Sorry to say, if it don't sound good right out of the box it might as well go right back into the box. Because it ain't gonna get all that much better. Yeah sure it will change. Duh. It will open up, become more refined. But the fundamental character will be heard right out of the box. You are now at three days. Oh well.
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When I purchased my Lumin U1 I was told by the manufacturer's rep that 500-600 hrs were needed for burn-in. However my unit sounded great out of the box and I can't say I really noticed much of an improvement over time. The U1 is a digital transport/streamer only - no DAC. It actually made every aspect of my non-Lumin DAC sound better, including the bass. I suspect it's the DAC portion of your T1 that is responsible for what you're finding objectionable. I like to keep the streamer/transport separate from the DAC to give more flexibility, and in fact I'm now moving towards a Lampizator DAC that I will pair with my U1.
T2 owner here. My Lumin sounded good right out of the box. One of the things it does exceptionally well is dynamics and bass. You may have poor system synergy. IMO, the Lumin app is well thought out and took me a couple of days to figure out all its features. I enjoy the absence of a "remote" since the iPad and iPhone are so easy to use.
I've listened to the T2 and did not find it lacking bass. I have a TEAC NT-505, which is further down the pecking order (Lumin/TEAC/Esoteric are all part of the same company) and there are no issues with lack of bass in it either. Sound quality has not changed in any noticeable way since I first got it.
Your unit may have an issue, or the Cambridge Audio unit may emphasize bass and after hearing that it seems like something is "missing".
Are you using a preamp or are you connecting the Lumin directly to your amp?
I purchased my T2 in January. I initially thought is was a little harsh and thin sounding on some music. However, after a month or so , the harshness went way and dynamics improved. Bass is very deep and defined.
i also like using the app instead of a remote as I always have my phone or iPad with me when using the Lumin.
I have my Lumin T2 connected to a preamp. I don't find the Lumin harsh, but I do find it a little thin sounding. I do like the details and the spaciousness. Bass is definitely lacking some slams, as compared to my Cambridge Audio 851N. I'm hoping it will improve after burn in. It would be a shame if it doesn't, because I do like a lot of the SQ about this unit.
I have mine connected that way as well. Not sure if your preamp applies any DSP, but I noticed a big difference In sound quality when I set my preamp in digital bypass mode, which eliminates all of the DSP and sends an unaltered analog signal directly to the amp. You might try it that way and see if you notice a difference. I also thought the Lumin’s tone changed slightly after about 200 hours.
I have a T2 that is barley 24 hours old, It sounds great. It has the same DAC chip as my previous Wyred 4 Sound unit (Saber) but with all the streaming features. I am not as happy with the Lumin app, I have finally got it figured out. It should have been ways easier. It is not very user friendly. I was used to the OPPO app it was super simple to use. I find the Lumin barley tolerable. Maybe they will tune it up some day. It could be a deal breaker for me very unhandy.
hi @bwguy my preamp is pure analog, so no DSP processing. Right now, I'm just going to let it run continuously for another week and see how it goes. Like I said earlier, SQ wise, I like everything about the T2, except I wish the bass is a little more pronounced.
As with the app, it's actually not so bad when it is WORKING. Unfortunately, it seems very unstable. It quits (or crashes) all the time. Sometimes when I restart the app, it won't connect properly, and I can't even control the playlist. I really don't like the fact that the app is the only option to use this unit. With the Cambridge Audio I have, I only use the app to construct the playlist that I want to listen to, and even this step I can do it without the app. I can do everything else via infrared remote, like start, stop, skip, and rewind, etc.
If my experience with the app doesn't improve, it might be another show stopper for me to keep this unit.
I felt the same way you did at first, but now I am really happy with it. Are you using IOS or Android for the app? I think IOS works much better for some reason. The app works great 99% of the time for me. Every once in while I have to close the app and re-open it, but it is rare.
You might email Peter from Lumin, and ask if he has any suggestions. He is their head programmer and is very responsive. His email is LiOn@pixelmagic.com
@rockrider I believe you are correct. The Lumin and Esoteric apps both work with my TEAC NT-505 and are almost to identical to each other (and TEAC's HR Streamer app) and I thought they were all part of the same company.
My Lumin X1 sounded absolutely dire straight out of the box. I was going to send it back. For the first couple of weeks it sounded like crap and I thought I had made a huge mistake.
My dealer persuaded me to stick with it, and it took over a month before it started to sound good, and now after a few months it sounds amazing.
A lot of people on other audiophile sites such as AudioShark claim they think it provides for an even better sound. By using Leedh, You put your preamp in unity gain and control the volume using the Lumin app. By doing this, it basically takes the preamp out if the chain. Many claim it sounds like a veil has been lifted and is even more clear. I have tried it but not sure if I can tell a difference.
Hi xcool.I’m from LUMIN and I just wanted to add a little info.
Firstly LUMIN is manufactured by Pixel Magic Systems and is totally independent of any other company. The LUMIN App is our creation. Esoteric, TEAC and others licence the App from us to use with their streaming products.
iOS is our primary development platform. It is very stable on iPhone and iPad.
If instability exists, please try a restore - this cleanly installs all apps and can resolve some issues. The only performance requirement is regarding cache. LUMIN App is unique in it’s local storage of album artwork - for large libraries with high resolution artwork, this can require quite a bit of storage - most devices have large storage these days, but our App works back to older devices too (when storage might only be 16GB), so it’s worth bearing in mind.
Android is trickier, as there are far more variations between vendors and Android implementations. Testing is much harder, but we believe we have now reached a level of stability that should provide trouble-free playback for most. Again, the app is quite sophisticated in it’s interactions with the device, so clean systems are beneficial.
Because we use the OpenHome standard (UPnP AV) for streaming, for people who don’t get along with our app for playback you can also use other UPnP apps such as Kazoo, BubbleUPnP and others. Some are free.
LUMIN App is required for changing system settings and for firmware upgrades, but playback can be achieved with any of these apps.
Regarding burn-in. We get a broad spread of customer opinions on this, but we seem to have settled on advising about a week of 24/7 playing using a playlist on repeat containing a variety of music resolutions before critical analysis. Your amplifier doesn’t need to be on during this time, so it can be done silently overnight.
We have reports of improvements after even longer than that, but certainly the first couple of hundred hours is worthwhile.
Hope that helps.
What settings are you using? I have a D2 and also going through a preamp, mine are:
Volume Control: Off
Analog Audio Output Level: Low
De-Emphasis for 44.1kHz CD Files: Off
Digital Audio Output: Off
MQA Mode: Analog Output
Ultra-sonic Filter for DSD Playback: Off
Just in case one of these is the culprit. I realize it’s not the same as the T2, but bass has been quite good for me. I really haven’t tried toggling these other than setting the output to low gain and turning off volume control otherwise the gain through my preamp cranked the volume to insane levels, as it is I don’t go above 1/3 otherwise neighbors get super grumpy. Anyway hoping it’s just a toggle setting. Oh my use case is 99% stream tidal hifi/master.
Hi @thingswelike thanks for the lengthy reply. I'll try to take a look at your suggestion.
BTW, I have another comment about the Lumin App. It's about the implementation of the "shuffle/random" feature of the playlist.
First of all, when the shuffle feature is turned on, the current playlist is still displayed in the original insertion order, and I noticed that some songs can possible be selected more than once before the playlist is finished. Also, you have no idea what the next song will be ahead of time. It seems to me that the shuffle implementation picks the next song randomly when the current song is finished, therefore it is possible that a song can be played more than once. Am I correct with my observation?
I'm comparing your implementation against something like the Cambridge Audio app. In the Cambridge implementation, when shuffle feature is turned on, the current playlist gets randomized and displayed in this new randomized order. You know exactly what the next song will be, and also the same song will not be played more than once before all the songs in the playlist have been played.
Your comment on this will be appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks for your comments xcool. I'm not entirely sure of our shuffle method, but I'll pass your comments on to the team.
I'll be honest - shuffle and repeat aren't part of my normal playing style, so I haven't observed different implementations.
Can I ask - on the Cambridge app - when you turn shuffle off, does the playlist go back to how it was before?
Does changing the output setting from normal to low on my Lumin T2 change any of the dynamics, or does it simply lower the volume. I noticed The specs on my Classe processor say maximum XLR analog input is 4VRMS (which I think is voltage). I believe the low output On the Lumin T2 is also 4 volts. If I set it to low output, am I losing any data?
Firstly for the proper LUMIN support channels you are best emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as that gets distributed to the correct expert technician (which is definitely not me), however...
Hi bwguy - no compromise with setting it low.
Another way is to connect with RCA instead of XLR - that has the lower voltage anyway. If possible you could compare both.
Hi, I just want to give an update to everyone on this thread on the Lumin T2 after a little over 2 weeks of burning in.
I have to say the T2 is sounding much better now. Bass has definitely improved, and the overall sound is just so 'sweet', for a lack of better word. I am really liking the sound of this unit. The treble is not harsh or bright and bass goes pretty low. Overall it is very musical, and enjoyable to listen to. I think this is going to be a keeper for me. Now I wonder how much better the X1 sounds at 3 times the price. Anyone here who has heard both the T2 and X1 cares to comment?
There are still a few things I would like to see, and hopefully the Lumin team will consider it for the next version:
- more robust Lumin app. I'm still losing connection to the unit every so often, and it's annoying as hell.
- The Lumin app is actually not bad to use. It is pretty fast when it is working. There is one feature that I wish Lumin team would consider re-implementing and that is the 'shuffle' feature. I had already described it in one of my previous posts in this thread.
- consider adding a desktop version of the app.
- Add infrared remote capability to the unit. I'm talking just a handful of convenient features like starting, stoping, pausing, skipping, rewinding songs, powering on/off the unit, and for bonus, ability to scroll up and down the playlist. I still find it annoying to always have to go to my phone for simple control. I prefer to just use a remote control instead of reaching for my phone. Simple things like dimming the display takes a handful of steps to get to. I understand the Lumin team is probably trying to keep the unit as simple as possible, and I get that. I think the unit looks simple and beautiful. I am not asking for buttons on the front panel, but a simple infrared sensor. I am willing to pay up to $1000 more for this addition.
Anyway, this is a great sounding unit from Lumin at a reasonable price tag for the sound quality that it delivers. Kudos to the Lumin team. Well done!
@xcoolHave you considered buying a relatively cheap tablet for dedicated use controlling your T2? I really enjoy mine, and keep it propped up in view to see what’s playing. It’s always there when you need it, like an infrared remote, but so much more useful. Then, if you are not near the tablet you can also pull out your phone as well. I have found that both can be active at the same time.