Lumin X1 music streamer

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Lumin X1

I am really, really struggling to find that little niggling doubt that my job is all about. But there doesn’t seem to be one. Once put in place, this is a robust and charming performer that delivers a sound that is as dynamic as you’ll hear from computer-side audio, and with the sort of detail and richness normally associated with analogue sources. The nearest I can get to getting hot under the collar with the Lumin is the lip that hides away the rear connections is a bit thick. And I guess it doesn’t cope with personal audio, but that’s what the digital outputs are for.

To say I’m impressed by the Lumin X1 is something of an understatement. I am blown away by its performance. While eleven and a half grand for a streamer is a lot of money, what it does puts it in direct competition with products that cost several times as much and take up a lot of shelf space in the process. As such, this might just be the Goldilocks point in high-grade network streaming as it stands today. It’s not the easiest product to get right and I strongly recommend calling on the skills of a Networking Ninja who knows the ways of the Lumin to get the job done for you. But when it is done... wow! Just wow! It’s early into 2019, but this already counts as one of the best products of the year. This is streaming at its very best.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DSD SUPPORT: Up to DSD512 22.6MHz, 1-bit

PCM SUPPORT: Up to 768kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo

ANALOG OUTPUT STAGE: Dual ESS SABRE32 ES9038Pro DAC chips

            Fully balanced layout with high-quality components

            Output connectors coupled with dual LUNDAHL LL7401 output transformers

            Femto Clock System with precision FPGA distribution

UPSAMPLING RATES & BIT DEPTHS: DSD128 upsampling option for all files

            PCM 384kHz upsampling option for all files

DIGITAL OUTPUT STAGE:

            USB: Native DSD512 support, PCM 44.1–768kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo

            BNC SPDIF: PCM 44.1kHz–192kHz, 16–24-bit, DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1-bit

OPTICAL NETWORK: Industry-standard SFP 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet

            Use simultaneously with RJ45 (e.g. connect one to the router and one to LUMIN L1 or NAS)

POWER SUPPLY:

            External solid billet CNC dual-toroidal

            Separate digital & analogue circuitry

            Low-noise linear regulator

            9-pin Output Connector

FINISH: Black anodised brushed aluminium (with matching PSU), Raw brushed aluminium (with matching PSU)

Dimensions: (X1) 350mm (W), 345mm (D), 60mm (H), 

Weight: 8kg

PSU:106mm (W), 334mm (D), 60mm (H), 

Weight: 4kg

Price: £11,595

Manufactured by: Lumin

URL: luminmusic.com

Distributed by: Select Audio

URL: selectaudio.co.uk

Tel: +44(0)1900 601954

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