New features & developments for Aries, Vega, Leo and Sirius
On 1st June 2020, AURALiC introduced a category-wide update to their award-winning G2 and GX products, bringing the range to Series G2.1 / GX.1.
The G2 Series stands as one of AURALiC’s most successful projects, from which the team has learnt an important lesson, namely that digitally-oriented audiophiles prize sonic performance, industrial design, and diversity of features in their purchases above all else.
While the success of the G2 products proved a welcome chapter, the AURALiC team now feels that it’s time to further the series in terms of both hardware and software capabilities.
Introducing the next evolutionary step in the range, with four new models:
- ARIES G2.1 Streaming Transport
- VEGA G2.1 Streaming DAC
- LEO GX.1 Master Reference Clock
- SIRIUS G2.1 Upsampling Processor
G2.1 Series casework now features a double enclosure, or “chassis-within-a-chassis,” where the outer casework is manufactured from high-grade aluminium and an additional internal enclosure is made from copper.
The balanced weight distribution design found internally in the original G2/GX layout remains unchanged, but a newly designed suspension spike system further isolates the product from external mechanical vibration.
While external changes to the series are certainly welcome, internal circuitry modification couldn’t be ignored. The Aries G2.1 USB output has been transformed into a more universal category of application, allowing for a broad level of compatibility across most manufacturers’ USB inputs.
The HDD port, for local hard drive connectivity, has been given a power boost to handle a broad range of USB drives requiring higher power delivery.
Lighting OS 7.0 will provide CD playback with optional ripping capabilities. Connect a CD drive via USB to the AURALiC product, then Lightning’s CD function will read each disk sector several times to ensure ultimate data accuracy, and save to memory cache prior to playback. This makes for a completely jitter-free CD playback experience, besting other standalone CD players at far higher prices.
One aspect of the overall G2.1/X.1 design that remains unchanged, and for good reason, is AURALiC’s Lightning Link protocol, making connectivity between G2/GX devices and G2.1/GX.1 an uninterrupted feature, so that owners of both G2 products and the newer generation of G2.1 products can be connected together for seamless functionality in one system.