|Sonore microRendu Ethernet to USB Streamer Review|
|Home Theater Accessories Acoustics, EQ & Room Tuning|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Tuesday, 23 August 2016|
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From unboxing to installation, I had music streaming to the microRendu in ten minutes flat. Set up included plugging in a Rosewill Cat 7 ethernet cable, the power supply, and running a USB cable into the Simaudio 280D DAC. Then I called up the microRendu on my Mac Mini’s web browser in my office, selected DLNA, made sure there was a connection to the Simaudio DAC, and that was it. Running in the background on the Mac Mini was MiniMServer, and BubbleUPnP, which allowed me to use the nifty Linn Kazoo iPad app for control of my 10 TB library. Also included in the chain was a SOtM Lan Filter (I highly recommend a LAN filter).
To get right to it, the Sonore microRendu is the highest value, best performing, and purest sounding Ethernet to USB file streamer I have encountered in this system. The level of sophistication, the quality of the imaging, and the overall transparency is simply beyond reproach. I’ve seen chatter about DIY solutions that have the potential to equal or better the microRendu, but in direct comparisons, to my ears, this is wishful thinking.
Streaming most of the discography of Jade Warrior, the legendary progressive art rock band, was pure bliss. The band called upon Eastern influences and experimental rock to create expansive soundscapes that the microRendu recreated beautifully. The albums have been very well remastered for CD, and the streamed FLAC files had a very nice analog like quality to them. Albums such as Floating World, Waves, Kites, Last Autumn’s Dream, and their self-titled masterpiece from 1971 were addicting, and I had a hard time shutting the system down!
I shifted gears slightly and called up numerous Robin Trower tracks from the several Chrysalis Years box sets, all mastered well, with plenty of punch. Trower’s guitar was molten lava, and Jemes Dewar’s bass and vocals were placed perfectly in the soundstage, as I remembered back in the day. I was very taken with the way the microRendu preserved the heaviness of these recordings, and intensity of the bluesy psychedelic vibe. Albums like For Earth Below, Victims Of The Fury, and In City Dreams were transportive.