Aurender A200 review

Clipdat
Clipdat Posts: 10,949
edited April 6 in Electronics
My review of the Aurender A200 has now been posted! Give it a read here: https://theaudiobeatnik.com/aurender-a200-caching-music-server-review/

Streamers are one of my favorite topics to cover because they all have their own sound signature as well as app control interfaces. Sometimes it can be tricky to tick all the boxes and find one that delivers the perfect combination of performance along with a logical and refined user interface. The Aurender A200 comes awfully close!

I certainly enjoyed my time spent evaluating this premium-priced music player! Please enjoy the read and I welcome any and all feedback.

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,307
    One question. I read the review but there is no link or write up I saw that listed the associated gear used for the review. What's the associated gear used during the review?

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 25,607
    Great write up!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,543
    Great review!
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Musical Fidelity M6si integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, Audiolab 6000CDT CD Transport, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Fluance RT85, Ortofon 2M Bronze, Polk L600's, L400, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios, Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,949
    treitz3 wrote: »
    One question. I read the review but there is no link or write up I saw that listed the associated gear used for the review. What's the associated gear used during the review?

    Tom

    Hey Tom! Great question. I actually included a list of associated equipment at the bottom of the review but for whatever reason the site's editor didn't include it. Anyway, here it is:

    Associated Equipment:

    Speakers: KEF LS50 Meta, Polk Audio L200*, PMC twenty.22*
    Preamp and Power amp: Benchmark LA4 & AHB2
    Streamer: Auralic Vega G1
    Power cables: Shunyata Delta v2 XC & NR
    Analog interconnects: Audioquest Yukon

    *VR3 upgraded crossovers
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,307
    The editor may want to include that tid bit of information, as it is vaguely important. It puts things into perspective to those who are reading....I.E., we would know that you aren't using Rat Shack bookie specials from days gone by...

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • aprazer402
    aprazer402 Posts: 2,566
    Nice review Drew. On these streamers is the display always on when in use? Can the display be turned off when in use? Or do the displays go off in a few seconds automatically?
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,949
    edited April 6
    I typically had the display set to always on, but yes, you can set the display to automatically turn off when playing and then only turn on briefly when something happens like a new song starts, etc. Aurender also has a "critical listening mode" which powers down the screen entirely:

    "Critical Listening Mode is a feature that allows the user to defeat any background tasks and circuitry that are non-essential to playing music. By defeating the display illumination and disabling other background functions, system resources are reduced for the best possible sound quality."
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 25,607
    treitz3 wrote: »
    The editor may want to include that tid bit of information, as it is vaguely important. It puts things into perspective to those who are reading....I.E., we would know that you aren't using Rat Shack bookie specials from days gone by...

    Tom

    So basically you want to make sure Drew is... Ready?
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,949
    Ready for what? My first time?
  • pearsall001
    pearsall001 Posts: 4,726
    Great review as usual. A new streamer is creeping up on my list. Your review was welcome reading because I'm not well versed on them. My only concern with them is the issue with how fast technology changes. It's gotta be hard to keep up.
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Two Channel:
    KEF R3 monitors
    Schiit Audio Freya S pre
    Parasound HALO A21+ 2 channel amp
    Bluesound NODE 2i streamer
    Border Patrol SEi DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    KEF KC62 sub


    Home Theater:
    Full blown 11.2 set up.


  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 25,607
    Most of the stuff you would stream is most likely no where close to the highest resolution current streamers can do much less the future.

    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,949
    Great review as usual. A new streamer is creeping up on my list. Your review was welcome reading because I'm not well versed on them. My only concern with them is the issue with how fast technology changes. It's gotta be hard to keep up.

    Aurender frequently releases firmware updates for the devices, as well as updates the Conductor app. I believe the hardware will be well-supported into the future so no worries there.
  • pearsall001
    pearsall001 Posts: 4,726
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Great review as usual. A new streamer is creeping up on my list. Your review was welcome reading because I'm not well versed on them. My only concern with them is the issue with how fast technology changes. It's gotta be hard to keep up.

    Aurender frequently releases firmware updates for the devices, as well as updates the Conductor app. I believe the hardware will be well-supported into the future so no worries there.

    Good to know. Thanks
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Two Channel:
    KEF R3 monitors
    Schiit Audio Freya S pre
    Parasound HALO A21+ 2 channel amp
    Bluesound NODE 2i streamer
    Border Patrol SEi DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    KEF KC62 sub


    Home Theater:
    Full blown 11.2 set up.


  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 5,880
    Very nice review. Looks like a solid unit.
    T+A PA 1530R,Wireworld Silver Eclipse 8 SC, Tyler Highland H2, Audioquest Thunderbird Interconnect , Innuos Zen MK3 W4S recovery, WireWorld Platinum Starlight 7 USB, Border Patrol SE-I

    Have but haven't used in a while: Cayin SCD50T, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,949
    Very solid indeed. Definitely won't **** the bed like @nooshinjohn's Arcams keep doing.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 10,021
    Awesome review Drew! As always, written in a vernacular that I can appreciate!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 25,607
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Very solid indeed. Definitely won't **** the bed like @nooshinjohn's Arcams keep doing.

    lol
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • tophatjohnny
    tophatjohnny Posts: 3,451
    Only checked it out because you wrote it and it’s a great review!
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 10,949
    Thanks Johnny, appreciate it!