looking for some friendly feedback as I’m considering putting a lumin U1 mini in between my nucleus and my chord hugo tt2/mscaler combo. Right now i have a usb connector direct from nucleus to mscaler.
Any thoughts on this? I’ve heard mixed on whether it’s actually necessary. What would be the ideal connection path? nucleus via usb > U1 via usb to chord ?
Is there another bridge? I’ve seen positive about the stack audio link unit, perhaps innous mini?
Lets see if I can add some info here… Nice kit…
Use the Lumin app to set up the U1 mini… No need to upscale as your MScaler and Hugo tt2 will take care of that… Use the Lumin app to stream directly without Roon or use Roon without the Lumin app… One or the other, not both at the same time… Your ethernet cable can be cat 6, 7 or 8… Shielding can be problematic as one side or both could be ground which could introduce a noise path…
I am curious to know why you want to use a Lumin between your Roon Core and DAC. Don’t get me wrong, I am simply curious why you want all the extras like their app and other features you wouldn’t necessarily use if you are a Roon user. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to u1 mini, they look like they have very nice build and get good reviews. I’ve heard the bigger u1 multiple times in a non-Roon system and it sounds really good.
Wouldn’t an ultraRendu or opticalRendu be simpler? In my office I am using an ultraRendu/Uptone LPS 1.2 with a TT2, and it sounds fantastic, super simple to setup, and very reliable.
I had an opportunity to hear the U1 mini in my system and used it instead of my nucleus, a/b’ing and frankly i was blown away. In my system I found it to be way more musical, warmer, more open and with better separation. Also it was a quieter sound stage over all.
Others might have diff experience in their systems and listening areas, but I felt this was impress enough to make the purchase without hesitation.
I would consider going to the U1 full size as well, for me, it was that good.