Auralic Aries Mini Wireless StreamerRegular price £449.00 GBP. Sale price £429.00 GBP. Save £20.00 GBP.
Connecting easily via Wifi or Ethernet to stream from network attached storage as well as Tidal HiFi, Qobuz, and Internet Radio.
ReviewsOur Holburn Review
If you’re looking for a sub £1k streamer that performs way better than the price suggests we’d recommend the Aries mini unconditionally.
Since it’s launch, this unique little streamer has been one of our top sellers. It is perfect for those starting out with a proper HiFi system or even those with high end kit who want to dip a toe in the water with streaming.
In either case the Aries can stick around for a good bit of the upgrade journey if you find yourself wanting take the performance up a gear.
The Aries is powered by an off board plug top PSU as standard, but can be upgraded by changing this out for Auralic’s dedicated linear power supply (or the likes of an S-booster... just ask and we can advise)
All the positive press about Auralic’s “lightening” app is absolutely right... it’s a joy to use and integrated beautifully with streaming services such as Qobuz and Tidal etc.
We always seek out products with a coherent, musical sound that encourages you to play more REAL music... for us that’s much more satisfying than the clinical kit we often hear playing “impressive” HiFi demo type music.
The Aries mini ticks all the boxes for us. Buy with confidence... you won’t be disappointed!
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NOTE: Auralic recently announced the end of production of the Aries Mini and stock is getting thin on the ground. We purchased most of the remaining European stock, so don’t wait and miss out on this streaming bargain!!
"HiFi Choice Group Test Winner 2018"
ARIES MINI is a wireless streaming node designed for your existing audio system connection. It enables your home stereo with wireless high-resolution streaming capability at an affordable price.
ARIES MINI shares all existing software and hardware functions of our original popular streaming bridge: ARIES, which launched last year on the HighEnd Munich show. In additional, ARIES MINI has a pair of high quality analogue outputs which are powered by a ESS Sabre DAC chip: ES9018K2M. The built-in storage slot accepts any 2.5-inch hard drive or solid-state drive, which can be used to build your personal music library.
ARIES MINI can stream high-resolution music extremely fast over a WiFi signal at virtually any sampling rate, even for the latest Quad-Rate DSD and DXD. It is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform including a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal data storage. The Tesla platform has a calculation ability of 25,000 MIPS, more than enough to decode a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA.
‘We are trying to create something that is affordable for most music lovers, not just the audiophile,’ said Xuanqian Wang, the CEO of AURALiC. ‘ARIES MINI is exactly the right product for anyone who is eager to experience the wireless high-resolution streaming technology but don’t want to spend a lot of budget on a dedicated DSD DAC or a NAS drive. It is the real DSD streamer for everyone.'
Through Lightning DS, AURALiC’s control software, ARIES MINI can stream music stored on network attached storage, USB disk and optional internal storage. It also supports TIDAL, Qobuz and WiMP lossless streaming services. The other streaming sources are vTuner Internet Radio, AirPlay from Apple devices and Songcast for Windows and Mac system.
The Bluetooth 4.0 interface allows you to connect your existing Bluetooth enabled devices to the ARIES MINI, giving the ultimate in audio flexibility for the home.
Have a Spotify account ? - No problem, simply Airplay Spotify from your iPhone/iPad directly to the Aries Mini, and let the immense processing power of the Aries Mini release the full potential of your Spotify music selections.
The inputs of the ARIES MINI includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi (inc 5G), USB input and optional internal storage such as a 2.5’ hard disk or solid-state drive. The outputs are USB audio, and this is compatible with DACs, which do not require a driver to work on a Mac system. The digital audio outputs include Coaxial and Toslink with maximum supported sampling rate up to 24Bit/192k. The single-ended analogue output is driven by an internal DAC which supports all sampling rates up to Quad-Rate DSD and DXD.
(Since the review above was published, an update has been implemented and Spotify can now be streamed to the Aires Mini via Spotify Connect)
This product is new unopened stock.
- Music file on NAS or computer
- USB drive
- Internal storage
- TIDAL Qobuz & WiMP lossless streaming
- vTuner Internet Radio
- AirPlay and Songcast
- Bluetooth 4.0
Supported File Types
- AAC, AIF, ALAC, APE, DIF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA
- PCM in 44.1Khz - 384Khz (16 - 32bits)
- DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
- AURALiC Lightning DS
- OpenHome compatible control software
- uPnP AV compatible control software
Media Server Compatibility
- Built-in Lightning Server
- Compatible with Minimserver, Twonky, Asset UPnP
- Front panel key with user defined function
- RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
- 802.11ac Tri-Band WiFi connection
- USB 2.0 High-Speed for external USB drive
- USB 2.0 High-Speed for compatible DAC*
- AES/EBU, Coaxial, TOSLINK**
- Singled-ended line output
Line Output Specification
- Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB***
- THD+N: <0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS
- Dynamic Range: 110dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted
- Output Voltage: 2Vrms
- 6Watt for average working condition
- 15Watt at max (with internal storage installed)
- Appox. 5.5"W x 5.5"D x 1.1"H (14cm x 14cm x 3cm)
- 1 pound (0.5kg)
* 'Compatible DAC' means a DAC does not require a driver to work on Mac OS X
** Sampling rate limited to 44.1K - 192K only
*** DAC Filter Mode set at 'Precise'