So I’ve gotten an original Auralic Vega recently. In my system, it replaces the DACs in my Oppo UDP-205 and the Audio-gd HE1 preamplifier. The current setup is:
Win 10 system with Roon feeding Ethernet output to
Oppo UDP-205 (used as a Roon Ethernet Endpoint) feeding digital coaxial output to
Original Auralic Vega feeding balanced output to
1 to 2 XLR splitter with output to
Pair of Emotiva PA-1 mono block amplifiers feeding Emotiva T2 speakers
Pair of Emotiva Airmotiv S-15 subwoofers with on-plate crossovers set to 60-hz Min.
This system is less than optimal due to the lack of an electronic crossover. Mine (a Dahlquist DQ-LP1) is currently being repaired.
Nevertheless, I have compensated acoustically the best I could by moving the T2 towers a full 3 to 4 feet from their back wall and by lifting the subs onto a 18" tall rack and moving them about 2 to 3 feet from their back wall. Although there is still a slight bass peak between about 30 and 50 Hz., it is tolerable for the time being.
So how does the Vega (used as both a DAC and a preamp) sound in this system? A bit “crisp.” There is a LOT of detail and definition, perhaps a bit too much in the upper midrange to lower treble. This is in contrast to the Oppo / preamp combo that were less present in that area.
Of course, this also may be due to the fact that I’ve not yet repositioned the speakers to optimize them for “the Vega sound.” With a touch less toe-in, the effect may be reduced. If I can retain the Vega’s upper midrange / lower treble clarity without it being so much “in your face,” then this could REALLY be an improvement for my system.
The Vega’s imaging is wide and deep (as much so as with my preamp in the system, which surprises me.)
The above comments were made with about an hour and a half’s listening from dead cold. I’ve left the Vega on overnight, and look forward to hearing it again today. I am also looking forward to hearing the Vega with an Aries front end and LDS software rather than Roon. That should happen later this month.
But so far… I’m definitely a new Auralic fan!