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Auralic Aries - Giant Killer?

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Considering how expensive the digital streamer's are getting with Aurender costing as much as $5k+, could this Auralic unit challenge other brands to put out high quality unit that is more cost friendly?


AURALiC formally launch Aries digital audio streamers | Digital Audio Review by John Darko


One question I'm unsure about is whether it has any benefits to have a femto clock on the streamer side. I thought that with async usb, it will only benefit from having a clock on the DAC side.

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I think it has benefits if you are using the other interfaces - not USB.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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