Arylic Up2Stream HD DAC – A Wireless Audio Streaming System with Airplay 2, aptX HD, and Hi-Res Audio Support

Arylic Up2Stream HD DAC – A Wireless Audio Streaming System with Airplay 2, aptX HD, and Hi-Res Audio Support

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Audio System Company, Arylic, known for its popular Up2Stream multiroom wireless audio boards since 2018 has added a new member to its family of DIY Audio streamers. The board is named Up2Stream HD DAC and is a wireless Audio Streaming System with support for Airplay 2, aptX HD, and Hi-Res audio features.

With support for Apple Airplay 2, the Up2Stream HD DAC allows music streaming from iOS gadgets to multiple Apple devices simultaneously. It comes with a high-performance ESS 9038Q2M, a hardware audio codec from ESS Technology to offer 1:1 high-fidelity lossless 192khz/24bits high-resolution audio output capable of delivering high-quality sound with connected sound systems. It also features dual-band WiFi and Aptx HD Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless functions needed in modern audio systems such as wireless speakers and streamers. It has a small form factor that can fit into a traditional sound system to turn it into a wireless streamer and connect it with any other audio system with Arylic audio board, thereby supporting multiroom installations.

The Up2Stream HD DAC is an enhanced Up2Stream as it features a display panel (promised to come in the future) header for visuals, 2 MCU GPIO headers that can accept a button board, and a digital input header. It also has 1 Ethernet port for LAN, 1 Line Out, an Optical Out, and 1 AUX input. Other features of the device include an IR receiver, a power button, and a type-c USB for 5V/2A input.

Highlight specifications and features of the Up2Stream HD DAC:

Audio:

  • Codec: ESS 9038Q2M
  • Stereo RCA  output
  • 1x Optical output (S/PDIF),
  • 1x coaxial output (S/PDIF)
  • Digital input header
  • AUX input header

Audio formats: WAV, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC/AAC+, APE

Streaming Compatibility: AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Tidal connect,  Amazon Music, Internet Radio, iHeartRadio, Napster, 4Stream app, Qobuz HD, Deezer

Connectivity:

  • Ethernet port
  • 802.11 b/g/WiFi 4 (Dual-band)
  • Aptx HD Bluetooth 5.0

Expansion headers:

  • 1x Digital input pin header
  • 1x Display Panel pin headers
  • 2x MCU GPIO pin header

Miscellaneous:

  • 3x LEDs indicators (for WiFi, Bluetooth, audio input)
  • IR Receiver for remote control

Power: 

  • 1x USB type-C port (at 5V/2A)
  • 1x multifunctional power button (for ON/OFF, WiFi/BT Reset, Mode Select, Factory Reset)

Dimension: 110 x 74mm 

Furthermore, it offers a free iOS & Android 4STREAM App that allows you to choose your music source and manage playback, control multiroom/independent playback, access WiFi settings, and set EQ. It is also compatible with Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect, allowing you to stream music directly from Spotify and Tidal. Other online services supported include Amazon Music, Deezer, Internet Radio, iHeartRadio, and Napster.

The Up2Stream HD DAC is available with a user manual, 2x antennas for WiFi & Bluetooth, and a 3-pin PH2.0 cable for order on ARYLIC at $249.00.

About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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