Following the huge success of LUMIN D2, we decided to investigate the possibility of making the LUMIN transport technology similarly accessible.
The result is a huge specification in a compact package.
Capable of upsampling and downsampling all the way from 44.1kHz to DSD128 and supporting playback of DSD256, LUMIN U1 MINI matches the U1 in almost every area – except price.
Transport-only unit combines the best of LUMIN U1 and LUMIN D2
- Identical processor supports DSD256 and 384khz playback
- Quad native clock system for precision timing
- Low noise shielded switching power supply
- 5 types of digital audio output including USB
- MQA Decoding
- Resamping to every supported format up to DSD128
- Supports DoP (DSD over PCM) for Optical, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC & AES/EUB SPDIF
All the usual LUMIN refinements
- From MQA to DSD, FLAC to WAV, LUMIN can play all the high-resolution formats you could ever want
- Native support for TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify and AirPlay, giving you access to tens of millions of songs
- The unique and intuitive LUMIN App described as «the most convenient interface in existence» by Tinman
- LUMIN programme of continuous development that has seen Roon, MQA, and Spotify support added in 2017 alone.
- UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension (OpenHome)
- Roon Ready
- Spotify Connect
- Apple AirPlay
- Gapless Playback
- On-Device Playlist
- Native support for TIDAL, MQA, Qobuz and TuneIn Radio.
- Tidal MQA icons to identify high-res music
- Qobuz high-res icons to identify high-res music
- Volume control
- High-resolution artwork
- Artwork caching
- Multiple tag handling
- Composer tag support
- Album-grouping in playlist
- Automatic internet links to artists/album/songs
- Saving and restoring of playlists (including Tidal and Quobuz)
SUPPORTED AUDIO FILE FORMATS:
- DSD Lossless: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), DoP (DSD)
- PCM Lossless: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF
- Compressed (lossy) Audio: MP3, AAC (in M4A container)
- Ethernet RJ45 network 100Base-T (1000Base-T Gigabit on X1 / U1 / U1 MINI / D2 / M1)
- USB storage, flash drive, USB hard disk (Single-partition FAT32, NTFS and EXT2/3 only)
SUPPORTED CONTROL DEVICES:
- All models of Apple iPad (v2 or later). iOS 8.0 or later required. Full Retina Display support.
- Android devices. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later required
- Programme of Continuous Development – Firmware-upgradable for further features and enhancements
- Up to DSD256 11.2MHz, 1-bit
- Up to 384kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo
DIGITAL OUTPUT STAGE:
- DSD256, 11.2MHz, 1-bit, Stereo
- PCM 44.1–384kHz, 16–24-bit, Stereo
OPTICAL, COAXIAL RCA, COAXIAL BNC & AES/EBU:
- DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1-bit
- PCM 44.1kHz–192kHz, 16–24-bit
- Internal shielded 100–240V AC auto-ranging
- Raw brushed aluminium or black anodised brushed aluminium
U1 Mini UNIT:
- 300mm (W), 244mm (D), 60mm (H), 2.5kg
- 470mm (W), 340mm (D), 170mm (H), 4.5kg
The Lumin App is fantastically intuitive and easy to use.
You won’t fail to be impressed by the sound quality from the Lumin U1 Mini.But the bass… oh the bass! The Lumin U1 Mini reproduced the very deepest organ notes pitch-perfectly and with true authority.
Superb execution. Flawless sound. Fantastic app
Network Product of the Year
Four of the largest online German-speaking publications (areadvd.de, av-magazin.de, lite-magazin.de and modernhifi.de) have again chosen their smart technology products of the year in 2020.
The Judges’ Comment states:
If your hi-fi system still has some catching up to do in the digital sector and simple streaming is not enough to meet your requirements, Lumin provides exactly the right solution with the high-quality U1 Mini. Visually, the streaming transport is beyond any doubt and impresses with its elegant design and high material quality. The variety of connections means there is plenty of choice and, thanks to the compact dimensions of the U1 Mini, it can be combined with any type of hi-fi system. In addition, the streamer is compatible with a wide variety of file formats and of course has a heart for HiRes files.
Network Music Player of the Year
In the 2021 Sound & Image Awards, Sound+Image, Australian Hi-Fi, Best Buys Audio & AV, and Audio Esoterica magazines have combined to award LUMIN U1 their top prize.
The Judges’ Comment states:
This digital renderer of streaming music is about a third of the price of the non-‘Mini’ version, yet the performance is still magical.
The Lumin App is fantastically intuitive and easy to use
You won’t fail to be impressed by the sound quality from the Lumin U1 Mini.
A new reference to my system.
Without doubt a winning horse.
I doubt that there are better network transports. Highly recommended.
Here the beat goes straight into the blood and the singing under the skin. Lumin provides unimaginable detail.
Music can sound so lively when experts are at work!
The perfect partner for almost every digital-to-analog converter.
U1 MINI sang like a fully flourished and mature product free from trade-offs associated with its price.
The quality leap from my daily driver to Lumin’s petite box was severe.
For the money it doesn’t get any better than this.
What all Lumin systems have in common is their great streaming platform, which is controlled by one of the best current apps.
…simply reproduces with great neutrality what information is contained in the files.
Lumin concentrates on the essentials with the U1 Mini and gets everything right.
With Lumin, music is always put first
I would describe it as a very musical, natural sounding transport, but at the same time precise, resolving, extracting a huge amount of information from each recording.
This is a great product!
the whole remained coherent and proportional, there were absolutely no distortion
U1 Mini is an almost ideal solution for all DAC users from a very broad price spectrum
I would warmly recommend to start your search from this modest transport