In thinking carefully about the Aurora, I have come up with three suggestions for possible improvement in the future. First, I think the unit cries out for a headphone output on its front panel. This is an area where iFi Audio typically excels, so it only makes sense to play to the company’s strength. Second, I would like to see Aurora include a USB DAC input. While I recognise that the Aurora can function as its own server, those of us who already own and use servers would benefit from being able to connect them directly to Aurora’s DAC input. Third, I feel the Aurora User Manual can and really should provide more (much more) detail on setup and use of the MUZO Player App. Maybe it’s just me, but I found MUZO far from self-explanatory.
Setting the foregoing ‘wish list’ aside, though, I must say I found Aurora to be a stunning and satisfying product. For those who want a richly rewarding hi-fi experience without the cost, complexity, and size of a full-fledged speaker-based audio system, Aurora offers a delightful alternative.
Type: All-in-one network music system
Inputs: Hi-res Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD/aptX/LDAC/HWA/AAC; Networked Audio with playback from NAS or server, Airplay, streaming audio (Spotify/Apple Music/Amazon Music/Tidal Hifi/Deezer etc.) and USB storage /SD Card 44.1kHz/16Bit – 192kHz/32Bit; coaxial and optical S/P-DIF (Blu-ray Player, Games Console, smart TV, etc.) 44.1kHz/16Bit – 192kHz/24Bit; and RCA & 3.5mm (for Alexa or analogue audio)
Driver Complement: 4 × 4.5” (120mm) coated paper cone wideband driver, 2 × 1.1” (28mm) silk dome tweeter (8 kHz crossover), and 2 × 4.5” × 8” (120mm × 200mm) steel passive radiators
Frequency Response: 27Hz–40kHz
Maximum SPL: 115dB/1m
Amplifier Topology: Hybrid with valve class A amplification. Power buffers operating at 1.411MHz/1.536MHz clock-locked
Amplifier Frequency Response: 15Hz–150kHz
Distortion: < 0.05%
Maximum Power: 320VA (12v input for Marine/Car power supplies)
Dimensions (H×W×D): 27cm × 59cm × 28cm
Weight: 15kg (or 20kg in shipping carton)
Price: £1,299, or $1,399 US
Manufacturer: iFi Audio
Tel: +44(0)1704 227 204