Firmware Version 2.5 Build 20150514

About This Release:

  • May 15, 2015
  • This update will request reboot of device automatically after the download is done and erase Lightning Server database previously used to apply for new function. There will be a re-index procedure when playback from USB . Machine with firmware from firmware 1.8.2 and earlier will need to update the boot code after reboot.

There will be a message displayed on device to warning people 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 not reboot or turn off the unit during the update of boot code or the unit will no longer be able to boot up (will have to return to factory for flash the boot code).


  • Improve the WiFi connection stability problem of 7260HMW module.
  • Fix the issue that click and pop noise happen when playback through WiFi.
  • Fix the issue that unable to set a manual IP address for WiFi network in Lightning DS.
  • Fix a potential problem that ARIES display wont update after switching from Radio mode to local library.

New Features:

  • Add DSD256 support for selected DAC (using XMOS solution).
  • Add internal HDD support for Lightning Server (prepare for ARIES MINI).
  • Add tag editing function and API reserved for future use.
  • uPnP content optimization for Lightning Server.

Known Issues:

  • Device will wait at 176.4K or 352.8K rather than DSD64 or DSD128 when DAC Delay function is enabled.
  • Device may not work with particular type of USB drive in Mac OS X journaled format.
  • Device may not work with particular type of USB drive or SSD drive which request power over 5V/500mA.
  • USB DAC running on Wavelength USB firmware could not use USB playback function due to a confirmed bug of Wavelength USB firmware under Linux. The known effected brands are: Ayre, Aesthetix and Berkeley Audio.
  • Disable ‘DSD over PCM’ only works on USB DAC that supports sampling rate to 352.8K.
  • Certain kinds of 24bit AIF files will be reported as 32bit due to decoder bug.
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