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Altair G1


Altair G1

Assembling all the components for a feature-rich, wireless digital streaming Hi-Fi audio system that sounds great can be a formidable and expensive undertaking. That’s why we built an outstanding DAC and gave it the ability to stream ultra-high-resolution digital music. The ALTAIR Wireless Streaming DAC connects to just about everything, all on its own. It’s a lot of technology in a single box that opens your system to the world.

The Altair G1 all-in-one streaming DAC & pre-amp is the gateway into the Auralic streaming world, encompassing Lightning Server, digital to analogue conversion, and pre-amp functionality. The analogue output can be fixed to line-level if the pre-amp functionality isn’t required.

You can connect up an external HDD or an SSD, point it at a network share or it can be fitted with an internal drive to store music. Lighting Server will manage this music & function as a UPnP server


HDD kit compatible for Aries G2 & Altair G1 models only.

For best sound quality and data safety consideration, please select SSD/HDD from major brands and high reliability series. Here are some suggestions from Auralic.

  • Recommended HDD series: WD Red, Seagate Momentus

  • Recommended SDD brands: Intel, Samsung, Crucial, Plextor


Frequency Response: 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB*
THD+N: <0.0003%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS
Dynamic Range: 124dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted

Streaming File Format

Lossy: AAC, MP3, MQA and WMA

Sampling Rate

PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit***
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz)****

Control Software

AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
AURALiC Lightning DS for web browser (device setting only)
OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
Roon (Roon Core required separately)

Audio Inputs

Streaming Inputs: Network shared folder, USB Drive, Internal Music Storage**, uPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL and Qobuz Sublime+ streaming, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast, RoonReady
Digital Inputs: 1*AES/EBU, 1*Coaxial, 1*Toslink, 1*USB device to computer

Audio Outputs

Balanced: XLR (4Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 10ohm)
Unbalanced: RCA (2Vrms at 0dBFS, output impedance 50ohm)
Headphone: 6.35mm Headphone Jack (output impedance 5ohm)


Wired: Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi

Power Consumption

Sleep: <10W
Playback: 35W at max.

Dimensions - W x D x H

13 x 9 x 2.6 in. (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm)


7.0 lbs (3.2kg)

Product Finishing

Anodized precision machined extrusion aluminum case in matte black or matte silver.


AURALiC ALTAIR Wireless Streaming DAC, AURALiC RC-1 remote control, External WiFi antenna (2pcs), Power cord, USB cable, User's guide

"Whether you look at it from the standpoint of convenience, flexibility, performance, or sheer value, the ALTAIR is that rare multi-purpose component that can play many different roles, all of them successfully."

- Read the full review from HiFi+ here.

"The flow of music is effortless and tonality feels gracefully right."

- Read the full review from HiFi+ here.

“If you’re not streaming yet, shame on you. This is where you would start, and could end, in my view.”

- Read the full review from HiFi and Music Source

“The Auralic Altair G1 was clearly design by an engineering team that understood audiophiles and consumers. The reason I say this is because audiophiles want the best sound quality and consumer in general want everything.”

- Read the full review from Audiophile Style here.

“There isn’t a ‘game changer’ at the moment because so many aspects of the game of hi-fi are taking a bit of a rest right now. But I feel strongly that the nearest we get to a game changer is the AURALiC ALTAIR G1. Sure, it’s a more modest proposal next to the digital big guns (including the big guns from AURALiC itself), but I can’t help but feel it’s the right proposal for the job right now. Best of all, that ‘more modest proposal’ makes few concessions to performance in absolute terms. It’s easy to set-up, easy to use, fun to listen to, and is priced to appeal to a wider audio enthusiast base than many of its contemporaries. In the audio world of 2020 and beyond, it makes all the right noises and ticks all the right boxes.”

- Read the full review here.

“The Altair G1 is a real treasure trove. As long as it’s within your budget, look no further.” And “This may well be the last digital device that you’ll want or need ever again.”

- Read the full review here.

"Auralic may be a fairly recent addition to the world of hifi but it has quickly become one of the go-to brands for hi-res network audio solutions among quality audio fans. And with the Altair G1 digital audio streamer as its entry point solution, it’s very easy to understand why " - Read the full review here.

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