AURALiC Vega G2.2 Streaming DAC

$13,495.00 inc GST


<strong>The AURALiC Vega G2.2 Streaming DAC builds upon the already impressive foundation of their predecessor.

The G2.1, retaining key features such as the AURALiC’s proprietary Fusion DAC structure, Direct Data Recording (DDR), Galvanic Isolation, passive analog volume control, and analog pre-amplifier.

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Description

AURALiC Vega G2.2 Streaming DAC

The unique architecture of AURALiC Vega G2.2 Streaming DAC avoids using a PLL circuit as it cannot fully remove the distortion and jitter present in the original clock signal.

Instead, it records the audio data directly into the Tesla G3 processing platform’s system memory in binary format, bypassing the original clock signal entirely.

As a result of these cutting-edge technologies, the VEGA G2.2 are immune to the input signal’s distortion and jitter, delivering the highest level of sound quality possible.

The VEGA G2.2 now incorporates the advanced Tesla G3 platform, providing a significant boost to it’s processing power and capabilities. Additionally, a new dual 60fs Femto Clocks powers the DAC operation and time the Tesla G3’s data output to the DAC. The result is an unparalleled listening experience, with stunning detail, clarity, and precision that is free from any distortion or jitter.

The VEGA G2.2 streaming DAC represents the latest evolution in high-end DAC performance and cutting-edge analog circuit. AURALiC is at the forefront of digital audio technology, continuously pushing the boundaries with innovative new technologies.

 

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Features

Fusion DAC – A Groundbreaking in DAC design

AURALiC’s groundbreaking Fusion DAC design in the VEGA G2.2 combines the finest elements of discrete ladder and Delta-Sigma DAC designs, creating a new standard in audio excellence.

This innovative approach involves modifying a high-performance, manufacturer DAC chip by bypassing most of its functions, such as PLL, digital filter, and oversampling circuits. Instead, AURALiC deploys its proprietary clock reconstruction, digital filter, and oversampling technologies, ensuring that only the precise switching network inside the DAC chip is utilized for the final digital-to-analog conversion stage.

The result is an extraordinary sound quality that elevates the listening experience to new heights.

The Fusion DAC design empowers users with unparalleled customization and flexibility, enabling fine-tuning and optimization to match individual preferences. AURALiC’s proprietary implementation of this unique, in-house developed technology represents a significant leap forward in DAC design, delivering exceptional performance and unparalleled sound quality.

Analog Preamplifier

The VEGA G2.2 retain the successful analog preamplifier function from the original VEGA G2.1, now enhanced with an increased output level from 4.4V to 6V to cater to power-hungry amplifiers.

The ORFEO Class-A output modules ensure the balanced output can drive loads well below 600ohm with minimal performance degradation. Users have the option to disable the preamplifier function through software and reduce the output level to 2V, allowing for seamless integration with external preamplifiers. Additionally, a convenient home theater bypass mode is available for analog input channels, providing maximum flexibility for your audio setup.

Analog Volume Control

The VEGA G2.2 incorporate a highly regarded true analog ladder resistor volume control, which is recognized as the superior method for achieving high-performance audio playback.

Unlike digital volume control, which accurately reduces the signal level but cannot address the noise floor, analog volume control reduces both the signal level and noise floor while preserving the system’s dynamic range.

By employing eight coil-latch relays, this volume control system consumes no power and emits no EMI noise when inactive, ensuring noise-free and distortion-free control. Once adjusted, the system remains electronically transparent, further enhancing the exceptional audio performance of the VEGA G2.2.

PureDAC Mode – Seek for the Ultimate Sound

PureDAC mode empowers the VEGA G2.2 to disable all streaming and network-related functions, dedicating all resources to digital signal processing and conversion tasks.

In this mode, the VEGA G2.2 utilizes Direct Data Recording technology to store music signals from any digital or USB input in the past hour to Tesla G3’s system memory, allowing users to replay music from any point at any time.

Galvanic Isolation

In the pursuit of exceptional dynamic range that unveils intricate details in original recordings, modern high-end DACs demand utmost cleanliness in clocks, power supplies, and signal feeding.

The VEGA G2.2 meet this challenge by incorporating high-speed galvanic isolators, strategically positioned between the Tesla G3 processing platform and the ultra-sensitive audio circuit.

These isolators ensure complete physical separation and protection against interference, safeguarding the DAC from any noise coupling while enabling seamless data transfer. With these advanced features, the VEGA G2.2 deliver unparalleled audio clarity and precision, revealing the true essence of your music.

Unity Chassis II

The VEGA G2.2 chassis has been designed as a double enclosure, where an outer case made from high-grade aluminum is supplemented with an inner layer made by nickel coated copper. A high-mass base and enhanced four-foot multi-spring suspension system complete the quiet, noise defeating performance of the VEGA G2.2’s Unity Chassis II.

Perfectly Balanced

VEGA G2.2 internal circuits are physically distributed to enhance overall balance. And with specially designed foot spikes that dampen and absorb vibrations, the VEGA G2.2 is always rock-steady, for ultra-smooth signal delivery.

Tesla G3 – A New Era for Wireless Streaming

Built on a quad-core 64-bit architecture, our Tesla G3 streaming platform delivers eight times the processing capability of its predecessor. Equipped with 4GB of DDR4 system memory, the Tesla G3 can easily handle even the most demanding processing tasks, making it a future-proof solution which will accommodate the rapidly evolving digital audio landscape.

The Tesla G3 platform also employs Direct Memory Access (DMA) technology for its audio input and output channels, enabling all audio-related hardware and software to access the system memory directly. This significantly reduces latency and jitter by 90% compared to Tesla G2, giving us more flexibility to fine-tune the performance and sound quality of our products.

  • 8X Processing Speed – New quad-core 64-bit processor is eight times faster, ensuring a future-proof solution that adapts to the evolving digital streaming demands.
  • DMA Direct Memory Access – Audio input and output channels connect directly to the processor’s core, resulting in an impressive 90% reduction in latency and jitter.
  • 4GB System Memory – Bigger system memory and data storage means fluid audio signal processing and support for even more advanced features at higher resolution.
Flexibility to Explore

When used as a streamer, VEGA G2.2 offers multiple input choices, enabling you to use your preferred music playback software effortlessly.

It is 100% compatible with OpenHome based control software like BubbleUPnP and Linn Kazoo, as well as being a certified RoonReady endpoint for optimized performance within your Roon ecosystem.

Enjoy the convenience of TIDAL Connect and Spotify Connect support, and experience seamless compatibility with Apple AirPlay 2 protocol. Elevate your music experience with the VEGA G2.2 – where choice meets premium audio performance.

Lightning DS is the ultimate control app designed exclusively for our streaming devices. Experience the power of seamless music management with our user-friendly interface, putting you in complete control. Browse and play your favorite tunes from various sources, including local files, streaming services, and internet radio, all with ease. Our app’s intuitive layout and efficient navigation make it a must-have for audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike.

An Integrated Family of Devices

Built around cutting-edge transfer protocols, more powerful processing, and enhanced isolation engineering, G2.2 products are a new concept in component integration. Our flagship series of products provides ultra-fast connectivity, due entirely to Lightning Link. Everything from audio signal, to digital clocking, and control signals are easily handled by Lightning Link. Every G2 and G3 product boasts a Lightning Link connection port, allowing them to be connected together as a stack.

  • Lightning Link  – The HDMI-type, 18Gbps high-speed connection provides ultra-fast two-way communication and boasts the only real jitter-free link in the world of high-performance audio. As an added bonus, all G2 and G3 products can be linked without worry, allowing them to work seamlessly, as one contiguous digital source for an astonishing musical experience.
Tone Mode Adjustment

Tone Mode adjustment refines the output sound character of the DAC by incorporating harmonic elements into the music signal, based on a model rooted in auditory psychology. This innovative feature enhances the listening experience, elevating the AURALiC Vega G2.2 Streaming DAC to new heights of audio excellence and musical enjoyment.

  • Dual 60fs Femto Clock –  With a dedicated, low-noise 0.8uV power supply to minimize phase noise and keep it as quiet as it is accurate, our 60 Femto Master Clock is amazingly precise for less jitter, and immaculate sound. Its 60 femtosecond cycles — that’s 60 quadrillionths of a second — set a new standard for signal timing. Temperature-regulated for consistent performance, this clock is always there to keep things rock-steady.
  • Galvanic Isolation – One of the VEGA G2.2’s high-speed galvanic isolators lies between the Tesla processing platform and its highly sensitive DAC circuitry. Data can flow across the isolator, even while it physically separates and shields the DAC from interference. The result is a whopping 80% reduction in noise levels compared to the original VEGA DAC.
  • Tone & Filter Mode – Flexible Filter Mode gives you a nuanced level of control over your audio output. Its various modes were developed using a combination of objective data models and subjective testing, with each mode offering a unique array of filters to match the sonic quality of the source. Tone Mode adjustment refines the output sound character of the DAC by incorporating harmonic elements into the music signal, based on a model rooted in auditory psychology.
  • ORFEO Class-A Module – Inspired by classic analog circuit designs, ORFEO is capable of driving an array of loads to match the characteristics of a variety of amplifiers. Using small signal components with excellent linear qualities, thermally balanced and biased into Class-A, ORFEO has the power to drive loads as low as 600 ohms while keeping noise low — open loop distortion comes in at less than 0.001%.
  • Smart-IR Control – Smart-IR Remote Control lets your AURALiC device map its functionality onto any remote you’d like. Just let the device know which remote you prefer, and all of its operations (play/pause, volume control, track select, etc.) can be assigned to buttons just the way you like them.
  • Dual Purer-Power – The Purer-Power linear power supply reduces DC current noise by as much as 90dB with its power purification module. Using a specially designed transformer and unique wiring that minimizes vibration, noise from Purer-Power is kept below 1uV across the audible spectrum, leaving you to discover the details in your music, down to the last bit

 

Specifications

Inputs

  • Digital: Lightning-Link, AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB Audio, HDMI eARC
  • Analog Inputs: RCA (2Vrms maximum) with theater bypass function
  • Streaming: UPnP/DLNA Media Server, Amazon Music Unlimited, HighResAudio, KKBOX, Qobuz Sublime+, Netease Music, TIDAL/TIDAL Connect, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, TuneIn, Internet Radio, RoonReady

Outputs

  • Balanced: 1 x stereo XLR
  • Unbalanced: 1 x stereo RCA
  • Headphone: 6.35 mm

Output Impedance

  • Balanced: 5 ohm
  • Unbalanced: 50 ohm
  • Headphone: 5 ohm

Power Consumption (Standby, Sleep, Playback Max.): <0.5 W, <10 W, 50 W
Dimensions (WDH): 13.4″ x 12.6″ x 3.7″ (34 x 32 x 9.6 cm)
Weight: 20.5 lb. (9.3 kg)

Additional information

Weight 9.5 kg
Dimensions 32 × 34 × 9.6 cm
Brand

Auralic

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