Auralic has been quietly working on some new updates in the background of the pandemic, and the time has finally come for the big reveal. The latest updates include a new model for both the company’s flagship digital transport (aka streamer only, no DAC) Auralic Aries G1.1 and their full streaming device (analog outputs included) Altair G1.1.
The big updates for both products in the G1.1 series now include a new silver base which provides a nice contrast within the aesthetic as well as more isolation and vibration damping. Along with the outward change, the internals now handle Apple’s Airplay 2 standard for wireless streaming.
More from the press release:
July 25th, 2022 – AURALiC is delighted to announce an update for its ARIES G1 and ALTAIR G1 to the G1.1 version. Reflecting our drive to innovate and lead the music streaming market, this update provides exciting improvements for both models.
Engineered to exacting standards, the ARIES G1.1 and ALTAIR G1.1 excel in today’s demanding environment of high-resolution music streaming. Designed and consistently updated in-house, the Lightning streaming platform has led the industry since its release in 2014. Focused on providing the best possible sound and an outstanding user experience, Lightning streaming includes several unique features such as memory cache, CD playback and ripping, and wireless streaming up to 384 PCM and DSD512. The Lightning DS iOS app provides native integration with high-resolution streaming services like Amazon Music, Qobuz, and HighResAudio, as well as other lossless services such as TIDAL, KKBox, and NetEase, providing a world of musical exploration. Our Lightning streaming platform also supports TIDAL Connect, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, Bluetooth and acts as a Roon Ready endpoint allowing you the freedom to access and control your music however you like.
The G1.1 update brings two new features common to both models. The ARIES G1.1 and ALTAIR G1.1 now feature the high-mass base from our award-winning G2.1 series products. This satin silver base plate improves their overall aesthetic and provides extra vibration damping for better sonic performance. Both units now support AirPlay 2, further expanding your streaming options.
The ARIES G1.1 Wireless Streaming Transporter brings high-performance music streaming to your home audio system. Connect it to your DAC and stream your favorite music wirelessly. With the G1.1 update, customers can purchase an internal storage option to store their favorite music inside the device.
The ALTAIR G1.1 Digital Audio Streamer, with its robust Wi-Fi connectivity and analog output, is a clean one-box solution for all your digital music. Connect the ALTAIR G1.1 to your amplifier or powered speakers and enjoy a world of music streaming options at your fingertips. ALTAIR G1.1 has an improved Femto clock, providing an even higher level of precision for the integrated DAC. It also has a more powerful built-in headphone amplifier, making the headphone listening experience even better.
The ARIES G1.1 and ALTAIR G1.1 will each retail for $3,249 | €2999 | £2499.
“With these updates, our G1.1 Series products will continue to lead their categories in technology and functionality, providing the best streaming experience in their market sector.”
More info: Auralic G1.1