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Will sonics noticeably improve upgrading from Aries Mini to Altair?


DZetye
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anyone compare these devices and comment on improvements?

 

Short answer: Yes.

 

I have a client who started with an Aries Mini, which he loved. When he tried an Altair, it took him about 10 minutes to declare he was never going back to the Mini. The Mini is wonderful for what it is; the Altair is in a different league.

 

Good listening,

 

Jeff

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Makes sense given the difference in size, chassis material and price... the Mini really is fabulous for the money though. I bet the Altair is also fab for the coin.

 

I'd be more intrigued in the sonic differences between the Altair and Aries Femto / VEGA.

 

 

 

Short answer: Yes.

 

I have a client who started with an Aries Mini, which he loved. When he tried an Altair, it took him about 10 minutes to declare he was never going back to the Mini. The Mini is wonderful for what it is; the Altair is in a different league.

 

Good listening,

 

Jeff

Source:

*Aurender N100 (no internal disk : LAN optically isolated via FMC with *LPS) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch - split for *LPS) > Intona Industrial (injected *LPS / internally shielded with copper tape) > DIY 5cm USB link (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > W4S Recovery (*LPS) > DIY 2cm USB adaptor (5v rail removed / ground lift switch) > *Auralic VEGA (EXACT : balanced)

 

Control:

*Jeff Rowland CAPRI S2 (balanced)

 

Playback:

2 x Revel B15a subs (balanced) > ATC SCM 50 ASL (balanced - 80Hz HPF from subs)

 

Misc:

*Via Power Inspired AG1500 AC Regenerator

LPS: 3 x Swagman Lab Audiophile Signature Edition (W4S, Intona & FMC)

Storage: QNAP TS-253Pro 2x 3Tb, 8Gb RAM

Cables: DIY heavy gauge solid silver (balanced)

Mains: dedicated distribution board with 5 x 2 socket ring mains, all mains cables: Mark Grant Black Series DSP 2.5 Dual Screen

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