Streaming DAC Lumin P1 (Image Credit: Lumin)
Streaming DAC Lumin P1 (Image Credit: Lumin)

Network Player, USB-DAC and Preamp

All-Rounder from Lumin: The New P1

The streaming specialist from Hong Kong expands its network player range by adding a streaming DAC that offers heaps of digital and analog in- and outputs.

The new P1 can not only receive music from your home network using the protocols UPnP and Roon's RAAT – as well as from the Internet via Tidal (with full MQA decoding), Qobuz or Spotify – but also through a USB connection from a computer with up to 384 kHz / 32 bits in PCM. DSD signals can be played per USB via "DSD over PCM" (DoP), with up to 5.6 MHz, and even up to 22.4 MHz via home network. Optical and coaxial inputs as well as an AES/EBU port are available for S/PDIF sources. Stereo PCM audio can be fed via three HDMI interfaces, while video signals are looped through to the HDMI output. Last but not least, the P1 also accepts analog signals via RCA and XLR.

On the output side, balanced and RCA are available, whereby the fully balanced output stage is coupled with transformers for galvanic isolation. Lumin also relies on optimal decoupling for the network connection: In addition to the Ethernet input, a special optical connection is available. Two toroidal transformers with separate outputs for the analog and digital modules operate in the linear power supply. Channel-separated DAC chips from ESS, together with a high-precision clock generator, aim to ensure optimal, low-jitter D/A conversion. One of Lumin's specialties, as also found in the top-of-the-line X1 streamer, is the lossless digital Leedh Processing volume control.

Everything is housed in a solid aluminum enclosure – either raw or black anodized – that is only 35 cm wide. The device is operated via the included acrylic and zinc infrared remote or via the free Lumin app for iOS and Android. In Germany, the P1 is available immediately for €9,990.

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Many Connections: in the middle of the lower row the connectors for Ethernet and the optical "Fibre Network"
The channel separated DACs are found on the top left, the input board on the bottom

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