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    Choosing my Streamer/DAC

    I live in a desert, both figuratively and literally; there is only one high-end audio dealer within 200+ miles of my home, and that local dealer carries McIntosh and Aurender only. Since neither of those line enamored me, I had to make my purchase decision of a streamer/DAC based on "the written word" -- lots of it.

    Over time, I reduced my universe of possible purchases to three: Auralic Vega G1; Cary DMS-600; and Lumin T2. To enable me to finalize my decision, I first studied the descriptions of these streamer/DACs on their respective websites, and then I read every review of each I could find. Thanks to Google Translate, everything which I could discover was readable in English. Next, I read every posting about these units on AudioShark, Audiogon, and AVS Forum as well as smaller sites, including highly technical ones. Finally, I called dealers that carried at least two of the three streamer/DACs, seeking their impressions of the strengths and weaknesses of those units.

    Through this process, I became increasingly aware of how vital reviews in audiophile magazines, blogs and on YouTube as well as forum posts are to people not fortunate enough to live in very large metropolitan areas. Given that we often are forced to make pricey decisions based upon the opinions of others, the more of those [credible] opinions we can obtain, the easier that decision-making becomes.

    So as not to keep all of you in further suspense, let me disclose that I finally purchased the Lumin T2. In my case, price was not a major consideration. From all I could gather, the Lumin provided its owner with a listening experience slightly superior to the others. The sense I got was that this accomplishment was due to two factors: really good engineering/components and product focus, by which I mean is that the Lumin eschewed WiFi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities, switchable digital filters, multiple inputs (in order to function as a quasi-preamp) and the like. The Lumin does only one thing -- it captures a digital audio stream from the Internet or an attached storage device, decodes it and outputs the result as a highly accurate analog audio stream. In the end, that is all I really needed or wanted, namely a single purpose streamer with integrated DAC that works as well as one can reasonably expect at that price point.

    I hope I'll be happy with my decision once the Lumin T2 has been the newest member of my audio system for a few weeks. Regardless, I'll follow up this initial posting with my actual impressions of the unit.
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    Lumin are on top of their game, congrats on a good component.

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    Jonathan - congrats on an excellent choice. The T2 is a terrific streamer from Lumin - an excellent company who’s passionate about great products and great service.
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    Congratulations Jonathan, Lumin is rock solid and sounds awesome. Give it some play time to break in and enjoy.
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    I vowed that the last component I'd let go was my Aurender N10 but I sold it and bought a Lumin X1. I have only two complaints. I wish it had external controls like the N10 so I'm not tied to the App and the second is that the App is really good but needs to provide more contrast for old eyes. I also think the App isn't as intuitive as either the Aurender or the App from Naim for their streamers.
    It's the best sounding digital source I've ever had.
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    You just can't go wrong with a Lumin. I'm saving up for a T2.
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    My T2 is on the truck and out for delivery. I'll have this weekend to learn a new piece of equipment. Good luck on yours AVphile
    Speakers: Magico A3 with Cardas Clear Cygnus speaker cables
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    CD/DVD: Oppo 205 Cardas Clear Cygnus power cable, XLR interconnect
    Subs: SVS SB1000 x 2 AudioQuest NRG-Y2 power cable
    HTPC/Streamer: Windows 10pro HTPC//Tital/Qobuz/JRivers via Roon Core USB/HDMI/iPad Pro
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    Re: Choosing my Streamer/DAC

    I've been thinking of getting a new streamer as well, but don't need the DAC as I've just ordered an Audio Note 2.1X. It has spdif and aes inputs, but no usb, so i'm wondering if there is a streamer that outputs in those formats, and has the same basic "goodness" as the T2. If I need to start a new thread, just let me know. Thanks,

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    Re: Choosing my Streamer/DAC

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Ivey View Post
    I've been thinking of getting a new streamer as well, but don't need the DAC as I've just ordered an Audio Note 2.1X. It has spdif and aes inputs, but no usb, so i'm wondering if there is a streamer that outputs in those formats, and has the same basic "goodness" as the T2. If I need to start a new thread, just let me know. Thanks,
    Lumin U1 might fit your need.

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    A less costly alternative would be the more basic Lumin U1 Mini.
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    Primary equipment: Theta Casablanca IV preamp/processor/DAC; Wadia 8 transport; Wadia 2000 DigiMaster DAC; Theta Compli SACD/CD transport; Lumin T2 streamer/DAC; Roon Nucleus+; SOTA Sapphire turntable w/Premier FT3 arm & Alpha Genesis 1000 cartridge; McCormick phono preamp; SweetVinyl SC-2 noise/click remover; Oppo 203 digital player ; Magnum Dynalab FT-101A tuner; Krell 200c amplifier; Revel Ultima Studio loudspeakers and Sub 30 subwoofers (2); Velodyne MiniVee 10 subwoofers (2); Stax SR-L300 headphones; TeddyPardo Teddy19/3 linear power supply; ExactPower EP-15A (voltage regulator); Richard Gray's Substation (for power balancing/surge protection); Shunyata Denali 6000S and Hydra power conditioners; Transparent Audio Super speaker cables; various Kimber Kable, MIT, Morrow, Straight Wire and Wireworld interconnects; Shunyata and Wireworld power cords.

 

 
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