Lumin Family of Network Music Players
What is a Network Music Player and How Does It Work?
All of the Lumin Network Music Players are UPnP media renderers. UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) is a system of protocols that allows a broad range of devices to be interconnected, both wired and wireless, and to work seamlessly with one another by establishing network services. UPnP supports zero-configuration networking and is automatically completed once UPnP devices are connected to a network. A media renderer is the name given to the device that actually plays the music. A media renderer is operated by a media controller, which is the UPnP name given to the device used to browse music, choose what to play, and control playback. In a LUMIN system, this is the LUMIN App. The files that are played by the media renderer (Lumin) are stored on a device called a media server. For LUMIN, a UPnP Media Server is required. This can either be LUMIN L1, a NAS (Networked Attached Storage) device or computer. LUMIN and The LUMIN App use UPnP to communicate with each other and your NAS.
LUMIN — The Audiophile Network Music Player
All Lumin Network Music Players share the following attributes
Universal - From mainstream formats FLAC and Apple Lossless (ALAC) through native DSD (SACD files), up to the highest resolution 384kHz, 32bit Studio Masters.
Flexible - Supporting Gapless Playback and On-device Playlists for a superior playback experience and UPnP AV for maximum compatibility.
No Compromise - The highest-grade matching components, circuit design and spacious layout includes true balanced audio outputs and an external toroidal power supply.
Intuitive - A superbly intuitive, attractive and uniquely designed iPad app makes music browsing and selection a pleasure for everyone.
Beautiful - Precision-machined from a solid block of aluminum using the finest materials, LUMIN deserves a place at the top of any audiophile’s hi-fi.
The Lumin line consists to the following models
S1 Universal Audiophile Network Music Player
While LUMIN S1 brings greater resolution and a more dynamic sound, no stone has been left unturned to ensure that the characteristic LUMIN musicality is delivered. This has involved tuning every part of the system to complement these new DAC chips, including revising the clocking system and enhancing the external dual-toroidal power supply. The S1 now offers DSD128 5.6Mhz support by utilizing 4 ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC chips to deliver a total of 16 DACs per channel in parallel.
U1 Network Music Transport - A LUMIN FOR DAC OWNERS
After years of requests from existing high-end DAC owners, the LUMIN team have taken the finest components from the flagship S1 model and developed them specifically for digital processing and output. Using a new dedicated LUMIN U1 processor adds upsampling and downsampling for every supported format – all the way from 44.1kHz to DSD128 and DXD – providing maximum DAC compatibility and optimization.
As well as supporting DSD output over SPDIF (via DoP), LUMIN U1 also adds DSD128 digital output via 2 new USB ports.
A1 Universal Audiophile Network Music Player
Since its launch in late 2012, news of LUMIN A1 has spread to all corners of the globe, with awards and reviews coming from the industry's most respected websites and magazines. It is one of the best-reviewed audio products in its class. The A1 is a Precision-machined from a solid block of aluminum, utilizes Wolfson WM8741 DAC chips (1 chip per channel) and an external dual-toroidal power supply.
Computer Audiophile described LUMIN as "the network player by which all others should be judged" and 6moons' Joël Chevassus described DSD through LUMIN as "the most exciting audio experience I've yet had."
T1 Universal Audiophile Network Music Player
During the development of LUMIN A1, our focus was to create the absolute best source at any price. No expense was spared in its production. With LUMIN T1, our aim was to try and retain all that award-winning musicality while enabling it to be heard by a wider audience. Targeting higher production quantities has allowed change in manufacturing techniques, resulting in exactly the same audio experience its more expensive siblings. The T1 shares circuit design with LUMIN A1, including Wolfson WM8741 DAC chips, LUNDAHL LL7401 output transformers and an external dual-toroidal power supply. It differs from the A1 in that its chassis uses a precision-machined aluminum front panel instead of a solid block of aluminum. This greatly reduces manufacturing costs and allows the T1 to be produced at a much lower price.
D1 Audiophile Network Music Player
During the development of LUMIN A1, Lumin's focus was to create the absolute best source at any price. No expense was spared in its production. With LUMIN D1, their aim was to try and retain all that award-winning musicality while compromising as little as possible in every other area.
Reducing the size of the casing and removing the HDMI output help reduce costs without losing music quality, and using an auto-ranging power supply offered the biggest savings for the least compromise.
M1 Network Music System
With LUMIN M1, the aim was clear – take all the award-winning sonic characteristics that the LUMIN music players are renowned for and surprise people with just how amazing an integrated system can sound.
18 months of continual development has lead to the M1's uniquely efficient design including an oversized switching power supply and a fully-digital signal path all the way to the speaker outputs.
Outperforming larger and more expensive separates, LUMIN M1 shouldn't be dismissed as a second system. With 60W of amplifying power it can drive room-filling speakers and has the same musical heart as every other LUMIN music player.
TYPICAL NETWORK CONFIGURATION FOR SETTING UP A LUMIN PLAYER:
Typical network configuration
The following components are required for a typical configuration of a LUMIN system:
- LUMIN Audiophile Network Media Player.
- iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android device running LUMIN iPad App.
- Home Network including Wi-Fi connection.
- LUMIN L1 Music Server, external hard drive or NAS (Network Attached Storage) including a UPnP server (QNAP or Synology are recommended).
- Computer (optional) used for ripping CDs, downloading music and configuring the NAS.
- Amplifier and Loudspeakers.
Step 1 - Connect LUMIN and the NAS to your network using Ethernet cables.
Setup - step 1
Step 2 - Make sure your iPad is connected wirelessly to the same network.
Setup - step 2
Step 3 - Connect LUMIN to your Amplifier using your preferred Audio Connectors.
setup - step 3
Step 4 - Connect the LUMIN Power Supply to LUMIN and your Power Outlet
setup - step 4
Step 5 - Turn on all devices.
Step 6 - Make sure there are some music files in the correct folder on your NAS (often called ‘Music’).
Setup - step 6
Step 7 - Make sure the UPnP Media Server is started on your NAS. Instructions can be found on the websites of your NAS manufacturer. For example: Synology instructions and Qnap instructions.
Setup - step 7
Step 8a - tart the LUMIN iPad App and it will automatically detect your UPnP Media Server and your LUMIN Audiophile Network Music Player.
Setup - step 8a
Step 8b - If you have multiple LUMIN units or multiple Media Servers, you can choose these from the App ‘Settings’ menu.
Setup - step 8b
Step 9 - Your music selection will now display in the main LUMIN App browse window where you can now select music to play and create playlists. See the below Lumin App section page for further information and instruction.
FAQ and Additional Info
Which UPnP AV music software is best for LUMIN?
LUMIN strongly recommend MinimServer. It supports all the features of LUMIN and much of the development and testing of LUMIN has been performed with MinimServer.
The current release of MinimServer supports Windows x86, Windows x64, Mac OS X, Linux x86 and Linux ARM.
Installation instructions are also available for recommended NAS products from Qnap and Synology: http://minimserver.com/installing.html.
Which NAS products are best for LUMIN?
LUMIN recommend Qnap and Synology, partly because they are good products and partly because there are installation instructions available for installing our preferred music server, MinimServer.
Do I need to tag my music?
Yes, the LUMIN App uses these tags to organize your music.
Historically, server and control software has performed poorly with this method, leading to many people organizing their music using folder structure on their servers. LUMIN seeks to improve on that system using tags to improve flexibility and browsing speed.
We recommend that you use appropriate tagging software to correctly tag your music library. A good example is Mp3tag.
How long does the LUMIN App take to cache my music?
The very first time you use it, the LUMIN App will cache all the artwork. This can take a few minutes (approximately 250 albums per minute depending on the resolution for the artwork). After this first time, LUMIN only needs to load any new music that you might add to your library. Usually only a few seconds.
It is possible that a software update may require your library to be re-cached
Can LUMIN control my amplifier volume?
Currently, this feature is not available. The app volume control digitally adjusts the output from LUMIN. This is not necessarily the highest quality method and therefore we recommend that you use your amplifier's remote control for this purpose.
It is possible that certain network-connected amplifiers can be supported in the future.
Can the LUMIN App be used with other UPnP AV systems?
LUMIN uses the Linn UPnP AV Extension and it is our intention to provide the LUMIN App for use with other systems that also use this extension. Currently, however, no warranty or guarantee of operation can be provided with systems other than LUMIN.
The LUMIN App will not currently control generic UPnP devices.
THE LUMIN APP
All LUMIN control is achieved through the LUMIN App. We've created it in harmony with the LUMIN hardware to deliver the most intuitive and visually rich way to browse, select and play your music collection.
The recent transition from physical music to digital collections hasn't always retained everything we value in the tactile and stimulating process of music selection. we know how precious music is; that the artwork and album structure are important parts of the browsing and selection process; and we know that filenames, codecs and data can sometimes get in the way.
The LUMIN App introduces the beginnings of our vision for music browsing and covers the basics. Many updates are planned, and will make music selection even easier.
HOW TO USE:
The LUMIN App is designed to be intuitive to use without any training. Most users just download the app and start playing.
LUMIN App has three main panels:
Lumin App layout
- Browse: Explore and select from your music collection.
- Playlist: Once you've selected from the Browse panel, your music will be queued for playing here.
- Now Playing: This is where you can view and control what's playing now.
How to select music server
- Turn all devices on, including LUMIN and your music server.
- Open the LUMIN App.
- LUMIN App will automatically detect your devices.
- Confirm your choice of server by tapping it.
- LUMIN App will find all your music and store all the artwork. Note that on the very first use of the App, this can take some time (approximately 250 albums per minute).
Sort the list by:
- Song Title
- Album Title
- Composer (optional)
- Newest added to the server
On this same menu you can also get access to Folder Browsing and Internet Radio
Internet Radio and Streaming Service options
Add to Playlist:
How to add songs to playlist
Normally, as soon as you tap on a song or Grouping header, it will automatically be added to the bottom of the Playlist.
However, if you have selected 'Double Tap' as the selection method, more options become available.
You can now select multiple single songs at once and the bottom menu will appear, allowing the following:
- Play Now: Add selection to the bottom of the Playlist and LUMIN will skip to it and play immediately
- Play Next: Add selection after the 'Now Playing' song and LUMIN will play it after the current song has finished
- Play Later: Add selection to the bottom of the Playlist
- Play and replace: Will replace the whole of the Playlist with selection, and starts playing
- Clear selection: This will deselect all songs.
To easily add a whole album to the playlist, see below.
How to add entire album to playlist
Press and hold on any item in the Browse, Playlist, or Now Playing app areas to open an info pop-up.
From this pop-up you can:
- Add this item to the Playlist(see above for icon explanations). A major benefit is being able to add a whole album to the Playlist without leaving Artwork View.
- Change the browse sort order, based on that item
- View online Album, Artist or Song information. Press the 'i' icon to open the LastFM.com entry for this item, or press the 'search' icon to search on Allmusic.com.
On the resulting pop-up you can press this icon to switch to your tablet's main browser.
How to edit playlist
Tapping the 'Edit' button will change the appearance of the Playlist songs. You can now tap the red 'Minus' icons to delete a song/album from the playlist, or drag the 'Grip' area on the right to re-arrange the song order.
When you have finished, you can tap the 'Edit' button again to return to the normal Playlist view.
How to save and load playlist
Save and Load:
The 'Playlist' button (highlighted) is used to both Save and Load Playlists.
To Save, type in your Playlist Name and then tap the 'Save' button.
To Load, simply tap your chosen Playlist Name.
The top bar is for searching. As soon as you start typing, LUMIN App will filter the results.
How to clear playlist
Tapping the 'Wastebin' button will clear everything in the Playlist panel, including the Now Playing song.
We hope that you have found this guide useful. Should have any additional questions about the different Lumin models or how to set them up on your network, please don't hesitate to contact is the LiveChat or through our support system.