Auralic Aries users

Interested in replacing my EAR Acute CDP and Squeezebox Touch with a one box solution. I've been researching this a long time, but really want a wireless solution that improves upon the sound quality I'm getting out of my SB Touch for listening to Pandora and possibly Spotify, while matching the sound of my EAR cdp when streaming downloads (assuming I get a respectable DAC).  The Auralic Aries looks to be a potentially good fit, as the price is right and it's wireless.

I use AT&T U-Verse for cable & internet service. Wireless via AT&T provided router located in the same room as my listening system in 18' x 26' room... so wireless connectivity should not be an issue.

1. I have my CD's ripped to I tunes in AIFF via I-Mac i, but I did not use any special ripping software. I only have 160 CD's... so if it would be better from a SQ standpoint, I can re-ripp using something like DBpoweramp to my MacPro laptop. Do you think this is recommended... or will the Aries view the AIFF files on my I-tunes the same as if I re-rip using DBPoweramp?

2. I'm not interested in paying $20 monthly subscription for TIDAL, but listen to Pandora a lot and want to try Spotify Premium ($10 monthly), but understand I'd have to use Airplay (?) to stream these services thru the Aries, correct.  Having not used Airplay before, can I assume it's relatively seamless interacting with the Aries?

3. Can I assume the sound quality of Pandora thru the Aries with a decent DAC will trump what I'm currently hearing thru my SB Touch?

4. Any benefit getting the latest version of I Pad vs. older, less expensive versions with regards to sound quality and/or compatibility with the Aries?

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Hundreds of comments on this topic as well as the usability of the Auralic Lightning DS app which is what you control it with via Ipad (later iphone app coming. Android support abandoned). Find them all on computeraudiophile. Cheers,
I'm not one to get into all the technical details, but I'm very happy with my Aries. I do use Tidal, and the music selection and quality when played wirelessly thru Chrome on my Macbook is incredible. I have also been successful with an iPad to the Aries, but I don't recall what generation iPad. It's probably about two years old.

I have played ripped CD's that are on my Macbook, and I can't hear the difference between those CD's and Tidal. The Aries / Tidal  combo is all about music selection, convenience of freeing up my Macbook, and relatively good quality. That's a good combination for a mid-level system.

I can't help with a comparison to any other arrangement like Squeezebox, but I have no regrets related to the Aries.

I just pulled the trigger on an Aries & Luxman DA-06 DAC linked by a Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB cable.
I have been using Auralic Aries since March 2015. Initially, I had to struggle to get it worked. I have been consulting with Auralic team which I find very responsive and great attitude.

For the best sounding, I strongly suggest other users to use Wireless connection. I used wired for almost 8 month and Auralic informed me to try wireless. I was reluctant and ignorant.

But one day, I changed that and OMG..I regretted why I didn't listen to them earlier.

For other upgrade, try replacing its linear power supply. I am using hoer-wege PS which I find, amazing product. It goes hand in hand with Auralic Aries.
After almost two frustrating weeks of working through bugs and waiting for the support team to get back to me, I threw in the towel and returned the Aries.  

I've since moved on to a Music Vault Diamond music server.  Outstanding sound, outstanding personalized service at setup and trouble-free operation.   I highly recommend Music Vault and it's proprietor, Neal at Sound Science.

Hi Guys,

Purchased a used Aries and tried to set it up but couldn't see the WiFi sign on the unit. As such my iPhone couldn't detect the Auralic Lightning App. Any ideas if I need to do any reset or something?

By the way the remote is currently not with me


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There will be some FAQs for your model (there is for their Mini). Otherwise, use the site to get in touch with their tech support. They (Chris) have been very responsive and helpful to me. Most times next day by email but sometimes faster than that. Good luck. I do seem to remember catching the point where the Mini was a hot spot (amber LED) to link to my iPhone took a couple of tries.

There’s no remote for the Mini...just the DS Lightning app on the iPhone (or iPad if you have one).

HI ghosthouse,

Thanks for the link. Managed to do the set up even though my wifi didn't show Auralic Lightning at all. Managed to get my Tidal in as well as my DSD files from my Portable Hard Disk.

Do I need to leave the Hard Disk connected every time I play my DSD files?

Do you leave your Aries on standby mode all the time or turn off the power from the LPS whenever not in use?

Hi fazee - nice to think I might have been able to help. On the other hand, maybe you just got lucky :-)

Based on the fact I did not install memory in my Aries Mini, playing locally stored files DOES require the hard drive be connected. I say that for the ALAC files from ripped CDs that I have stored on a 2TB Seagate hard drive. Don’t know about DSD files specifically, but can’t see any reason they should be different UNLESS your particular model comes with internal storage and you load the DSD files to it.

I have the Aries Mini AND connected hard drive powered up all the time. Would prefer not to (at least for the hard drive) but there isn’t any real power switch apart from pulling the plug. Powered up, it’s ready to go all the time. Occasionally I will disconnect the hard drive to add another ripped CD. It seemed like in the beginning it took a few minutes to rescan the library. Lately (there have been some software updates) it takes hardly any time at all for it to read the updated library.

Good luck with yours. Hope you enjoy music with it. It is almost the only thing I listen to these days.  Realizing for me that can mean, ripped CDs, Tidal, Spotify, or Internet Radio.  Lots of variety. Check out Paradise Radio if you have not. Good stuff. Reubent had posted about that one.


Hi ghosthouse, now that you mentioned it, I don't think my Aries has any internal storage at all. I have just switched to Tidal from Spotify and loving all the high res content so far.

What kind of music do they play on Paradise Radio?

Hey there...I'd call it "adult contemporary" but it is extremely varied.  Reminds me a lot of the content I used to hear out of WXPN from U. of Penn in Phila.  The guy does the programming (it's a husband and wife operation best I can tell) goes DEEP.  Displays an amazing knowledge of music.  Stuff you never heard of or haven't heard in years but it is not Classic Rock, way more varied than that.  The flow of his "playlists" is very very good too. Best way to find out is to check it out.    
Make that "alternative adult contemporary".
Sounds interesting..will try to check it out.
Thought I'd revive this dormant thread to ask Aries users a question - does the bridge "transcode" sources and output them through USB?  Can I hook up all my digital sources to Toslink, Coax, etc and use only the USB output to feed my DAC?  Thanks...

No, Aries does not have any digital inputs, only network, as any other such device known to me.

According to the Quick Start guide, it has at least a USB input.

Guess the Toslink, Coax and AESBU are outputs, hard to tell from the diagram.  Thanks...

@f1stserve John, USB input is for attaching storage devices and not for digital audio signal.
mikhaelkuz, what is the port marked "USB DAC"?  

Thanks for your help with this...

@f1stserve  John, one USB port is output for USB DAC, another in input for USB storage.
Ah, got it.  Thanks, the Quick Start guide was less than complete....