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Auralic ALTAIR : nouveau streaming DAC

Message » 12 Avr 2016 18:34

Auralic a annoncé aujourd'hui le lancement de son nouveau produit : ALTAIR, un streaming DAC qui ressemble comme 2 gouttes d'eau à un Vega avec des antennes :



Gardena, CA, April 12, 2016 — AURALIC North America Inc. and its parent company, AURALIC LIMITED, is introducing the new ALTAIR Streaming DAC. The ALTAIR can act as an easy-to-use Home Music Center with more than 15 input sources including: Streaming Inputs: Network Shared Folder (NAS), USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady; Digital Inputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and DAC, RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi.

Xuanqian Wang, AURALiC’s president & CEO, said: “The new ALTAIR is both a high quality streamer and DAC, and was designed based on feedback from dealers for an exceptional yet convenient-to-operate Digital Source unit at an $1,800 - $2,000 price point.

“Some may consider this as a combination of VEGA and ARIES or the upgrade version of ARIES MINI with digital input. However, the ALTAIR is definitely a Line Extension, and not replacing the ARIES MINI, or AURALiC's award-winning VEGA DAC or ARIES Streamers — which represent the very highest level of sound quality.”

The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a WiFi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC’s ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background.

Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer.

Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer.

ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback. It also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC.

When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself.

Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel.

The ALTAIR, with all its top quality features and performance, has a MSRP of $1,899. Shipment will commence in June, following the Munich HIGHEND Show.

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Encart supprimé pour les membres HCFR

Message » 12 Avr 2016 22:15

À écouter exclusivement avec des Rockport.
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Message » 31 Oct 2016 13:16

Cet appareil est une petite merveille. Moi qui attendait un tout en un capable de driver mes actives et leur caisson :D

La signature Auralic sur toute la ligne ! Fluidité, élégance, du grain et de la transparence, bref à moins de 2K€ le bout voilà trois éléments de belle qualité, streamer, dac et pré !

Qqs photos d'un système proche du miens ici :
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Message » 31 Oct 2016 14:43

J'ai Mon Altair depuis 2 mois et j'en suis ravi.
J'accede a ma bibliotheque par Ipad, soit avec l'appli Lightning DS d'Auralic, soit avec l'appli Lumin. Sur mon NAS, j'ai Minimserver qui parle a l'appli Lumin.

Prochaine etappe: SonicTransporter i5 pour utiliser ROON (mon Nas Synology n'est pas assez performant pour jouer des fichier DSD256 sur Roonserver).
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