High End 2017: Auralic G Series and Ryan drop the hammer

Auralic is bringing some new innovations to elevate their already great digital streaming offerings with the introduction of the G-Series.  We tracked down Wang Xuanqian, CEO & President of Auralic to get the low-down and give it a listen.

The new G-Series is an addition to their current product line-up and it is composed of 4 new components:

  1. Auralic Aries G2 – Streaming Transporter  ($3900 USD & available in Sept)
  2. Auralic Vega G2 – Streaming DAC ($5700 USD & available in Sept)
  3. Auralic Sirius G2 – Up sampling Processor (Price tbd, ships in late 2017)
  4. Auralic Leo G2 – Reference Master Clock (Price tbd, ships late 2017)

Auralic Aries G2

Speaking with Xuanqian, we started with the new Aries G2 that takes the builds on the original Aries  and kicks it up a few notches. Specifically:

  • Support for DSD512!
  • New display offering Retina resolution
  • Processor is 50% faster
  • Memory & data storage has doubled
  • Room inside for the optional 2.5 inch hard drive that can be added

The most interesting changes are the addition of:

  • Lighting Link technology
  • Galvanic Isolation

Lighting Link

Lighting Link is a proprietary HDMI connection that connects all of your G-Series components in a daisy chain.

Xuanqian explained:

“Lighting Link is not a regular I2S connection. A regular I2S connection feeds data and clock to the next component. In Lighting Link, the clock is provided by the DAC and data is coming from the source in the other direction. “

Let’s apply this.

  1. If you had two components (Aries G2 Steamer and Vega G2 DAC)
    • You would use just one HDMI cable between the two components
    • The Vega G2 DAC provides the clock
    • The Aries G2 Streamer providers the data
  2. If you had three components (Aries G2 Streamer, Vega G2 DAC, Leo G2 Master Clock)
    1. You would use two HDMI cables to daisy chain the 3 components
    2. The Leo G2 provides the clock signal to both the Vega G2 DAC and Aries G2 Streamer 
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Galvanic Isolation

Aries G2 Interior showing separate compartments

Another key investment in the G-Series is the Galvanic Isolation.

Xuanqian explained that the 4 core components are physically isolated into the beautiful CNC milled case. Specifically separating:

  • Power supply
  • Processing
  • Digital 0utput
  • USB Output

The Power supply is also isolated and supports 2-channels:

  • One channel for processing
  • One channel for outputs (digital or USB)

CNC Milled Case

Aries G2 CNC Chassis

Sound is important, but your toys need to look beautiful as well.

The entire case of the G2 Series is CNC machined. Xuanqian told us it takes 6 hours to machine just one! Auralic refers to this as their Unity Chassis.

Silky lines and little details like the matching CNC buttons, will make it a proud piece to put on display on your audio rack.

Vega G2 DAC

A cool feature of the updated Vega G2, is that it includes the original Aries Streamer in it! This allows customers to start with just a Vega G2 DAC, with streaming in a single box solution. When you are ready to step up, you can add the Aries G2 steamer.

The Vega G2 DAC also includes a fully passive volume control and is built using a relay based ladder network which is fully analog passive.

Ryan Tempus III

Ryan speakers continue to impress us. I had my first taste of them at T.H.E. Show @ Newport, with the smaller bookshelf version and I was excited to hear the larger Ryan Tempus III as it shows us the skills of the Auralic G2 Series gear.

The room sounded big, open and was an airy, produced by a simple and elegant system. We look forward to spending some more time with the Auralic G2 Series, and will look to do an in-depth review here soon on Part-Time Audiophile.

Mohammed Samji

1 Comment

  1. Got something to say? …. I sure do:

    Auralic “Aries G-2” This (beautiful) thing can very well be a “Game-changer” .

    Absolutely checks off all the right box’s (except for) standard i2S (over HDMi) and “Wrd. Clk” connections.

    Otherwise, look out !


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