CES 2016: Tiny Yet Powerful Auralic Aries Mini Streaming Player
It's not much bigger than a nice deli sandwich, but it contains what amounts to an entire computer network streaming stereo sans power amp and speakers. The AURALiC Aries Mini ($549) and it's more expensive siblings, the ARIES ($1599) & ARIES LE ($999), are all capable of streaming music from network servers (even DSD files!), and from internet services like Tidal and Qobuz. The new Aries Mini however has the added capability of outputting analog signals to go directly to powered speakers or a stereo system, and can fit a user supplied laptop hard drive to store your music.
The remote control Lightning DS app is currently available for iPads (iOS 8.0 and above), and will shortly be available as an iPhone app. Xuanqian Wang, AURALiC's founder, is also working to include MQA and Roon in future updates. In other words, this little unit really can act as a complete front end source for a contemporary internet savvy listener.
AURALiC founder Xuanqian Wang fills us in on the video.