Sound Design Distribution has signed an exclusive UK deal with Lumin, a specialist in the design and manufacture of audiophile network music devices.

Effective July 1, the new partnership will allow SDD to offer its customers the combined potency of Lumin’s high speed/low noise processing, balanced circuit design, compatibility with Roon, Spotify Connect, Tune-In radio, Tidal, Qobuz and Airplay and support for the latest file formats such as MQA, DSD up to 512 and PCM files up to 384kHz. 

The current Lumin range includes six network players, three music transports, two dedicated music servers and an all-in-one player/amp system and new product introductions are planned for September 2020. 

In 2012, two years after SACD rips became possible with the birth of DSD files, Lumin launched the A1: the world’s first DSD-capable network player. Two further years of continuous research produced a new flagship music player, the S1, together with the T1 player, a more modestly packaged model, followed by the L1, the first server with zero-configuration UPnP music library. 

Lumin introduced its entry D1 player in 2015 and in the same year the M1 system, which integrated player and Class-D amplification within an all-in-one package. In 2016 the first Lumin transport appeared – the U1, followed by the D2 player, complete with faster processor and DSD128 support. Joining them are recent Lumin arrivals, the bijou U1Mini transport and T2 network player.

A programme of continuous development offers where possible the latest streaming technologies free of charge. In 2017 for instance, every Lumin model gained compatibility with Roon, MQA and Spotify Connect through a free upgrade and today, Lumin’s customers have the option to use Leedh Processing volume control on all players at no additional cost.

Leedh processing, which removes the need for a pre-amplifier in most systems, is a new digital volume adjustment algorithm that modifies the digital signal amplitude exactly and losslessly. It deploys more efficient whole number volume values to maintain signal integrity during subsequent DAC conversion, and its low processing power requirements free up CPU resources.

Meanwhile, the Lumin App is designed to deliver an intuitive and visually rich way to browse, select and play music files. Compatible with iOS 8.0 up and Android 4.0 up, it offers operational control over libraries and onboard streaming services such as UPnP AV (OpenHome), Tidal and Tidal Masters MQA, Qobuz and Qobuz Sublime High Res and TuneIn Radio. Lumin players support Spotify, Roon and AirPlay via proprietary apps.

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