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AURALiC VEGA
DSD-DXD D/A Converter



VEGA, the next generation digital audio processor, is developed with the goal of 'seeking for non-compromised sound'.  With plenty of I/O ports and powerful function, it will become the kernel component of your high-end stereo system.

With Sanctuary Audio Processor as heart, AURALiC introduces several cutting-edge technology for VEGA: Megahertz upsampling algorithm up-samples all PCM music to 1.5MHz in 32bit; Femto Master Clock provides an ultimate clock precision with jitter only 82 femtoseconds(0.082 picosecond). Binding with other AURALiC's patented technologies such as 'ORFEO Class-A module' and discrete 'Purer-Power™ solution', VEGA will bring high resolution music playback experience to climax.

VEGA supports all high resolution music formats including DXD(352.8KS/s, 384KS/s in 32bit) as well as DSD stream at 2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz. Five digital inputs include AES/EBU, coaxial(set of two), toslink and USB. The balanced and single-ended analog outputs can connect to power amplifier directly, adjusting volume in digital precision without dynamic loss.

The Flexible Filter Mode embedded inside VEGA has six modes, each contains several digital filters optimized for corresponding sampling rate. These filters are solely developed by AURALiC to optimize the listening experience for different music and format. VEGA allows its user to customize according to different music formats, tuning sound best to personal preference.

Technical Features

 AURALiC Sanctuary Audio Processor

Sanctuary audio processor, the heart of VEGA, is based on multi-core ARM9 architecture with calculating capability at 1000MIPS which is ideal for handling multi-channel high resolution music. AURALiC also introduces the second generation ActiveUSB ? to VEGA that separates the USB PHY into a discrete chip to future reduce EMI  from computer. Resorting to these technologies, VEGA not only support DXD format(352.8KS/s and 384KS/s PCM signal in 32bit) but also able to decode DSD stream at 2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz in native though 'DoP V1.1' transmission standard.

 Flexible Filter Mode

The Flexible Filter Mode technology inside VEGA has six built-in modes each contains several digital filters optimized for corresponding sampling rate. These filters are developed under AURALiC's subjective auditory sense and objective testing data relationship models which is to optimize the listening experience for different music and format. The linear phase filter exhibits perfect in-band ripple and out-band attenuation performance while the minimum phase filter is better for enjoyment as it has no 'pre-ringing' effect. There are also slow roll-off filter and several noise filters for native DSD conversion. To maximum usage of these filters, VEGA allows its user to customize according to different formats, tuning sound best to personal preference. Please download the technical white paper of Flexible Filter Mode for detailed information.


Femto Master Clock

The objective of Femto Master Clock  technology is to give DAC and upsampling circuit an ultimate clock with extremely low jitter and low phase noise. It utilizes aerospace grade crystal oscillator, ultra low noise linear power supply and temperature compensation technology to generate master clock with extremely low jitter at 82 femtoseconds. What's more important, the phase noise which affect sound quality a lot has been dramatically reduced to -168dBc/Hz. VEGA has three level of clock precision for customer to choose, with the highest grade 'EXACT' mode, it will give the purest reference clock. Driving by such amazing clock, VEGA can easily reproduce the music details in the 'last bit', represent a rock solid stereo image you may never experience before.

 

Megahertz Upsampling

Using latest ground breaking algorithm, Megahertz Upsampling technology process and up-sampling all incoming PCM signal to about 1.5MHz in 32bit depth. These not only improve the precision of DAC, but also create a new Nyquist frequency for all PCM signal which farther away from the top end of audio frequency. As a result, our engineers are able to design a brand new analog circuit structure with more bandwidth and faster slew rate. Comparing to previous design, the new structure is more transparent to audio signal with lower distortion and less noise, it also lets red book CDs sound more rich and smooth.

 

AURALiC ORFEO Class-A Output Module

In order to drive various loads, matching different power amplifiers, VEGA is powered with AURALiC's patented ORFEO Class-A module which is inspired by Neve 8078 analog console’s circuit design as the output stage. The principle of this module is to use a mass of small signal components with best linear characteristic. By packing them though a thermal balance procedure and bias the transistors into Class-A, ORFEO achieves impressive performance with open loop distortion less than 0.001%. The ORFEO module used in VEGA has been selected and tweaked for lower noise while maintains its driving capability for 600ohm load without any distortion raise.


VEGA Specifications

 
Frequency Response
20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*

THD+N
<0.00015%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS

Dynamic Range
130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted

Digital Inputs
1*AES/EBU
2*Coaxial
1*Toslink
1*USB 2.0 buffered by ActiveUSB?

Analog Outputs
1*Balanced XLR(output impedance 4.7ohm)
1*Single-ended RCA(output impedance 50ohm)

Supported Digital Formats
All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s in 32Bit**
DSD64, DSD128, DSD256***

Output Voltage
4Vrms at Max. with dynamic-loss-free digital volume

User Interface
AURALiC RC-1 remote control
512*64 pixels OLED Display

Power Consumption
Standby: <2W
Sleep: <10W
Playback:  15W at max.

Dimension
11''W x 9''D x 2.6''H (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)

Weight
7.5 pounds (3.4kg)

* Tested under Flter Mode #1 for all sampling rate
** 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s are supported though USB only
** 32bit is supported though USB only
*** By 'DoP V1.1' protocol though USB only

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

VEGA Reviews

 

"When I add up the evidence of sonic elegance, comprehensive featurization, excellent build quality and dual-format top-resolution compliance, there's only one appropriate response: rousing applause (pipe that in now in full DSD128 or native 24/384) and a very blue award."

Srajan Ebaen

"To say that I am impressed with the AURALiC Vega is an understatement. Its ability to turn music reproduction into an engaging and thrilling musical experience is simply stunning. Offering up to DXD and 2x DSD playback, the AURALiC Vega has everything going for it that a DAC should and then some."

Michael Lavorgna

 

The AURALiC VEGA is a must audition component for readers seeking a DAC that does it all and does it all well for less than $3,500...Sound quality and flawless operation of the AURALiC VEGA are the main reasons this DAC is better than the competition.

Chris Connaker

 

"The AURALiC’s talents hit you right between the eyes with a much greater tonal colour palette, more textural information, better dynamics micro and macro and far greater transparency all delivered with silken repose. "

John Darko

 

"Ich hab‘s geahnt. Nachdem mich Auralic mit dem ARK-Wandler schon tief beeindruckt haben, setzt der Vega in Sachen Technik, Innovation, Klang und Ausstattung m?chtig einen drauf und muss als der Top-Wandler in seiner Preisklasse betrachtet werden. Das sollte die Reputation der Chinesen m?chtig aufpumpen."

Christian Rechenbach

 

"Die kleine, feine Marke Auralic hat mit dem Vega einen wirklichen Allesk?nner geschaffen. Etwas Vergleichbares ist mir nicht bekannt. Dies gilt f?r seine vielseitige Ausstattung mit diversen M?glichkeiten zur Anpassung an den pers?nlichen Geschmack ?ber die Filter und die variable Clock. Aber eigentlich liegt seine enorme Attraktivit?t in seiner au?erordentlichen Musikalit?t begr?ndet." 

Wolfgang Kemper

 

Technically, uncompromising, top processed, DSD-capable digital preamp with good facilities and varied switchable sound options. from the sound character rather fluency as boldly spectacular

J?rgen Schr?der

 

Driver & Manual

 AURALiC USB 2.0 Audio Driver Version 2.22.0
(For Windows XP/Vista/7/8  x86 and x64)

 User's Guide

 DSD Playback Guide

 

 

AURALiC is now offering a free copy of JPLAY, a high-end audio player plug-in for the Windows operating system, to all purchasers in North America of AURALiC’s advanced VEGA Digital Audio Processor. 

VEGA buyers in other countries may purchase a full-function version of JPLAY at a 50% discount off the retail price though AURALiC.

How to obtain your personal copy of JPLAY:

1, Register your VEGA on AURALiC website.

2, Send an email to our support team and request for the copy.

3, Proceed to the payment following our email instruction(if necessary).

After verified the information and or payment. JPLAY will send the copy of software to the email addres that you have filed when you registering your VEGA unit.

 

 
 
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