Auralic introduced the Polaris Wireless Streaming Amplifier. Polaris has seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analog sources. The internal DAC, incorporating Auralic Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSD and PCM up to 32 bit/384 kHz. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms continuous power with exceptionally low distortion- sufficient for the most demanding loudspeakers.
Polaris utilizes Auralic's award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is industry's first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32 bit/384 kHz through Wi-Fi 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 on-going 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.
The products streaming function is operated by Auralic's Lightning DS control App which is at the heart of all the companies streaming products and available on iOS platforms, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other third-party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback and also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you an alternative way in which to discover and listen to music.
Auralic is introducing another innovative technology - Hybrid Volume Control for Polaris. The Hybrid Volume Control uses both analog and digital volume control together for optimum audio performance and the best possible sound quality. The analog attenuators reduce the signal level in 12dB steps whilst the DAC's internal digital volume control handles small amounts of volume change within each step. By using this technology, the DAC chip always operates in the best performance range, bringing much lower distortion, better dynamic range and high sound quality at low volume levels.
Polaris is equipped with two pairs of multi-function RCA connectors - these two stereo pairs of analog channels can be configured as a phono stage input, a line stage input or pre-amplifier output through the product settings menu. Digital inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC. When purchasing Polaris from a dealer or Auralic, you can specify a 1TB SSD for internal music storage as an option at extra cost, turning Polaris into a fully functioning Music Server. The retail price of Polaris starts from $3799 or €3999. Info and photos by Auralic.