, by the way. For the streaming technology AURALiC have developed, stems from the Linn DS concept. Linn has worked on streaming since 2007, and expanded in its day UPnP technology to make it sufficiently functional. They called it OpenHome, and it is this technology AURALiC retrieved. And built on, for AURALiC giving the option for streaming DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DXD. They also worked with the direct implementation of online streaming services like Wimp, which Linn currently holds back on. On the other hand, one should not conceal that Linn's Songcast provides excellent opportunity for streaming of these services but then through other UPnP-Renderers, like a PC, Mac or iOS / Android.
Cooperation with and similarities with Linn's DS system also makes it a partial compatibility with Linn's excellent app Kinsky. Kinsky can be used to operate Aries, but still has limitations in terms of the extended functionality Lightning DS products have. So when AURALiC also developed its own app, as well as the usual functionality will be user interface for operating online streaming.
The difference between Aries and Aries LE can be seen in the table below:
SOURCE: AUDIOSTREAM.COM | From the AURALiC press release.
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The “Best of Two Worlds Power & Precision ECO” audio upgrade (BOTW P&P ECO) is the successor of SBooster's “Best of Two Worlds Solutions” audio upgrade (BOTWS). This new upgrade product combines power, precision and efficiency in an unique innovative manner that purifies the incoming current immediately upon entering the device. A dual stage mains filter and an earth line choke clean the current from high frequency pollution before the current reaches the transformer. The transformer is a custom-made audio grade transformer with electrostatic shielding.
The electronic design allows for up to 50% more output out of the used electronics and consumes even up to 35% less energy than a conventional design. Even though it provides a significant boost in available power, the BOTW P&P ECO audiophile power supply is so efficient that it consumers only a fraction more electricity than what a standard power does.
The Sbooster Ultra can be used as an addition to the many filtering and optimization techniques of the BOTW P&P ECO audio upgrade PSU. The SBooster Ultra has to be connected directly to the SBooster split-current module of the BOTW P&P ECO. The SBooster Ultra is based on active filter technique, which reduces the ripple & noise of the BOTW P&P ECO even further: to a negligible low level. A must have for every audiophile! The SBooster Ultra is designed for audio equipment that is sensitive to residual noise, such as digital to analog converters, music streamers, USB to SPDIF converters, headphone-, pre- and phono amplifiers.