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  1. As does coax. The issue comes with DACs that declare USB to be the preferred input. To be fair, this is more an issue in comparisons, not so much once you're settled with equipment choices. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  2. Sadly only one or the other. I find this limitation annoying, but there it is.
  3. My NAS (synology ds213) seems to auto sleep just fine. I don't remember doing anything special on the Mini. So what you're seeing is not inherent to the Aries Mini's design. The only thing I can think that can cause what you're seeing - other than actual access to files due to playback or scanning - is some kind of library presence check, I.e. a heartbeat. Beyond that it's hard to say. Have you contacted Auralic support?
  4. May I ask why you need an Aries Mini in this setup? The Oppo has a built in DLNA client and can pull files from the network both over DLNA and SMB. I have a 105-D and it works great. Where the Oppo falls short is in passing through DSD to the digital outputs. It will only pass DSD out on HDMI, which is pretty limiting. Also, the wireless is 802.11n, not 802.11ac like the Aries Mini. I must be missing something. Just curious...
  5. I have the Auralic Linear LPS, and it is indeed single voltage - mine is marked 120V. Do you really need one that works from 100-240V, or do you want one that is available for your voltage? For example, a quick check of the SBooster here shows you can order the mains voltage and power plug of your choice.
  6. Mine is approx 20,000 tracks. BUT - I don't use Lightning as the server. I run minimServer on my NAS. In this configuration, it takes the Lightning DS app on both my iPad Mini and iPhone 6s less than 30 seconds to rebuild its cache. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  7. I feel that the hype around MQA adds to the skepticism we in this community are expressing. Frankly, I have very little interest in replacing my lossless flac files with their MQA equivalents. Storage is cheap, and I am dubious of the claimed benefits of DAC customizations or whatever they're calling it. What I am excited about is the prospect of getting near-lossless (my adjective for MQA encoding) 24-96, 24-192, even DXD streaming from Tidal and others. So for me, the comparisons I want to hear are: For an MQA encoded DXD (say) flac file: MQA ON (claimed DXD quality) vs Off (24/4
  8. I'm holding judgement until I hear it. Until then, it's all words anyway. For me, I'm most intrigued by the possibility of streaming of hi-Rez music. For file based playback, I am very skeptical. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  9. Anyone following the saga of MQA support on the Aries, LE, and Mini? Apparently they delayed release of MQA support at the last minute during CES, and issued a statement on their Facebook page. I didn't buy the Mini for its MQA support, but am hoping it will work both with its internal DAC as well as downstream DACs. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  10. No need to cancel Tidal. There are instructions on the Auralic support site. You email them some info and they email back a code you enter into your (existing) Tidal account. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  11. Clearly there are use cases where the Mini has issues, as you're not the only one reporting them. Others have reported issues with large libraries. The only thing I can suggest is based on what has worked for me. My thinking is based on the assumption that as a small standalone device, I expect the Aries Mini to have limited resources that I would prefer to have it devote to its core function - either as a DMR - i.e. a Renderer (if connected to an external DAC) or as a DMP - i.e. a Player (if using the internal DAC). Specifically that means running the DMS - i.e. the Music Server off b
  12. Your best bet would be to enlist Auralic support. Are you sure your home network is a single logical subnet (I.e. all devices get an IP address in the same address range, for example 192.168.1.xxx, there is exactly one gateway and exactly one DHCP server)? It sounds like your iPad and your Mini are not connecting to the same subnet, so they can't see each other. But again, don't try to use the forum to debug, you may just get more misinformation. To reiterate, contact support. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  13. Would love to compare the Brooklyn head to head with the Ayre Codex and other sub-2k DAC/Amps, but the days of finding retailers to audition these things is long gone. My baseline is the Benchmark DAC1 HDR. Guess I'll have to buy both with a 30- or 60-day return policy. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  14. To Auralic: No specific issues to report wrt the new update. Overall stability seems to be better. I have not had it quit unexpectedly since the update. On the last version, I could intermittently make it crash when adding multiple tracks to the play queue. With the new version, so far so good. Tidal search is very nice. I was pleasantly surprised I could add tracks to a Tidal playlist from Lightning DS. I can't wait for library search to arrive. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  15. That's surprising, as I've usually gotten prompt replies from Wang, their CEO. It's possible that this week a lot of their folks are busy at CES. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  16. Has anyone compared the HDVA-600 or HDVD-800 with the headphone amp (HP-1) contained in the Benchmark DAC1 and DAC2 products? I am currently driving my HD800s from my Benchmark DAC1 HDR, but driven via the analog outputs from a couple of external DACs - the Aries Mini and the Marantz SA8004. I love the HD800s in this setup, but I do wonder if I can do "better" by holding all else constant, and replacing the Benchmark as a headphone amp with the Sennheiser HDVA-600. So to reiterate my question - if you hold the DAC constant - any comparisons of the Sennheisers with the Benchmark as head
  17. This is a good hypothesis, but I would love to have someone who understands the implementation details to weigh in. The way I see it, the biggest scalability issue would be on the DMS (Media Server) that has to build and maintain the index (or catalog) - either in memory or disk. This catalog will certainly be proportional to library size, and could potentially grow quite large for a very large collection. However, this can be mitigated by running the DMS (like MinimServer) on a NAS or, if needing more resources, a computer - i.e. outside the Aries Mini. What I'm not clear about is the mem
  18. I guess it depends on what is important to you. For me, the 802.11ac wifi in the Aries Mini is huge. The built in DAC is surprisingly nice. And does the Orbiter really not have an S/PDIF output? DACs seem to be all over the map when it comes to"preferred" inputs, but it's usually either USB or SPDIF, rarely optical. So I'll still prefer the Aries Mini. YMMV. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile mobile app
  19. Jack, This is just proof that each of us should use our ears to decide what's best for ourselves. For me, the Mini was not at all as fatiguing (or indeed, headache-inducing) as it was for you. And my system was neither mediocre nor low end! The way I look at it is that I can live with the Mini for a while until some higher-end components I have my eye on (like the Mytek Brooklyn DAC/Amp) are released and reviewed.
  20. Yes that's correct. I did (and do) see the LMS that I still have running on my network, but to be honest, I was never enamored of LMS, so was only too happy to use MinimServer. I don't really understand the UPnP issue you guys are referring to. If I can successfully connect to MinimServer, what "mode" am I using? And what am I losing due to a broken UPnP support? Just that I am constrained to Lightning DS and not any UPnP-compliant control app? I'm sure there is much to learn here, but given that it's all working for me, I have to admit very little motivation to do so.
  21. I don't know what to tell you. As others have suggested, your best bet would be to call Auralic support. For me, the steps listed here (Connect ARIES MINI to a WiFi Network – AURALIC LIMITED) worked perfectly. LMS = Logitech Media Server. It's the media server required for the Squeezebox ecosystem. I had already setup MinimServer before I got the Mini, so did not see the point of trying anything else. I was using it to serve audio content to my Oppo BDP-105D over the network. I've never tried Synology Audiostation. I do remember why I stopped using the Synology Media cent
  22. Do you mean the effect of an LPS vs no LPS? I do cover that in my write up. See A note about power supplies. if you meant comparing the Auralic LPS with others mentioned here, nah I don't plan to go down that path. However I will certainly be interested to hear others' experiences if they do.
  23. Interesting. I have heard this said before, but have never been motivated enough to try this. I am skeptical that offloading CPU cycles can have an audible impact, unless the CPU is pegged, but we have no way of looking at CPU utilization on the Aries Mini. But since I have not tried it, I'll keep an open mind. I would probably first pre-convert some FLAC files to uncompressed PCM WAV files, and then A/B the two. Of course, next someone will tell me that FLAC files transcoded to WAV on the fly sound different than WAV files at rest.
  24. Quick question for Auralic. If/when you publish an update to the beta, will Testflight recognize it and prompt me to update? I'm assuming that while the product is in beta through Testflight, the normal iOS update feature does not apply? Just curious.
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