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Old 04-12-2020, 01:46 PM
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I'm a happy owner of an Aries G1, a great choice for your budget. For access to Tidal or Qobuz, you can use Auralic's own control software running on an iPad. If Android is preferred, you can use a DLNA control point (e.g., BubbleUPnP) on an Android tablet, as I do. A third option is via Roon.

A nice feature of the Aries is serving as a music server/player from a USB drive (thumb or spinning). Not every network unit offers that capability.

I would advise not counting on future features, but FYI, Auralic plans to support plugging an optical disc reader into the Aries's USB drive port, allowing the Aries G1 or G2 to serve as a memory-based disc player as well as a streamer.

I found the Aries G1 a noticeable improvement from the older Aries Femto. The Bricasti M5 in comparison offered the same sound quality as the Aries G1, but fewer features. As an existing Auralic customer, I received a large trade-in value towards a G1, which made it a compelling choice.
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:56 PM
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Mike48, Thank you for your post. I have been trying to find a decent streaming transport that is not tethered to ethernet cable... and you solved my problem. They must be pretty well thought of because I can not find one on the used market.
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:33 PM
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Glad I could help. Good luck finding one! (You know about HiFi Shark -- a site that indexes used gear from many sites?)
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:55 PM
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A budget alternative: Project Stream Box S2 Ultra
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Old 04-15-2020, 05:51 AM
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A budget alternative: Project Stream Box S2 Ultra


IMHO that’s an overpriced Raspberry Pi. There’s nothing really unique about it.
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Old 04-15-2020, 10:14 AM
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IMHO that’s an overpriced Raspberry Pi. There’s nothing really unique about it.
Not much unique about streamers in general. They are all just simple computers, most less capable than the $400 intel nuc kit, which is what I built mine from because I needed to run a windows driver to get native DSD out of the McIntosh C53 with roon.

I simply pointed out a less expensive streamer than the aurelic that also includes wifi.

There is no question that if one is inclined to DIY it could be done more cheaply.

I just ordered a yggy and have a microrendu with linear power supply laying around I will likely use with it.
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Old 04-15-2020, 10:37 AM
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Btw, pointing out the Project Box was in no way a knock or comparo with the Aries or any other bridge; just info. Aurelic makes nice stuff.
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Old 04-15-2020, 01:30 PM
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Wink Inexpensive stream renderers (network bridges)

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Btw, pointing out the Project Box was in no way a knock or comparo with the Aries or any other bridge; just info. Aurelic makes nice stuff.
Yeah, there are some really good budget alternatives these days. One winter day, I built a streamer with Raspberry Pi 3, Allo DigiOne S/PDIF output card, and iFi iPower power supply. Total cost was way under $200. When I hooked it up, it gave my Auralic Aries G1 a good run for the money. I am not one to spend weeks on gear comparisons, but in my experience, the Aries G1 won on features, ease of interface, appearance, and a little more ease in the highest frequencies. The inexpensive RPi box would be right at home in many mid-priced systems or second systems. (Well, maybe not Ivan's second system!)
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The SOtM SMS-200 UltraNeo netowork bridge that Marc references is about $1200. Pair it with a Keces P3 power supply for ~$400, and you are good to go.
Hello Stephen - what is the input power requirement for the SOtM SMS-200? Web site does not specify, or I could not find it. I have some good power supplies available and this looks like a good device to get started with Roon.

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Old 04-15-2020, 10:36 PM
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Btw, pointing out the Project Box was in no way a knock or comparo with the Aries or any other bridge; just info. Aurelic makes nice stuff.
And I am not discounting the Pi as a streamer - only that Project seems to ask a lot for it when u can do this pretty easily.

Here's Johnny Darko
https://darko.audio/2020/01/raspberr...streaming-101/
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