In Barn for Review: LUMIN U2 Mini Digital Transport/Streamer

I’ve long admired the products from Lumin for their aesthetic appeal that speaks to my eyes and ears.

The brand spankin’ new Lumin U2 Mini Digital Transport/Streamer, or what some call a Network Player, connects to your network (Ethernet) and outputs a digital audio signal (via USB, Optical, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC & AES/EBU) to your DAC. The U2 Mini is Roon Ready which is exactly how I plan to use it but users can also run with the U2 Mini’s native support for TIDAL Connect, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, or the free Lumin App.

the U2 Mini is finished in a new ‘silky surfacing process’ taken from the high-end Lumin P1 that is less susceptible to finger marks and easier to clean. TM mug pictured for sale (I mean scale)

The U2 Mini betters the Lumin U1 Mini with its completely new processing hardware and software that allows for upsampling and downsampling to every supported format up to DSD256/PCM348 to hit your DAC’s sweetspot. This increased processing capacity also allows for future updates while the U2 Mini retains the U1’s quad clocking system and 5 different digital outputs, with the USB output now supporting DSD up to DSD512. The U2 Mini also supports MQA decoding.

photo credit: Lumin because the review unit is already burning in

When in use, the font panel display shows track and artist information. The review unit sports the raw aluminum finish but black anodized aluminum is also available.

There’s obviously a lot more to talk about with a device like the Lumin U2 Mini which will happen in the review proper. Stay tuned!


LUMIN U2 Mini Network Player
Price: $2400
Company Website: Lumin
US Distributor Website: Source Systems Ltd.

Specification for current-gen Lumin streamers

Streaming Protocol:

UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension (OpenHome)
Roon Ready
TIDAL Connect
Spotify Connect
Flac lossless Radio stations
AirPlay-compatible
Gapless Playback
On-Device Playlist

App Features:

Native support for TIDAL, MQA, Qobuz and TuneIn Radio.
Tidal MQA icons to identify high-res music
Qobuz high-res icons to identify high-res music
Volume control
High-resolution artwork
Artwork caching
Search
Multiple tag handling
Composer tag support
Album-grouping in playlist
Automatic internet links to artists/album/songs
Saving and restoring of playlists (including Tidal and Qobuz)

Supported Audio File Formats:

DSD Lossless: DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), DoP (DSD)
PCM Lossless: FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV, AIFF
Compressed (lossy) Audio: MP3
MQA

Input:

Ethernet RJ45 network 1000Base-T
Shared USB ports can also be used for storage, flash drive, USB hard disk (Single-partition FAT32, exFAT and NTFS only)

Supported Control Devices:

All models of Apple iPad (v2 or later). iOS 8.0 or later required. Full Retina Display support.
Android devices. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later required.
Apple Mac with Apple Silicone

Other:

Leedh Processing lossless digital volume control
Compatible with LUMIN Infrared Control Package
Programme of Continuous Development – Firmware-upgradable for further features and enhancements

U2 Mini Specifications

Network playback:

Up to DSD512
Up to 768kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo
MQA Decoding

Upsampling rates & bit depths:

DSD256 upsampling option for all files
PCM 384kHz upsampling option for all files

Digital Output Stage:

USB: Native DSD512 support, PCM 44.1–768kHz, 16–32-bit, Stereo
Optical, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC & AES/EBU: DSD64 (DoP64, DSD over PCM), PCM 44.1kHz–192kHz, 16–24-bit

Power Supply: Internal shielded 100–240V AC auto-ranging

Physical

Finish: Raw aluminum or black anodized aluminum
Size and Weight: 300mm (W), 244mm (D), 60mm (H), 2.5kg
Packaging: 470mm (W), 340mm (D), 170mm (H), 4.5kg