Auralic Vega G1

LINUX AUDIO RESULTS SUMMARY


NameDACPCMDSDMQAUSB BRIDGERATINGSRecommendedReviewed
Auralic Vega G1Custom Sabre ESS32Bit/384kHzDSD512NO☆☆☆☆☆

MANUFACTURER'S DATA


VEGA G1

Streaming DAC

Years in the making, the VEGA G1 Streaming DAC turns the classic AURALiC VEGA into a state-of-the-art device with the power to invigorate your digital audio experience. A longtime favorite for its beautifully musical sound, VEGA isn’t just a DAC anymore — it’s also a full-featured streamer capable of connecting to local and online sources of high-resolution digital music. That makes the VEGA G1 everything you need to access your favorite tunes no matter where they are, and convert them to a rich analog signal for your system. The VEGA G1 boasts major DAC performance improvements over the original too, with several design improvements borrowed from our top-of-the-line G2 devices, for a sound that lives up to the VEGA tradition.

Master Clock DAC

The completely redesigned architecture of the VEGA G1 allows it to accomplish something amazing: it is the first DAC ever that operates independently of the source signal’s frequency.

Tesla G1

Scalable Power, Custom-Built for Streaming Audio

Our Tesla G1 hardware platform is the processing engine that gives the VEGA G1 the power and flexibility it needs to meet the demands of modern high-resolution streaming. Designed around a high-performance Quad-Core Cortex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, Tesla G1 sports 1GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB of storage. Automatic updates keep the Tesla G1 platform outfitted with the latest features and support, so your device is always ready for peak performance and up-to-the-minute functionality.

Turn Your Wi-Fi into a Music Streaming Ecosystem.

We developed Lightning OS to be the highest-quality streaming environment you’ve ever heard. A meticulously-crafted software architecture designed specifically to work hand-in-hand with the powerful Tesla hardware platform found in AURALiC streaming products, Lightning OS is full of cutting-edge innovations that bring your music to life like never before. Connect to all your of high-resolution sources, take control with user apps like Lightning DS or Roon, and meet true audiophile streaming.

Flexibility to Explore

Connect every source you’ve got to the VEGA G1 using its full array of digital input ports including AES/ EBU, Digital Coaxial, and TOSLINK. Access network resources like UPnP/DLNA media servers, high-resolution Internet Services and Internet Radio via Ethernet.

Customized DAC Chip

There wasn’t a DAC chip on the market that could satisfy our requirements for sonic performance with the all-new VEGA G1. That’s why we used a modified Sabre DAC chip scheme, optimized for audio signal processing of resolutions up to DSD512. It’s just one more way we made sure everything inside the VEGA G1 lives up our premium sound quality standard.

Specifications

Benchmark

Frequency Response: 20 – 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
THD+N: < 0.00015% (XLR); < 0.00016% (RCA), 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS
Dynamic Range: 130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted

Streaming File Format

Lossless: AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
Lossy: AAC, MP3, MQA** and WMA

Sampling Rate

PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit***
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz), DSD512(22.57892MHz)****

 

Control Software

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)

Audio Inputs

Digital Inputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB Audio
Streaming Inputs: uPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL,HighResAudio, Qobuz Sublime+, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, RoonReady

Audio Outputs

Balanced: XLR (4.8Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 5ohm)
Unbalanced: RCA (4.8Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 50ohm)
Headphone: 6.35mm Headphone Jack (output impedance 5ohm)

Network

Wired: Gigabit Ethernet

Power Consumption

Playback: 50W at max.

Dimensions – W x D x H

13.4 x 12.6 x 3.2 in. (34cm x 32cm x 8cm)

Weight

15.4 lbs (7.0kg)

Product Finishing

Anodized aluminum case in matte black

Contents

AURALiC VEGA G1 Streaming DAC
Power cord
USB Cable
User’s guide

* Tested under Filter Mode Precise for all sampling rate
** AURALiC streaming devices are capable of decoding MQA files using AURALiC’s proprietary resampling and de-blurring method. This technology is not an MQA-created or MQA-licensed process. AURALiC has no official relationship with MQA and its allies.
*** 352.8KHz and 384KHz and 32bit are supported through streaming, USB only
**** By ‘DoP V1.1’ or native DSD protocol through streaming, USB only