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  1. Paul Hynes is 330 GBP for SR4-12 or 400 GBP for SR4-12 Turbo (which I got), add a few quids more for black version. There is always going to be cheaper or more expensive products, better or worse, I think it's all about finding whats right for you. You guys are talking about competing with the U1 which is more than three times the price of Mini, maybe spending slightly more on the LPS might get you even closer in performance, still to a fraction of the price, who knows? I admit that I didn't try the Sbooster and I'm sure it will provide good results as well, but I've used a numerou
  2. While I can understand Lumin's decision to put an SMPS inside of their lower-end units, it would have been cool to have a standard 2.1mm DC input which could override the internal SMPS. I agree, I've had 3 Lumin's and been super happy with all of them, as a streamer they simply do things right, plug it in and it just works. I'm a Roon user so haven't really used their app, but people who do seem to like it. My only complaint is that the app settings is quite ugly, I think they could spend some time making it feel a bit more modern and fresh for a better impres
  3. I'm afraid the LPS 1.2's output current is a bit on the low side. The original SMPS in the Lumin gives 12V/2.1A, Sbooster 12V/3A and Paul Hynes 12V/2.5A whereas the LPS 1.2 only does 12V/1.1A so I don't think it would be a good idea.
  4. Yes, unfortunately. But totally worth it and no regrets or going back. My wording about Sbooster was a bit clumsy, I apologize for that, I've heard nothing but positive things from people using them for this upgrade as well, and I did not compare.
  5. I believe can now answer this question a bit better... First, let me just say that I'm a big Lumin fan, I've owned both the D2, T2 and now U1 Mini and been nothing but super happy with all of them. Adding a better power cable and making sure you have clean power is a first step for a good improvement to them and I think they're all performing great in their leagues without any DIY hacks. For the U1 Mini I couldn't resist doing the "Sbooster modification", although I felt that if I was about to do this then I wanted to use something a bit more "reputable" and more well a
  6. I have no idea myself, and I'm not sure how someone can say a percentage of such a difference, but here's a quote I found that might give an idea about it... "The stock Lumin U1 Mini provides 60% of the performance of the U1 for 34% of the price. The upgraded U1 Mini provides 80% of the performance of the U1, for 42% of the price." Search for Lumin in the middle of this page for the whole thing. http://enjoythemusic.com/Montreal_Salon_Audio_Fest_2019/part2/page4.htm
  7. I used a Lumin D2 and then a Lumin T2, which are not bad any of them, not at all, but it's something completely different. The separate Lumin U1 Mini and Amber with additional cables, isolation feets etc makes it quite a bit more expensive and I did enjoy the simple one box solution.
  8. I can only agree with everything @tedwoods writes above, I find the Amber III to be amazing value for the money. I've had a few other LampizatOr models before and I think the continued development and trickled down technology from the higher models has really made this "entry level" model something special. The vivid and lifelike presentation just adds layer on layer and it's just incredible fun and engaging listening to music. I tried to live without a Lampi for 1.5 year, big mistake, now I'm back again feeling happier than ever...
  9. Yes, I believe it's more or less the same as SR4, just on... turbo!
  10. I ordered February 6th, received it March 18th. Still there had been delays beyond their control AND I also managed to change my order into a "Turbo" version in the last second, so it seems they are back on track with delivery. Prompt email response and great service! Due to shipping impacts from other parts of the world I have not yet been able to try it though.
  11. Bump! This one is still available (I'm the owner, but not so active here anymore). This is one amazing DAC. The only reason for selling is that I need to scale down.... Price cut to 6700 EUR!
  12. That's awesome, especially as I ordered one 1-2 days ago...
  13. How is the availability of the ultraRendu at the moment? Are they available for shipping or is there a waiting queue?
  14. Thanks for the report, it's always nice to hear it from an actual owner... It would be great when/If you have the time to hear your thoughts on the difference from DSD128 which all of us who have not upgraded are stuck at, compared to DSD256 and DSD512. In other words, if it's worth the hazzle to send units back for upgrade....
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