Beta Firmware Release Notice

Current Version: 5.0 (Released on 6th June 2017) 

About This Release:

  • 6th June 2017
  • Lightning Server will drop and rebuild the current library index after this firmware update due to significant changes to the database structure.
  • Devices with firmware from Version 1.8.2 and earlier will need to update the boot code after reboot. There will be a message displayed on device warning people to not to power off the unit during this stage. The updating of boot code will take about 70 - 80 seconds. The unit will reboot after boot code has been updated.

Please make sure you do not reboot or turn off the unit during the update of boot code, or else the unit will no longer be able to boot up (will have to return to factory for flashing the boot code).

New Features:

  • Upgraded system kernel and file system to improve overall performance.
  • Introduces the web-based Lightning DS Web Admin. Use the IP address of your device to access the Web Admin. Chrome and Safari are recommended.
  • Introduces a new processor engine that includes a resampling function. All AURALiC streaming devices now have the capacity to upsample to 384K, except the ARIES MINI (down-sampling only.)
  • Lightning Server can now access multiple music storage locations (library paths) for your music library.
  • Lightning Server is now able to ignore user-specified words when it sorts albums, artists, and track names.
  • Lightning Server can now recognize multi-disc albums, combining tracks into a single album title. To combine discs, use subfolders named Disc1, Disc2, or CD1, CD2, etc. (Any designation that includes sequential digits will work.)
  • Lightning Server now supports CD images defined in CUE files for music in WAV, FLAC, and APE formats. (Due to technical limitations SACD ISO is not supported.)
  • Introduces Scheduled Rescan function for Lightning Server.
  • Introduces Roon Ready support for the ARIES MINI.
  • Adds MQA decoding support. Note: the MQA decoding method integrated by all AURALiC streaming devices has been developed solely by AURALiC using AURALiC’s proprietary resampling and de-blurring method. This process is not an MQA-created or MQA-licensed process.


  • Not able to play multi-channel files on the ARIES MINI.
  • Internal analog output on the ARIES MINI doesn’t work if the phase has been set to “inverted”.
  • Rapidly pressing pause in Lightning DS can cause streaming devices to crash.
  • Unable to play music files if a transcode function is enabled by a particular NAS drive.
  • Lightning Server can’t update the music library even after artist tags have changed.


  • Reduces interruptions in online streaming playback.
  • Lightning Server no longer recognizes DST-encoded DSD files, as they are not supported by AURALiC streaming devices.
  • System-level stability improvements due to new system kernel and file system.


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    Eric Krauss

    I have been a beta tester for a while and was greeted with the update via TestFlight the other day. As an added bonus, after my Lightning DS music library was rebuilt, it became available to stream to my Oppo Sonica DAC via the Sonica app.

    Roon question: I previously used Roon Server on my Mac before I purchased the Aries Mini. I have since removed my music library from my Mac. It is now stored on an internal drive in my Auralic Aries Mini. In order to use the Aries Mini as a Roon Endpoint, I imagine I will have to install Roon Core or Roon Server on my Mac and then point it to the Library in the Aries Mini. I will then use the Roon app on my iPhone to control playback.

    Is there a way I can eliminate the Mac from the equation and run Roon Server from the Aries? (I realize I can run Roon Server from a NAS but I want to explore other options). Thanks!

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    Robert Kunen

    Since using any of the v5 beta's I'm bound to using the Lightning DS app only. I like that app, but it's draining my battery and each time my phone goes to sleep or I switch to another app, it takes too much time to reconnect to my Aries.

    So, usually I'm using the Lumin app instead. It uses the same protocol and therefore works fine with the Aries as well, but no battery drain at all and super fast reconnect when booting, our switching to other apps.

    Not supporting Lumin anymore since v5 beta's made me quit the beta program, it's a showstopper for me. Please make it compatible again with other apps than Lightning DS..

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