Common to either is WPS function. If supported by your wireless router, a press of the small button in the Limetree's rear, then a press on the matching button of your router and presto – both are sync'd. Idiot proof. For impromptu smartphone/tablet action, use Bluetooth. To protect their sterling reputation for quality sound, Lindemann rely on the A2DP protocol over Bluetooth 4.2 via SBC. Of course the more data-efficient AAC codec is supported as well.

Steered by its own app, the Limetree Network outputs a variable signal whence it differs from the fixed-out Bridge. This enables a direct connection to a power amplifier or active/powered speakers. Without display confirmation of volume setting, it's advisable of course to first check the playback level in the software interface before you hit 'play'. It avoids smoke signals from your speakers. There's even a 3.5mm headfi socket for loads above 32Ω.

Rather than generic conversion, each Network side gets its own mono DAC for better channel separation. A femto clock oversees reclocking for low jitter. Unexpected in this class and possibly unique for it is on-the-fly PCM⇒DSD conversion. To activate, keep the power toggle 'up' a few seconds until the corresponding LED lights up. Presto, PCM becomes DSD256 at four times the format's base sample rate. Lindemann promise exceptional sonics even from basic CD-quality files.

Pure PCM is supported up to 24/384. Sample rate confirmation is via color shifts of the 'SR' LED. One integrated output stage handles both the line-outs and the headfi feed. To secure the highest possible output signal, the other end obviously wants a good feed too aka a proper power supply. Given the limited innards of such a small chassis, AC reception is via external wall wart. But fear not, that's no Alibaba online discount special but a quality 'medical-grade' affair. Lindemann cite effective isolation from AC gremlins, thus a nearly unmeasurable noise floor below 10μV.