I have been using Roon for about a year with a custom built media center PC running core, a NAS, and a Bluesound Node 2 getting ethernet and feeding optical to a Krell Foundation (ESS DACs). Sounding great, especially since I did some careful room optimization using Roon PEQ. Anyway, I’ve been reading up on upgrades in the $2000-$5000 range. Zeroing in on the Lumin UI Mini via optical (or Lumin T2 with the optimized ESS Pro DACs balanced to Krell, which is noted for a good analog section) or an Ayre QX-8 streamer/DAC. (Roon doesn’t list it, but Ayre’s website says QX-8 is Roon ready.) Avoiding Aurilac because of chatter on this forum about it being cranky. Foundation feeds a Krell Duo XD to Goldenear Triton 1s. I listen to 44.1 and hi-rez FLAC (no DSD) and Tidal.
Anyone have direct upgrade comparison experience from Blu to one of these? Any good/bad experiences with Ayre or Lumin that I haven’t seen in the Forum? Thanks in advance!