Auralic to Introduce DSD Over Wi-Fi at CES

From the press release:
ARIES, the first product in the Lightning family, serves as a bridge between music on network storage and DACs, enabling DACs to stream music quickly and superbly via Wi-Fi in virtually any format, including DSD, double-rate DSD and DXD. ARIES includes a switchable USB host output; digital AES/EBU, coaxial and Toslink connections driven by AURALiC's patented ActiveUSB technology; and an extremely accurate Femto Master Clock.

ARIES will be available in May 2014 at suggested prices starting at $999 (MSRP).

Lightning, the speedy, versatile lynchpin of the new system, showcases several industry firsts. It’s the first streaming solution based on dual-band 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi, among the world’s fastest, with a maximum speed of 1300 Mbps. As a result, Lightning is also the first system able to stream Direct Stream Digital (DSD), double-rate DSD and Digital eXtreme Definition (DXD) wirelessly.

In addition, Lightning is the first streaming solution that allows digital audio signals to output through a USB host port to DACs, like AURALiC’s VEGA Digital Audio Processor. The USB output does PCM in sampling rates from 44.1 to 384 KHz at 16-, 24- and 32-bit resolutions. It also supports DSD, Double-Rate DSD and DXD, as well as a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA.

Auralic will have a prototype of the Aries DSD streamer at CES (next week!) so I'll be sure to check it out.

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