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AURALIC ALTAIR

Det beste fra Auralics VEGA dac og Aries streamer i ett og samme chassis

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Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning
streaming technology, allows ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in
its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality,
and also play locally without the need of network data transfer.
Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to
Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth
functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from
Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your
smartphone or computer.


ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC Lightning DS control
App, is available on iOS platforms right, now with Mac and Windows
version in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party
OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback.
ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software,
bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other
inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to
computer working as standalone USB DAC.
When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an
optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the
ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR
and install the storage yourself.


Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA
DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is
different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel.
The ALTAIR, with all its top quality features and performance, has a
MSRP of $1,899, available in silver and black color. AURALiC will
demonstrate the ALTAIR during the AXPONA at room 304 this week,
shipment will commence in June, following the Munich HIGHEND
Show.


• AURALiC Tesla Platform
ALTAIR is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that
includes a Quad-Core Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB DDR3
onboard memory and 4GB system 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.
AURALiC has chosen this platform for its flexibility and long term support
consideration. Future features planned include DSD Upsampling, Room
Acoustic Treatment and MQA support. All these features can be delivered
through automatic online updates without user’s attention.


• Femto Master Clock
The dual-frequency Femto Master Clock inside the ALTAIR is specially
designed and optimized for its ESS Sabre DAC chip: with one frequency
for playing music with a sampling rate which is the multiple of 44.1K, and
a second for 48K, making it possible for ALTAIR to be able to lock on with
highest clock precision (equal to VEGA’s ‘EXACT’ mode) at all time without
dropouts. The Femto Master Clock, which is powered by a 9uV extremely
low noise dedicated power supply, has a very low phase noise
performance. It not only has a dramatically low phase noise, which is only
at -151dBc/Hz level, but also an excellent 100Hz offset noise level which
is only -115dBc/Hz. Driven by such a high performance clock, ALTAIR can
bring you vivid music with natural detail and solid sound image.


• Linear Power Supply
With more and more DACs at this price range starting to use switching
power supplies, AURALiC insists on using high performance but costly
Purer-Power™ linear power supply technology on ALTAIR. With this
technology, the dirty AC power firstly goes into a power purification
module, and the DC current and noise from both within and outside audio
frequencies can be reduced by as much as 90dB. The purified AC power is
then feed to a high quality transformer, with a specialty iron core made to
AURALiC’s specifications, and unique wiring to ensure zero vibration and
very low noise to avoid impacting the sensitive audio electrical circuit.
Comparing to the conventional switching power supply which generates
wide-band noise that is hard to eliminate, AURALiC’s discrete componentbased
power supply feeds the DAC chip’s analog circuit with an
astonishing low noise that is below 1uV (1uV = 0.000001V) within the
entire audio band, making ALTAIR a perfect tool to re-discover your music
with more details in the ‘last bit’ that you may never noticed before.


• Flexible Filter Mode
ALTAIR has four built-in filter modes which allows its user to customize
sound best befitting their personal preference. Those filter modes were
developed from AURALiC’s well known Flexible Filter Mode in the VEGA
Digital Audio Processor, with each containing several digital filters
optimized for a corresponding sampling rate. Flexible Filter Mode was
developed under AURALiC's subjective auditory sense and objective
testing data relationship models, to optimize the listening experience for
different music and format. The “Precise” mode exhibits perfect in-band
ripple and out-band attenuation performance, while the “Smooth” mode
is better for overall enjoyment as it has no 'pre-ringing' effect. The other
two modes, named “Dynamic” and “Balance” are optimized for different
music formats as well.

» Tekniske data

Frequency Response
20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*

THD+N
<0.001%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS

Dynamic Range
121dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted

Streaming Inputs
Network shared folder
USB Drive
Internal Music Storage**
uPnP/DLNA Media Server
TIDAL and Qobuz streaming
Internet Radio
AirPlay
Bluetooth
Songcast
RoonReady

Digital Inputs
1*AES/EBU
1*Coaxial
1*Toslink
1*USB device to computer
2*USB host to storage and DAC
1*RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
1*802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi

Analog Outputs
1*Balanced XLR(output impedance 10ohm)
1*Single-ended RCA(output impedance 50ohm)
1*6.35mm headphone Jack (output impedance 5ohm)

Supported File Formats
AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC,
MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA

Supported Digital Formats
All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s in 32Bit***
DSD64, DSD128, DSD256***

Output Voltage
2Vrms at Max. with dynamic-loss-free digital volume

Control Software
AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
AURALiC RC-1 remote control
OpenHome compatible control software
uPnP compatible control software

Device Interface
512*64 pixels OLED Display

Power Consumption
Sleep: <10W
Playback: 35W at max.

Dimension
11''W x 9''D x 2.6''H (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)

Weight
7.0 pounds (3.2kg)

* Tested under Filter Mode Precise for all sampling rate
** With optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD installed
** 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s are supported through streaming and USB input only
*** 32bit is supported through streaming and USB input only
*** By 'DoP V1.1' or native DSD protocol through streaming and USB input only

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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