The ARIES was no no longer in production since a year ago, we just closed our production line for ARIES MINI as well and it will run out of stock from our dealer soon. The ARIES G1 is what replacing the original ARIES while we have not yet considered the the successor of ARIES MINI yet. The ARIES MINI’s price range appears to be not a good fit for AURALIC’s technology and we have no advantage there._
I’m not sure that the Auralic marketing statement you quoted is particularly sensible but your response makes no sense either. One person’s idea of accessible may be much less than another person’s (for some, an Aries Mini may not be accessible). “Accessible” is meaningless without context; it can’t be separated from quality and the cost of production. A manufacturer has to chose the position in the market at which it can be competitive; for Auralic, that means a point at which it can sensibly offer its differentiated technologies and quality of manufacture.
You are apparently unhappy that Auralic is no longer manufacturing the original Aries. Its replacement, the Aries G1, introduced several years after the Aries, offers more advanced design and obviously costs rather more to manufacture. The price appears realistic. If you want an original Aries, why not find a recent used one in good condition? It should cost a lot less than a new one.
I completely understand Xuanqian’s point about the viability of the Mini. It is an excellent product for the price but that space is crowded. I’d guess that an improved Mini would have to cost at least twice as much as the first generation model.
Let’s not be unrealistic in our expectations of Auralic?