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A streamer. To get me to spend more will require significant improvement in SQ. To bypass the DAC of your external amp, use the RCA analog connection << in this way, the Node has already done the digital to audio conversion using its own DAC. Started Tuesday at 01:35 PM, By ... (Bluesound Node 2i, JFENG UDS-3 DAC… mattjtaylor2809 Connect your Bluesound Vault 2i … ... With the same DAC chip from the amp and the circuit design from the transport, it presents a capable and composed sound with an inviting openness and a good honest, down-the-middle tonal balance. Immediately sold all others this is so good. I  am a firm believer in Chinese DAC tech now.  I have heard others much more expensive that did not sound better to me, so I'm staying as is for now. Basically everything felt a tad more real. Digital out from the Node 2i would only do half the unfolding - I get that. Does the CXA60 amp power they Dynaudio M20s ok? Automatically: When a new upgrade is available from our upgrade servers, your Bluesound Player will notify you within 24 hours of its availability. The Benchmark DAC3 doesn’t support MQA but is a wonderfully neutral DAC and I love it. Price: $549. I will get to know it well and then consider purchasing an external DAC to feed the Node and my CD transport through it. Nad has been the best sound so far in my system and that is due to Dirac Live. Benefitting from initial research ploughed, by mutual owner Lenbrook, into the NAD M50.2, the Node 2i is the recipient of thought and time taken. Up to 24/96 - it depends on the MQA content... ...you may be surprised at the on board DAC's performance but of course, we will let your ears decide. When used with an external DAC the job of the Node 2i is solely to get your music to your speakers. asking because the dynaudios are 4ohm 150w, My CXA60 drives my ma bronze 6 just fine.Â. I primarily play streaming via Tidal. I'm rather conservative and would go for the bluesound first. It can be a one stop shop streamer/dac and accomodate an upgrade to a higher end dac, whilst functioning as a streamer. Condition: New. I currently have a white/silver system too, so it would be jarring as much as I agree that sound quality trumps. Audiophiles approach the Bluesound Node 2i with suspicion. In my case I would like the MQA feature to hold if I ever used an external dac. Here's a picture of our proposed setup: The RCA from the Node2I Would provide anything that was processed by the Node2I's internal DAC. @08Boss302 Do you mean you use the Ares with the Node 2i? So bluesound is streamer and CXA is both DAC and power amp, 3) Bluesound to external DAC via digital coax, external DAC to CXA via RCA. Anyway, I use the COAX out of the Node 2i to a DAC (Sabaj D5) and I've never had any issues whatsoever with the Node … Started February 8, By I spend all my time in the Spotify app when streaming.Â, I’m really happy with the Node 2i, but I really want to try Dirac. This is very similar to what we want to do: We want to use both the Node2i on board DAC and bypass it to output to our Mojo. I've a bluesound2i and CXA81. Bluesound NODE 2 / 2i upgrade - low noise PSU interface. Also if you are even considering adding subs to your 2ch listening the sub integration of Dirac is awesome, seamlessly integrates the subs and front speakers and produces a wall of sound like nothing else I've heard, seamless from bottom to top. chrisp78 No treated room here so this js something I'll consider more seriously.Â, I have a 4 Terabyte Portable Hard Drive connected to my Node 2i and it reads all 2,500 uncompressed albums  no problem. Started September 9, By Mushroom01 If you are wanting family friendly then the BlueOS interface ticks that box, user friendly and intuitive to use.  Bluesound Node 2i. Destroyed my Usher Mini Dancer 2's - HELP, Newby Asking What Upgrades To Match My Fyne 501's, FS: Matrix Element X DAC Preamp Streamer Amp (Nov 2020 purchase warranty receipt), FS: Audio Research Ref 6 Preamplifier (700 hours), FS: Sony MDR Z1000 closed back former flagship headphones with HM5 pads. Powered by Invision Community. I'm a new member looking to improve on the DAC in a BlueSound Node 2 (not the 2i) by piggy-backing another higher-quality DAC. Not ideal…we are currently evaluating whether or not we should return the Node2i. Analogue out from the Node 2i into my DAC's analogue inputs (it's a Benchmark DAC3) would also work and I know I would have the advantage of full MQA decoding, but only on MQA content, and even then, I am seriously doubting whether the analogue output of a £300 device is a match for the £2,000 DAC3 ? Is that right? The internal DAC of Bluesound Node 2i is decent.ofc unless if you want spend over 1000 eur for an external DAC,it would sound a bit better but not that much in your whole system.one advantage of node 2i is it's capable of decoding MQA format.It's very practical if you stream Tidal through the Node 2i… It seems both have a warm quality with expansive soundstage - which is exactly what I'm after. agelessgoodguy I'd love to try the Topping D90 one day too.. Geisler very popular but havent tried one myself but there is a lot members on the forum that have this as their go to. Started 14 hours ago, By Except my SQ now is very good, so I'm not motivated. The internal DAC of the Node 2i is actually pretty good and you could always start off with that and add a DAC later.  You can use the DAC via digital out but will be limited in your MQA output to only a single unfold. Also, the USB on it is designed to match with a USB stick and you may need to reformat things to get it to work. The Node 2i has a huge feature set, you certainly get a lot for your money and from the reviews I’ve read it is worthy of a place in a high end system despite it’s low end price.  Thats the beauty of the Node 2i. gary chen So we swapped one afternoon. You might want to consider a DAC with an LED display, one that tells you exactly what the sample rate of the source is, if you're worried about the Node not correctly sending bits to the DAC. If there is an update available, select the option … More great info. At this price point I really want to maximise my purchase and ensure it matches my components. I own a Bluesound Node 2i running through a Naim XS2 intergrated amp to Dynaudio Evoke 30 speakers. On the other hand, the Bluesound app is a one-stop-shop for all supported streaming services and can be used to add local network shares, group zones, curate playlists and update … Any review of a product in context of the Bluesound NODE 2i will read like a love letter to the NODE itself! For full MQA, please use the analogue outs of the NODE 2i and bypass the DAC all together. You say to bypass the DAC use RCA (red/white) cables to connect it to my DAC/Amp (integrated DAC). My library is on a HDD via USB into the Node. The sound is good but i am considering using the Node as a streamer only and buying an external DAC for a fuller sound with a bit more gravitas to it. So instead we are using a Toslink cable. I own a Bluesound Node 2i running through a Naim XS2 intergrated amp to Dynaudio Evoke 30 speakers. Haven't had the chance to listen to the geisler units but it's a DAC that also rarely receives negative comments especially on these forums.  The owner is also a top person, when I was looking at DACs I had a great conversation with him about his units my oppo and what I was looking at.Â, I think between the denafrips, geisler, schïit and the list goes on if you are in the same comparative price range alot of subjectivity on what's best etc will creep in.Â. We have had trouble getting the Mojo connected to the Node2i. In my case I would like the MQA feature to hold if I ever used an external dac. @Balvenie Is it your first streaming system? Once you know what is lacking and desire it, then find the DAC. Im tossing up between the CXN V2 or node 2i+external DAC (that roughly equates to a $1k budget for the external DAC… Started 6 hours ago, By Analogue out to the DAC in doesn't make much sense since the output has already been decoded. Bluesound NODE 2i Hi-Res Wireless Music. Food for thought. Thanks for everyone's advice, I’m really happy with the Node 2i, but I really want to try Dirac. you do need to format the external hard drive for the Node2i to read it and then you will have no issues whatsoever. I am choosing between a Naim Dac … andythiing Thats the beauty of the Node 2i. I have a COAX cable and RCA cables (I guess they are also called cinch) and I'm wondering what should I connect to my Amp with build-in DAC to bypass the Node 2i DAC? Since its launch in 2018, the best streaming DAC Bluesound Node 2i has helped many HiFi enthusiasts to upgrade their existing system in streaming and wireless music playback. Â. My Node 2i has all the latest updates and yet, if I’m using it on wi-fi as most of us will be, the Node 2i crashes constantly. For example, it won’t read files from a simple USB drive. Or would I be better taking analogue output from the Bluesound into the DAC3? Would the sound quality gain be substantial going with the node 2i+extDAC? I would like to think that the Kompact takes this up a notch, being the latest. Started Thursday at 05:30 AM, By The Bluesound Node 2i is the streamer for “everyone or anyone” who is building a nice stereo system. If you can grab one second hand you may even have surplus for more power in your system which again would improve the sound.Â, The CXN v2 is tempting but then I haven't explored separate components so a Node 2i and an external DAC has me curious. Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, RME ADI-2 DAC FS 2nd, Oppo 205, Audiolab 8300CD, Audio-gd R2R-11, Bluesound Node 2i, Chord Mojo, Behringer UMC202HD, TASCAM MD and CD decks, Sony MD deck … It can be a one stop shop streamer/dac and accomodate an upgrade to a higher end dac, whilst functioning as a streamer. Given looks are a major factor the CXN looks like the go, the sound is very good and will fit nicely with what you have. So which way are you leaning? Melco N100. Started Tuesday at 07:47 AM, By The sound quality improved big time. I haven't had any experience with the node but have some Dynaudio DM3/7's which I sometimes use with the CXN.It has Burr Brown dual Dacs from memory and I find them to be a little on the bright side at times. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but I haven’t opened the app since setting up my Node. Â, BluOS on 2i  is much better than the CXN app, certainy more family friendly.  The 2i + Gieseler Kompakt DAC will beat the CXN for sound quality. Â. Im tossing up between the CXN V2 or node 2i+external DAC (that roughly equates to a $1k budget for the external DAC). The cxa60 does OK but when you jump up to the cxa80 you realise you were missing out a bit.Â, The m20 will also improve a bit more if you move to a better amp than the cambridge units. I found my old CA NP30 setup and connection way easier, sounded way better, never drops out, reliable and reads USB drives with no problems. @nowallet I have a CA CXN V1 and it's quite easy to use. Re-engineered across the board to bring you bigger and bolder sound, more connectivity, and the latest WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, the ultimate wireless hi-res sound system now gives you even more ways to stream and enjoy music, movies, podcasts, and shows in clear high-fidelity. But it would still produce 24/96 output, correct? The sound is good but i am considering using the Node as a streamer only and buying an external DAC for a fuller sound with a bit more gravitas to it. Unfortunately we have decided to return the Node2i. music streamers any recommendation? If there is a deal on the 658 this November I think it’ll be too hard to resist.  I'm a little confused. Any first-hand experience with the above components or ways you would think about this upgrade are greatly appreciated. Purple Flare— The perfect upgrade for the Bluesound NODE 2i. After initial setup, there are three ways to upgrade your Bluesound Player: 1. sorry for the newbie question. The Spotify app is fantastic I've heard. Good luck! 18 viewed per day. I’m looking to compliment my bluesound node 2i with an external dac. Only bought the one I  have as an experiment. AVR’s DAC and my ears preferred the Node 2i’s DAC. The 2i is in my main system,and I’m running an older April Music DA100 Signature. I like the possibilities with the external DAC and didn't really consider the C658 (the design is a bit of a turn off IMO). Hi-res support: 24-bit/192kHz. I would just like to say thank you to John who rang my husband to give support. No format drama, nothing negative at all. Best music streamers 2020: upgrade to a wireless system. So Bluesound is both streamer and DAC, CXA is power amp, 2) Bluesound to CXA via digital coax. Im now a C658 convert, for the money theres nothing that comes close to it for features. Currently bypassing the Node 2i DAC via coax to my Anthem DAC until I replace the Node 2i with the Naim Uniti Nova or NAD M33. Some wonder how one streamer can sound different from another if you are using the same DAC. Very good DAC and music streamer, black in color. A pop-up will appear to start the upgrade process, or to delay the update … I use a Plinius 9200 amp (very neutral) to power my speakers.Â. Setting up and configuring your Bluesound Vault 2i is an easy 4 step process listed below: Plug the power cord into the back of the Node on the right side to your power source and watch for the LED on the front side of the Node to turn green. I then bought a Topping D90 DAC and now we're talkin!! It looks like I can play MQA tracks from Tidal via the Node 2i’s DAC … User experience goes to Sonos. StereoNET (Australia) is part of an international network of publications owned wholly by Sound Media Group (Australia). 1, 2 and 3. What would you do? I'm happy with my inexpensive DAC between my Node 2 and my tube amp feeding my speakers. This post suggests to use COAX to bypass the DAC. We have yet to try anything that he has suggested but I will update this thread If we find out anything helpful. By I don't know how BluOS compares to the native Spotify app though. Don't think an audition will happen anytime soon with this Melbourne lockdown so I will take a chance after digging into the sound of each one a little further. But if you want a single box solution, go NAD C658.  It costs a little more but comes with BluOS, a better DAC than 2i, CXN and Dirac Live. The next generation. Mr_Gadget Started Tuesday at 11:26 PM, By :-(. Haha, yep I'm in Melbourne too and know what you mean...Â, Speak to @dacman for denafrips. High-end DAC technology built into every Bluesound Player allows the NODE 2i to decode and stream MQA files in all their lossless glory. Started June 28, By I was thinking about upgrading my DAC to a Bimby, but based on what I am reading, I may be able to just purchase a Node 2i, use its internal DAC … Been really happy with my CXN, easy to use and sounds great......my 2c. The other thing that I don't particularly like about the CXN is that you can't play tidal masters through it (may have changed in V2?). With over 20 years experience in the design and modification of hi-fi and audio equipment, Fidelity Audio provide cd player, dac, pre amp, amplifier, streamer & phono stage upgrades to existing hi-fi … Based on my CA experience I would be going for another CA streamer. The only complaint I have with this whole system is the Amazon HD interface with the Bluesound … Looking through the forums we are beginning to think that the Node2i is not suitable for TV sound. @nowallet this DAC would be high on my list if not #1 with a budget around $1K.  Would that work? I use a $30 coax to connect. Sources: Bluesound Node 2i, Cambridge CXC CD transport Started Tuesday at 01:14 PM, By I am choosing between a Naim Dac V1 and a Aqua La Voce S2. We are having annoying issues with sound from the TV through the Node2i. Bluesound Node 2 & 2i 0 Products I was happy with no external DAC for a long time. Â, I also have patchy wifi and rarely have any issues with mine, and it’s located at the far end of our house furthest away from the modem.Â, The Kompakt just came out but there should be some feedback from owners soon.   According to Clay (designer & manufacturer), it may be his best DAC yet,  To give you an idea on why Gieseler Dacs are held in high regard, have a look at this (and I will update when Kompakt impressions are posted), I  use NAD C-658 and I am happy with it. https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360037450874-Noob-question-on-bypassing-the-Node-2i-DAC. If there is a deal on the 658 this November I think it’ll be too hard to resist.  I will definitely check out the link - thanks a tonne. I’m running a Node 2i into a RME ADI 2 FS DAC and think it sounds excellent. The Node 2i sets your music free by providing multiple analog and digital input/output options and allows you to connect to your high-res music streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal and Amazon Music. In another post on this forum (https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360037450874-Noob-question-on-bypassing-the-Node-2i-DAC) it is said that by using RCA the internal DAC from the Node 2i is used. We are getting distortion unless we disable AV mode. They all have different sound quality.Â. It is unlikely there is an output issue via hardware. No changes there, we're using the same DAC in the Node 2i as we did in the Node 2. Just more of everything - sound stage, warmth/mids, vocals popped and the highs were so clear and detailed. In order to upgrade your Bluesound Node 2i visit the help section of your BluOS app. I would google Bluesound Node problems and see what the reports are. By clicking links on our site, we may earn affiliate commission, but our editorial remains entirely independent and unbiased. Top guy and the Aust seller and he's in MelbourneÂ, Sources: Bluesound Node 2i, Cambridge CXC CD transport The NODE 2i … I'm tossing up between the CXN V2 or node 2i+external DAC (that roughly equates to a $1k budget for the external DAC).Â, Pros of CXN: Chromecast built-in, single box solution, Pros of 2i+DAC: potentially better sound quality and MQA. Thanks for your comment! Make sure your cable is fully inserted. Is it pretty? I have a Node 2,and Node 2i. What did you have before and how does it compare to that? Cambridge CXA60 amp, Can't speak on the other devices, but I used to run a Node 2i with a Gieseler Klein III dac/kraftwerk psu. Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ Price: $2,085. This doesn't affect the general intention. The BlueOS App loads albums and cover art fast and is very responsive. Dear folks, Im in a fortunate position to be able to upgrade soon from my Raspberry Pi/Volumio streamer to a better and more family-friendly setup (kinda). The dealer I purchased my Bluesound Node 2i suggested i connect it by way of Audioquest Carbon digital coax cable to an inexpensive Pro-Ject S2 DAC. Started March 9, 2017, By On 24/09/2020 at 2:21 PM, Hi-Fi Whipped said: On 13/10/2020 at 10:11 AM, nowallet said: Cambridge CXN V2 or Bluesound Node 2i paired with external DAC? Tough choice between this and the local and formidable Gieseler DAC. I would probably use it as a control if I had it; why use two apps? I will be feeding the successful candidate into a Cambridge CXA60 integrated amp playing through Dynaudio Emit M20 speakers. The Bluesound Node 2i successfully streamed lossless audio from Amazon Music HD from 16 bit / 44.1 kHz up through 24 bit / 192 kHz. Sony Bravia 65A8H OLED, Panasonic P60VT60 Calibrated by Chad B Anthem MRX-720, Naim Uniti Nova, Vintage Marantz Model 22, Oppo UDP-203, Bluesound Node 2i… demoiree Started Wednesday at 11:54 PM, By The app on the Bluesound is better and includes excellent functions but if you are streaming at distance the range isn’t that good and drops out often. To bypass the Node's DAC, use a digital output (either COAX or Optical) << sending digital out of the Node ensures your external device does the digital to analog conversion . mud_shark The sound is clear but can become wearing after hours of listening I find. Right now, I run the Tidal app on my iPad > Modi Multibit > Bottlehead Crack > HD600/650. SET YOUR MUSIC FREE Featuring an array of analog and digital input and output options, the NODE 2i … ( I also have a Node N100) The 2 and 2i I run external DAC’s. To bypass the Node's DAC, use a digital output (either COAX or Optical) << sending digital out of the Node ensures your external device does the digital to analog conversion. I bought a cable that was supposed to fit at both ends (and it does) but it seems that the Node2i does not output anything via this cable, I am sure that this is not a cable issue or an issue with the Mojo. The advantage of having an optical input is that an old CD player’s transport mechanism can be used to play CDs while taking advantage of the much newer DAC inside the Bluesound Node 2i. If I had a black system setup I would've considered the C658 more closely due to Dirac. Am I mixing things up? Therefore we are now using an old DAC and bypassing the Node2i altogether for TV. Started 15 hours ago, By © Sound Media Group. I forgot that was a part if the feature set. Bluos for playing files. 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