Lumin X1 latest Review like we have been saying

For many years we have been touting the Lumin products as being one of the best sounding and best implimented paths to creating a fantastic sound in your system.

We sought to be a Lumin dealer after the A1 came out and pretty much got rave reviews as being the best sounding streamer out there, each successive product was better the new T2 is amazing at its price point and challenges $7k streamer/dacs/

The lastest review

sums up Lumins history and even offers a comparison of the X1 vs the Total Dac, and DCS and the Aqua Formula, we actually have tested the upgraded Formula V2 with the Statement and it does sound even bettter.
Summation the best sound the reviewer ever accheived was with the X1.

We sell some of the worlds best dacs, including T+A, Light Harmonic, Aqua Hif, Naim, Mytek, Bricasti, and with the X1 you have to spend $30-50k to better the X1, it is nice to see that other people are agreeing with exactly what we have been saying all along.

If you are looking for the best sound for the money, rock solid reliability, a fantastic feature set, Tidal, Qbouz, Spotify, Apple Airplay to play Youtube or Soundcloud, OTA upgrades, Roon endpoint, full Mqua, DSD and High data rate upsampling, upconversion and playability, solid build quality, built in volume control, the Lumin products are hard to beat.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ Lumin dealers

So i listened in a solution power-driven paradigm speaker system.  On some music you might have heard a difference e.g.  Dead can Dance Anastasia sacd, JAZZ is noticeably airier and has some intangible sense of difference.  On classical music, the x1 sounded airier again.  I would say - if i can put it that way - the difference is 10-15% (for me).

Hello, are the some LUMIN X1 users out there, using whatever server for roon core and using the OPTICAL Ethernet input?


for context, data reaches X1 via wifi with a wifi tower receiver located by the stereo l.

The stereo is on a different floor (living room) in a home where the room core is run on a PC left on all the time (in the office) , and it’s connected to the stereo in the living room with a wifi tower connecting into LUMIN with a regular Ethernet cable.

Would it be helpful to try to implement the optical Ethernet connections either before it reaches the wifi, or from the wifi tower to the LUMIN, or both?


basically, the question is, do you need to be using a fully wired connection to bother trying to utilize the optical or can it be used in addition to the fact that the lumen connects to the network through Wi-Fi?

I wouldn't personally put the optical before the wi-fi. If I was going to do it with wi-fi at all, I would put the optical cable leading up to the X1.
However I don't know of a one-box wi-fi receiver with optical output, so then you'd need a second box (with it's accompanying noisy power supply) to get optical.

So on balance, it would depend on how far away I could keep the network equipment from LUMIN.

It sounds like a lot of hassle. But then before X1 I know a lot of people were using optical conversion boxes at either end of the network cable and still liking the results which isn't too dissimilar.

I have a Lumin X1 but use wired. However, I think the beauty of the X1 streamer is that it should not matter if you use WiFi before the  Fibre Optical.

For your situation getting a network switch with both RJ45 and Fibre Optical options would solve the problem. Take the Wifi RJ45 output to the new switch and then take Fibre from that switch to the X1. If your Wifi signal is reliable then this should work fine.

My view is that it does not matter what is BEFORE the Fibre Optical cable.