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  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    Yes, HD Tracks certainly have an odd set of offerings – lots of old-school "classic rock" stuff, some of it at very high prices (since they appear to charge by the track, meaning that albums with larger numbers of shorter songs sell for more). I purchased "Terrapin Station" and Fleetwood Mac's "Future Games" as I love both albums and they were fairly cheap; besides which, some of the people who worked on recording the former claimed that the HD Tracks version
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Wed, Apr 17 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    @seethroughyou: I didn't have a chance to do a back-to-back comparison between the Auralic Aries and my CD player (Beogram CD 5500), HDCD/SACD player (Cambridge CXU) or MacBook. However, I did try out all three connections for the Auralic Aries, and as I mentioned in my last post, USB-Audio sounded best. Playing the 192/24 HDtracks download of the Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station , I thought it sounded excellent, though it didn't blow me away in comparison to the HDCD. A back-to-back
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Wed, Apr 17 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    Thanks Geoff! I can always rely on you for good information. Today, I hooked up the Aries via S/PDIF, USB-Audio and optical. All sampling rates worked on the first two, whilst optical couldn't process 192/24. Interestingly, I thought the sound was slightly better via USB-Audio, so will be using that (especially as I doubt I will be playing DSD through the Aries).
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Wed, Apr 17 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    @Jeff: Actually, the piece of kit you suggested could indeed solve the problem – I could use it for my CD transport, which is presumably what you were suggesting. I was a bit slow on the uptake there! Will report back tomorrow when I’ve tried the Aries out via the different connections.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    @Jeff: I don't think that would solve the problem, as it's the BL90s' optical input that can't handle 192/24, not the Auralic itself or the cable. My dealer and I were chatting about this today, and think the solution might be some kind of splitter for the S/PDIF input, so long as it doesn't degrade the sound. @seethroughyou: I'll let you know whether the Auralic outperforms my MacBook when I've hooked it up tomorrow and tried out out via S/PDIF, optical and USB-Audio
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    Thanks Steve! As I mentioned in my email, I'm also going to see what happens if I connect it via both USB-Audio and optical – the Aries may be able to select the most appropriate output for each file format.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    I play CDs almost daily, and don't have the time or inclination to rip all of my 10,000-odd CDs, so removing the digital connection from the CD 5500 isn't really an option. I need a solution where I can play both 192/24 and 44.1/16 files via the Aries whilst still having a digital CD input. Is it possible to connect the Aries via both optical and USB-Audio simultaneously, using the former for 44.1/16 and the latter for 192/24 files?
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Tue, Apr 16 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    The Aries does indeed have a coax (S/PDIF) output and the BL90 has a coax input, which can handle 192/24. The issue is that the coax input is currently being used by my CD player (Beogram CD 5500), so the question is how to connect that if the Aries takes over the coax. I want a digital connection for superior CD sound, but the 5500 doesn't have an optical output, and hence can't use the optical input on the BL90.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Mon, Apr 15 2019
  • Re: Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    Thanks for the input. Apparently the Auralic Aries worked fine via USB until a firmware update removed its ability to instruct the BL90 to process 44.1/16 inputs via that format. I suspect there isn't a huge difference between 192/24 and 96/24, but since the Aries is designed to handle the former it seems silly to use an input that won't go above 96/24.
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Mon, Apr 15 2019
  • Connecting an Auralic Aries to BeoLab 90

    I've decided to add an Auralic Aries (the original model with the dual Femto clocks; not the LE, Mini, G1 or G2) to my system to enable streaming and make file playback easier. I've ordered an optical cable from Steve at Sounds Heavenly to connect it, but on checking the Technical Sound Guide for my BeoLab 90s, realised I'd got it the wrong way round – it's the S/PDIF input that supports 192/24, whereas optical only supports 96/24. This completely defeats the point of connecting
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by politician on Mon, Apr 15 2019
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