A follow-up to my previous posts about the Sonore microRendu:
For any of you who might be interested, the Teddy Pardo 7v power supply I ordered for use with my microRendu arrived a couple of days ago, and I have been re-evaluating my opinion of the microRendu/TP power supply/Hugo vs both my ND5XS/non-Naim PSU/Hugo in my AV system and my Linn Klimax Renew DX in my main system.
I now wish I had not submitted my earlier review of the Rendu using the cheap iFi power supply, and my conclusion now is that if you decide to purchase the microRendu, then do not purchase the iFi power supply (even as a stopgap). Order a decent power supply such as the Teddy Pardo 7/2 (which I purchased) or the SBooster which has been reviewed very favourably elsewhere. The addition of a good power supply makes a big difference to the sound quality of the unit, adding significantly to the weight and authority of music played through the device, and with a 7v rather than 9v power supply, the unit also runs much cooler than before.
My previous findings were that I preferred (but not overwhelmingly) the Rendu/Hugo to my ND5XS/non-Naim PSU/Hugo, but that I preferred the Linn Klimax Renew DS in my main system to the Rendu/Hugo.
My revised opinion is that the Rendu/Teddy Pardo 7/2 /Hugo is significantly better all round than the ND5XS/non-Naim PSU/Hugo. The lean sound that put me off a little whilst using the iFi power supply has gone, and there is a much weightier, more solid bass and mid-range without sacrificing the 'air' between individual instruments. It is now simply both 'better' and more enjoyable to boot.
My revised opinion of the Rendu/Teddy Pardo 7/2 /Hugo vs the Linn Klimax Renew is that the Rendu/Hugo and Klimax do sound subtly different, and I had to think carefully about which was better. After extended listening to some of the tracks I use as a reference, I now have to say that the Rendu/TP/Hugo now also sounds 'better' than the Klimax Renew DS in my main system. Again, there appears to be a little more resolution of fine detail than with the Klimax, and this time the weight, authority and dynamism of the Rendu/TP/Hugo combination at least matches, if not betters that of the Klimax Renew (which has the upgraded 'Dynamic' power supply) .
I now have absolutely no qualms about recommending the microRendu, as long as you partner it with a decent DAC and power supply. I can add that the network performance of the microRendu is now rock solid in my system. Now I know there are issues with access to Tidal or Qobuz when using IOS, I now use:
Kazoo on my iPad for local NAS based music access, and Lumin on my iPad for access to Tidal services. Alternatively, I can use Kazoo on my Windows 10 devices for access to both.
I will be replacing my ND5XS and non-Naim PSU in my AV system with the microRendu and TP 7/2. It's now a no-brainer for me.
Remember, if you buy the microRendu, make sure you budget for a decent power supply.