Given that the Sirius has a DAC onboard it would be useful to have a couple of inputs, these would need a selector of course, which adds to complexity and price but would make it a more flexible device. Putting the DAC in with a server seems like a logical approach as it removes digital cabling from the system, which is generally a good thing and shortens signal paths in the process. The Sirius is also one of the cleanest digital sources I’ve heard in some time; the counterpoint to this is that some will prefer a heavier more obviously powerful balance than it offers. That said, it responds very well to bigger systems and higher playback levels; the cleaner the signal, the easier it sounds at volume of course, and this goes a long way to offsetting the relative restraint at quieter levels.
The advantages of combining a server and DAC are clear in the Sirius, not least in the neutrality of the signals it delivers because it is a very low-colouration device. The DAC choice is a factor here, as is the server itself; the fact that Innuos have moved onto the next generation may well mean that Leema have to follow suit in due course. But that should only mean things get better if the feedback I’m hearing about the latest models is anything to go by. It also cuts down on boxes, cables, and clutter: all you need is an ethernet cable and analogue interconnects to the amp and Bob’s your mother’s brother. Great digital sound just got a little easier and there’s a lot to be said for that.
Type: Solid-state music server with HDD storage and CD ripper
Storage: Minimum of one 2TB SSD hard drive
Network connection: RJ45 Ethernet
Digital Outputs: RJ45 Ethernet direct, USB 2.0
Back up connection: USB
Analogue outputs : balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA
Formats supported: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG Vorbis, AAC, MP3, DoP (DSD over PCM)
CD rip format: WAV or FLAC (zero compression)
Streaming services supported: Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify Premium
User Interface: Web browser, third party control applications
Other Features: UPnP server, DLNA device compatible
Dimensions (H×W×D): 110 ×440 ×310mm
Manufacturer: Leema Electro Acoustics Ltd
Distributor: Mian UK