All in all the Aries Mini is a fine device that’s blessed with an attractive and largely intuitive control app. Its analogue outputs deliver a musical and engaging sound but the digital outputs have the potential to compete with streamers at twice the price. I’d say that the linear power supply is critical to this result however and it does bump up the price, but it remains competitive all the same. This product therefore works on two levels, as a simple and compact streaming source for casual listening or as a serious digital source in the main system. To get all this in a pocket size device at under £500 is pretty impressive, so put the laptop away and find out how good music streaming can be.
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