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- 7 posts total
I have the Auralic Altair G1 and think it sounds absolutely excellent playing my music files from hard drive as well as streaming Qobuz.
So I am assuming Tidal would sound similar.
The Lightning app that you control it with (has to be iOS) is great. Or you can control directly through the web app if you don't have iOS phone/iPad.
I use the XLR outs from the unit direct into my Krell Foundation 4k and they compliment each other very well.
As far as your questions about MQA, etc - sorry. I don't have any experience with that.
What kind of sonic signature are you wanting?
The Auralic and SimAudio tend toward cooler sound. The Aurender, Lumin, and Mytek tend toward the warmer end. I’ve not heard the Esoteric.
Of those, my choice would be the Lumin T2. Plays well with Roon, unlike Aurender, and handles Tidal MQA great. It’s own app is good. It is very detailed yet natural. The support and updates are excellent.
The Aurender is nice but IMHO too high priced vs its competition. Mytek is nice and Roon friendly too.
I’ve never warmed (pun intended) to the house sound of Auralic or Sim - too clinical and cool for my ears.
I have owned and tried all of the below:
Auralic Altair G1
Mytek Brooklyn Bridge
In my system and to my ears the Bricasti M5 was the best of the above bunch. Cleaner sounding, bigger soundstage, better sounding bass.
I'm a subscriber to Tidal Masters ($11.99 a month for US Veterans).
The Bricasti M5 was connected to a DCS Debussy DAC and now my current Bricasti M3 DAC/Ethernet streamer.