LUMIN U1 Music Streaming Transport

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The Audiophile streaming transport

Music streaming is very much here to stay, and puts instant access to tens of millions of songs at your fingertips. LUMIN network players bring together all of your favourite streaming and locally stored digital music, and let you enjoy it through your existing audio system as a single source. LUMIN brings the highest quality to digital music and brings a listening experience rivaling that of vinyl, but with all of the convenience and selection offered by streaming services.

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.

The LUMIN U1 is designed to have an exceptionally low noise floor. Features such as low-noise components and even an external dual-toroidal power supply means you hear the music, and nothing but the music.

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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

Lumin U1 network transport and external power supplyThe LUMIN U1 uses an external dual-toroidal power supply to provide exceptionally low noise levels

Total control with the LUMIN App or Roon 

The recent transition from physical music to digital collections hasn't always retained everything we value in the tactile and stimulating process of music selection. The artwork and album structure are important parts of the browsing and selection process; and filenames, codecs and data can sometimes get in the way.

All LUMIN control is achieved through the free LUMIN App. It was created to work in harmony with the LUMIN hardware to deliver the most intuitive and visually rich way to browse, select and play your music collection.

All LUMIN network players are certified as Roon ready, which means they'll drop right into your existing setup if you're a Roon user.

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Transport-only unit based on the award winning LUMIN S1

- 5 types of digital audio output including new USB
Includes DSD512 22.5Mhz 1-bit playback
PCM 44.1–768kHz 16–32-bit
4 exceptionally low-phase-noise crystal clock oscillators
External dual-toroidal power supply
Resampling to every supported format up to DSD128 and PCM384kHz
Supports DoP (DSD over PCM) for Optical, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC & AES/EUB SPDIF

All the usual LUMIN refinements

- From MQA to DSD, FLAC to WAV, LUMIN can play all the high-resolution formats you could ever want.
Native support for TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify and Apple AirPlay, giving you access to tens of millions of songs.
The unique and intuitive LUMIN App.
LUMIN programme of continuous development that has seen Roon, MQA, and Spotify support added in 2017 alone.

DSD SUPPORT: 

Up to DSD512 22.5MHz, 1-bit


PCM SUPPORT:

Up to 768kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo

UPSAMPLING RATES & BIT DEPTHS:

DSD128 upsampling option for all files
PCM 384kHz upsampling option for all files

DIGITAL OUTPUT STAGE:
USB:
DSD512 22.5MHz, 1-bit, Stereo
PCM 44.1–768kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo

OPTICAL, COAXIAL RCA, COAXIAL BNC & AES/EBU:
DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1-bit
PCM 44.1kHz–192kHz, 16–24-bit

POWER SUPPLY:
External dual-toroidal
Available in 240V and 110V versions

PHYSICAL:
FINISH:
Raw brushed aluminium or black anodised brushed aluminium
LUMIN (SOLID ALUMINIUM CHASSIS):
350mm (W), 345mm (D), 60mm (H), 8kg
PSU:
100mm (W), 315mm (D), 55mm (H), 2kg

Lumin U1 network transport review

"The LUMIN U1 is a beautifully made superbly engineered “music transport.” It supports basically all formats and streaming service in use today. The sound the U1 elicits from these ones-and-zeros is definitely a cut above many other similar devices.

The LUMIN application is the best of its type that I have encountered. With it loaded on a tablet or a smartphone, the world of streaming music is a real joy. It works so well and is so intuitive that once you use it, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it. "  more...

Lumin U1 network transport

"The LUMIN U1 has a very clearly defined goal, as well as a precisely selected target group. It is like a specialist tool dedicated to certain users having precisely defined expectations. It does not do everything, because it does not have to. But that what it does, is done in a special and perfect way."  more...