Lumin P1 streaming D/A preamplifier
29 March 2022
I don’t understand why there should be an audible difference between AES3 and network audio. The data are the same in both cases, and the reclocking of those data when fed to the processor’s DAC chips should be identical. And if the reclocking isn’t identical, the timing accuracy should favor the network connection, where the clock doesn’t have to be extracted from the datastream, as it does with AES3. In any case, for the reasons stated above, I always keep my ears open when I try new streaming D/A processors, like the one under review here, the $10,000 Lumin P1 from Hong Kong–based Pixel Magic Systems.