Lumin adds new models to streaming portfolio

The Lumin range of network devices has been extended with the arrival of two new models. The Lumin X1 is the marque’s new flagship network player, while the U1 Mini network transport aims to make Lumin’s streaming technology more accessible.

The company considers the new X1 its most advanced player yet. It features a fully balanced, dual-mono design from input to output, while an all-new processor is DSD512 and PCM768-capable.

Digital-to-analogue conversion duties are performed by a pair of ESS SABRE ES9083 Pro DAC chips, credited with 140 dB of dynamic range. A USB output supporting DSD512 natively has also been added.

Other under-the-cover highlights include a high-precision Femto Clock System with precise FPGA (field-programmable gate array) distribution, a new output buffer design, and an optical network that ensures complete isolation from network digital noise.

The X1 features a completely new power supply, CNC-machined from a solid billet of aluminium and employing a low-noise linear regulator. The new PSU can also be purchased as an upgrade by existing S1, A1 and T1 owners.

As expected, the Lumin X1 is Roon Ready and offers integrated support for leading streaming services, including Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify. It also has the ability to unfold MQA-encoded audio files.

The U1 Mini is a network transport device designed to appeal those who already own an existing high-end D/A converter. Sharing the compact casework of the D2 network player, the U1 Mini seamlessly upsamples and downsamples from 44,1 kHz to DS128, while supporting playback of DSD256.

The onboard processer supports DSD256 and 384 kHz playback while a quad-clock system ensures precision timing. A full complement of digital outputs includes AES/EBU, coaxial RCA, coaxial BNC and Toslink optical, as well as USB.

The U1 Mini also performs on-board MQA unfolding, and offers integrated access to Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify, as well as supporting Apple AirPlay.

Both the X1 and the U1 Mini offer Lumin’s highly regarded, intuitive user interface, and are supported by the company’s commitment to ongoing upgrades and feature improvements via firmware upgrades.

South African availability and pricing has not been confirmed yet.

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