" My two-year old birthday cake was a reel-to-reel tape deck because my first words were “tay-deck.” More than 45-years later, I still tell strangers about the power of music for the mind and body.
For about a year, my latest iteration McKintosh mono amps have been paired (pun intended) with Benchmark’s latest DAC/pre because the size paradox amused me. For the money, Benchmark isn’t easy to beat. The whole range of what humans can hear is there and orderly, even without a separate pre-amp. I wasn’t suffering. Admittedly, a Berkeley USB box cleaned up matters before the Benchmark analog-ed and amplitude-d the signal. The Berkeley folks know what they are doing.
But how do you listen to music? Turns out streaming is easy and fun. It invites the neophyte, and the hardened two-channel snob, alike.
Looks matter. The Lumin X1 is beautiful inside and out. Its power supply feels like something straight out of a sci-fi movie when one picks it up. Locking the power cable into place (it hand-threads down on the power supply side and the X1 side with clockwise turns of the wheel) is a joy and leaves no doubt about the connection.
Download the Lumin app, plug an Ethernet cable into the X1, patch the X1 to an amp, and its music time. Fast Car is always first. It’s sad. Someone knew something special was happening in 1988 and recording Tracy’s effort well.
Do you fly in your dreams? The X1 feels a bit like flying in a dream. The sound does NOT come at you. Rather, you are inextricably drawn to it. Fatiguing? 0.0 chance. Beguiling? 100% chance.
Nothing isn’t separated, and nothing isn’t together. If you don’t like paradox, save your money. Describing what the X1 does is not possible without paradox.
Confession: I have always been a fan of Nelson Pass and Purist Audio Cables. That is, dark over bright is an easy choice for me. As a barely competent drummer for 20 years, I know what a Ziljian high hat sounds like. Mess this up on the bright side, or get the martini too dry, and I am out.
With the X1, everything that I have ever heard live sounds like I remember it sounding live. I am aware that I am listening to a recorded signal, but not by much on good recordings.
And it “plays tunes,” too. On Shaking the Tree (Peter Gabriel) the rhythm of the song makes or breaks it. The X1 breezes through it, and the soundstage is bigger in all dimensions than I ever knew.
I am writing this from an iPhone, and the same iPhone is the remote for the X1. Very easy.
What will the X1 do in high res recordings? You will have to find out for yourself. This shuffle play of George Winston, my wife, and my kids are all this Saturday morning needs. Highly recommended. "
- J.H. (Dallas, TX)
"I have been going to Glenn Poor’s Audio for almost 35 years. It has always been the premier audio shop in central Illinois. I have purchased all of my speakers (currently Wilson Sophia 3) and several pieces of electronics from Geoff Poor. His store has a good variety of all the top companies in high end audio. Geoff is extremely knowledgeable and has connections to many of the top designers in the industry. If he can’t answer your question he will call the designer of the equipment and get an answer. If you want a complete system design, Geoff is the person to talk to. Geoff tells you exactly how he feels about certain equipment and gives you the straight information. Over the years having enjoyed going to the store so much Geoff has become a good friend. You will not find a more trustworthy and informative person in high end audio. He truly enjoys his job and tries to help people. I recommend Glenn Poor’s Audio with the highest confidence."
- Max B. (Decatur, IL)
"I've been in the store a couple of times to look around and was impressed with how much product they have. Then just before Christmas decided I wanted to get some high quality hifi equipment and Geoff and Ryan spent almost a whole Saturday with me auditioning different set ups until I found something that way exceeded my expectations in performance. These guys really know what they are talking about and don't just sell you the most expensive stuff they have. In fact they helped me find a pair of speakers that eventually I traded in for something 3 times the cost. We are so lucky to have such a place in our area."
- Gary W. (Urbana, IL)
"I've been buying things from Glenn Poor's. off and on, for about 30 years. It began with my first pair of Sennheiser headphones, Kyocera CD player and ultimately led to a full system of Bel Canto, Balanced Audio Technology and Harbeth. They've always been smart about the products they had in the store. Always the best products . What I've appreciated is that they've already done the homework for me, yet allowed me to come to my own conclusions. One cannot go wrong with the excellent equipment the store has. There are few places I have found that I wished I needed more of their merchandise, Glenn Poors Audio-video is one of those places."
- Loren R. (Bloomington, IL)
"This is an amazing store. We went in on a Saturday afternoon with a problem with our turntable. It had been a gift that was not bought at their store. The friendly and knowledgeable staff solved our issue and did not push us to buy anything. They did let us peruse the store and we were very impressed with the audio-video equipment available in many price ranges. When we are in the market for new equipment, we will definitely be returning and we would recommend Glenn Poor's Audio-Video to anyone."
- Vickie W. (Arthur, IL)
"I don’t tend to sit down and write reviews very often, but when I do, it’s because I’ve come to develop a high satisfaction of a product or business that becomes a devotion that I would like to share with others. In this case, it’s both. The audio and video system has major importance in our home and we’ve always striven to have the best that we could afford within our budget. That means not wasting money on items that don’t work out or that don’t have longevity. I have dealt with Glenn Poor’s for many years now and Geoff Poor has helped me develop a system that is just unbelievable. I drive 3 hours from my home because Geoff Poor is the most knowledgeable and trustworthy person I know in the field. His store carries a huge variety of products to audition and he’s passionate about showing them. I would drive 12 hours if I had to. Even though I have limited funds for audio video purchases, I’ve always been treated, as a valued customer, never hurried, never dismissed. That said, Geoff would not just tell you what you want to hear, he just tells you the way it is and what really works. Sometimes skeptical, I’ve come to have faith in Geoff’s recommendations. I really didn’t think a different amplifier from the one that I owned could make that much difference in my system to warrant spending the money. Boy was I wrong! My recent purchase of a BAT amplifier recommended by Geoff to be the perfect match for my speakers has put my system on a level that I didn’t think was possible. I really can’t find words to tell you how happy I am, so thus the attempt to right this review. Maybe more important the wife approves as well. I can tell you this, it doesn’t matter how much you have available to spend, because whatever it is you will get better quality, and more long-term satisfaction from it than anywhere else you might make a purchase. That includes going to big box stores for a bargain. Once again, I write this because of the extreme satisfaction of product and service that has been my experience at Glenn Poor’s over many years. It is great having a go to place for something that is so important to our household."
- Ken L. (Champaign, IL)