Today i received, for home demo, a Lumin D2.
It’s here and my existing DAC a Matrix Audio Element I is off to get its wireless antenna repaired.
I’ve plugged the Lumin D2 in and set it up in what I would think is the most sensible way (e.g. everything except roon is off, volume control is off, no resampling etc). Also worth noting, its a demo unit, so not new and as such, even if you believe in burn in, shouldn’t need it.
The first few tracks were very encouraging, smooth, spacious, clean soundstage and very listenable. But Then i stuck on a few other familiar tracks that I’ve been hearing a lot lately and what immediately struck me was that the bass on the lumin seemed really quite restrained, a bit tame and held back. Like it refused to really boogie. Bass notes lacked weight, bloom or any sense of scale. Result was bass notes felt a bit trapped inside the speakers.
Even a few tracks where I know that the bass can excite the odd room mode for me, refused to do so. I couldn’t generate the same “pressure” in the room that I’m used to from the little Matrix Element.
Any other users have similar experience with this model? is it expected from this implementation and chipset that perhaps bass isn’t its strongest quality?
I’ll leave it to play through the day and come back to it later, but I have very mixed feelings about it at the moment. It’s definitely smoother and warmer than my Matrix, but the Matrix wasn’t exactly bright anyway, so I wasn’t “chasing” this trait.
To be continued i guess…