Hi y’all, I’m seeking some guidance. I’m planning on getting a streamer soon and I’ve come to focus my attention on two units, the Lumin U1 and the Auralic Aries G2.1. I ruled out the dCS Network Bridge due to reading reviews and posts about it being kind of finicky. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Price-wise I can get them roughly within the same ballpark, and that’s basically as far as my budget will go. I listen to a wide range of music, all PCM, not really interested in monkeying around with DSD. Also use the NOS setting on the May. I do like having the option to try DSD in the future though, which both of these units provide. I plan on continuing with Roon and won’t really be utilizing each system’s native apps. I’ll be using the AES/EBU out to the May DAC, and the S/PDIF out to the Dynaudio speakers.
My setup is:
Roon > Antipodes Edge > Holo Audio May KTE > SPL Phonitor XE > ZMF Verite Closed/HEDDphone
Roon > Antipodes Edge > Dynaudio Focus 600 XD
Shunyata Power and IC cabling throughout.
Is there a compelling reason to go one way over the other, or should I just go with the best deal? One thought I keep having is will there be a new U1 released soon (it’s been around for a while), whereas the Auralic is young in it’s life cycle. I feel like I’m on the right track, but y’all may provide some insight otherwise. Or should I just can the whole streamer idea and reinvest in a better Antipodes server or something like that?
Sorry for the TLDR post, but thanks ahead of time for any feedback.