This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources including stream from Network Shared Folder, USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady. The rest of digital inputs are AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and external DAC
The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a WiFi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC’s ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background.
Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer.
Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer.
ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback.
ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC.
When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself.
Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel.
What can ALTAIR do?
ALTAIR can work as a full function streamer / music server or a stand-alone DAC. When working as a streamer, you can:
- Stream music from NAS or computer.
- Stream music from TIDAL, Qobuz through Lightning DS.
- Stream music from Deezer, Spotify, Pandora through AirPlay or Bluetooth.
- Use it as a RoonReady endpoint with your Roon software.
- Optional 1TB SSD hard drive to store your personal music collection and turns it into a fully functioning Music Server.
- Use it as a virtual sound card of your computer through Songcast.
If you prefer to use it as a stand-alone DAC, then you get:
- AES/EBU input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
- Coaxial input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
- Toslink input with sampling rate support up to 24Bit/192K
- Asynchronous USB input with sampling rate support up to 32Bit/384K with DSD64, DSD128 and DS256 support (DSD256 is not available for Mac OS X)
The ALTAIR is available in silver and black
Roon Ready network players from Auralic have Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology built right in.
Roon will discover them on your network, deliver the highest possible quality audio, and even allow volume control right from the Roon user interface!
For more information on Roon and how it works, please visit our Roon Guide