I have the H360 and would stream tidal from my msi laptop. I struggled with delays and dropouts so I bought a roon nucleus and a usb hard drive. I downloaded my library to the portable drive, plugged into the nucleus which I made the "core'. As simple as it was I still got frustrated with all the pc firewalls thus the HD. Anyhow the nucleus is much faster than the pc, no more dropouts and I like access from my phone or ipad.
@helloitsben did you ever sort this out? I am in the same exact scenario and wondering the same thing.
I have a Hegel H390 and tired of waiting for them to update their streaming software (no Roon, no Airplay 2, no Tidal Connect)
Did you end up going with a T2 or U1 mini?
I didn’t think onboard streamer and DAC were on par with the quality of the pre/amp when I had the H390. I think the streamer is on a level with some costing a few hundred bucks, like the Allo USBridge Sig I had, and the DAC maybe $1k-ish. Using a dCS Network Bridge and MHDT Orchid DAC (upgraded) brought a lot of refinement, depth, and musicality over the onboard DAC and streamer, which were a bit sterile with flat imaging by comparison. This held true for each component independently, using DAC loop to pair the onboard streamer with the Orchid, and Network Bridge feeding the onboard DAC over S/PDIF.
While I haven’t heard a Lumin T2, I had an X1 and it was pretty extraordinary. Many great things have been said about the T2 as well. I would bet that you’d be very happy going from the built-in digital of the H390 to the T2.
i agree, this is one area where hegel's crew has been quite disappointing... don't know what the problem is... airplay sucks anyway, no big deal, but roon and tidal connect are essentials for many serious audiophiles who sought out hegel for its wonderful sound