- Written by Chris Heinonen and David Rich
- Published on 11 August 2014
AURALiC VEGA DAC Review Highlights
The AURALiC VEGA is a fantastic product that has surprised me to no end. Looked at objectively on the test bench it offers performance that is unmatched. Listening to it subjectively it reveals more of the music than anything I have on hand. It is a true reference product from a company I hope continues this level of performance.
AURALiC VEGA DAC Highlights Summary
- • PCM support to 32-bit, 384 kHz/sec and DSD128 support
- • Toslink Optical, AES and USB inputs
- • Balanced and unbalanced outputs
- • Effortless, pure sound
- • Intuitive design and interface
- • Matching streamer coming soon
Introduction to the AURALiC VEGA DAC Review
A year ago if you asked me who AURALiC was, I could not have told you. Since then they have been all over the Hi-Fi press, with their AURALiC VEGA DAC being omnipresent. Though I saw it everywhere, I didn’t read any of the reviews as I was too involved in other things to worry about it. When the AURALiC VEGA arrived at my door one day, I had no idea what to expect from it. I even let it sit there unopened for two weeks as I was in no rush to get to it.
AURALIC VEGA DAC REVIEW SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: Solid State DAC
- Inputs: Optical, 2 x Coaxial, AES, USB
- Outputs: RCA, XLR
- Format Support: PCM to 32/384, DSD128 over PCM (DoP)
- Display: 512x64 Pixel OLED
- Size: 2.6'' H x 11'' W x 9'' D
- Weight: 7.5 Pounds
- Price: $3,499 USD
- SECRETS Tags: AURALiC, VEGA, DAC
Since I unboxed it and connected it to my system it has remained in constant use. The AURALiC VEGA is a fantastic product that has surprised me to no end. Looked at objectively on the test bench it offers unmatched performance. Listening to it subjectively it reveals more of the music than anything I have on hand. It is a true reference product from a company I hope continues this level of performance.
A DAC is a hard component to buy and show off to your friends. It’s a box that sits there and operates in the background. It’s not a big TV you can hang up on the wall, or a subwoofer that you can rattle their teeth with. But while the VEGA might not be flashy, it produces a musical experience that will resonate long past the 20Hz sound waves of a gigantic subwoofer.