Auralic has been at the forefront of the audio streaming industry since 2014 with the debut of the Aries streaming bridge. Continuing this legacy, Auralic’s latest G2.2 and G3 products represent a generational shift in the technology platform while maintaining the understated elegance and classic design of the G series UnityChassis II, incorporating a machined aluminium exterior, pure copper internal sub-enclosure and multi-point tuned sprung base assembly.
The Aries G3 streaming processor incorporates Auralic’s new Tesla G3 streaming platform, using a 64 bit architecture that enables it to achieve eight times the processing power of the previous version. Memory capacity has been increased to 4 GB and Direct Memory Access (DMA) technology has been integrated into the system. These advancements are engineered in such a way that all audio-related circuits connect directly to the system memory, reducing latency and jitter by 90% compared to its predecessor.
Auralic has completely redesigned the Aries G2.2 and G3 products, incorporating over 90% new components to deliver unparalleled performance. The USB DAC output now boasts second generation galvanic isolation technology, enhancing compatibility with a wide range of DACs and ensuring a more refined audio experience.
The new Purer-Power low noise power supply design features double the capacity of preceding G2.1 models and even lower noise levels, providing extremely stable and reliable power to the device.
The optional internal music storage is now based on NVMe solid state drive (SSD) technology, delivering read and write speeds up to ten times faster than its predecessor. The Aries G2.2 and G3 now support USB 3.0 for external music storage, further expanding their capabilities and making it easier than ever to access and stream high quality audio files.
The Aries G3 is much more than just a transport or bridge. It offers a host of features that enhance your digital listening experience. It boasts multiple inputs and a powerful co-processor that enables the product to function as an extremely capable preamplifier for digital sources, providing comprehensive control over your audio system.
As a result of this optimisation, music gains greater substance, space and dynamic range, providing a highly immersive and engaging listening experience. With its advanced features and exceptional performance, the Aries G3 is the perfect addition to any high end digital audio system.
The Aries G2.2 and Aries G3 now feature compatibility with the Leo GX.1 reference master clock, enabling users to achieve even greater levels of precision and accuracy when it comes to their digital audio outputs. By connecting to the Leo GX.1, these devices are able to take advantage of its advanced clocking technology, resulting in even more refined and nuanced audio reproduction.
This compatibility represents a significant enhancement to the already impressive performance of the Aries G2.2 and Aries G3, allowing users to experience their digital audio collection with even greater clarity and depth. It is a testament to Auralic’s commitment to innovation and dedication to delivering the best possible audio experience to its customers.
In a significant step for the company, G2.2 and G3 series products have been designed in the USA and the Aries G3 and Vega G3 are hand built in Auralic’s Oregon facility.
Built on a 64 bit ARM architecture, this revolutionary streaming platform delivers eight times the processing capability of its predecessor. Equipped with 4 GB of DDR4 system memory, the Tesla G3 can easily handle even the most demanding processing tasks, making it a future proof solution which will accommodate the rapidly evolving digital audio landscape.
The Tesla G3 platform also employs Direct Memory Access (DMA) technology for its audio input and output channels, enabling all audio related hardware and software to access the system memory directly. This significantly reduces latency and jitter by 90% compared to Tesla G2.
With these advancements, the Tesla G3 optimises operations and enhances multitasking capabilities in the new G2.2 and G3 series products, providing customers with an unparalleled streaming experience.
New Galvanic USB Isolation
The introduction of galvanic isolation technology on the USB port in the Aries G2 was a significant breakthrough for digital audio systems. It successfully addressed the issue of separating the noisy computing circuit from the sensitive audio circuit, resulting in a massive improvement in USB audio system sound quality.
Building on this success, Auralic has introduced a second generation Galvanic USB in the Aries G2.2 and G3. This new isolator has improved DAC compatibility, functioning in the same way as a regular USB port with hot plug / unplug support. The signal quality and jitter performance of the second generation Galvanic USB has been further optimised, resulting in noticeable sound quality improvement.
In addition, users can now choose to enable or disable the USB port power supply to the DAC through software, which ensures an even cleaner signal path.
New Purer-Power Design
The Aries G2.2 and G3 feature a new Purer-Power low noise power supply with a capacity that is twice that of the previous version and an even lower noise design. This increased capacity ensures a clean and stable power supply for the high performance processing platform and music storage options.
All digital audio-related circuits, including the Galvanic USB, have their own individual power supplies, maintaining an extremely low noise level of just 0.8 microvolts, an 80% reduction from the G2.1 model. Furthermore, the computing circuits, which are less sensitive to noise, benefit from a low noise power supply of just 27 microvolts, a 50-fold improvement from G2.1. This advanced power supply design ensures that the digital audio circuits receive a clean and stable power supply, free from noise and interference, resulKng in a superior audio experience for the listener.
NVMe Internal Storage
With the new Tesla G3 processing plaftorm in place, Aries G2.2 and G3 have upgraded their internal storage from traditional SATA based SSD or HDD to the most advanced Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD storage option. This upgrade offers numerous benefits, including outstanding data transfer speeds and dependability, ensuring a seamless experience for storing and playing digital music.
The combination of NVMe storage and Direct Memory Access (DMA) technology offers significantly faster transfer speeds and lower latency than traditional storage options, resulting in improved performance and faster access to stored music. Compared to the G2.1 model, the Aries G2.2 and G3 now offer a copying speed that is ten times faster when transferring music over Ethernet to the internal storage.
Both Aries G2.2 and G3 can be optioned with 4 TB factory fitted NVMe internal solid state storage.
USB 3.0 External Storage
The addition of USB 3.0 external storage ports on the Aries G2.2 and G3 significantly increases copying speeds and facilitates effortless transfer of high-resolution audio files. The USB 3.0 port provides 1.5 amps of power, triple the power capacity of G2.1. The added power capacity also allows for a wider range of external storage options, including larger capacity drives that may require more power.
Support for Leo GX.1
For the most discerning listeners, Aries G2.2 and Aries G3 now offer the ability to connect to Auralic’s Leo GX.1 Reference Master Clock through Lightning Link, allowing for even greater levels of accuracy and improved sound quality of digital outputs.
Aries G3 Wireless Streaming Processor
The ARIES G3 goes beyond being just a simple transport or bridge It offers multiple digital inputs and a powerful co-processor that enables it to function as a preamplifier for digital connections. This makes the Aries G3 an ideal centre piece for your digital system. In addition to the improvements made to the Aries G2.2, the Aries G3 features several other significant advances:
Proteus X1 Co-Processor
Aries G3 includes Auralic’s state-of-the-art FPGA-based Proteus X1 co-processor. Proteus X1 is built around a Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA chip with over 200,000 logic cells and 740 DSP slices. This chip shares the Tesla G3 system memory, enabling powerful data processing capabilities.
With advanced processing techniques, Proteus X1 elevates the listening experience. Suboptimal and early digital recordings can benefit from Proteus X1’s impressive processing power. The optimisation process removes harshness and improves the experience of listening to an inferior recording. Music gains substance, space and extra dynamic range as a result.
Multiple Digital Inputs
The Aries G3 offers a comprehensive range of digital inputs, including USB audio, coaxial, Toslink optical, AES/EBU and HDMI eARC. Incoming signals from these inputs are recorded as binary data into the Tesla G3’s memory, which eliminates any potential for jitter. The data can then be processed and corrected using Proteus X1 based on the user’s preferences, before being outputted either as processed or bit perfectly, with a defined latency, to the desired output channel.
Dual 60fs Femto Clock
Aries G3 aims to be the best possible digital audio source, achieved by the implementation of dual 60fs Femto clocks – one for 44.1x and another for 48x sampling rate frequencies. These audio optimised clocks have extremely low close in phase noise and can greatly enhance sound quality, setting a new standard for signal timing. For the ultimate performance, adding Leo GX.1 will deliver a true state-of-the- art digital source experience.