Affordable Streaming with AURALiC Aries Mini
The big brother to this new release, AURALiC's Aries, has become quite the popular solution for music streaming. Now, and in perhaps what could be a replacement to the now redundant Logitech Squeezebox, AURALiC have released the Mini.
The AURALiC Aries Mini works as a bridge between your existing music collection stored on a network or NAS, and your Hi-Fi or Head-Fi system. Not only can you access just about every imaginable file format (AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA and more), it also provides provision for online streaming services. Aries Mini will also play back files from a USB or its optional internal HDD/SSD.
Built upon the learnings of the Aries, the Mini is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform, using a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal storage. The Tesla platform has a calculation ability of 25,000 MIPS, easily decoding the largest high-resolution audio files.
Aries Mini can stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, including the latest Quad-Rate DSD and DXD, all controlled via a tablet or smartphone (Android and iOS).
Not only does the Aries Mini share all software and hardware functions from AURALiC’s original Aries, it is also equipped with an analog output utilising the internal DAC.
Inputs for the Aries Mini also include Ethernet, 2.4/5G Dual Band Wi-Fi, USB, with outputs including a single-ended RCA pair, USB, Coax and Toslink (24-bit/192kHz).
The AURALiC Aries Mini is perfect for those looking to move from a CD based system to network or HDD storage, at a realistic price.
Available next month, the AURALiC Aries Mini is priced at $699 RRP.
For more information visit the AURALiC brand page.