WTB: Auralic Aries Mini

pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
edited June 1 in Wanted (WTB) Classifieds
I am looking to buy an Auralic Aries Mini in excellent working and cosmetic condition. It would be nice if it also has the extenal power supply with it (although not a deal breaker if it does not). Please send me a pm with a note on condition, price, and some pics. Thanks.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,600
    Good luck with this search...these are really rare on the used market.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,352
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

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  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Good luck with this search...these are really rare on the used market.

    Thanks. I know they are hard to find on the used market but have my fingers crossed.

  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    edited June 1

    Thank you. I did check hifishark and the other usual sites (eBay, U.S. Audio Mart, Audiogon) and there is only one that I have seen for sale on those sites that is located in the U.S. (hifishark has a few European Sellers.) The one for sale is listed on both eBay and U.S. Audio Mart but the condition is not the best (scratches, spots) and the price seems a bit high. As rooftop said, they are rare to find on the used market.

    Plus, my preference is to always buy from a trusted Polkie if possible,

  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,352
    Looks like they were in a fire... who lets their gear get like tgat?
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

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    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

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    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

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  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    edited June 1
    Looks like they were in a fire... who lets their gear get like tgat?

    I know. It is a shame to see one that has been mistreated like that.

    I actually sent a a message to that Seller earlier today and asked him about the scratches and spots and he told me that there were no scratches. That was hard to believe as the pics clearly show a lot of cosmetic issues. I then sent another message and asked him why the pics show cosmetic damage if he says the unit is like new. I also asked him for some other pics. And, as I suspected, I never heard from him again. I have a feeling he picked up the unit at an estate sale or something and is trying to flip it (I also had a few questions about the Mini and he was not able to answer them; it was as if he did not know anything about it). Caveat emptor!

  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 426
    I had been looking for second mini for awhile and gave up. At the price their asking for that used you may be better served to look for a used Cambridge Audio CXN .
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  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    edited June 2
    I had been looking for second mini for awhile and gave up. At the price their asking for that used you may be better served to look for a used Cambridge Audio CXN .

    Thanks. I know the Aries Mini is hard to find on the used market but what would be an average price one could expect to pay for a used standard model (w/out external linear psu)?

    I was not aware of the Cambridge Audio CXN but will now look into it.

    Any other suggestions on a good standalone streamer (w/out internal DAC) for under $1k?

    I also noticed that there is an Auralic Aries (non-Mini, non-LE version) listed on Audiogon or US Audio Mart for $999 (Seller said he'd accept $900). Is the Aries that much better than the Aries Mini?

    I recently bought a North Star Excelsio DAC and am looking for a good streamer. I am a total newbie to the digital world and am looking to get my feet wet w/out breaking the bank, ha.

    Thanks again.



  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,886
    The femto clock in the aries i fell is better then the mini but the mini with a good power supply is darn good!.

    Although on my mini, i added a w4s recovery ( femto clock) and it put it right there with the aries on usb.
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    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,217
    I love mine... stuck in a 1tb SSD drive and use with a better DAC and welcome to Heaven! I take mine on the road any time i choose. I want a backup..not sure what I will ever replace it with ..

    good luck in your Search Peter.
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    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    edited June 5
    voltz wrote: »
    I love mine... stuck in a 1tb SSD drive and use with a better DAC and welcome to Heaven! I take mine on the road any time i choose. I want a backup..not sure what I will ever replace it with ..

    good luck in your Search Peter.


    Thanks, Darryl. I appreciate it.

    The Minis are very hard to find on the used market so I ended up getting an Aries (w/linear external psu) that was recently listed on Audiogon. I got a pretty good deal on it and it turns out the Seller was only a little over an hour away from me. I will pick it up this Friday.

    I will pair it with my North Star Excelsio DAC. I still need to get a USB and digital coaxial cable so I probably won't be able to set it up until next weekend. I am still trying to figure out what length USB cable I should get to connect the Aries streamer to my DAC (.6m or 1m). I can go with the shorter length if the streamer can go on top of the DAC (which is dependent on if it will fit there and also if the DAC gets hot).

    The digital music world is all new to me so hopefully it won't be too much of a challenge.
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,886
    wireworld platinum usb or curious usb cable are my 2 faves right now. I run both in different things.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,886
    See skip if you want the wireworld. It is my main usb cable for a couple of years now.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    edited June 5
    erniejade wrote: »
    See skip if you want the wireworld. It is my main usb cable for a couple of years now.

    Thanks. Skip did recommend a couple of Wireworld cables. Unfortunately my cable budget is not very large after my recent purchases but I think the Wireworld Starlight 8 USB and digital coaxial cables should work w/in my budget.

    I have not gotten the cables yet because I am trying to figure out the length for the USB cable (.6m would work if I can place the Aries streamer on top of my Excelsio DAC; otherwise I would need 1m). I do not know if the streamer will fit on top of the DAC and/or if the DAC gets hot and should not have anything on top of it. Thus, I am still researching cables and probably won't have everything set up until next weekend.

    Thanks again.

  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,886
    I have a Wireworld Starlight 7 as well. Darn good cable. I imagine the 8 is an improvement. Skip is right on the $ with your budget.
    Den: Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,

    Living Room:,T+A PA 1530R, Tyler Highland H2, Aries Mini, High Fidelity Reveal RCA, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11, W4S recovery, Wireworld Platinum Starlight.

    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    I may have a WW USB I could let you use for a while. Its laying around collecting dust. I'll check when I get home in the morning and PM with the details.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,635
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I may have a WW USB I could let you use for a while. Its laying around collecting dust. I'll check when I get home in the morning and PM with the details.

    Sounds great. Thanks. I appreciate it.

  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,412
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I may have a WW USB I could let you use for a while. Its laying around collecting dust. I'll check when I get home in the morning and PM with the details.

    That one I sent ya with the drive?😂
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,199
    Lol, I was cleaning up my cable stash the other day, and I swear I said out loud "why the f___ did you buy a Wireworld USB cable?" That was followed by "I don't remember buying this." Now I know.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,412
    Ya know I love you brother.
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,217
    WTG to dudes! Polkies helping Polkies.

    I have one but think Kerri has something you would really like Peter!
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,412
    Congrats brother. You will have fun with it .
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
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