Some readers will no doubt want to know how the VEGA G2 fared in comparison with the PS Audio DirectStream DAC, which is widely regarded as a performance leader in this general class. My answer would be to say that AURALiC’s VEGA G2 is at the least sonically competitive with its PS Audio counterpart, but that the G2 enjoys a ‘secret weapon’, sonically; namely, its versatile Flexible Filter modes. Where the DirectStream DAC basically speaks with one voice, the VEGA G2 effectively offers four subtly different ‘voices’ in the form of its four filter modes. This is a compelling sonic benefit that works strongly in the VEGA G2’s favour.
AURALiC’s VEGA G2 represents a big sonic step forward from the firm’s well-respected VEGA Digital Audio Processor and it also is one of the most beautiful sounding and accomplished DACs I’ve ever had the pleasure of using in my reference system. For this reason and more, the VEGA G2 is thoughtfully and enthusiastically recommended.
Type: Digital-to-Analogue-Converter/preamplifier/headphone amplifier
Digital Inputs: One AES/EBU, one Coaxial S/PDIF, one Toslink, one USB, one AURALiC Lightning Link, and one Gigabit Ethernet streaming input.
Analogue Inputs: One stereo single-ended (via RCA jacks)
Analogue Outputs: One stereo single-ended (via RCA jacks), one stereo balanced (via XLR connectors), two sets of faceplate-mounted 6.35mm headphone jacks
Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, ± 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.00012% (XLR); < 0.00015% (RCA)
Dynamic Range: >130dB
Supported Digital Formats: All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s with word lengths up to 32-bit, DSD files from DSD64 to DSD512
User Interface: AURALiC’s Smart-IR system allows VEGA G2 control inputs to be mapped onto 3rd-party IR remote controls.
Display: 4-inch full-colour LCD display
Dimensions (H×W×D): 8 ×34 ×32cm
Price: £5,499 UK or $5,699 US
Manufacturer: AURALiC LIMITED
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