Sound Design Distribution adds Lumin to Hi-Fi brand line-up

posted on Thursday, 2nd July 2020 by David Slater

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Sound Design Distribution has signed an exclusive UK deal with Lumin, manufacturer of audiophile network music devices. The current Lumin Hi-Fi range includes six network players, three music transports, two dedicated music servers and an all-in-one player/amp system. New product introductions are planned for September 2020, says SDD.

Released recently, the compact U1Mini transport and T2 network player (pictured) features high-speed/low-noise processing and balanced circuit design, plus compatibility with Roon, Spotify Connect, Tune-In radio, Tidal, Qobuz and Airplay.

File support is extensive, covering MQA, DSD up to 512 and PCM files up to 384kHz.

Lumin has a number of audiophile firsts under its belt. Launched in 2012, two years after SACD rips became possible with the birth of DSD files, the company was responsible for the A1, the world’s first DSD-capable network player. Two further years of continuous research produced a new flagship music player, the S1, together with the T1 player, a more modestly packaged model, followed by the L1, the first server with zero-configuration UPnP music library.

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Lumin introduced its entry D1 player in 2015, and in the same year the M1 system, which integrated player and Class-D amplification within a slender all-in-one package. The first Lumin transport, the U1 (based on the S1 minus DACs), was launched in 2016. The D2 player followed a year later, complete with faster processor and DSD128 support. Munich High End 2018 heralded the flagship X1 player/transport, pictured top, (with fibre optic networking), accompanied by the Lumin Amp, a high-end class AB amplifier to partner all Lumin network players.

A programme of continuous development offers where possible the latest streaming technologies free-of-charge. In 2017 for instance, every Lumin model gained compatibility with Roon, MQA and Spotify Connect through a free upgrade, and today, Lumin’s customers have the option to use Leedh Processing volume control on all players at no additional cost.

Leedh processing, which removes the need for a pre-amplifier in most systems, is an innovative new digital volume adjustment algorithm that modifies the digital signal amplitude exactly and losslessly. It deploys more efficient whole number volume values to maintain signal integrity during subsequent DAC conversion, and its low processing power requirements free up CPU resources.Control options include the Lumin app, which offers operational control over libraries and onboard streaming services such as UPnP AV (OpenHome), Tidal and Tidal Masters MQA, Qobuz and Qobuz Sublime High Res, and TuneIn Radio.

Lumin joins other SDD brands Accusound, Grimm Audio, Kii Audio, Mola Mola, Lumin and Tivoli Audio.

David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
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