Following the recommendation of some trusted audio-friends, I finally ordered an LDMS server. Since I‘m mostly playing native streaming from Tidal or NAS, I did not need a lot of upsampling power nor internal storage. Having experienced the impressive improvements the Master Time reclocker from Ideon brought in a friends system I decided to go for this option.
In October Lucas visited me in Zurich to install the server at my home where it replaces an Auralic Aries Femto. Rest of the chain consists of Lampizator TRP, Einstein the Pre MKIII and Acoustic Invader Power Amp feeding Boenickes W8 SE+.
The fact that Lucas shows up at your home installing the server tells you a lot about the philosophy of the company and the state of the art service quality. The server runs extremely stable so you won’t need much post transaction servicing but whenever I have a question, or when a software update is available, Lucas answers within a few minutes or provides help per remote session.
There is a variety of different front plates and LED lights available including some fancy woods so you will be able to match the looks to your rig. I chose the black brushed aluminium version with a blue LED.
Next thing worth mentioning is that the LDMS is not just an off the shelf product. Don’t get me wrong, the server sounded great out of the box and I could have lived happily with it. But part of the service is that Lucas adjusts the settings to match the sound to the rest of the chain and to personal preferences. After 2-3 hours we had the sound exactly where I wanted it.
The LDMS has been in use for a couple of weeks now. It is silent, reliable, doesn’t get hot and has gotten even better sonically with additional burn-in time. In terms of sound quality, it outperforms the Auralic Aries Femto in all aspects: it’s more analogue sounding with a larger soundstage, better imaging and depth. Tonality is very credible; instruments have more body and tone. The sound is more palpable and 3D. Bass reaches deeper and kicks harder revealing more details. Same is true for the midrange where more details can be heard. Such details are presented in a natural manner and never sound artificial. The treble is silky and smooth.
The server wants to be powered by high-quality cables. I have tried out a variety of power cables on the reclocker (needs separate cable) and the LPSU and the improvements a high-end cable makes is stunning. So also for the connection LPSU to the server I recommend to settle for a higher quality cable which Lucas offers.
If you are considering to upgrade your digital frontend, I can wholeheartedly recommend to look out for an LDMS server.
Fabio (December 2019 / Zurich)
recent Feedback from deployment of music server:
“Lucas visited me again yesterday in order to bring some final (technical) touches to his server. What Lucas D exactly did, he can explain much better than I can. Furthermore, we added so higher quality cables between the re-clocker and the server.
To cut things short: the new server beats my former server in every regard: more command, better bass, lower noise floor, additional refinement, fluidity and un-mechanicalness and more transparency. To put it shortly: the music presentation has become much more real (or some would say: much more analogue-like or musical).
The extreme built quality of my la-assoluta speakers and Tri-Point audio grounding results in an audio set up that is extremely revealing, that is every change for the better or worse can be identified quite easily.
The server of Lucas is by far the best server I have ever heard. The differences for the better are far from subtle!. Guys, get this server for your files replay with your Lampizator DAC’s: you will not regret because it is damn good!! Rudolf”
“I was introduced to Lucas by a client of mine about 6 months ago. Having bought 3 MELCO N1ZS/2A units already I was a little sceptical to venture on a purchase of another media server, but my friend insisted that LDMS was really one of a kind. And right he was! I initially decided to set up LDMS with JRiver because it is the only commercial playback software that had support for ISO and WV files. LDMS delivered an exceptional sonic spectrum, crystal clear and tight, I dare say that with the right auxiliary gear (IDEON Reclocker Unit + Hi-performance USB cables) it gave such a boost to my system that the sound coming from my ProAc Response speakers seemed to originate from systems well into hi-end territory. I have now bought 3 LDMS units with 4 TB SSD drives to replace my MELCO units in all my systems and never looked back ever since.
Let me also say that Lucas Domansky has also been extremely helpful throughout the set-up process as well as providing continuous after-sales support and giving numerous insights on how to improve the sound even further.
For all those that are into the absolute sound quest, a stop at Lucas Audio Lab may prove to be a true revelation.” Victor
While juggling all this in my head, along came my bellowed LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC which just transformed my system in all possible imaginable directions and pain caused by using the aforementioned streamer just become too much to handle. Popping up Lampi DAC in my rig did not only tremendously elevate my musical experience but it brought to light many new friends in real life which share the same passion for music and gear like I do. Among these guys (guess this is fate) was a Polish guy (computer and HiFi freak/geek with great pair of ears) making his bread and butter in the UK, named Lucas Domansky.
I’ve just mentioned that he is a computer freak/geek and at some point in life he decided to combine his passion and love to music with his other dark side 😉 named computers to create a bespoke and phenomenal sounding music server. Talking within the group for months, seeing each other in long days, nights and weekend sessions I had a chance to hear his server in several systems always being able to squeeze that few additional drops of juice, which we are all seeking to squeeze from our bellowed systems and hobby. Yes, I have to mention this few drops of juice in already great systems could turn into solid stream of additional juice like it happened in my system and the change in sound quality was not small but rather profound.
Not to cut the corners after seeing and hearing the unit in person during one long weekend in Liechtenstein visiting dear friend, I decided that the period of waiting and thinking is over and that the time is right to commit to getting the unit from Lukasz. The agreement was swift, details agreed and then the period of waiting for delivery came which thank god passed rather quickly (yes that happens when you have two small kids/babies at home).
Along came the weekend in March when Lukasz flew from Poland with the LDMS and the rather quick installation finished in few hours with the deployment of his tweaks on spot and voila magic appeared in my room.
Music server – hm yes…that is the topic of many audiophile discussions in terms of – this is just another overpriced PC sold to HiFi nuts for many $$ who anyhow don’t hear any difference as with the cables where they claim there is a difference. Well, I’m in the camp who claims there is a difference so I proclaim myself to be a HiFi nut and I feel good about it. Anyhow LDMS is a dedicated music server powered by Windows server 2016 OS which is super-duper heavily tweaked by our computer guru (did I mention he’s a geek ) and to be honest I never asked about the tech spec but I’ll just tell you that without a break of sweat it up-samples the files to DSD512 and this is not a joke to do. So no muscle, no DSD512 – get my point about the tech spec.? Not to forget – LDMS is powered by the dedicated LPSU to provide the maximally clean source of electricity for seamless operation. For costumers with different visual taste LDMS is being provided in different front panel colours being silver and black anodised Aluminum (brushed or glossy) but also it can be equipped with exotic wood.
To get back and focus on user experience this unit is just phenomenal in this regard, as Lukasz gives you xyz options to be installed like Roon, JRiver, HQ player and I opted for Roon as I love the GUI and experience it provides. By several friends (who are super into this digital stuff) I got an advice to go for JRiver as it apparently squeezes additional few drops of juice, but I just could not go over ease of use with Roon vs JRiver.
Some might be the fans of Star Trek saga and sound quality wise LDMS is just equal to engaging the warp speed drive on USS Discovery vs my previous streamer and it takes you to another dimension of musical experience. It is above all musical, engaging, palpable, toe-tapping. Everything is homogenous, nothing stands out or missing. Bass digs deep while being defined and precise, vocals are bloomy and warm and the HF extension is splendid. I listen to all kind of music and it does not let you down on any genre. It lets you enjoy music for hours not making you feel fatigued. In audiophile terminology staging is fantastic in all directions and the playback of your favourite tracks & albums puts you right there with the performer.
One super important thing which needs to be mentioned in present day of mass consumer goods times where manufacturers don’t have time nor resources to take personal care about every single customer and about the upgradability of the current solutions. Is the LDMS mass market cheap product? As the warp speed is engaged it’s quite far away from that. Is it stratospherically expensive? Also not. But for the money spend on LDMS you will have outmost care and attention paid to you and your server by the man himself. If he discovers new tweak which might elevate your level of pleasure he will deploy it via remote session. If you unlikely get into some trouble, again the man himself will fix it remotely. If there is something you would like to change in the sound signature of the server, yes it is possible via his magical touch and again the man himself will do it remotely. If new and better hardware comes into the picture – yes the main himself will do it, but this time not remotely. Guess you catch my drift – outmost care for his customers and this is how you build your loyal base of followers.
Just to conclude shortly – if nothing else, make yourself a favour and give it at least a listen either as a home demo (highly recommended) or at some of the shows where LDMS is playing (and there are quite a few). As a good friend of mine would say: “Run and don’t look back. You’ll thank me later”Goran
- I admire Lucas hugely for developing his own server, I am very fond of him personally and now regard him as a friend, and I am very happy to be helping him to establish a class-leading server
- His customer service is astonishingly good- I am only moderately computer savvy and he is always available on Anydesk to sort out any computer issues I have.
- My server uses Roon plus HQ Player, which I think are both brilliant
- My music (all 8 Tb of it) is stored on internal SSDs, which Lucas has modified to maximise performance and minimise RFI interference
- I like having a separate linear power supply
- I know that Lucas will be developing his server further in the future and that I (and other owners) have a guaranteed and simple upgrade path without having to sell and repurchase.
“I am delighted with the LDMS server provided by Lucas. I have recently retired and have always had an interest in good music systems but this was restricted to CD and LP. I knew I had to explore streaming but was struggling to get started and then I was introduced to Lucas who did all the thinking an explaining for me.
He introduced his server into my system in February and I have not looked back. Allied with Roon and a NAS I now have access to a much bigger library and the sound quality is tremendous. I was always concerned it would be overly digital but nothing could be further from the truth and it now shows more space, depth and feel than the CD. It is world-class in my opinion.
The other real advantage is that Lucas is always on hand to remotely fix any hiccups, these have been just a few and far between but when a connection to DAC has been lost, Lucas has fixed it in less than 5 minutes – the after-sales service has been fantastic.
I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone wanting to go down the server route, either for the first time or with an upgrade to trial the LDMS. Mark”
“My experience with Lukas of LDMS is nothing but super positive. I am not IT literate person and
convenience and problem less operation of my streaming services is a top priority. I have been a long
time in this game, starting with Sonos and Squeezebox devices to end up with using a personal
And it never was a clear path. There were always problems with breaking connections, troubles with
router or wifi management, making the use of a virtual remote and different UIs I used over the
time a nightmare. Frankly, he was the first person who clearly but simply explained to me how it works
and made everything working perfect. He optimised interned settings and router, as well as sorted
all the problems I was trying to get help with from BT engineers, who never did anything but charge
you for the visit and kept blaming all the other manufacturers for not being compatible with their
routers. What a joke. I am writing that in purpose because I am absolutely sure that there are many
people who are going through the same lot of problems. LDMS Lukas is a guy to call to get help and
things sorted out.
I only have a budget NANO server but still, Lukas demonstrated me other models and explained the
difference. I could not recommend his service and quality more than I do. He is my TOP IT guy
whenever I decide to make any move in the future.
“Company: G point audio
We are delighted to write this recommendation letter for our trading partner and server supplier at
the same time, Mr Lucas Domansky. We are 100% confident that all our happy customers who have
been served by Us or Lucas can sign themselves under those words with both hands, just as we do.
This is a long time fruitful relationship which we are in and we never had a single failure coming from
anyone who had been served by LDMS, neither disappointment expressed by the customer. That’s
why we are proudly offering LDMS streamer available in 3 different tiers, plus endless custom ways on request,
for the device alone and software and the network optimisations. Plus, future-proof support, which
is, we truly believe that a KEY word to stick within quickly changing the digital world we are leaving in.
Anyone interested in a demo of the LDMS servers, located down South of England, is more than
welcome to book an appointment with us and visit our demo room to learn more about those
devices and enjoy listening to it and other well working together products making The System.”
G Point Audio