SDD debuts high-end Lumin D3 network music player

posted on Friday, 29th September 2023 by Steve May

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Sound Design Distribution is now shipping the Lumin D3 Network Music Player, an audiophile network music player with a fearless feature set.

Promising increased resampling flexibility, the incoming model features new processing hardware/software, a revamped output stage built around the Sabre DAC ES9028PRO chip, able to render PCM up to 384kHz, and DSD up to DSD2S6, and a compact all-aluminium chassis.

Adopting the finish of Lumin’s high-end P1 player, the D3’s fully balanced design offers a highly compatible and comprehensive feature set, controlled via accompanying app, which features native support for TlDAL, MQA, Qobuz and Tuneln Radio, as well as Tidal MQA and Qobuz high-res icons to identify high-res music.

The user experience is optimised with support for high-resolution artwork, artwork caching, search, multiple tag handling, composer tag support, album-grouping in playlist, automatic internet links to artists/album/songs, and the saving and restoring of playlists, including Tidal and Qobuz.

Precise control over volume is offered by Leedh processing, a digital volume adjustment algorithm designed to eliminate rounding errors and now included at no additional cost on all Lumin players.

The D3 supports the UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension (OpenHome); Roon Ready, Plex, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, FLAC Lossless Radio, Tuneln Radio, AirPlay 2, Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multi-Room (Songcast).

Inputs include RJ45 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet and USB, while outputs include XLR balanced, unbalanced analogue, and BNC S/PDIF digital for PCM 44.1kHz-192kHz, 16-24bit and DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1bit.

Audio file format support includes DSD Lossless: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), DoP (DSD), PCM Lossless: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF; Compressed (lossy) Audio: MP3, AAC (in M4A container) and MQA.

Available in Silver or black, from October 2023, the Lumin D3 sells for £2,195.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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