AURALiC Aries MINI

Device Type: UPnP/DLNA Network Player
Input: Ethernet, Dual-Band WiFi, USB storage, AirPlay, Bluetooth
Output: USB (DAC), Coaxial, TOSLINK, unbalanced RCA
Dimensions: Appox. 5.3"W x 5.3"D x 1.1"H (13.5cm x 13.5cm x 2.8cm)
Weight: 1.1 pounds (0.5kg)
Availability: through authorized dealers
Price: $549.00 (includes 1 year of Tidal HiFi: US Only, $399 or equivalent rest of world)
Website: www.auralic.com

Fit For Audiophiles?
I've seen this question posed and discussed about any number of things including the Auralic Aries Mini and I always think; this is what's wrong with some of the thinking in our hobby.

The Aries Mini is a UPnP/DLNA/Open Home ready network player and ESS Sabre 90182KM endowed DAC. The Mini supports all your usual file formats (AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA) as well as PCM resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD to DSD256. You can connect the Mini to your network either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet to stream from network attached storage as well as Tidal HiFi, Qobuz, and Internet Radio. The Mini will also read from USB storage and also allows for a user-installed single internal hard disk drive or solid state drive allowing users to skip dealing with NAS and network complexities. The Mini runs on the company's "proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal storage."

Auralic have also developed, and continued to improve, their Lightning DS app for iOS devices as well as their Lightning Server. The Mini, being all UPnP'd and DLNA'd, can also communicate with any number of media servers including Minimserver, Twonky, Asset UPnP, JRiver, and DLNA/uPNP compatible server software.

Network setup is relatively simple due to the Lightning app's setup guide. Plug in the Mini, connect it to your network (the company recommends WiFi), and follow the guide in the app. This process should take all of a few minutes as the app auto-discovers your WiFi network, your Aries device, and once connected, your NAS. The first time you connect to your NAS the app will take some time to scan your library, the exact amount of time depends on its size.

I chose to run Lightning Server on my Synology NAS as this allows for additional views of your library including "Last Modify Date", "Last Import Date", "File Sampling Rate", and "File Type". I also setup my Tidal account in the app so I could tap into Tidal's near endless music library. I also setup the Auralic Aries (see review). I chose to run via WiFi and did not encounter one hitch in my giddyup during the review period.

When the Aries Mini was first announced, it was priced at $399. By the time it came to market, Auralic decided to tack on a year of Tidal which comes with the bigger Mini price tag of $549 for all US customers (for the rest of the world, the original price stands). In the grand scheme of things, this may, or may not, seem like much money but in relative terms it is. For those who have prepaid for a Tidal HiFi subscription, your next year will be free.

The Mini is roughly the size of a Mac...mini and its white or black plastic body is minimal in features, with three recessed buttons on the front, top edge for controlling volume and mute and a status indicator LED at the back, top edge. The buttons also come into play if you encounter setup issues and can also be programmed for different functions through the Lightning DS app. Up top resides the AURALiC logo, ever so subtly embossed.

The Lightning DS app
I went through some details of the Lightning DS iOS app in my review of the original Aries but the company has been working on the app and improving it in a number of ways, most notable was the aforementioned simple app-based setup guide.

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are a number of ways to filter your music library; Album, Artist, Composer, Genre, Release Date, Last Modify Date, Last Import Date, File Sampling Rate, File Type, and All Tracks. There are also two views - album cover and list. The Search feature searches your library, your streaming service library, as well as Internet Radio. You can also create local Playlists that mix music from your library and your streaming service as well as create and edit your web-stored streaming service Playlists.

Overall, I found the Lightning DS app very user friendly and one of the better apps out there, on par with Aurender's app and the Bluesound app. None of these matches the sheer delight of using Roon/Tidal with its rich metadata linking, Roon Radio, and seamless Tidal integration. At present, Roon/Tidal is the king of apps by a very long shot, imo.

One interesting option embedded in the Lightning app (Settings > Lightning Device > Filter Mode) is the ability to choose from 4 digital filters—Precise, Dynamic, Balance, and Smooth. We'll talk more about these shortly.

While I mainly used the iPad version for remote control, I also spent some time with the new iPhone version (v2.5) of the Lightning app. The iPhone app is much faster rendering data as compared to the iPad version and now incorporates features from Tidal including metadata, artist radio, and more for Tidal selections. It is also very nicely laid out on-screen and overall I found it a pleasure to use. My preference is the iPad's larger screen and the company is working on porting this new version of the app to the iPad.

For more on the included updates and bug fixes in v2.5, see Lightning DS iOS Version 2.5.

Music Lover Approved
Let's begin with comparisons. Comparing the Aries Mini to the original Aries ($1599) using both to serve the review sample dCS Rossini DAC via the same length of Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB cable, the Mini proved to be less discerning in terms of perceived clarity. The original Aries delivered a cleaner and more resolute sounding signal to the dCS DAC, making music sound more dynamic, more micro nuanced, and easier to listen to. These differences were not dramatic, and I'd imagine a series of quick A/Bs would do a good job of confounding them. However, listening over time proved the original Aries was the more keen music maker.

Slipping my MacBook Pro running Roon/Tidal into the comparative Mini picture was interesting due to the fact that I did not hear a notable difference one way or another. If we take out the price for one year of Tidal HiFi from the Mini's price tag, we're left with around $310 for the Mini which competes very nicely with the $1300 or so MacBook Pro. The Mini did seem to offer a slightly more weighty sound, but again we're talking subtle. One thing that moved me more in the direction of the MacBook is I already own it and I prefer Roon as the interface to my music and Tidal. It's also worth noting that you can get a new Mac mini for $499.

The Bluesound Node 2 ($499 pictured left) is a network player/DAC very much like the Aries Mini (it houses a Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9, 1Ghz processor). You can also grab the Node 2's digital out via Coax S/PDIF or Toslink. I opted for Toslink to the dCS so we're not comparing apples to apples in terms of connectivity or file resolution capability as the Node 2 only handles PCM, no DSD, up to 24-bit/192kHz. Based on sound quality alone, I'd call this one too close to call. While the Aires Mini seemed to have a bit more bottom end, I wouldn't bet my reputation on that observation.

Let's move to the analog outputs since my guess is many Mini users, and Node 2 owners, will make use of their internal DACs. If you have a highly resolving system, my Ayre AX-5 Twenty / DeVore gibbon X is such a beast, I don't think you'll be perfectly content using the Aries Mini as DAC. The overall presentation is a bit flat and hard, and tone colors are not nearly as full and rich as I've heard through the Auralic Vega DAC being fed its bits from the Mini. Of course a $3500 DAC should outperform a $549 DAC/streamer and it does. The real question is, how does the Aries Mini fare in a more modest and friendly system.

Towards that end, I moved the Mini into our house proper and connected it to my Leben CS-300XS integrated amp which drives a pair of vintage (stock) Alec Valencias. While still not a cheap rig, The Aires Mini fit right in and bettered the Sonos Connect that has been residing there. The Aires Mini seemed to pull out more detail, editorializing less than the Sonos Connect, breathing fresher air into the Leben/Altec combo. I streamed from Tidal HiFi and also sent some tunes from my iPhone to the Aries via Bluetooth and it sounded like good, fun music. I could easily live with this simple setup.

Back in the barn, the Bluesound Node 2 offered an airier and more open sound through its analog outputs as compared to the Aries Mini. There was also more apparent body, I nicer fuller sound which drew me in into the beats with greater physicality. These apparent sonic differences stuck over time—music was simply more engaging through the Node 2.

Another relevant Mini comparison will be to the Sonore Sonicorbiter SE ($298). The Sonore is Roon Ready and offers USB output and a review is in the works, albeit with no firm date at present. For those not wanting to buy a device with an internal DAC they don't plan on using, the DAC-less Sonicorbiter SE may be of interest. Stay tuned.

I played with the Mini's Filter Modes and found I preferred Dynamic, Smooth being, well, too smooth. Since this is a user-selectable option, this really falls under 'who cares' info except to note that these filter choices allow you to tailor the Mini's sound to taste, a very nice feature in a streamer/DAC at this price point.

Tweaking the Mini: The Importance of Power
The original Aries comes with an external linear power supply (sold separately for $299) so I replaced the Mini's wall wart with the beefier PSU. Ahh that's better, read my mind's notes. The perceived hardness and flatness I noted earlier with the Mini's analog output relaxed, so did I, and bass performance was also notably improved. Music sounded fuller and richer and was now the equal of the Bluesound Node 2's analog output. To do the math, US customers are now looking at a $849 Aries Mini DAC/Streamer/PSU solution and one that better fits into more resolving systems.

I will also note that Auralic showed the Aries Mini at RMAF 2015 paired with the Dynaudio XEO 4 ($2,100/pair see review) powered speakers. To my mind, this is a great approach to building a smart, simple, system.

Contextually Recommended
Within the right system context, the Aries Mini as streamer and DAC delivers good, fun sound. With the addition of the Auralic external linear power supply, sonic performance is improved to the point where the Mini competes very nicely with the Bluesound Node 2 and I'd say it can comfortably reside in systems whose total cost falls within a single digit multiple of the Mini + PSU's cost. As your system's resolving power grows, you can always add an external DAC.

If we add up all of the Mini's strengths including the ability to play up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 files, user-selectable filter modes, a very user-friendly app, access to your NAS-based music, USB stored music, Tidal and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, Bluetooth and AirPlay access for friends and family, and the ability to add internal storage, I'd call the Auralic Aries Mini a big deal.


Also in-use during the Aries MINI review: Auralic Aries, Bluesound Node 2

Associated Equipment

COMMENTS
tubefan9's picture

It would be nice if it was offered without tidal as an option. Since you can install a HDD into the mini, and presumably copy files to it over the network, like a NAS, will it behave as such and serve files to other devices as well?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
Yes, the Aries Mini with internal storage shows up as network attached storage. I'm listening to music stored on it right now using Roon/MacBook Pro connected to the dCS Rossini DAC.
dbtom2's picture

..it's still nice when the guilt-free heart races at the sight of a head-turner. Auralic gear is on my watchlist.

DH's picture

Michael, how does the Tidal integration on the iPhone app compare to the integration in Roon. To me, that's one of the big selling points of Roon.

solo2's picture

Is there any word concerning Auralic developing an android app?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
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plakey's picture

I'm really trying to figure out how to go here; I am using a squeezebox touch and I'd really like to upgrade. I can't decide whether to go Aries Mini + clean power, Aries (regular), or Aurender N100. There is really no way for me to try these out. I am undecided about ROON to be honest; it's another box that needs to be configured and plugged in. I suppose I should put the Melco on this list, but it's a lot bigger size-wise than these other 3. I currently have a tricked out Geek Pulse fi w/ power that I'll use for now, but will eventually get the Schiit Yggi. Any thoughts?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
Do you currently have your music stored on a NAS or external HDD? What is the current size of your music library and how often do you buy new music? Do you use any of the streaming services? Do you want to have your stored music available to more than one hi-fi?
plakey's picture

I do have a NAS; not wed to it.
I love TIDAL.
I buy new music monthly; mostly records. I've ripped all my CDS and they are on the NAS. I love TIDAL.
I do want the music available other places in the house.
:)

Michael Lavorgna's picture
On Aurender, the N100H, which includes 2TBs of internal storage, is $200 more than the N100. If 2TB suits your present and future needs, I'd suggest taking a look at the N100H. You can always use your NAS for backup.

Since you have an external DAC and are planning on upgrading, I would suggest the Aries, not the Mini. The Aries offers better sound quality as compared to the Mini and you don't need the Mini's DAC.

As to which direction to go, NAS/Aries/DAC or Aurender N100H/DAC, I feel this gets into personal preference, not to mention overall cost. If you'd like to get into more detail, please send me an email.

plakey's picture

i'll email you!

plakey's picture

Thank you for all your reviews and insights.

MacFanatic's picture

MQA???

jaaptina's picture

All over Europe the price is 499 euro. That's 568 dollars at the moment.
Without Tidal! Still it's considered a good deal.

Question: Does using the PSU make a real difference when using an external dac?

grawhi80's picture

Hi,

I've been waiting for this review for weeks now, and it hasn't cleared my decision.

I currently run a Mac Mini using local storage and Audirvana, but do have a NAS (QNAP).

I've been thinking of switching to an Aries as I don't find the remote App for it great (A+), and I have to use it in Native mode to get use of my Qobuz subscription.
I have a Chord 2qute DAC at present.

Anyway... The questions are:
Is the Aries mini in either config (with or without PSU) enough of a leap over the Mac?
Does it justify spending more, as I got the feeling the answer on sound quality was no.
How much better is the Aries than the Aries Mini with PSU?
You gave judgement based without.

Any comments are appreciated as dealers in the UK with stock of both are minimal.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
The Aries Mini is not a leap over my MacBook Pro. The PSU certainly improves the Mini's performance, edging out the MacBook. The Aries is clearly better sounding than the Mini/PSU.

So, if you want the best sonic performance and the Aries' $1600 price is doable, that's what I'd recommend.

grawhi80's picture

So it's a set of speaker stands first, then an Aries.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
On a serious note, if you'd like to get into more details about what makes sen$e, I'd be happy to talk via email.
bobflood's picture

of the Logitech Duet I have buried in a closet somewhere. They included a wireless controller with it as it was sold pre-smartphone app but the functionality is very similar with a built in DAC and all. Of course it only worked with LMS as the server. Logitech was so ahead for the times that it makes it so sad that they just abandoned audio.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...and get over our remorse ;-)

Technology is an unforgiving mistress.

mtymous1's picture

...and set yourself up a VortexBox machine (dedicated or virtual):
http://vortexbox.org/about

RolandG's picture

"The Mini, being all UPnP'd and DLNA'd, can also communicate with any number of media servers including Minimserver, Twonky, Asset UPnP, JRiver, and DLNA/uPNP compatible server software."

If only that were true. At least with the current firmware version 3.2, Auralic seem to have completely frakked up the UPnP compatibility. There's a long thread over at the JRiver forums (http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=102338.msg721992#msg721992), in which Auralic's "shoddy code" (a quote) is dissected.

As of now, the Mini is unusable with JRiver. A sad fact, given that Auralic still advertises compatibility. Auralic support has been made aware of the problems, but so far, hat not come up with a solution yet.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
....as I do not use JRiver. The Mini worked just fine with Minimserver.
ednaz's picture

I've got two Transporters, one Touch, all still doing daily duty, mostly for streaming WBGO (can't get the HD radio signal out where I live in NJ) and a couple of Duets that have been lounging in retirement. They sounded great for the time they were made, and I think still outperform some of the lower end DACs with compressed files (I still wonder what they did to make compressed sound so much better).

I really do want to upgrade the system in my studio - the Transporter, when used for streaming via wifi from my lossless library, is not up to the level of the rest of the system (Gradient Revolution speakers, Krell integrated). Didn't use to be as much of an issue, but the exasound DAC in our main listening room has spoiled me. The cost/quality picture is confusing, though. Spending $3K for a streamer/DAC that I'll only listen to a few hours a week, some weeks not at all?

I need to re-read the Bluesound review, and wait for the SonicOrbiter SE review. Hard to tell from the reviews if the DACs in these would be a big sound quality jump from the Transporter by themselves. I think pairing one of those three with a DAC that I pick up from haunting "open box" specials might be the ticket.

DH's picture

Pairing something like a Sonic Orbiter with a decent DAC (even a new inexpensive one like an iFI) would be a great SB replacement. But your present SB units are also great as digital streamers. No real reason to replace them, IMO. Note: I own 2 SBTs and a SB Boom. Used to have a Duet. Use them daily for streaming radio and as a musical alarm clock.

ednaz's picture

I'm using the Touch as the streamer in my office, feeding the DAC in a Peachtree iNova. Is the resolution that comes from the Touch limited to what the Touch's DAC can handle? Unfortunately the Peachtree doesn't tell me anything about what it's receiving, and for my office, where the volume's usually really low and I've got good but not great speakers, I probably couldn't tell 16/44 from 24/192. At the volumes I listen to in my studio, and with the Gradients...

If I could stream 24/192 to a DAC via the Logitech gear (along with some of the other resolutions that aren't supported), I'm good. That'd allow a few more buck to go to the DAC. I'm reasonably confident that a limited-purpose streaming device will match or beat my initial idea, which was to build a really small PC with components and power supply chosen for streaming, and only the streaming application running.

DH's picture

Download the plugin to your SBT. With it, you can playback rates up to 24/192.Without this, your LMS server will downsample files above 24/96 so that the SB HW can handle it. SB devices "tell" LMS what their max resolution is, and LMS makes sure they get no stream at a res higher than what they can handle.
If you update your LMS server software to v7.9, you can add the DSD plugin and even catalog and playback DSD via DoP.

The streamer like the Sonic Orbiter is a good idea, I'm just suggesting you may be fine without it.

dysonapr's picture

In anticipation of my Squeezeboxes dying, I just assembled a Raspberry Pi 3 streamer, using an Pi-DAC+ and case from IQAudio in the UK.

If you're familiar with Linux, this would be quick and straightforward. If not, some study would be needed, but it should still be feasible.

ednaz's picture

I'd switched to JRiver quite awhile back, keeping LMS alive isn't the goal. But because LMS interacts with the Touch and Transporter so much better than JRiver, I've kept it alive. I've spec'd out a small size Windows based client PC build, but have recently seen some ready-mades that are cheaper. Also have considered building a Pi. I suspect the Mini and BlueSound, being purpose built, may have a better ratio of optimized components and minimized unnecessary activity inside.

I did do the firmware change in the Touch I have, then feeding to a DAC, and the sound quality improvement was very, very big. Two Transporters to figure out now.

Jorge Soares's picture

Hi Michael, Thank you for the review. I must say that I was a little bit disappointed with it as It failed to address much of the functionalities of the Aries mini, specially in what concerns the use of internal SSD/HD for music store purposes. I would particularly be interest in knowing your opinion regarding the sound quality of the device using internal storage vs external one and streaming. It would also be nice to have it reviewed with the use of the latest "reclockers" devices. :-) Are you considering to do second take? Thanks for your useful informative reviews. Jorge

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...is on par with streaming from a NAS.

What other functionality of Mini are you interested in? I'm not going to discuss the various USB add-on devices and the Mini is all packed up and ready for return.

Jorge Soares's picture

Thanks Michael! I understand. There are so many devices... The issue is that I have already a better Dac to use with the mini and I was wondering if the sound quality of mini + LPS + "reclocker" would match the one of the Aries. :-)

Tulkinghorn's picture

I would have thought that the most basic use of the Mini would be as a replacement for MacBook (streaming Tidal or Internet Radio)>Airport Express. Unless I'm seriously missing it, I can't tell whether you think that replacing the Airport Express with the Mini is a good thing, or not.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
I do not own an Airport Express.
AdamL's picture

Do either the Aries Mini or the Bluesound Node 2 support iTunes XML playlists? That's a requirement for me to give up my Squeezebox Touches. I manage all of my music through iTunes for various reason, so without that, I'll be sticking with my Squeezeboxes.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
..."we do not support it."
paulg's picture

Could this be the long awaited replacement for my LSBT? I run into a Benchmark hgc2.

deckeda's picture

... for the manufacturer to not characterize their product costing costing hundreds and intent on playing hi res files as not "an audiophile product."

Nothing about it is mainstream, from a non-geek music lover's perspective.

Matthew's picture

So I've got a Squeezebox touch hooked up to a Hegel H360. The only way for the Hegel to read DSD files is through the USB input. Unfortunately my NAS/Office Computer is in a different room and I have been using the network to transport files to the SBT and then out the coax to the amp. This is good up to 24/192 (which really is quite sufficient, but still).

I 'think' I can configure the SBT to have a USB output. However, what devices are on the market that can take an ethernet connection and package the DSD file out through a USB plug to a USB input on an amp??

Michael Lavorgna's picture
The Auralic mini being one. There's also the Sonicorbiter SE and microRendu from Sonore. Both offer Ethernet in and USB out and support DSD up to DSD512. These Sonore devices can also run SqueezeLite so you can use the Squeezebox controller if you like it.

To get USB out on your Squeezebox, go to Settings->Advanced->App Installer and install "Enhanced Digital Output".

donjo's picture

I have a Mcintosh MA8000 Integrated amp with it's own decent DAC built it. What device do you recommend to allow me to stream Tidal or other music sites or stored music on my MacBook Pro to the Mcintosh? I don't want to duplicate functions by buying a device with a DAC already built in...

ednaz's picture

I'm now a week into my time with an Aries Mini. Based on this review, when I ordered it, I also ordered the linear PS. When it arrived, I ran it without the linear PS, a few days of just running quietly without listening to it in case burning in is important. Then I listened with the regular power supply. It was nice - nicer than the quite old DAC, and quite old streamer that it's replaced. But, it was a little flat and hard, like Michael said in his review. The sound stage was bigger than the 7 year old DAC I had, and bigger than the Logitech Transporter that's on the same system. (Not a super high end system - Anthem integrated, Gradient Revolution speakers) Warmer than the old DAC, not as warm as the Transporter. And that word "hard" might not be the one I'd have chosen, but it's a fair way to describe the shiny surface to the music.

Yesterday I connected up the linear PS. Instantly better. Seriously better. Sound stage is now wall to wall, and deep. It's not shiny sounding either, it's smoother, not as hard or edgy. Warmer. Seriously engaging. I'd been listening to background music the last few days while working, and suddenly I couldn't. Had to turn it off because I was highly distracted by the music. With the price point of the combined Aries Mini plus linear power supply, and subtracting out the cost of one year of Tidal, it's a very nifty price point for the sound quality. It falls quite a bit short of my primary best DAC - an Exasound e22 - but that's no surprise or knock on the Aries Mini.

I've streamed up to 2x DSD on my home network, plus DXD, without problems, but I'm not surprised by that, we've had family events where there were three different rooms streaming videos.

Now I have to have the price of 2TB or more SSD come down to something more reasonable, so I can take advantage of the internal storage space, as the manufacturer suggests.

bigasherm's picture

I purchased on Auralic Aries Mini to upgrade the sound of my music collection and to simplify my audio setup. I had been using and old IMac with Amarra, a NAD D1050 DAC, and an Apple Airport Express. My CD collections was ripped to the IMac in AIFF format and I listened to Tidal through an IPAD streamed to the Airport Express. I also have some music in hi rez FLAC format.

I copied my music collections to a 2 terabyte USB drive, so it was easy to get the Aries Mini up and running. My music sounded much better through the Aries Mini than it did through the IMac. After some testing and switching between the Mini’s own DAC and my NAD D 1050 DAC, the best sound to me was through the USB port on the NAD DAC.

The new setup sounded so good that I decided to purchase a linear power supply for the Aries Mini. The linear power supply (SBooster) made a big improvement to the sound both through the DAC in the Mini and through my NAD DAC. The bass had more punch and everything sounded more smooth. I was hearing things in my favorite recordings that I had not heard before. My hi resolution recordings sounded fantastic.

Now the bad news. Tidal sounds great through the Mini, but when I play albums or queues on the device, the music stops after a few songs. I then have to go to the app and manually start the next. This issue is inconsistent. Sometimes it stops after every song, and sometimes it will play four or five songs. It never plays an entire CD. This does not happen when I play music from the USB drive.

I contacted Auralic’s technical support department regarding this issue. At first they suggested that the issue was with my wireless network. Auralic recommends the Mini be connected to your network with a WIFI connection, which is good because I cannot run a data cable to my stereo cabinet. I did have issues with my wireless networks, so I swapped my old router with a Netgear Orbi Wifi setup. The Orbi definitely improved wireless performance everyplace in my house, but it did not solve the problem with the Aries Mini.

After some back and forth with Auralic technical support, they admitted that some users are having the same issue that I have been experiencing. They were unable to give me an update on when they might have an update that would fix the problem.

When I listen to Tidal, I am streaming Tidal from my IPad through the Airplay feature in the Aries Mini. With the Sbooster powered Mini, anything played through Airplay sounds much better than it did through my old Airport Express. I am not thrilled with that, because one of the reasons why I bought the Mini was that I could use the same IPad/IPhone for both my music collection and Tidal.

In summary, the Aries Mini sounds great, especially with a linear power supply. The Airplay feature is a big plus if you stream music from sources other than Tidal. The user interface is good. The big problem is that at least for me, the device does not work very well with Tidal, which a significant part of the advertised features of the product. Since the issue with Tidal came up after the 30 day return period from the reseller, I am stuck with the product. I will hope that Auralic can come up with a fix for the device and perhaps replace the device when something better comes up.

panzeb's picture

Hello. What is better as digital transport for good external DAC:
Bleusoend Node 2
or
Auralic Aries Mini with PSU?
Thank you in advance for your answer. Regards.

panzeb's picture

* Bluesound Node 2, oc

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