After several years development, AURALiC is now able to pack quite a lot of technologies, which used to be only on very High End product, into ALTAIR.
- High-End Wireless Streaming
ALTAIR is equipped with AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through Wi-Fi network. It also supports several advanced features such as gapless playback, multiple-room functions. Memory Playback, the latest feature added to Lightning streaming technology allows ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its on-board memory or system storage in advance, and then to play locally without any network data transfer needed, in order to improve the sound quality to the highest level.
- 15 Input Sources, More to Come
ALTAIR functions as a home music center designed for virtually all kinds of digital input sources. By joint-used with Lightning DS, you can stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio lively at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth inputs provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers from a smartphone or a computer. The rest of inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and USB connection designed for a Computer-as-Source system.
- Femto Master Clock
The dual-frequency Femto Master Clock inside the ALTAIR is specially designed and optimized for its ESS Sabre DAC chip: with one frequency for 44.1K and multiple of 44.1K, and with another working frequency for 48K. This design makes ALTAIR to lock on with highest clock precision (equal to the VEGA’s “EXACT” mode) at all time without dropouts.
- Full Linear Power Supply
With more and more DACs at this price range starting to use switching power supplies, AURALiC insists on using high performance but costly Purer-Power™ linear power supply technology on the ALTAIR. With this technology, the noisy AC power firstly goes into a power purification module, and the DC current and noise from both within and outside audio frequencies can be reduced by as much as 90dB.
- Flexible Filter Mode
ALTAIR has four built-in filter modes that allow users to customize sound best befitting their personal preference. Those filter modes were developed from AURALiC’s well known Flexible Filter Mode in the VEGA Digital Audio Processor, with each containing several digital filters optimized for a corresponding sampling rate.