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 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.