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AURALiC Vega review (Part 3 – vs. Metrum Hex, 6Moons)

  • My final thoughts on AURALiC’s Vega have just gone up on 6Moons. Make no mistake – this is one fine-, fine-sounding DAC.  It gives the listener far more aural satisfaction than DACs swimming in the budget end of the market (say, <$1000).  For a similar cash drop, the Metrum Hex is capable of pulling up alongside.  Both DACs have well thought out USB implementations and neither demand the intervention of USB-S/PDIF conversion for maximum performance.  Both DACs sound terrific, each for different reasons.  I tried to separate them, to pick a clear winner.  I couldn’t.  Click here to read my thoughts.

    Clearly, the AURAliC Vega has the more impressive feature set of the two and is aesthetically more agreeable.  If you need a digital pre-amp, the Vega is your guy.  I think I’d (previously) underrated its ability to satisfy in this regard.  Having recently fed its output into an ME 550 power amplifier I found myself wanting for very little and managed to eek a consistently impressive performance out of the Magnepan MMGs.

    We talked about ‘Alan.  Xuanxian Wang’s (pictured below) attentiveness and promptitude with email replies was super-impressive.  This augurs well for anyone unsure about buying a product from a relatively new player in the digital audio field.  Well played, Sir, well played.


    Further Information: AURALiC

    Part 1 of my Vega coverage is here and Part 2 here.

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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