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The Sonore microRendu is an audiophile micro computer with Ethernet input and USB Audio output. The microRendu utilizes a propietary printed circuit board with only the essential components. The microRendu is small and light weight. Connect the microRendu directly to your USB device via a USB cable or hard adapter eliminateing the need for a USB cable. Don't let the size fool you though because it's been designed to take into consideration all that is important to USB Audio. The microRendu is easy to configure and can accept audio streams from several digital sources.

 

What makes the microRendu different from a typical computer music server is that it's a purpose built audiophile device. The problem with computer music servers is that they all rely on mass produced motherboards designed for general purpose computing and are built to the lowest possible price point. The microRendu solves this problem by removing the consumer grade computer peripherals and optimizing power supplies where nessesary. The microRendu has been specifically built for processing USB audio perfectly. You can also combine the microRendu with an audiophile grade linear power supply to achieve the lowest possible noise floor.

 

SELECTABLE OUTPUT MODES - Sonicorbiter 2.5

Mode #1 - SqueezeLite Output - This output works with any Logitech Media Server and compatible controllers. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

 

Mode #2 - ShairPort Output - This is an AirPlay emulator that utilizes streams sent to it from a compatible source. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM.

 

Mode #3 - MPD/DLNA Output:

Mode #3a - DLNA Output - This output utilizes streams from UPNP/DLNA servers and controllers. This output can be configured as an OpenHome renderer. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

Mode #3b - MPD Output - This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. This option requires a SMB share in combination with the built in Drive Mounter application.

Mode #3c - Songcast Output - This output accepts streams from your computer running Linn Songcast. The application is in Beta form.

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Mode #4 - HQ Player NAA Output - This output utilizes streams from Signalyst's HQ Player running on your computer. Digital signal processing is performed by HQ Player and then asynchronously streamed to the Network Audio Adapter (NAA) output. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

 

Mode #5 - RoonReady Output - This output utilizes streams from Roon. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD.

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Mode #6 - Spotify Connect Output - This output can be controlled by your computer or tablet running the Spotify (premium) application. This application is based on librespot - an open source client library for Spotify. The application is in Beta form.

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Update #1

 

BACKGROUND

The Signature Series Rendu is the finest audio gear we have made. I started the Rendu series because I wasn't satisfied having to constantly deal with the short falls of a general purpose motherboards. When you use a general purpose motherboard, you get components on the board you don't need or want, you have to add noise filters, and you have to add plug-in cards, etc. I know I'm preaching to choir because you have been dealing with these very issues in your personal builds. Like you, I wanted to get away from masking the problems and instead focus on addressing them at their core. The Signature Series Rendu is a world class SPDIF/i2s source and I'm very proud of it. The microRendu is an extension of this concept and will fill the void by bringing a world class USB output to the series.

 

ABOUT THE microRendu

The Sonore microRendu project is in essence two projects in one.

The first project is the Sonicorbiter operating system. Sonicorbiter is a collaboration between Sonore by Simple Design and Small Green Computer. The Sonicorbiter operating system is a preconfigured renderer / endpoint / player with selectable output modes. We have spent countless hours behind the scenes working with the various developers of its Linux applications to assure they work well and deliver the kind of performance you demand.

 

The second project is the hardware platform (code named toaster). The toaster is a collaboration between Sonore by simple Design, Small Green Computer and John Swenson. As part of our research and development, we have tested various hardware solutions and quite frankly we were not impressed. In order to meet our goals and push our interests in a new direction we needed to start fresh. This hardware has taken John over a year to design and incorporates several key features. For example: There are regulated zones on the Sonore microRendu providing unprecedented clean power to all components. There are very low jitter oscillators - one for the CPU and one for the USB hub that generate a completely new USB data signal to feed your device. Make no mistake, this product is intended to give you goosebumps.

 

Jesus R

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Question for you Jesus. Would this support the following connection?

 

Mac Mini running RoonServer, with WiFI enabled and the ethernet port on the Mac Mini connected directly to the microRendu in Mode #5 - RoonReady?

 

So Mac Mini to microRendu to DAC?

 

 

 

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I am very interested, and looking forward to what is needed for me to implement the microRendu so that I may employ it with my system. While I am curious about the price point. I am more curious about what is required for me to make it work for my system given my commitment to all sorts of devices intended to improve the rendition of sonic quality, i.e. The Regen, JS-2, MMK etc.

 

Looking forward to the next step and what it takes to become a customer.

 

Best,

Richard

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Jesus-

 

Just another request (one already to Chris) to unify the microRendu threads. There's another one here on your sponsor forum started by a user, and an additional one with the same name started by Blizzard. It would be easier and make things clearer if the 3 threads were unified, or if the other two were locked, and this one become the "official" thread for info about the device.

 

Just my $02.

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2 questions:

 

1. It's been previously posted that the microRendu has the essentials of the Regen built into its USB circuitry. Does this mean it makes a Regen superfluous?\Have you tried them together?

 

Any SQ improvement form using a Regen together with the microRendu over a microRendu on its own?

 

2. Is the picture you posted the actual picture of how it will look? Looks handsome to me.

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Looking forward to this one!

 

This is how intend to use it to simplify mu setup. Counting from the router (a bit simplified…)

 

Messy today:

Router -> FMC -> FMC -> MacMini -> JitterBug -> Regen Green -> USB cable -> Regen Amber -> DAC

 

Simpler tomorrow:

Router -> FMC -> FMC -> microRendu -> DAC

 

With the micrRendu the MacMini (now running RoonServer instead of NAA) will have its UpTone tweaks removed and the JS-2 power supply moved to the micrRendu.

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2. Is the picture you posted the actual picture of how it will look? Looks handsome to me.

 

The production one is going to be 12mm longer than this one. The design has a processor module plugged into a carrier board which has the regulators, oscillator and connectors. In the early prototypes the CPU module was very thin and we managed to fit it over the USB jack. The latest version won't fit over the jack so the case has to be a bit longer.

 

John S.

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Question for you Jesus. Would this support the following connection?

 

Mac Mini running RoonServer, with WiFI enabled and the ethernet port on the Mac Mini connected directly to the microRendu in Mode #5 - RoonReady?

 

So Mac Mini to microRendu to DAC?

 

 

I have not been able to get that specific connection scheme to work. Also, the unit really wants to be connected to the internet. For example, the IP location URL used to find the unit on the network will not work.

 

Jesus R

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I am very interested, and looking forward to what is needed for me to implement the microRendu so that I may employ it with my system. While I am curious about the price point. I am more curious about what is required for me to make it work for my system given my commitment to all sorts of devices intended to improve the rendition of sonic quality, i.e. The Regen, JS-2, MMK etc.

 

Looking forward to the next step and what it takes to become a customer.

 

Best,

Richard

 

I can only inform you of the design and recommend solutions. I suspect that people will try all kind of things connected to it and I'm sure they will report back their findings. I made this link for fun:) SONORE microRendu quick setup guide

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Just another request (one already to Chris) to unify the microRendu threads. There's another one here on your sponsor forum started by a user, and an additional one with the same name started by Blizzard. It would be easier and make things clearer if the 3 threads were unified, or if the other two were locked, and this one become the "official" thread for info about the device.

 

Just my $02.

 

I closed the post named 'uRendu', but I opted not to merge it here so we could start fresh. The one on the main forum from Blizzard should remain as IMO.

 

Jesus R

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2 questions:

 

1. It's been previously posted that the microRendu has the essentials of the Regen built into its USB circuitry. Does this mean it makes a Regen superfluous?\Have you tried them together?

 

Any SQ improvement form using a Regen together with the microRendu over a microRendu on its own?

 

2. Is the picture you posted the actual picture of how it will look? Looks handsome to me.

 

I have not tried that combination. That is a sample case with the correct artwork and endplates installed.

 

Jesus R

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The production one is going to be 12mm longer than this one. The design has a processor module plugged into a carrier board which has the regulators, oscillator and connectors. In the early prototypes the CPU module was very thin and we managed to fit it over the USB jack. The latest version won't fit over the jack so the case has to be a bit longer.

 

John S.

 

John, the case in the image is actually long compared to the early design.

 

Jesus R

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Looking forward to this one!

 

This is how intend to use it to simplify mu setup. Counting from the router (a bit simplified…)

 

Messy today:

Router -> FMC -> FMC -> MacMini -> JitterBug -> Regen Green -> USB cable -> Regen Amber -> DAC

 

Simpler tomorrow:

Router -> FMC -> FMC -> microRendu -> DAC

 

With the micrRendu the MacMini (now running RoonServer instead of NAA) will have its UpTone tweaks removed and the JS-2 power supply moved to the micrRendu.

 

I like it! Do not put 12VDC into the unit.

 

Jesus R

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I have not been able to get that specific connection scheme to work. Also, the unit really wants to be connected to the internet. For example, the IP location URL used to find the unit on the network will not work.

 

Jesus R

 

Thanks Jesus for the reply.

 

While hoping this might work as it does when interfacing my Mac Mini with my Devialet via ethernet, I realize that in lieu of what I presume would be extra code either on the Mac side or elsewhere, this is probably a no go ( as the Mac Mini has no way of knowing the Rendu is on the other side of the line.

 

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Thanks Jesus for the reply.

 

While hoping this might work as it does when interfacing my Mac Mini with my Deviate via ethernet, I realize that in lieu of what I presume would be extra code either on the Mac side or elsewhere, this is probably a no go ( as the Mac Mini has no way of knowing the Rendu is on the other side of the line.

 

Barr

 

The closest things that could work on the microRendu and Sonicorbitr SE is having a router between them and the Apple computer even if it's not connected to the internet. BTW it works on the Signature Series Rendu:)

 

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@Jesus - So to make sure I understand ,you are saying having a router between the Apple Computer and the microRendu and/or Signature Series works? Or that with the Signature series my scenario of Mac Mini connected via ethernet to Signature works?

 

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I closed the post named 'uRendu', but I opted not to merge it here so we could start fresh. The one on the main forum from Blizzard should remain as IMO.

 

+1. I think the Blizzard thread will be an excellent place for thousands of posts worth of unfounded speculation (cf Pono, Aries, MQA threads). Here we can ask John and Jesus specific questions and get some actual information.

 

Also, much as I liked the "µ," I think the change from "µRendu" to "microRendu" is a wise choice.

 

--David

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Jesus:

 

How would you describe the differences between the microRendu and the Sonic Orbiter SE? Did you envision two different target audiences when you created these two products?

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How would you describe the differences between the microRendu and the Sonic Orbiter SE? Did you envision two different target audiences when you created these two products?

 

I asked this in the thread that was deleted and Jesus replied:

 

Dave, the hardware on the microRendu is different in that it's optimized for USB output:) The Sonicorbiter SE is a nice renderer and a great value. The software on the microRendu is similar in functionality, but void of the optical output configuration in the GUI.

 

I would hazard a guess that since the Sonic Orbiter SE uses off-the-shelf hardware and the microRendu uses custom hardware, the latter will cost more. I hasten to add that it's quite clear the time is not yet right to ask how much the microRendu will cost. I have no special knowledge, but I'm sure this will be revealed as soon as it's feasible.

 

--David

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Jesus:

 

How would you describe the differences between the microRendu and the Sonic Orbiter SE? Did you envision two different target audiences when you created these two products?

 

I want to let people decide that for themselves. It can be the same audience or not...it's about having options.

 

Jesus R

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