After a multi year absence from high-end audio I have finally gotten back in. I just missed it and the peace listening to music on a really nice system brings to me.
I recently purchased some Levinson 536’s and found a nice deal on a Levinson 52. So I think I have a good start to get back in. I have never owned a DAC or a streamer. After a TON of research I am pretty sure I want to get a Lumin. I definitely want something with ROON so that eliminated Aurender. Lumin just seems to tick a lot of boxes.
Now my question is, which one? From my research it appears the U1’s do not come with a DAC which I am fine with. The next question is if I go that route is the U1 worth 3x the price of the mini?
If I go the other route and get the T2 or X1 how good are the DAC’s inside them? With the speed DACs are changing it just seems crazy to get one with a DAC. With separates even you tire of the streamer or DAC you can sell and are still left with the other if you really like.
So is the U1 on par with the T2 or X1? Probably not the X1 as it seems to have a much upgraded power supply. But if I get the U1 and a good DAC am I equal or better than an X1?
One last thing, there isn’t that much difference in price between a NUC10 and a ROON Nucleus but the Nucleus is a single purpose device limiting the pool of buyers to resell if I choose. A NUC can be resold on eBay to a huge pool of buyers with a myriad of uses for a NUC. A NUC can also be upgraded to NUC 11, 12, 15…20 as advances are made recouping costs from selling a prior version. Not really the case with a Nucleus. I don’t mind building a NUC and it might be kinda fun!
Sorry if these are silly questions but the amount of information out there is just overwhelming. I don’t want to spend thousands and realize after the fact I really screwed up.
I appreciate the collective knowledge and suggestions of the community…