'What the Auralic Polaris offers is a compact but deeply capable digital fronted experience. This is one of the most innately capable streaming platforms on the market and this makes for a device that will get the best out of a digital library no matter how diverse it is and how many different formats it includes. Combined with solid streaming service support and an excellent app, you have a device that is right up at the top of the pack. Combined with a well-integrated amplification section, the results are extremely impressive. While it has to give ground to the analogue connectivity of some rivals, there should be enough for most would-be owners. This compact and well thought out device offers excellent performance for the asking price and warrants recommendation.'
Polaris defines the AURALiC brand: innovative technology, great sound, superb user experience, and excellent value. It is a wireless streamer, a music server, a DAC, a moving magnet phono stage, a preamplifier and a stereo power amplifier. It provides a great solution for music lovers seeking high quality streaming from a single, compact audio component. Seventeen inputs channels accommodate streaming, digital and analogue sources. The internal DAC, incorporates AURALiC’s Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supporting quad-rate DSD and PCM up to 32 bit/384kHz. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver a continuous 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms or 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms, with exceptionally low distortion and comfortably drives even the most demanding loudspeakers.
Polaris is based on AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning streaming platform the first streaming solution that supports quad-rate DSD and PCM up to 32Bit/384kHz over a WiFi or wired Ethernet network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as gapless playback, on-device playlist, memory cache and bit-perfect multi-room functions. This platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system.
£3,899 with 1TB SSD