Any chance it would be possible to use a FLIRC in a Lumin USB port to allow use of basic remote control of transport/volume? I realize Lumin now has a remote available but I’m not digging the monster IR receiver and the $500 price. All I really care about is a handheld remote for quick volume change and mute, so I don’t have to fumble with tablet/phone.
Indeed you’re correct. I checked in the emails I sent to a variety of Canadian dealers a few months back and they were all within a few dollars of each other at $350 - my faulty memory. From what I’ve seen it’s a thing of beauty, but it’s too rich for my simplest of needs.
I take it the FLIRC/USB control (seen as keyboard by most O/S) is not an option?
I’m not sure if the FLIRC remote will work with the Lumin. Lumin uses non-standard control codes, I tested it on standard universal remote control with USB receiver. Only fast rewind for 10 seconds and return to the previous track worked.
If you want to use a FLIRC-remote with Lumin (or any other device/zone), you could do this with a RaspberryPi running Roopieee and a FLIRC-receiver. Setup is really easy and it works quite well. If you want to proceed in this way I could give you the details of how to get it to work, since I had this setup for quite a while.
IMO the better solution for controlling Roon is this:
I have used this as soon as it was available and couldn’t be happier.
My reason for wanting to be able to use a FLIRC receiver with my streamer is temporary and thus why I wanted to avoid purchasing the official Lumin remote.
I normally don’t use the volume control in Lumin, preferring it to be max and I use a preamp. But I want to send the preamp away for modifications and will be without for 6 weeks or so.
While the variable output works very well with Roon/Lumin, I intensely dislike a “screen-based” volume control. With a physical remote I can vary volume instantly with my eyes closed.
The FLIRC may well not be doable. It’s not the end of the world and will only be for a few weeks.
However, @Elmar_Heimes I may be interested in your Surface Dial / RPi solution for this IF it can be adapted to another idea I have after I’ve gotten my preamp back in the system. This is unrelated to Lumin, so I’ll create a new thread about it elsewhere. Or perhaps just inject into the thread you already have about your extension.
You could use the absence of your preamp for a thorough evaluation of Lumin’s Leedh-processing. I did that and it led to me selling my preamp (Pass XP 10): It simply sounded better without it, even though I really loved the amp.
And with a physical remote (Lumin, Surface Dial or FLIRC) you do not give up any comfort in operating your system.
But as always: YMMV.
@Elmar_Heimes I have used the Lumin directly without my preamp extensively. I can’t fault this approach for some, but I much prefer to have a tube-based preamp in the chain. It just brings the sound that works best for my ears.
I have entered my idea for use of the Dial/RPi into your existing RooDial thread. I hope it’s something you will consider.