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Now I've had my new Lumin U1 Mini up and running long enough to get a real sense of it. It replaced a Bluesound Node 2i. The sonic improvements are amazing (and certainly helped further by a major rearrangement and improvement in the listening space). I won't comment on the specifics of all that, not the point. The user interface is, IMHO, a great leap backwards. I'm running the app on a n 8" Android tablet. Basically, it stinks. Apparently Lumin doesn't understand that their product is the SUM of the hardware and the UI that lets the user enjoyably run the hardware.
It isn't that it doesn't work at all, obviously it does. But coming from the Bluesound OS it's like going back in time to some odd old PC app running DOS. The Bluesound app just works - intuitiuve, easy to read (even on a phone). I'm not going to belabor the specifics. But I'd venture that anybody who has used any other streaming apps would agree. There are threads about just using Roon instead! I've also had a lot of experience with Sonos, decidedly mid-fi, but their app works well, is easy and intuitive to learn. No wading through an impenetrable manual etc etc. And the Lumin 'help' function is buried under a couple layers under the main screen for cryin' out loud. And no apps for Windows or Mac OS, just phones? Really?
At the end of the day I rate the app 1 star - fail. There are plenty of other well designed, functioning streaming app models out there to emulate, or maybe improve on. Lumin didn't see fit to build on any of that. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Lumin, are you listening? Get back to work and build a UI that's as good as the hardware.
Rant over, thanks for listening.
As the owner of 3 Lumin Products, what are your issues and maybe I can assist. I am no expert, but did make the transition from a Bluesound to Lumin U1/M1/D2.
It did take a little trial and error.
I like the app's landscape design and the efficient use of screen space. If it didn't try to locally cache the URLs for my whole library, it would be my go-to control point app.
Since the Lumin is a DLNA/UPnP renderer that supports Open Home extensions, you could also try the BubbleDS app for Android or the Kazoo app for Android/iOS/Windows/MacOS. Both are serviceable for my needs, but not so fancy.
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