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Just bought a new Auralic Altair to replace my Marantz NA8005 which was always acting up, dropping off my network, etc. I was hoping I put my electronics issues behind me. Nope. Problem one: There are no discrete on/off IR power codes for the Altair. Only a power toggle. Means powering it on with my Harmony remote is a crapshoot and I'll just as often be turning it off when I need to turn it on based on whatever state it happens to be in in the moment. The Marantz had the same problems, but the Altair costs twice as much and is clearly marketed as audiophile gear. Discrete codes should be a minimum for gear in this price range. I'm disappointed, but it's ok. I'll live. Problem two, the main one: The power toggle code on the Auralic remote is the exact same one as for my Marantz AV8801! Thus toggling the power for my Altair toggles the power on my pre/pro. Are you kidding me!? Did nobody test this out first at Auralic? Basically this means that if I watch some TV then turn on my Altair, the pre/pro gets turned off by the same command. This is insane. It means I have to leave my Altair on 24/7 and if the power goes out I can't rely on the remote to turn it back on (as it will affect the 8801 as well). Come. On.
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Ciamarasound posted a topic in Ciamara (Sponsored)Altair Streaming/DAC/Headphone Amplifier We are pleased to announce that the Auralic Altair will begin shipping the week of 7/18. This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources including stream from Network Shared Folder, USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady. The rest of digital inputs are AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and external DAC. The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a WiFi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC’s ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background. Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer. Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer. ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback. ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC. When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself. Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel. The Altair is available silver or black. To place your order and/or try one risk-free for up to 30 days please visit us here This order qualifies for free shipping and has the ability to earn 94 Reward Points when you register for our Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program. High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1.844.242.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
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