Aurender, Lumin , NAD 50.2
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Lumin and Aurender fan boys making their presence known. These two are certainly among the best out there. I own a Lumin T1 but would not declare Lumin to be best just because I own it. I doubt if you would be disappointed with either brand. I have heard both...and like both. The Lumin players are network only, no on board storage..if that is an issue. Both Lumin and Aurender have very good apps. The Lumin will work with Roon whereas the Aurender will not...if that is important to you. Both brands have one piece units and models that require an external DAC. For simplicity sake I like the the models with the internal DAC. I am really enjoying my Lumin T-1.
When you would compare the same music at the same rate and recording quality between Tidal/Qobuz and Roon you will hear and learn that Roon is a lot less dynamic and even reveals less details.
We have many clients withe a Lumin networkplayer and often they also own a Lumin L1. Most of them use Qobuz or Tidal.
When they started to use Roon, they were surprised that Roon was a lot less in dynamics, layering and details compared to their L1 and streaming by Qobuz or Tidal.
Audio is always about the best quality possible in each price range. When you want to get th highest level out of your system Roon is not even interesting. It depends about your needs and goal in audio.
@bo1972 I’m assuming you are affiliated with AudioFacts Pro and you are in Europe? I imagine competent modders worldwide can apply these mods as well as Lumin. Since you are a Lumin dealer how about making the mod available worldwide through Lumin or a field upgrade by one of the many other outstanding modders? Exemplar and Cullen come to mind.