Not too long ago, I wrote a very favorable review of the ARIES G2, which represents AURALiC’s update to its wildly popular ARIES wireless streaming device series. The ARIES G2, which was seemingly designed with a cost-no-object mentality, is excellent in every respect but it carries a rather steep price tag of $3,899. Earlier this year, AURALiC released the ARIES G1, which is positioned at a more affordable price point of $2,199. Although the functionalities of the two products are the same, AURALiC understandably omits some features of the ARIES G2 to meet the price point. The review should give readers some ideas as to whether the ARIES G1 is a worthy addition to AURALiC’s ARIES family.
Audio Accessory Reviews
The Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1v2 is the evolution of the company’s immensely popular DAC-1 series. The new version has several updates and improvements, which indicates enhanced capabilities and performance. Preliminary evaluation suggests that this is indeed a very competent DAC. The review should provide the readers with detailed descriptions on what they should expect from this DAC.
AURALiC seems to go all out in revamping the company’s ARIES wireless streaming product family with the ARIES G2. Introduced last year in May 2017 at High End Munich 2017 event, the ARIES G2 has been available for sale in the US since December 2017. The features and specifications of the ARIES G2 are nothing short of excellent. Read on the review to know more about the performance of the product.
The NSMT Chorus Powered Wireless Speaker is a forward-looking design that may point to how most speakers are designed in the future. With an integrated amp, WiFi, Bluetooth and Apple Airplay built in, this is about as full-featured as a speaker gets.
Torus Power makes power isolation transformers for all applications. Their lineup includes the TOT, RM, AVR and wall-mount series. These products provide surge suppression and power isolation for high quality audio or home theater systems. The AVR20 model reviewed here is rated up to 20-amps and features automatic voltage regulation. It not only protects your equipment, but it allows your system to shine like never before.
High resolution wireless playback using DTS Play-Fi and Apple AirPlay is combined with high-power in the MartinLogan Forte amp. Wireless streaming is easy to set up and use with the Forte amp. Compatibility with other manufacturer’s components and speakers allows the Forte amp to be used in any situation and home wi-fi. Superb sonics round out the Forte amp’s strengths.
Announced in October 2016, POLARIS is a relatively new addition in the ever-expanding AURALiC product lineup. Having been mightily impressed by the AURALiC ALTAIR not too long ago, it was of no surprise that I had high expectation for the POLARIS. It definitely had its work cut out for it!
Icron Technologies RG2304GE LAN 4-Port USB 2.0 Ethernet Extender System for Sending High Resolution Digital Audio Files over Long Distances
Icron markets an often-needed accessory called a USB Extender, which allows consumers to send high-resolution digital audio files up to 330 feet without signal drop-outs. Icron has introduced its latest USB extenders, the 4-port USB 2.0 Ethernet LAN Extender System...
The Bluesound Vault 2, Powernode 2, and Pulse Mini form a high-resolution wireless multiroom audio management system designed for audiophiles, by audiophiles.
This compact advanced digital re-clocking device removes digital errors and dramatically improves jitter utilizing a femto-grade clock. The Remedy up samples all incoming digital signals to 96kHz, and reduces timing errors (jitter) that cause your music to sound unfocused and harsh.
Bluesound is a relatively new player in the world of wireless multi-room music system. Its products, however, demonstrate maturity way beyond the company's young age. The products from the Bluesound ecosystem reviewed here: the Vault, Powernode, Duo, and Pulse, instill quite a positive impression and excitement on the future trend of wireless music systems.
Compared to mounting a flat panel TV, installing a projector is a pain. You need to get the screen perfectly level and flush with the wall. Then you have to mount the projector to precisely line up with the screen. It has to be perfectly parallel to the screen or you'll see distortion. Getting the projector perfectly level usually means lifting it up to make small adjustments to the feet, placing the projector down, and checking again. Since I review multiple projectors every year, I do this dance too many. By the time I get a projector perfect it's almost time to box it up and send it back to the company. The PJT40 projector mount from OmniMount is designed to make this easier than before and so I decided to install one in my home theater to find out.
The ADE-24.1 Analog Digital Enhancer is an accessory that has been around for a long time. It works at low voltage (e.g., RCA analog output from CD player, iPod, etc.) and manipulates the harmonics. I got one of these units at the California Audio Show and the demonstration definitely indicated that it could improve sound (make it sound more appealing, and widen the sound stage), so I decided to bench test it to see what it does.
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the Anthem ARC (Anthem Room Correction) firmware that is present in their SSPs as well as the AVRs which have a reduced filter bank size. By far, the most significant sonic issue for acoustic music when a subwoofer is deployed occurs around the crossover from the subwoofer to the main speaker. In Part 2 of this series, we take a look at Anthem's ARC (Anthem Room Correction) when adding a subwoofer to the system.