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.
Introduction to Wireless Audio Accessory Reviews
“There are no strings on me!” That’s the whole point of going wireless with anything, right? In the category of Wireless Audio Accessories, we’ll be looking at items that specialize in transmitting your audio, sans cable, from Point A to Point B. In some cases, that’ll even include audio going to Point C, D and E simultaneously!
A number of manufacturers these days are actively developing and marketing systems that get your music from wherever it is that you keep it, and send it to wherever you want in your house. Of particular interest lately are wireless speakers that are networked and can stream audio from your computer or from online sources. Some are single units while others are complete systems with smartphone app control. Wireless transceivers that can send audio signals to surround sound speakers or subwoofers, where hard wiring is difficult or impractical, are also of interest. As this category is intimately tied to broadband and wireless transmission standards, be on the lookout for continued development and evolution as those standards change. Another thing to pay attention to is the user experience. How easy is it to interface with and use some of these products? Do they easily integrate into your lifestyle?
As reviewers we try to not only critically asses the sound quality of these items, but we will also examine their usability and, in many cases, their livability.