The AURALiC Altair’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.
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. AURALiC Altair’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC Lightning DS control App which is available on multiple platforms right now. 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 computer working as standalone USB DAC. When purchasing an AURALiC Altair from oursleves, you can add an optional 2.5-inch drive(SSD) for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Alternatively you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself.
Cosmetically, the new AURALiC Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512×64 pixels OLED Display similar to VEGA. A headphone jack is also located on the front panel.