Auralic G2 Series

Xuanqian Wang

All new, all Auralic!

The Auralic G2 Series is a new line of components that add to the company's line; the Vega G2 DAC ($5600), Aries G2 network player ($3899), Sirius G2 upsampler ($TBD), and Leo G2 clock ($TBD). The Vega and Aries will ship in September of this year, while Sirius and Leo will come at the end of the year.

Vega G2

The new Vega G2 is more-than-a-DAC with its Ethernet input, effectively turning it into a network player and one that runs the Auralic continuously-improving Lightning DS app as well as Roon (endpoint—yay!). There are a number of additional upgrades:

Of course all of these things should add up to better but as we all know, better is in the ear of the beholder. I hope to be a beholder of the Vega G2 in-barn real-soon. As (old) regular readers know, I used the original Vega as my reference for some time, so you could say it's about time for the G2. And yes, you saw that right; the Vega G2 includes a passive analog volume control and the analog inputs remain analog all the way through. Here's another point of interest from the Auralic press dump (very well done):

Jitter-Free Operation
The union of AURALiC’s Lightning OS, the Tesla Platform and our 72fs Femto Master Clock leads to a new trick hiding up the VEGA G2’s sleeve: it’s a DAC that’s always in charge. While DACs until now have relied on DPLL circuitry to lock on to the input signal’s frequency, the VEGA G2 has no such limitation – a first in the audio industry.

Lightning OS takes full advantage of the Tesla Platform’s considerable resources by buffering enough data to make the input signal’s frequency irrelevant, allowing the VEGA G2 to govern all processing with that super-accurate 72fs Femto Master Clock. It’s a configurable setting too, from 0.1s to 1s, so a smaller buffer size may be set for higher quality sources.

Vega G2 rear view

The G2 Series also got a facelift and I find the new look at once demure and, well, kinda familiar in a Simaudio-ish kinda way (someone else said Naim-ish). One of the more interesting moments in the very well done Auralic Press presentation was when Auralic's President and CEO, Xuanqian Wang (see interview), explained how they were not going to be adding MQA (anytime soon) and in its stead have developed their own MQA-ish (my words) filter. While we're on "ish", Auralic's approach with the G2 external upsampler and clock reminds me of the dCS approach. Of course, Mr. Wang was quick to point out their approach is different.

Aries G2

The Aries G2 has a few tricks of its own up its sleeve including the ability for a user-installed 2.5" HDD/SSD (look ma, no need for a NAS), USB storage input, 50% faster processing thanks to the new Tesla G2 platform with twice the system memory (2GB) and data storage (8GB) as the previous generation, dual power supplies, dual femto clocks, and Auralic's new Lightning Link which is an HDMI-based low-jitter, bi-directional 18Gbps connection found on all G2 Series products. Somebody has been thinking.

image credit: Auralic

From the Press dump:

Still to come in the G Series are the SIRIUS G2 Upsampling Processor and the LEO G2 Femto Reference Clock. The SIRIUS G2 is a powerful digital audio processor compatible with most DACs, but its impact is greatest when working in consort with other G Series components like the ARIES G2 and the VEGA G2. The SIRIUS G2’s job is to apply the best technologies available to the most demanding signal processing challenges out there, such as upsampling and room correction. The LEO G2 addresses the complex world of signal timing, and when communicating with other G Series products using Lightning Link it provides the temporal foundation for the industry’s lowest jitter and close-in phase noise performance, literally helping your entire system get in sync for a new level of sound quality.
Someone has been thinking. You can also look out for "G1" and "G3" Series products sometime in the future...

nuz1's picture

I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts on the new Vega once you get an opportunity to hear it in your system. Question: will the Vega have the option of internal storage?