Thoughts on the Auralic Altair?


Digital Audio Review and 6 Moons both recently did previews of the forthcoming Altair, which is intended to be a 1-box streamer + dac solution. The posted msrp of $1895 is about 63% lower than the cost of a Vega + Aries setup. Both previews said the Altair will essentially be a scaled-down Vega with the Femto-Clock version of the Aries.

In terms of marketing, it appears textbook, provided it can deliver around 80% of the sound quality of the separates. (I’m essentially taking the 40% cost of the Altair relative to the separates and doubling it).

I’ve heard the Vega is particularly sensitive to static discharge. If that’s been addressed in the Altair I would certainly consider picking one up.

What do others think?
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I think it's very interesting indeed, especially as a Roon endpoint with inbuilt DAC. But will have to reserve judgement until it's actually out. If the SQ is up there, then it will be a very versatile device.
I see this line in Audio Advisor catalog these days.

Very interesting product line but current line seems expensive to me for what you get compared to some options available to anyone with a home computer already.   I suppose there is value for a traditional audiophile not interested in learning how to get good sound off files stored on a typical home computer.  Also I always worry about future value and performance of any computer device since technology moves so fast in this area.   A big investment today depreciates greatly over time except maybe if a collectors item.