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Auralic Aries And Clays DAC's

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Hi Guys

 

This is a thread to record peoples experience with using the Aries with Clays Dac's.

 

As mentiomed in the Konverter thread Clay has one in his hot little hands so can post what he thinks.

 

Just as a teaser here is what he told me:

 

Aries now streaming tidal thru Konverter Wow sounds bloody amazing!!!

 

Its up to others and Clay now.

 

I will be a very interested reader and question asker, especiallly MQA.

 

Thanks

Bill

 

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While I have been waiting for Clay's Konverter I discovered about 6 months ago that my Yamaha CDHR 1500 cd recorder has a DAC mode so that you can feed it a digital signal and it will act purely as a DAC

if I play a CD on the Yamaha recorder and then stream the same CD through my Aries it does sound better, so no surprise here what Clay is hearing

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The Aries has been out for a while now. From what I have read it is quite good for what it does for the normal selling price, so you guys that bought it for $1,000 has gotten a bargain. I am still sitting on the sidelines, just enjoying all the exciting developments in computer audio.

 

I am specifically interested in products that can be:

  • updated via software e.g PS Audio 
  • updated via new modules e.g Konverter Dac.
  • or sell/changeover at not too high cost 

 

 

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Hi guys,

just put a post on this but in the Konverter section.

I don't think I can move it but will add more content here

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Hi Guys

 

Read Clay's reply - check it out - nice pictures as well.

 

Clay - play Joni Mitchell Blue - it is MQA 100% for sure.

 

If its displaying 192k its doing full MQA decoding - just like they advertise.

 

However they say the new software version does 384k and you can upsample everything to that.   It may sound better - or not who knows.  It may be implemented in the Beta - again who knows.  MQA is definitely implemented though:

https://community.roonlabs.com/t/auralic-new-beta-firmware-5-0-support-in-house-mqa-decoding-web-browser-interface-and-roonready-for-aries-mini/24267

 

What would up-sampling to 384k do?   Well I got an interesting program:

https://www.xivero.com/xifeo/

 

Even the best recorded double DSD recording I could get a hold of has nothing above 60k except noise:

https://2xhd.nativedsd.com/albums/2XHDRE1045-sarah-vaughan-live-at-rosys

 

192k is all you need - most of the time even 88.2 is enough.  However DAC chips like Clay uses upsamples internally much higher - doing that up-sampling in the Aries may sound better - I am sure Clay will find out.

 

Clay will also be checking out the supplied power supply compared to his.  The supplied supply costs $649

https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/collections/digital/products/auralic-lps-optional-low-noise-power-supply-upgrade-for-aries-le-aries-mini

 

But I have found nothing that can best Clay's supply - and at a significantly reduced price.

 

If as I suspect Clay's supply is better you just need to get the LE version and his supply.  Again I will be getting Clays  supply myself if its better and sell the one that came with it.   Trouble is once the word get out Clay's is better I wont get anything like $649 for it - ah well.

 

Thanks

Bill

  

 

 

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2 hours ago, bhobba said:

 

Likely why the current models are selling at amazing prices right now.

 

Thanks

Bill

A somewhat more conventional form factor than the current Auralic / LE. Let's hope this time they don't use plastic that doesn't scratch when you breath on it...... :sorry:

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