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The ARIES MINI uses Wi-Fi to link your Hi-Fi system to all your favorite sources of high-resolution digital music. Stream music from any network-attached computer, media server, attached USB drive. or even an (optional) internal drive for hosting your music onboard the MINI itself. With support for the highest resolution formats out there including DXD and DSD256, and features like memory caching and bit-perfect multi-room playback, the ARIES MINI packs a lot into a small package. Just connect it to your DAC or go straight into your amplifier from premium analog outputs that deliver your music without compromise.
We developed Lightning OS to be the highest-quality streaming environment you’ve ever heard. A meticulously-crafted software architecture designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with the powerful Tesla hardware platform found in AURALiC streaming products, Lightning OS is full of cutting-edge innovations that bring your music to life like never before. Connect to all your of high-resolution sources, take control with user apps like Lightning DS or Roon, and meet true audiophile streaming.
The ARIES MINI offers a plethora of ways to access your music, wherever it is. Store digital music files on a networked computer or media server and the MINI streams that library on command to your audio system over Wi-Fi. Or simply attach a USB drive to one of the MINI’s 2 USB ports. There’s even space inside to install any 2.5” HDD/SSD, turning the ARIES MINI into a music server in its own right. Online services like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Internet Radio expand the possibilities even further, and with support for Roon, AirPlay, SongCast and Bluetooth there’s no end to the ways you can use the ARIES MINI to add high-end streaming to your system.
Don’t let its small size fool you — the ARIES MINI is serious gear for serious music lovers. It sports an ES9018K2M High-End Sabre DAC chip and supports the highest resolution digital music around, all the way up to DXD and DSD256. We’ve made an optional external linear power supply for the ARIES MINI too, for discriminating users looking to keep EMI as far from their music as possible. No matter how you use it, the ARIES MINI is a great way to discover what high-end streaming is all about. No matter how you use it, the ARIES MINI is a great-sounding way to explore the world of High-End streaming.
We built a special version of our Tesla hardware platform for the ARIES MINI, called Tesla Core. Designed with space-saving efficiency in mind, it’s no lightweight when it comes to performance, sporting the same Quad-Core Cortex-A9 processor found in the original ARIES. With 512GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage, Tesla Core has everything it needs to meet the demands of modern high-resolution streaming. Automatic updates keep Tesla Core outfitted with the latest features and support, so your device is always ready for peak performance and up-to-the-minute functionality.
Auralic Aries Mini
This is my look at the Auralic Aries Mini, it is really only a look as it has been and gone from these pastures. The reason is it was dropped off just before Christmas but has now had to go elsewhere. I’ve listened to it a fair bit over these few weeks and such has been my enjoyment I’ve written very little about it, mainly because I just ended up listening to music every-time and got very little done.
Auralic Aries Mini – What is it?
The Auralic Aries Mini is simply a high resolution wireless streaming hub for your hifi system. It is driven by the excellent Lightning DS App that is available on Apple OS but not Android or other. It is really excellent. Apple TV sized, it is a pocket wonder connecting to an amplifier through Phono leads from the back. Although wireless, you can plug in an ethernet cable as I did. There is scope to output to a compatible DAC through USB if preferred. There is even a slot in here for inserting a 2.5″ hard drive, preferably a solid state drive says Auralic. The Lightning DS App will draw in your files from other network storage. Although Tidal and Qobuz are very well supported in the App, Spotify is not supported but I guess you could use Airplay from the iPad if Spotify was that important to your streaming decisions. MQA is not supported here either.
Feb 2018 Update: Auralic is announcing a firmware update to support Spotify Connect with the Auralic Aries Mini.
I’m bound to say, out of the box and plugged in and streaming was a matter of minutes, although I did have my iPad set-up for the Lightning DS App having recently reviewed the Auralic Polaris. Quality wise, the Mini is heavyish but the build feels great, with a soft touch, fingerprint friendly case that is solidly designed with no hint of compromise. There are a couple of buttons on the front, volume I think, but I didn’t touch them, preferring to use the iOS App for track and volume management!
The Auralic Aries Mini is supported by the excellent Lightning DS App. I have had no issues with connectivity with this Aries Mini, the Polaris or the Altair Streaming DAC in the few months I’ve had exposure to this excellently conceived set of Chinese electronics.
my Auralic experience….has been been one of excellent, reliable, high quality performance without drama
I was running my Aries Mini with Atlas phono cables into a T+A AMP 8 which was output to QED Supremus cables connected to my trusty KEF R700 floor-standing speakers. Overall, a very complementary system for the Aries Mini. My principal source was Tidal, and occasionally my NAS Drive with a 24 bit library on it. I was using the Lightning DS App on a first generation iPad that now does nothing but control music on my Naim system, and other such streaming services, because it is so defunct and slow, but it is still fine in this situation.
I have found the Auralic Aries Mini to be an outstanding piece of high performance equipment. Performance which I have not seen since the…. Polaris. Really, my Auralic experience of the last year or so has been been one of excellent, reliable, high quality performance without drama, glitches or other such headaches.
Because I’ve not still got the Auralic Aries Mini, I won’t wax on about sound-stages and the like, suffice to say my overall experience has been excellent. My KEFs have been singing beautifully for the last few weeks now and the Mini contributes hugely to a very high end presentation. My stock hi resolution performances, such as Radiohead’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Alien’ and ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift have come across with bags of detail and drive, respectively. Not for the first time with these Auralic products and Lightning DS App, I have repeatedly found myself lost in music purely because the music choice through the App is simple to get involved with you just forget what you are doing and scan for new music and old favourites as hours just fall away.
New music discovered through the Aries Mini include Sleepwalkers by Omar Klein, a very beautiful, wistful piano and Jonny Greenwood’s (now Oscar nominated) soundtrack to the ‘Phantom Thread’, wonderful.
. Published on 29 January 2018