Auralic Altair G2.1 Streaming DAC Preamplifier
Auralic Altair G2.1 Streaming DAC Preamplifier
As Hi Resolution music playback and streaming gains traction in the world of Hifi, it has become apparent that the DAC (digital to analogue converter) is only a part of the streaming playback chain that makes a difference. The streaming device is also a part of the Audio quality experienced too.
The Auralic Altair G2.1 utilises a lot of technology from the famour Aries range of streamers and adds the Orfeo output modules from the 2.1 range. The Aries 2.1 adds a High Resolution built in DAC with multiple digital inputs but also adds an RCA line input and a high grade MM phono input for a turntable. The Altair 2.1 combines the worlds of streaming, digital and analogue in a perfectly designed high quality Unity Chassis II.
ALTAIR G2.1, an all-encompassing digital and analog source component, provides abundant capabilities to the performance-oriented G2.1 Series. Combining every function available from AURALiC into the ultra-quiet G2.1 chassis, ALTAIR G2.1 is perfect for the most demanding music lover. Whether it’s a high-res title from an online streaming service, a file on a NAS drive, or an LP on a turntable, ALTAIR G2.1 will deliver exquisitely rendered, dynamic music, from almost any source. Hardware upgrades include Unity Chassis II: a copper enclosure minimizing interference, an anti-vibration footer system on a massive base, clocking armed with hyper-accurate femto-second clocks, a Purer-Power power supply, and Class A Orfeo Output modules. Internet radio, Airplay™, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and optional internal storage are available. Control ALTAIR G2.1 intuitively via the proven Lightning DS app, or the controls clearly shown on the high-resolution 4" color display.
ALTAIR G2.1 sports an all-new industrial design engineered to set a new standard for sound quality, enhance the user experience, and look every bit as good as it sounds, with a contemporary, understated aesthetic. A copper sub-enclosure, high-mass base, and an enhanced suspension system fully optimize the sound of ALTAIR G2.1
In facilitating the ALTAIR G2.1's substantial and powerful processing capability, it should come as no surprise that the processor at the heart of this system would need to act as a next-level solution. As a result, the product harnesses the power of a Tesla G2 processor. No task will be too difficult, be it serving, streaming, decoding or playback. DXD upsampling features as standard and an extensive range of DSP filters provide broad choices to suit personal preferences. The network streaming functionality is well-proven in terms of ease of operation and excellent sound quality. Networking capability operates at up to 32-bit, 384khz and DSD512, supporting all major lossless codecs, DSD in DoP format and native DSD.
Buffered Bit Perfect CD Playback and Ripping
Still have some love for your old CDs? Not to worry; you can plug a generic computer USB CD drive into your ALTAIR G2.1 then choose to play a CD, rip a CD while playing, or just rip.
As with AURALiC’s Lightning file streaming, our unique CD playback feature uses the same advanced, jitter-reducing Memory Playback technology. CD data is first read, and compared several times for accuracy into the system cache before playing. The result is elimination of potentially induced jitter from the transport, canceling any negative effects from the quality of your chosen CD drive, potentially improving performance beyond what’s offered from competitors’ CD players.
Auralic Altair G2.1 Specifications
Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
THD+N: < 0.00012% (XLR); < 0.00015% (RCA), 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS
Dynamic Range: 126dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted
Lossless: AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
Lossy: AAC, MP3 and WMA
PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit***
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz), DSD512(22.57892MHz)****
AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
AURALiC Lightning DS for web browser (device setting only)
OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
Roon (Roon Core required separately)
Digital Inputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB Audio
Analog Inputs: Line-stage (2Vrms max.), MM Phono (0.3Vrms max.)
Streaming Inputs: Network shared folder, USB Storage, USB CD Drive, Optional Internal Storage, UPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL, HighResAudio and Qobuz Sublime+, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast, RoonReady
Balanced: XLR (4.5Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 10ohm)
Unbalanced: RCA (4.5Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 50ohm)
Headphone: 6.35mm Headphone Jack (output impedance 5ohm)
Wired: Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi
Playback: 50W at max.
13.4 x 12.6 x 3.2 in. (34cm x 32cm x 8cm)
22.0 lbs (10kg)
Anodized aluminum case in matte black with copper EMI shielding enclosure.