Sonore microRendu: Impressions Part 1
If you are plugged into the high end computer audio scene, then you already know the Sonore microRendu (mR). This mini computer music server has grabbed many awards in the past year, and from some of our most trusted audio commentators. This made my purchase worry free.
I won’t get into the details already available elsewhere, but will get straight to my time here with the mR.
The mR was built for a specific purpose, to supply pure-er source signals to USB dacs. It has an ethernet input and USB output – that’s it. It’s not for everyone. I just happen to be running a Win10 PC with Roon server via USB to the Schiit Yggdrasil, so the mR was the obvious choice.
I’ve had the device in my system for roughly one month now. I’ve moved the Win10 PC to another room, where it’s wired to my router. The mR is connected to the Yggdrasil via an Anticables Reference USB cable. Listening is controlled via Tidal/Roon apps – both PC and Android. The Audioquest Nighthawks strapped to my large melon, driven by ampsandsound’s Mogwai.
The tricky thing about computer audio and USB interfaces – there’s more noise riding on these signals than we may initially hear. That is, until they are removed. The mR is built for this, and once it has settled into our signal path, we’re left with the music, more or less. Tone! Tone, and more tone. Colors are richer, and instruments seemingly more solid in the recorded space. The noise floor drops, improving dynamics. Harmonic textures are more suitably complex, bringing me closer to the music.
I’m keeping this post short, but you get the picture. I’m coming back with part 2, after I have the Uptone Audio LPS-1 power supply in house.
Thanks for reading.