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.

COMMENTS
Hifihedgehog's picture

A Kangaroo Mobile Desktop at $99 is the real champion here. It is even smaller pocketable form factor, about the size of an iPhone 6 Plus, at less than half the weight (5.8 oz) of the Aries Mini. Best of all, it has a built-in battery for up to 4 hour battery life for easily moving it around the room, using it on road trips and parties, or wherever power is out of reach. Need more power? Just use a micro USB battery pack!

It does all of what this device does and more because it is a full-fledged, 64-bit Windows computer. For example, DSD Streaming via Foobar2000 has been available on PC for the last four years, usable now, free of charge:
http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f6-dac-digital-analog-conversion/fooba...
The Kangaroo Mobile Desktop connects easily to an iPad, which can serve as a virtual touchscreen interface. Or just connect a Bluetooth or USB mouse and keyboard. Or even hook up a television or monitor, at up to 4K resolution. Or do a mix of all of them simultaneously as a means for input and display. You control your power to control! :)

Use the Bluetooth and Wireless AC for streaming and receiving streams of all kinds, up to DSD audio and UHD H.265 video content across all platforms types. Even Bluetooth headphones and speakers are quite usable! Access the two USB ports (one-3.0 and one-2.0) for linking up hard drives, flash drives, additional WiFi adapters, DACs, ADCs, and more. Then secure your mobile media setup with the quick touch of a finger via the fingerprint scanner.

halcyon's picture

How can companies design and market for a 15% market share is beyond me.

No plans for Android.

Good grief. Good riddance.

CNVIII's picture

This sounds like a great bargain if it performs well - especially with the bundled Tidal subscription. The Aries Mini may just be the perfect means for a foray into MQA...

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