Lumin U1 Digital Transport/Streamer

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Lumin U1 Digital Transport/Streamer

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OK, I'm firmly in the “bits-is-bits” camp when it comes to talking sound quality from what is essentially a purely digital signal. And I would have said that the Lumin U1 would have the same sound as a NAD or a Pioneer or any other music server “client.” After all, the only thing that comes out of the device is “bits!” Well, I was wrong. Compared to the digital output of the Oppo or the Logitech device, the U1 was, well, just better! First of all, the top octaves were cleaner and more delineated. ... the Lumin seemed to delineate the transients better than the other two and the pianos seem to have more “space” around them.
— SONIS, COMPUTER AUDIOPHILE

 

An S1 without the DAC!

After years of requests from existing high-end DAC owners, the LUMIN team have taken the finest components from the flagship S1 model and developed them specifically for digital processing and output. Using a new dedicated LUMIN U1 processor adds upsampling and downsampling for every supported format – all the way from 44.1kHz to DSD128 and DXD – providing maximum DAC compatibility and optimization.

As well as supporting DSD output over SPDIF (via DoP), LUMIN U1 also adds DSD128 digital output via 2 new USB ports.

LUMIN U1 – A LUMIN for DAC owners

  • Transport-only unit based on the award-winning LUMIN S1
  • 5 types of digital audio output including new USB
  • DSD128 5.6MHz
  • PCM 44.1–384kHz 16–32bit
  • Native Tidal & Qobuz support

Universal
Effortlessly plays everything from DSD through high-res PCM to mainstream formats FLAC, Apple Lossless, MP3 and Internet radio streams.

Seamless
Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlists and robust music buffering provide a superior playback experience, free from distractions.

Flexible
Supports TIDAL and Internet Radio, and UPnP AV for maximum compatibility.

No compromise
The highest-grade matching components, circuit design and spacious layout include true balanced audio outputs and an external toroidal power supply.

Intuitive
A superbly natural, attractive and uniquely designed iPad app makes music browsing and selection a pleasure for everyone.

Specifications

  • DSD Support: Up to DSD128 5.6MHz, 1-bit
  • Upsampling and downsampling rates & bit depths:
    • Upsampling and downsampling to and from any supported rate including DSD128 and 384kHz PCM
  • DIGITAL USB Outputs (x2):
    • DSD128, 5.6MHz, 1bit,
    • PCM 44.1khz–384kHz, 16–32bit
  • Optical, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC & AES/EBU:
    • DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1bit
    • PCM 44.1kHz–192kHz, 16–24bit
  • Power Supply:
    • External dual-toroidal
  • Physical Dimensions: 350mm (W), 345mm (D), 60mm (H)
    • Weight: 8kg
  • Dual-toroidal PSU: 100mm (W), 315mm (D), 55mm (H)
    • Weight: 2kg

All LUMIN Music Players include the following features:

  • Streaming Protocol: UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension
  • Gapless Playback
  • On-Device Playlist
  • Supported Audio File Formats: DSD Lossless: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), DoP (DSD), PCM Lossless: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF, Compressed (lossy) Audio: MP3, AAC (in M4A container)
  • Supported Audio Sample Rates, Bit Depths, Number of Channels:
    • PCM: 44.1kHz – 384kHz, 16–32bit, Stereo
    • DSD: 2.8MHz (5.6MHz on LUMIN S1), 1-bit, Stereo 
  • Upsampling rates & bit depths:
    • DSD upsampling option for all files up to 96kHz
  • Supported Control Devices: All models of Apple iPad (v2 or later). iOS 5.0 or later required. Full Retina Display support.
  • App Features: High-resolution artwork. Artwork caching. AirPlay compatibility. Multiple-tag handling. ‘Composer’ tag support. Find & Filter. Tag browsing.
  • Input: Ethernet Network 100Base-T, USB storage, flash drive, USB hard disk (Single-partition FAT32, NTFS and EXT2/3 only)
  • Outputs:Analog Audio: XLR balanced, 4Vrms, pin 2 Hot, RCA unbalanced, 2Vrms
  • Digital Audio: BNC SPDIF:
  • PCM 44.1kHz-192kHz, 16-24bit
  • DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1bit
  • HDMI: PCM 44.1kHz-192kHz, 16-24bit, DSD (Native or DoP) 2.8MHz, 1bit
  • Finish: Raw brushed aluminium, Black anodized aluminium finish is available as a special order item.
  • Firmware-upgradable for further features and enhancements