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New Bluesound Node Released

Discussion in 'audio' started by Manket, May 11, 2021.

  1. nbaptista

    nbaptista pfm Member

    I´m curious about the new Node DAC. If I remenber correctly, no dac change from the Node 2 to the Node 2i
     
  2. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Better WiFi, Apple Airplay 2 and Bi Directional Bluetooth from memory, no SQ changes same DAC etc internally.
     
  3. nbaptista

    nbaptista pfm Member

    The Node 2i dac was 24 bits/192 khz and the Node is 32 bits/384 khz
    "
    • Powered by state of the art Quad-Core 1.8ghz ARM® Cortex™ A53 processor and a 32-bit/384khz premium DAC design."
     
  4. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Do they say who makes the new DAC chip?
     
  5. nbaptista

    nbaptista pfm Member

    No, but you may see it on Bluesound FAQ.
     
  6. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Don’t recall them saying in the past what chip they use, maybe someone will post it.

    Sold my original Node a while ago, might be tempted by this new one.
     
  7. John

    John Fore!

    Have they gotten better?
     
  8. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    In the past they used TI chips, if memory serves.
     
  9. wd40addict

    wd40addict pfm Member

    Node 2i has TI PCM5122, also used in a load of Pi DACs.
     
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  10. nbaptista

    nbaptista pfm Member

  11. John

    John Fore!

    Do more expensive DACs use more expensive digital to analog chips than the $7 chip in the Node.
     
  12. thomasp

    thomasp Active Member

    Inflation is coming, I think I will put in an order .. this is my first streamer
     
  13. thomasp

    thomasp Active Member

    How does the Bluesound compare to Audiolab 6000n on paper? The Audiolab is more expensive in Canada by about 15% .. Thanks
     
  14. ArtK

    ArtK I bite you!

    My wife tells me that one of these might be coming my way for my birthday in July.
     
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  15. Manket

    Manket New member NainMan

    This internet reviewer caught my attention again after purchasing my Node 2i last summer and made me even happier with my first streamer choice.:)
    Simon says a Node 2i is close to an Auralic Aries G1 @ £2k price tag!

    https://www.13thnote.net/2020/08/07/the-worst-value-audiophile-hifi-ive-tried/

    An alternative streamer getting a good review by him recently is the Cambridge Audio CXN v2. I wasn't sure about the Cambridge unit at the time of my purchase so went to the cheaper but well-reviewed Node 2i.
     
  16. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Not sure about on paper but in reality, there’s not much in it sound-wise.
    However the BluOS app for the Bluesound gear is way better than the DTS Play-Fi app.
    For that reason, I’d stick with the Node2i & if down the road I wanted an upgrade, I’d look for a better separate DAC.
     
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  17. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Pity it is only available in Lunar Grey.
     
  18. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

    I've had a great deal of experience with the Node; right back to the original. It's a very good bit of kit with a great app.

    I now have an Aries G1, which is a far superior product. Noticeably 'better' as a digital transport and more flexible. So, I disagree that the Node is 'close'; whether the improvement the G1 brings is 'worth' it is down to the purchaser.
     
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  19. DimitryZ

    DimitryZ pfm Member

    I will offer an idea that a *streamer" is an outdated idea.

    It's a small computer with a control app that is a client of the streaming services you subscribe to.

    An iPad or a Win tablet makes an excellent streamer to your existing DAC, as long as you are willing to get up to choose your music.

    Oh wait. There are apps that will let you control your PC and iPad on your phone, so you didn't have to get up.
     
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  20. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    This is quite right but it’s a bit of a fuss if you use your Pad for other things. I find it more elegant and convenient to use the Pad as controller for my Yammie or Pi.
     
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