Auralic North America Inc. and its parent company, Auralic Limited, announce it is to be the first developer of a complete line of high-resolution audio streamers to offer fully implemented capability for two of the industry’s significant new technologies: MQA® decoding and the RoonReady® integration.CES_Logo_sm

Both these technologies will be demonstrated at the 2016 CES, and will be available soon afterwards via firmware update from AURALiC’s Lightning DS software platform. MQA decoding will be available for all three Auralic’s streamer models: Aries, Aries LE and Aries Mini. The RoonReady capability will initially be available for the Aries and AriesLE model streamers, with support for the Aries Mini in progress.

As TIDAL streaming is already integrated into the Lightning DS software platform, all three of Auralic’s streamer models will be ready to handle TIDAL’s launch of MQA-encoded music.

During the CES, Auralic will stream TIDAL and MQA exclusively, and will also be demonstrating the RoonReady capability.

Xuanqian Wang, AURALiC’s president & CEO, pointed out that “with Aries and Aries LE streamers fully decoding MQA music, they bring the MQA technology to any existing DAC on the market. (The Aries Mini has its own built-in DAC.)

After more than two years developing and refining the Lightning DS streaming platform, we are building our own eco system, achieving our goal of repositioning Lightning DS from being a hardware control software to a complete music management system, helping people explore their music.

Considering that we first demonstrated a prototype of the Lightning DS at the 2014 CES, we have grown tremendously as THE streaming solution for high-resolution music, making the impossible possible.”

In other news, AUralic will make available an iPhone version of its Lighting DS app, with full functionality, soon after CES.

Auralic are in Venetian Suite 29-122 during the 2016 CES, January 6-9.


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