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  1. Bravo Chris. I don’t log in much anymore and post anything, but I still read AS daily. Thank you for not being afraid, even as a founder of the site, to express your well-informed opinion. Whether it’s MQA, Bluesound, Amazon Music HD, or about the summit-fi manufacturers, you say it like it is, or at least how you see it. Thanks for keeping it real. And your comment on Roon and MQA and possible relations with BS is something I’ve always wondered and quietly wished would be addressed here. To be honest, I’ve always wondered why @keenObserver didn’t include “Boycott Roon” in his “Bo
  2. The Lumin U1 Mini works perfectly fine with mconnect player on iOS. I prefer the Lumin app, but I sometimes use mconnect as a standard UPnP controller for playing TIDAL “My Mix” playlists since mconnect shows those playlists via their API implementation (and the LUMIN app does not yet). When using standard UPnP (i.e., without the Open Home extensions) the songs played do not stay in the play queue. The currently streaming song from the controller is shown as the last song in the play queue of the LUMIN app. Edit: and the display of the U1 Mini also correctly shows the currently st
  3. You are of course correct sir: choice is preferred; and part of the hobby for me is trying out all the permutations looking for the *best* sound. I have to stop myself sometimes and quit A/B’ing all the choices though, and just enjoy the music. As for the Leedh implementation on my Lumin U1 Mini connected to my preamp via USB: it is slightly audibly better sounding to my ears when using Leedh processing and setting the DAC/pre-amp to a unity gain setting, versus turning volume control off on the U1m and using the digital volume control of the DAC/pre-amp. However, until Lumin imple
  4. Why is there even an option to turn on or off “Leedh Processing Volume” in the settings if it is so much more superior to the old processing? Why not just market the new firmware as “now implementing the far superior Leedh processing for digital volume control” and just keep the “Volume Control” On/Off setting? Did we need another thing to decide to turn on or off? The only valid reason to keep the old digital volume control as an option is if there is some situation where it is better than Leedh processing. Is there such a situation where I should select the non-Leedh processing if I have tur
  5. Hi, I didn’t want to pollute the “Qobuz Issues” thread so I thought this was a good place to post this: While manually copying some of my favorites over to Qobuz from TIDAL I’m noticing that a lot of recent pop albums that are listed as MQA in TIDAL and are 24/44.1 before decoded/unfolded can be found as Hi-Res in Qobuz but at the same 24/44.1 bit/sr values. Is this like the thing we saw with 2L: the studios are sending Qobuz the same MQA version of these albums they send to TIDAL, and Qobuz is listing them as Hi-Res? If so, the MQA crap is encoded in these tracks, so
  6. Feature request for iOS app: Please add to the context menu (three-dot menu) for a track in a playlist “Add to Playlists” without having to play the song. Obviously there are other ways to add a track to a playlist. If I play the song from a playlist and go to the song-now-playing screen, and select the three-dot menu, there is an option “Add to Playlists”. If I go to my favorite tracks and select the context menu I can add the song to a playlist. I would like to add a song from one playlist to another playlist without having to play it first or having to go to the favorite t
  7. Another great review Chris! Thanks for bringing reading enjoyment again. You and your collection of reviewers with their quality prose is why I read AS (still liked the CA name better though) every day. I have had a Node 2i for over a year. I thought I would “upgrade” it with a Lumin U1 Mini. As much as I love the U1 Mini, I can’t part with the Node 2i. So I keep them both, side by side, and enjoy those streaming services on the Node 2i that the Lumin app doesn’t support (yes, I’m one of those Radio Paradise aficionados you mentioned). The BluOS apps are good but I like other contr
  8. I haven’t seen any post on Soundiiz in a long time. Chris’s “Definitive Guide” article hasn’t seen any traffic in almost a year. So I wanted to ask some questions since I haven’t tried Soundiiz yet but I’m ready to jump on board if enough folks say they had good results. So, here goes: 1. Who here used Soundiiz to move playlists from one service to another? Which services? Was it a good experience? 2. Who is still using the Sync feature to keep favorites/albums/playlists synced between two or more services? Which ones? Does that work well? For context, I have been
  9. The first Rush concert I ever went to was Rush’s “Signals” tour (April 1st, 1983, CT). I was too young to go to the “Moving Pictures” concert since the closest venue was 2 hours away and I didn’t have my license yet. I will always remember seeing Rush live over the years, primarily because of Neil Peart. The greatest drum soloist of all time. Thanks for making those nights magical Neil. Rest in Peace.
  10. FWIW, I have a U1 Mini and feed an RME ADI-2 DAC via USB. I have never had the Lumin/RME combo clip the beginning of a track, regardless of sample rate changes. I rarely play an entire album, so my play queue is almost always a mix of Redbook, 24/44.2, 24/48, .., up to 24/192 (Qobuz and TIDAL, no NAS/local files). Far from scientific, and not using a stop watch, I set up a playlist with all the sample rates and mixed and matched them (sometime playing a couple of the same SR in a row). I estimate sample rate changes experience a 3-4 second delay; no delay between songs with the s
  11. My experience with DLNA/UPnP if interested: —turning on the DLNA/UPnP beta in the Qobuz app (MacOS) does not work in my setup: the app sees my Oppo 205 and a Lumin U1 Mini (they are listed in the audio device list) and I can select each one (getting the check mark), but after selecting a song to play, the song never plays —mConnect app sees my Oppo 205 and Lumin U1 Mini and performs DLNA/UPnP controller duties without issues as long as I keep the iOS app in the foreground and don’t do any app switching/multi-tasking (this is when streaming Qobuz and TIDAL); no dropouts,
  12. Does the setting in the Lumin app for “Search Mode” (Filter, Find) have any impact on searching in Qobuz or TIDAL; or, is this just for local music?
  13. My memory isn’t what it used to be, so when I’m adding a song to a playlist that is already there it would be great if the app would alert me to the fact that this would be a duplicate and allow me the option of adding it again or cancelling. In the TIDAL app, if I try to add a duplicate a popup says, “Duplicate. This track already in your playlist” with buttons for the options: “Add Anyway” or “Cancel”. ——————— Qobuz Feature Request: please add a server-side duplicate checker when adding a track to a playlist. Or, provide a way to filter on duplicates in a p
  14. So true, I had high hopes initially for Amazon Music Unlimited HD because when you put so much work into building libraries and playlists you want to go with a service you think will be around in 20 years, which undeniably Amazon will be. But their failures so far (no exclusive mode, forced upsampling on external DACs, etc.) have made me abandon it. Now I just want Qobuz to last for 20 years, or more.
  15. @keeper I should also mention there are some things the U1 Mini has that the Node 2i doesn’t have that may matter depending on your setup: AES/EBU output via standard XLR connecter, S/PDIF coax via BNC, and USB out. The Node 2i as you know just has the Toslink and Coax S/PDIF digital outs. It’s rare to see a streamer or transport with so many output options at this price point. The OpenHome implementation in the LUMIN is on par with the BluOS functionality, but better than standard UPnP/DLNA support like I have in the Oppo 205.
  16. That is a difficult question to answer. Based on sound quality alone (feeding USB from the LUMIN U1 Mini, Toslink from the Node 2i , and S/PDIF coax from the Oppo 205, each to an RME ADI-2 DAC) there is really very little, to no difference between them all. But, I love the LUMIN U1 Mini and the app, and I find I use it the most to stream my music; it has been problem free since I got it too. I dislike the BluOS app (and reading their forums I was surprised that they don’t want to add the display of sampling rate and bit depth for some reason, which I really like to see) so I was us
  17. Thanks. Looks the same as the bottom of my U1 Mini.
  18. @The Computer Audiophile nice review. I was wondering if your X1 and the external power supply have markings for US standards compliance (e.g., UL, and FCC). I know the LUMIN products I have seen have “CE” labels on the bottom of the units, but that is a self-certifying standard. Pictures of the internal switching power supplies for the less expensive LUMIN products don’t have any certification/testing markings in the pictures I’ve seen either. Just curious because I have a LUMIN U1 Mini always plugged in and there are no US safety and compliance markings on the product. I’m assumi
  19. Thanks to the Qobuz API team. I just saw that the 3rd party controller apps, mConnect Player (for iPhone) and mConnect Player HD (for iPad) were updated with sorting capability in Qobuz for favorites (i.e., by artist, by name, by date added). This is the first time I have seen this functionality in any 3rd-party app, so I’m assuming there is a new API out and mConnect beat everyone else to implementation (e.g., BluOS, LUMIN, Lightning DS, etc.). Nice one! Please keep improving the API with things you add to your native apps. Some of us need the 3rd party apps due to our hardware.
  20. I figured after 24hrs more burn-in time (4 days total running playlist in repeat) I should compare USB vs Coax again. The main reason I was curious is because I was noticing a glare from the U1mini-(coax)->DAC in the high-mids/low-highs that I don’t notice with two other streamers. So I plugged in USB and listened to the same songs that were displaying the brittleness, and the USB-delivered music was sublime. Example: one of the songs that was a problem was Durutti Column’s “Requiem for My Mother”; I usually love Vini Reilly’s guitar on that song, but over U1mini coax it had, t
  21. I don’t see a way to edit an older post; after a certain period of time, the “Edit” link disappears. So...here’s an update: Since I mentioned above that I was connecting the U1 Mini to my DAC via USB, I wanted say that I’m back to S/PDIF Coax (I’d try AES/EBU if I could). After listening to more varied music last night, I again tried out the S/PDIF. I’ll spare everyone my attempt to describe the differences and just say that the S/PDIF through my RME ADI-2 DAC sounded better to me than USB. I’ve put away the flashlight and will not be making any more changes to my cable
  22. Also, Peter, a +1 from me for a feature request to the LUMIN app: —please implement the capability to add a track while browsing TIDAL or Qobuz to one of the users TIDAL or Qobuz playlists (an option such as “Add to Playlist” in the press-and-hold popup, just above the “Add to Favorite” line, that would bring up a list of my playlists from that service. All the other software I’ve used to access TIDAL and Qobuz have a means to add a song to a playlist (usually a 3-dot menu button). Please consider it because I really like the LUMIN app and I could do most of my dis
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