Sound Design Distribution, an independent UK distribution company specialising in premium quality audio systems, has announced the UK availability of the LUMIN D3 Network Music Player. 

Combining new processing hardware/software within a new and compact all-aluminium chassis, the D3 delivers improved features and increased resampling flexibility while retaining all the musicality of its D1 and D2 forbears. 

With the latest LUMIN processing onboard and sporting the chassis surface of LUMIN’s high-end P1 player, the D3’s design offers music streaming aficionados what the manufacturer is calling “arguably the most compatible and comprehensive feature set available at the price”, with the added bonus of working with LUMIN’s app, which features native support for TlDAL, MQA, Qobuz and Tuneln Radio, as well as Tidal MQA and Qobuz high-res icons to identify high-res music. 

The D3 will support UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension (OpenHome), Roon Ready, Plex, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, FLAC Lossless Radio, Tuneln Radio, AirPlay 2, Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multi-Room (Songcast). 

Supported audio file formats include DSD lossless: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), DoP (DSD), PCM lossless: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF and compressed (lossy) audio: MP3, AAC (in M4A container) and MQA.                   

New processing feeding a new output stage built around the Sabre DAC ES9028PRO chip renders PCM up to 384kHz, 32-bit, stereo and DSD up to DSD2S6, 1-bit, stereo, delivering upsampling and downsampling to every supported format up to DSD2S6/PCM384. 

Inputs include RJ45 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet and USB, while outputs include XLR balanced, RCA unbalanced analogue, and BNC S/PDIF digital for PCM 44.1kHz-192kHz, 16-24 bit and DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1bit. 

Precise control over volume is offered by Leedh processing, a digital volume adjustment algorithm that is designed to eliminate rounding errors now included (at no additional cost) on all LUMIN players. 

The LUMIN D3 will be available in silver or black from October 2023 for a retail price (including VAT) of £2,195.00.

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