Not with the cords you have mentioned but with my Lucas Audio Music Streamer I use a David Laboga umbilical cord. It was worth it!
Lumin X1 and Upgraded DC umbilical cord for power supply.
I know this question is so very specific but just wonderin’ if anyone has experimented with aftermarket umbilical cords to be used with their Lumin streamers.
I see that a company called Westminster Labs sell a cord for $$$. And Audio Sensibilities also sells a cord for much less and has my interest.
Has anyone had experience using one of these cords?
Thanks willgolf for your experience, sounds like a worthwhile investment. The Lumin has a 10-pin configuration which seems to make the aftermarket cords limited to just a few companies.
Since I am using a high-end power cord (AQ Dragon) and a Synergistic Master fuse, I guess the natural evolution (for me) would be to upgrade the cord connecting the external power supply to the Lumin proper.
So, I took one for the team and went ahead and ordered the umbilical cord from Audio Sensibilities. There is even a 30-day guarantee!
I should have it late next week.
So, all you Lumin users take note...
@pokey Have you gone over to Excel Audio and listened to the Esoteric SACD players? It is a big drive for me to make. I got my Lumin X1 for my 2-channel system, but it sounds so incredible on my headphones that I am now using it there.
However, the 2 streaming outputs of the X1 allow me to consider another DAC/SACD player for the 2-channel. The X1's streamer is rather good, including the output streams. I sourced the input stream from fibre optical.
I am looking for opinions on the new Esoteric SACD/DAC players with the FPGA design. How does it compare to the X1?
@yyzsantabarbara - Angus Leong from WestminsterLab does indeed work with Lumin, he designed their power amp for example. The WL Rei power amp is a more advanced design at a correspondingly higher price, yet the Lumin AMP is truly a standout performer on its own.
I have the Audio Sensibilities since the begining so I can’t comment.
And also the Synergistic Research Master Fuse. I have the Blue for my Lumin
And I have the stock Lumin ombilical cord ; and I don’t know what to do with that . It is not easy to sell.
From what I have read, the after market umbilical cables change the sound perspective a bit but the jury is still out as to whether they are better. I would be interested to hear your experience when you get yours in.
Found this info from the manufacturer of the cable from Audio Sensibilities.
"The Lumin X1 power supply (PSU) provides five independent DC rails of power (one high current, four lower current). The Lumin X1 power supply cable uses top grade 10 pin Japanese DC connectors. All 10 pins of the connector are used with the required five twisted pairs of wire.
Well now you got me talking. (posting) With my Lumin X1 I am using Critical Mass CS2 1.5" footers on both the power supply and on the Lumin proper. I also have installed the new SR Master Fuse.
Both of these were very BIG improvements and easily a very high noticeable improvement in sound quality.
I have ordered a SR Master Fuse F2A - 250v 20mm X 50mm for my
Reading these forums , is getting expensive ;-) .
It has been over 2-1/2 years since I purchased the EVP's and only a week separated getting shipment of them in for X1 and then power supply. Your comment makes me think I should check on the X1 power supply with and without the EVP's under it now. I have made system changes since getting them--server and streamer, modified switch and power supply for it and preamp with another DAC included and settling in with fiber instead of RJ45 for my X1. I'm currently burning in a new USB cable for the other DAC and would like to get another 50 or so hours on that first, but should get there by end of the week to compare against current USB and against AES/EBU from my streamer. I then can do some evaluation listening to the X1 with and without the EVP's under the Lumin power supply. I will follow up here on my impressions.
I can see where a plausible case on behalf of the higher quality materials could result in improved sound quality performance via the DC cable. @ozzy I am interested in your upcoming listening impressions.
Here is post from a gent from the What’s Best forum on the subject.
"If I were to rank the umbilical cords on a scale of 0 to 10 with 0 being awful and 10 being perfect (and by definition, unattainable), I would put the stock umbilical cord at a 2 or 3, the Audio Sensibility umbilical at an 8 and the Westminster Lab umbilical at a 9 or 9.5.
The AS umbilical is a HUGE upgrade over the stock umbilical, and as a value proposition, it gives you the best bang for the buck. The WL umbilical is a smaller upgrade over the AS, but it provides, at least in a high-resolution system, noticeably more resolution, deeper bass, more extended highs as well as a greater control over attacks and decays.
It’s the law of diminishing returns -- you get more versus the AS umbilical, but the incremental cost per unit of improvement is much higher than the incremental cost per unit of improvement afforded by the AS umbilical over the stock umbilical."
I just received the cable today. Boy, what a PITA it is to connect the cable to the Lumin proper! What a design! Took a little swearing...
First the unit has to be turned upside down. Then there is a long rear top overhang that gives little to no room for my fat fingers. Then you have to line up the pins, push the connector in/down and thread the round ring that tightens the connector down.
Requires quite a bit of swearing, my dog is still hiding.
Okay, I understand. Hopefully the sound quality it provides will be more than worth the aggravation of placing the umbilical cable.