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 G1 has received several updates from both the G1 and G2 series of streaming products. It is essentially an Aries G1 streamer with a dac integrated into the unit. It now uses the ESS 9038Q2M DAC chip, providing you with more detail and resolution than ever before. To match the higher levels of performance available from this new DAC chip, the analog circuitry received design and parts upgrades and an improved layout for a balanced presentation. Featuring WiFi and Ethernet for streaming duties and simultaneous analogue outputs from both RCA and XLR audio outputs the ALTAIR G1 is designed to slot into nearly any audio system with a spare analogue input.
As a digital hub, the Auralic ALTAIR G1 functions as a certified Roon Endpoint, can stream subscription music services such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify Connect and offers Bluetooth, Airplay, and SongCast for a multifaceted and varied set of connectivity needs.