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Auralic Polaris Wireless Streaming Amplifier

By AURALiC
Item # ARLC-POLAR
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$3,799.00
$3,760.00
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“POLARIS defines the AURALiC brand: innovative technology, great sound, superb user experience, and excellent value. It is a wireless streamer, a music server, a DAC, a pre-amplifier and a stereo power amplifier – the ultimate solution for music lovers seeking high quality streaming from a single, compact audio component”

 

"The Polaris is a cinch to setup. Like Roon, Lightning DS’s layout, speed and ease of use makes it mass market ready. AirPlay and Bluetooth cement the mainstream appeal. The Polaris’ mix of functionality and high-end sound quality won’t be easily matched at its price." - John H. Darko (DAR)

 

The POLARIS offers seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analog sources. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSD and PCM up to 32Bit/384K. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms continues power with exceptionally low distortion- sufficient for the most demanding loudspeakers.

POLARIS utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is industry’s first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32Bit/384K through Wi-Fi network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system.

The products streaming function is operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App which is at the heart of all the companies streaming products and available on iOS platforms, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other third-party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback and also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you an alternative way in which to discover and listen to music.

AURALiC is introducing another innovative technology: Hybrid Volume Control for POLARIS. The Hybrid Volume Control uses both analog and digital volume control together for optimum audio performance and the best possible sound quality. The analog attenuators reduce the signal level in 12dB steps whilst the DAC's internal digital volume control handles small amounts of volume change within each step. By using this technology, the DAC chip always operates in the best performance range, bringing much lower distortion, better dynamic range and high sound quality at low volume levels.

POLARIS is equipped with two pairs of multi-function RCA connectors - these two stereo pairs of analog channels can be configured as a phono stage input, a line stage input or pre-amplifier output through the product settings menu. Digital inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC.

When purchasing POLARIS, you can specify a 1TB SSD for internal music storage as an option at extra cost, turning POLARIS into a fully functioning Music Server. 

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  

DAR Knockout Award

 

The Polaris has earned a well-respected Knock Out Award from Digital Audio Review (DAR), read the full review and more  about the amazing Polaris here

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Products specifications
Height (In) 2.6
Width (In) 13
Length (In) 10.2

“POLARIS defines the AURALiC brand: innovative technology, great sound, superb user experience, and excellent value. It is a wireless streamer, a music server, a DAC, a pre-amplifier and a stereo power amplifier – the ultimate solution for music lovers seeking high quality streaming from a single, compact audio component”

 

"The Polaris is a cinch to setup. Like Roon, Lightning DS’s layout, speed and ease of use makes it mass market ready. AirPlay and Bluetooth cement the mainstream appeal. The Polaris’ mix of functionality and high-end sound quality won’t be easily matched at its price." - John H. Darko (DAR)

 

The POLARIS offers seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analog sources. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSD and PCM up to 32Bit/384K. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms continues power with exceptionally low distortion- sufficient for the most demanding loudspeakers.

POLARIS utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is industry’s first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32Bit/384K through Wi-Fi network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system.

The products streaming function is operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App which is at the heart of all the companies streaming products and available on iOS platforms, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other third-party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback and also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you an alternative way in which to discover and listen to music.

AURALiC is introducing another innovative technology: Hybrid Volume Control for POLARIS. The Hybrid Volume Control uses both analog and digital volume control together for optimum audio performance and the best possible sound quality. The analog attenuators reduce the signal level in 12dB steps whilst the DAC's internal digital volume control handles small amounts of volume change within each step. By using this technology, the DAC chip always operates in the best performance range, bringing much lower distortion, better dynamic range and high sound quality at low volume levels.

POLARIS is equipped with two pairs of multi-function RCA connectors - these two stereo pairs of analog channels can be configured as a phono stage input, a line stage input or pre-amplifier output through the product settings menu. Digital inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC.

When purchasing POLARIS, you can specify a 1TB SSD for internal music storage as an option at extra cost, turning POLARIS into a fully functioning Music Server. 

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  

DAR Knockout Award

 

The Polaris has earned a well-respected Knock Out Award from Digital Audio Review (DAR), read the full review and more  about the amazing Polaris here

Continuous Output Power
120W/180W (8ohm/4ohm

Frequency Response
20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.5dB*

THD+N
<0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz@1W

IMD
<0.01%, 20Hz-20KHz@1W

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 Inputs
Line Stage (Input Sensitivity: 2Vrms)
MM Phono Stage (Gain: 36dB65mV at maximum)

Analog Outputs
Single-Ended RCA (6Vrms @ 0dBFS)
Loudspeaker Binding Post


Supported File Formats
AACAIFFALAC, APE, DIFF, DSFFLAC,
MP3, OGGWAV, WV and WMA

Supported Digital Formats
All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s in 32Bit***
DSD64DSD128DSD256***

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

Power Consumption
Sleep: <10W
Playback:  450W at max.

Dimension
13’W x 10.2’D x 2.6’H (33cm x 26cm x 6.5cm)

Weight
10.0 pounds (4.5kg) 

Finishing
Matte Black / Matte Silver

* 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.

  • HiFi+ Review of the AURALiC Polaris | March 2017
  • Products specifications
    Height (In) 2.6
    Width (In) 13
    Length (In) 10.2