Auralic ARIES MINI Streamer
Auralic ARIES MINI Streamer
The Aries Mini may be Auralic's smallest and lowest cost streamer, but it is certainly no lightweight in the sound quality stakes. The Auralic Aries Mini provides a wide range of streaming options, including UPnP, network shares, Airplay, Bluetooth, Roon, Internet radio, TIDAL, Qobuz and Spotify Connect. It includes coaxial, optical and USB digital outputs and RCA analogue outputs and a very capable built-in DAC. You can even install a 2.5" SDD or HDD drive into its built-in bay and use it as a music server.
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The Auralic Aries Mini wireless streaming node is ideal for adding streaming capabilities to an existing hi-fi system. It offers most of the features of the original Aries wireless streaming bridge, but is also equipped with a high quality Sabre DAC and a built-in bay for an optional 2.5" hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD). The Aries Mini's analogue outputs can be switched between line level and volume control modes, allowing it to be used as a high quality preamplifier.
Aries Mini can stream high resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, including the very latest quad-rate DSD and DXD. It is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a quad-core ARM Coretex A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal storage. It can decode and play back pretty much any audio format, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA. It supports streaming from local sources as well as Tidal, Qobuz and Internet radio. It also supports AirPlay and Bluetooth audio streaming.
In common with the Aries and all of AURALiC's other streaming products, the Aries Mini can be controlled with the free Lightning DS iOS app. It can also be controlled from third party OpenHome and UPnP-compatible control point apps, such as BubbleUPnP.
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Local uPnP/DLNA library content
TIDAL, Qobuz and WiMP online streaming
AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth
USB hard drive files
Optional internal HDD/SSD
Supported File Types
AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA
PCM in 44.1Khz - 384Khz at 16 - 32bits
DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
AURALiC Lightning DS
OpenHome and UPnP-compatible control point software
Media Server Compatibility
Built-in Lightning Server
Minimserver, Twonky, Asset UPnP, JRiver
DLNA/UPnP compatible server software
RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
Dual-Band WiFi connection
USB 2.0 High-Speed for external disk
USB 2.0 High-Speed for compatible DAC
S/PDIF (Coaxial and TOSLINK)
Playback: 10W at max.
Approx. 5.3"W x 5.3"D x 1.1"H (13.5cm x 13.5cm x 2.8cm)
1.1 pounds (0.5kg)