In spite of my efforts to prepare visiting audiophiles for what to expect when I demonstrated the microRendu, I think some of them found its tiny size and lowish price hard to take seriously. The cost of the Signature Series power supply further assaulted their value system.
But the microRendu doesn’t sound good in spite of being small—it sounds good because it’s small. It also adds a layer of complexity—you’ll need an external device running a server program. If you’re able to accept changes to your paradigms, you may find, as I did, that the microRendu, with its premium power supply, makes your hi-fi system sound better than it’s ever done. Don’t buy it because it’s cheap, or small, or technically trick; buy it because it sounds extremely good.
Specs & Pricing
Formats supported: PCM up to 768kHz, DSD512. Native DSD on select DACs
Input: RJ45 Ethernet
Output: USB 2.0
Drive capacity: None; no internal drive. Depends on external server for storage
Streaming services: Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify
Dimensions: 2.2" x 0.7" x 3.5"
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Price: $640 without power supply; $690 with iFi power supply
SIMPLE DESIGN LLC (SONORE)
8828 NW 169 Terrace
Miami Lakes, FL 33018