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Article: Sonore microRendu Review, Part 1


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Wow! The last line leaves me wanting to read your next chapter. I cannot wait to receive my unit to. Thanks Chris

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Just ordered mine.

Chris, did you really mean to publish this "redacted" report?

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What a teaser, Chris.Thanks a lot!

 

Please get some details about the use of the microRendu with an external USB/SPDIF - I know it's not the primary case, but connection to USB seems to be a non issue.

 

It would also be nice to have a power supply who could easily power both the microRendu and the converter - I will further investigate this idea.

 

I am seriously thinking in changing my current streamer (sneaky ds to move to a secondary system) but I must ensure there will be a moving forward an not a side move.

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Jesus,

 

I have the Teddy Pardo Squeezebox Touch Power Supply which is 5V 3A, would it have enough power to power the Sonore microRendu?

 

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J

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Please get some details about the use of the microRendu with an external USB/SPDIF - I know it's not the primary case, but connection to USB seems to be a non issue.

 

FWIW, I've been using an Audiophilleo2 hooked up to my Sonicorbiter SE (the microRendu's budget-priced cousin) without issue.

 

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Any posibility to have Tidal played through this device? My DAC had only one USB input.

Yes, in Roon mode it will play Tidal as any Roon endpoint would. In UPnP mode (as renderer) it will play Tidal via several control points like BubbleUPnP (Android) or Kazoo (iPad, Windows, etc).

 

 

Chris -- Thanks for this. I like your appliance moniker. How does the microRendu differ from a "renderer"? JCR

 

Ethernet renderer is one or more of the microRendu's functions (UPnP, Mpd, etc).

 

All these questions, including best power supplies (requires 6-9V at minimum 1 Amp), etc are on the Sonore microRendu threads here on CA.

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Hi Guys - I originally wrote the review and sent it to Sonore prior to publication, like I do for all reviews, for fact checking. The company asked that I not reveal so many details about what it's doing to make this such a special product. Rather than just tell everyone that there's a lot more going on inside than I can say, I left the text in but redacted it. In essence, everyone can see there's a lot of proprietary things with this, but they can't see exactly what they are.

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Hi Guys - I originally wrote the review and sent it to Sonore prior to publication, like I do for all reviews, for fact checking. The company asked that I not reveal so many details about what it's doing to make this such a special product. Rather than just tell everyone that there's a lot more going on inside than I can say, I left the text in but redacted it. In essence, everyone can see there's a lot of proprietary things with this, but they can't see exactly what they are.

 

So I actually read the full text with all the proprietary secret when it went up earlier today....sadly I cannot remember much now.

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Any posibility to have Tidal played through this device? My DAC had only one USB input.

 

 

You can use the Squeezelite output mode for Tidal by having LMS active on your network somewhere with the ickstream plugin set for Tidal. This works very well.

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Cool start for a review. I really think this is the first audiophile computer motherboard.

 

Noticed a couple of typos/omissions: 'lessor' and 'the sensitive with he'

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Chris, when it comes on to Part 2, my primary interest (beyond SQ), is what power supply was used in relation to your closing comment of:

 

"I can unequivocally say that with the microRendu in place, my audio system has never sounded better than right now."

 

Having followed the microRendu thread, it seems like the device is on one hand claimed to be somewhat agnostic of external factors, but on the other hand will definitely benefit from (paraphrasing) 'the very best power supplies costing up to $2K+'. As consumers this leaves us slightly confused as to where it's pitched - i.e. should it be considered a $650 device or a $2,500 device?

 

It would be great if you could use a range of power supplies from the ifi upwards, and give some sort of indication of the improvement better supplies bring - assuming it is a factor of course.

 

I've ordered one anyway, with the ifi to start. :)

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When's part 2? Just curious to whether I'll have mine before it's published or not. :)

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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Hi, can you please tell me where you found it.

At sonore it´s been sold out for the last a few week

 

Cheers

 

Luiz

 

It hasn't been sold out, it just went on sale a number of hours ago.

 

The orders for the first 24 hours are limited to a closed list of email subscribers. Acc'd to the email we received, there are enough units on hand to supply the list and more, and general sales will start from the web site after the first 24 hours.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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Many thanks,

 

Just curious when the 24 hs will over.

 

Theoretically in about 10 hours, or maybe tomorrow. Or whenever you see it available for order on the website. Enjoy your Friday, and look again tomorrow :)

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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Sorry for the newbie question, but is there a way to use the Micro Rendu without a router? Mine is 50 feet away from my stereo, and there's no way to run ethernet that far. I'd love to simply connect a hard drive with my music on it.

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