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1 hour ago, daverich4 said:

You forgot to mention that Tales Of America is also available as 24/192 MQA on Tidal. Probably just slipped your mind. 😬

 

Not so relevant in context of this review since Auralic made a conscious and reasonable decision not to support MQA.

 

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the G1 compares to the Brooklyn Bridge.

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2 minutes ago, mrvco said:

 

Not so relevant in context of this review since Auralic made a conscious and reasonable decision not to support MQA.

 

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the G1 compares to the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

I think you took my post a little more seriously than it was intended. 

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Shame about the silver knob. Makes it look a bit crappy


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2 hours ago, mrvco said:

 

 

I'm sure someone on Etsy will crochet a knob cover for you in your color of choice 😏

Sounds nice to have a crocheted knob cover. 


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Thank you for interesting read. Could you please provide sources or links to audio brand market share from which you assesed increase of Auralic’s market share compared to other brands. I’ve never found any source that provides audio brands sales or market share but was also very curious how they compare. Thank you.

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Good review. This sounds like a great centerpiece of an audiophile/network system for someone that wants simplicity and very good performance, without getting into the stratosphere price league of diminishing returns on the dollar.


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Hi Chris,

 

I have the Auralic Mini, in fact I have 3 of them, all with 500G SSD drives installed. I get immense pleasure using the lightning DS software (after a shaky start) and would jump at the G1, if I could install an SSD Drive. Reason being you can't always have an internet connection and its good fun to browse your favourites in hi res.

 

It would be silly to ask your thoughts on the sonic improvement of the G1 over the Mini as the price divergence is about 8 times. I am very happy with the convenience and sound quality of my minis, as I have local files on the SSD, plus Tidal and Spotify Connect, and I enjoy controlling them from my phone and iPad.

 

I am tempted to upgrade to the G1 for my main system but have two reservations, the lack of SSD and lack of galvanic isolation. In my research CA contributors such as Barrows stress the importance of having the streamer and DAC in separate boxes.

 

The alternative to me is a separate streamer and a second hand Benchmark DAC 2 or equivalent.

 

Anyone care to comment - am I on the wrong track?


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1 hour ago, Ajax said:

Hi Chris,

 

I have the Auralic Mini, in fact I have 3 of them, all with 500G SSD drives installed. I get immense pleasure using the lightning DS software (after a shaky start) and would jump at the G1, if I could install an SSD Drive. Reason being you can't always have an internet connection and its good fun to browse your favourites in hi res.

 

It would be silly to ask your thoughts on the sonic improvement of the G1 over the Mini as the price divergence is about 8 times. I am very happy with the convenience and sound quality of my minis, as I have local files on the SSD, plus Tidal and Spotify Connect, and I enjoy controlling them from my phone and iPad.

 

I am tempted to upgrade to the G1 for my main system but have two reservations, the lack of SSD and lack of galvanic isolation. In my research CA contributors such as Barrows stress the importance of having the streamer and DAC in separate boxes.

 

The alternative to me is a separate streamer and a second hand Benchmark DAC 2 or equivalent.

 

Anyone care to comment - am I on the wrong track?

Hi Ajax - You're in a good situation, even though there are questions and concerns about improving performance. The Mini is a wonderful product. I've even heard that Auralic made a mistake by releasing that product because it was so inexpensive (no money could be made on it) and it performed so well for the money. Anyway, the Mini is wonderful, but not the "height of living" as they say. 

 

For a main system in your environment I would look at the Vega G1 and Aries G1. It accomplishes everything you need and keeps you in the familiar Lightning DS ecosystem. I know it's substantially more money, but going from a Toyota to a Porsche is also quite a bit more money. Toyotas are wonderful cars by anyone's definition, but they are no Porsche. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Ajax said:

Hi Chris,

 

I have the Auralic Mini, in fact I have 3 of them, all with 500G SSD drives installed. I get immense pleasure using the lightning DS software (after a shaky start) and would jump at the G1, if I could install an SSD Drive. Reason being you can't always have an internet connection and its good fun to browse your favourites in hi res.

 

It would be silly to ask your thoughts on the sonic improvement of the G1 over the Mini as the price divergence is about 8 times. I am very happy with the convenience and sound quality of my minis, as I have local files on the SSD, plus Tidal and Spotify Connect, and I enjoy controlling them from my phone and iPad.

 

I am tempted to upgrade to the G1 for my main system but have two reservations, the lack of SSD and lack of galvanic isolation. In my research CA contributors such as Barrows stress the importance of having the streamer and DAC in separate boxes.

 

The alternative to me is a separate streamer and a second hand Benchmark DAC 2 or equivalent.

 

Anyone care to comment - am I on the wrong track?

In your case I'd see if there's a dealer who will loan me one or a seller who will give me a trial period. Then you will know if it is worth the big bucks to you. Maybe even compare with an external streamer. 

And nothing against Barrows, but he doesn't have your system or ears. There are few or no absolute rules about what works best - so what may be 100% true with someone else's system may not be with yours.

Something like the G1 may be a cost effective upgrade. Doesn't mean it is "the best" solution available - but what if it is "the best" combination of DAC/Streamer for the price? And if you like Lightning DS, then that means a lot: staying in a UI that you feel comfortable with can be just as important as getting that last little smidgen of SQ from your system that you might get with a different set of paired streamer/DAC separates. 


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Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also 2 SBT and an SB Boom. 

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23 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

Hi Ajax - You're in a good situation, even though there are questions and concerns about improving performance. The Mini is a wonderful product. I've even heard that Auralic made a mistake by releasing that product because it was so inexpensive (no money could be made on it) and it performed so well for the money. Anyway, the Mini is wonderful, but not the "height of living" as they say. 

 

For a main system in your environment I would look at the Vega G1 and Aries G1. It accomplishes everything you need and keeps you in the familiar Lightning DS ecosystem. I know it's substantially more money, but going from a Toyota to a Porsche is also quite a bit more money. Toyotas are wonderful cars by anyone's definition, but they are no Porsche. 

 

 

 

To be clear, the Aries G1 doesn’t not allow for SSD installation, you have to move up to the Aries G2 for that. 

 

After having bought the Aries G1 to pair with my Hugo 2 and since then replacing the Aries G1 with a Vega G2, I’ll offer my two cents.

 

1) I miss having the ability of creating a Lightning Server that came with Aries. The Vega as Roon endpoint works and sounds great, but I found myself using Lightning DS over Roon while I had the Aries. I think it sounded a smidge better too. The Vega does not allow creation of Lightning Server. You need to use Minimserver, etc. So far I can’t get it to work, so I’m using Roon. 

2) I miss WiFi with Aries. Sounded better than Ethernet connection.

3) My comparisons between the Vega G2 and Aries G1 paired with Hugo 2, revealed that the Vega G2 is more analogue (and by that I mean more relaxed) sounding perhaps, but not necessarily better. Missing is the top end sparkle and depth that came with Hugo 2. I ended up keeping the Vega G2 in the end and sold Aries G1, but kept the Hugo 2 for a better headphone listening experience. The Vega G2 headphone out sounded muddy and completely flat using my Focal Utopias. 

 

I love the Auralic gear I’ve had and enjoying the Vega G2 in my system. But there are trade offs with both the Vega G1 and G2. As you said it can’t do it ALL. It can do most of what I need and very well indeed. 

 

I think the reviewer side skirts the Lightning DS functionality on the Vega G1 which I find a bit convenient if not disingenuous having tried to use it on both the Aries G1 and Vega G2. It only really works on the Aries. No such luck on the Vega G2. This needs to be made clear as it’s what most folks who’ve used Lightning DS in the past are likely interested in knowing they can continue using as a cheaper alternative to Roon. 

 

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2 minutes ago, guerph said:

To be clear, the Aries G1 doesn’t not allow for SSD installation, you have to move up to the Aries G2 for that. 

 

Correct. To use an SSD with Aries G1, just attach an SSD USB drive. 

 

 

3 minutes ago, guerph said:

I think the reviewer side skirts the Lightning DS functionality on the Vega G1 which I find a bit convenient if not disingenuous having tried to use it on both the Aries G1 and Vega G2. It only really works on the Aries. No such luck on the Vega G2. This needs to be made clear as it’s what most folks who’ve used Lightning DS in the past are likely interested in knowing they can continue using as a cheaper alternative to Roon. 

 

Thanks for the feedback. This is the first Auralic product, I've reviewed four or five over the years, where I didn't use Lightning DS. I figured it was time to try it in a different configuration. Lightning DS is excellent as I've said in all my other reviews and in the accompanying video to this review. 

 

What do you mean Lightning DS only really works on the Aries? I've used it with every Auralic product I've ever had in my system with the exception of the Vega G1.

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21 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

 

Correct. To use an SSD with Aries G1, just attach an SSD USB drive. 

 

 

 

Thanks for the feedback. This is the first Auralic product, I've reviewed four or five over the years, where I didn't use Lightning DS. I figured it was time to try it in a different configuration. Lightning DS is excellent as I've said in all my other reviews and in the accompanying video to this review. 

 

What do you mean Lightning DS only really works on the Aries? I've used it with every Auralic product I've ever had in my system with the exception of the Vega G1.

 

From the horse's mouth,

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10 minutes ago, mav52 said:

Nice review and thanks Chris. Any tonal comparison between G1 and these devices; the Aurender A100s and the Directstream.

I haven't heard the A100 and I haven't heard a DirectStream variant in a long time. 

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