Bluesound Node 2i

deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
Looking at this streamer/DAC pretty hard. Anyone have any experience with it?
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,280
    edited January 20
    I have the Node 2 and love it, and ive heard the 2i is at least marginally better then it’s predecessor. Easy to use, great sound quality at an affordable price. Can’t go wrong
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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    Cool, thanks. Will it read a 2TB HDD (Fat 32) FLAC?
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 405
    I've only personally seen it in limited demo environments, but all sources say that it is worth the upgrade vs getting the Node 2. I have heard that the Aries Mini is still the preferred solution for the price point, but the 2i is very close and a good alternative as the Aries Mini becomes harder to find.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,280
    Here is a good article on storage solutions. Invariably setting up a NAS is the recommended solution. I don’t use mine as a network player, as I pretty much exclusively use it for tidal streaming
    2 Channel - Major reduction complete

    KEF LS50W I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs


  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,280
    2 Channel - Major reduction complete

    KEF LS50W I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs


  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    Great info! Thanks Stang! Seems like it will work as I will keep it plugged in all the time and the HDD has its own power supply.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    edited January 20
    I have a node 2 and love it... Does everything I need it to do and they are constantly updating the UI and software. They listen and respond to their end user forum community The app also works with android which the Aries does not. If the 2i is improved then it is good.
    Post edited by Mikey081057 on
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    Sure arent any deals on em!
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 405
    deronb1 wrote: »
    Sure arent any deals on em!
    A used one posted today for $400. It was gone in hours.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    deronb1 wrote: »
    Sure arent any deals on em!
    A used one posted today for $400. It was gone in hours.

    Im sure it was
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,000
    edited January 23
    I'll be picking up one later this year. I'll use it "transport" mode with HDD attached.
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    steveinaz wrote: »
    I'll be picking up one later this year. I'll use it "transport" mode with HDD attached.

    Thats what I want to use it for as well
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,000
    edited January 23
    If you get a Western digital with power supply, it'll power up/down automatically with the node---which is a neat feature. I use a WD "My Book" 2TB w/my Oppo.
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    Mine is a Rosewell? something like that. Has its own power supply.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    Thanks! Im gonna get one. Gotra pay Uncle Sam first tho...sigh.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,000
    Cool. Let me know how you like the interface.
  • alucidideaalucididea Posts: 113
    edited February 5
    stangman67 wrote: »
    Here is a good article on storage solutions. Invariably setting up a NAS is the recommended solution. I don’t use mine as a network player, as I pretty much exclusively use it for tidal streaming
    I’m about to pickup the new MDC BluOS 2i to use mainly for Tidal and MQA. How do you like the new BluOS 3.2? The last time I auditioned the interface was when version 2 was out. Are there much noticeable improvements?

    I didn’t stick with the old interface because I felt like I had to use the Tidal app to explore new music and then the BLuOS app to actually play. Is this your experience as well?
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    Here are some impressions for users who have actually heard them...

    https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/how-much-would-i-lose-going-to-a-bluesound-node-2i
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,072
    I use it. I believe it is good for the money.

    Run the coax out to the Emm Labs DAC2x.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    Hans (not the guy from Die Hard) reviewed it

    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    Node 2 arrived today. Nice sounding streamer. A lot of bang for the buck here. Reads my 2TB HDD just fine and have access to all files quickly. Using AQ Golden Gate ICs. Sounds better than dig coax, but havent tried toslink yet. Does a ton of things that ill probably never use, but nice to have available I guess. Now that the 2i is out these should be more available at deep discounts used. Grab one and ya wont be disappointed for the money.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,000
    Just ordered mine yesterday.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,334
    So does this stream radio stations? Do you use your laptop or smart phone for display? Does it use bluetooth or wifi or both? Buddy of mine is interested in streaming from Pandora or Tidal but not sure how to do it cheaply.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,755
    The node 2 doesnt have Pandora. Not sure if the 2i does
  • alucidideaalucididea Posts: 113
    deronb1 wrote: »
    The node 2 doesnt have Pandora. Not sure if the 2i does
    BluOS does not support Pandora. (I’ve been using the MDC BluOS 2i for a few weeks.)
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    Bluesound will allow any Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer to stream music to a Bluesound Player. Now you can stream music from Pandora®, Sirius/XM®, Apple Music®, TDC Play®, and many more services to your Bluesound system. ... The use of other Bluetooth 4.0 adapters may not be fully supported by Bluesound.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,438
    Any of you guys get this, please do a good review of this unit. I'm seriously considering one but need to know a few things first.

    If it will pull iTunes from a windows PC. Some reviews say it won't, others say it can.

    The App- gets good reviews, others say it stinks. What I need to know is...if you can search in any category, add and subtract to playlists easily, if it crashes constantly or freezes. Support of Napster ? Though I may move to Tidal if their library is deep enough. Q doesn't seem to be very deep in the library judging by the other thread.

    Reviews are fickle, as some don't specify if it's the older node 2 or 2i. It's my understanding the app has also improved from the node2.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    edited February 28
    The app is the same between all Bluesound players. The app is stable and prompts you to perform updates when needed. Wifi and internet connectivity is the weakest link and that is the same for all network players. The 2i has updated it's WiFi capabilities although I had no issues with the Node or the Node 2.


    I also recommend using it with Roon in order to simplify bringing all of your online music services and stored music libraries. Roon will also allow "like" devices to have a multiroom experience... Airplay syncs with Airplay... bluetooth devices with bluetooth etc...Roon is simply the best audio related software I have ever seen or used and makes it all simple after a brief but easy ramp up. Roon offers a 2 week free trial.

    Apparently there was an issue sharing itunes to Bluesound... It appears to have been resolved. I believe that the Node2i also supports Airplay2 reliably now although I never use it. I do have some Airplay devices that I have used on my network and since they are "like" devices they can be joined thru ROON

    https://support.bluos.net/hc/en-us/articles/360000199908-What-Music-Services-does-BluOS-Support-


    https://roonlabs.com/howroonworks.html
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,438
    Mikey,
    What do you mean by weakest link ? Wifi drop outs ? Never had a problem with drop outs from my Sonos so I dunno if we can say it's relative to all network players.

    If that's the case, being prone to drop outs, that would put it off the list for me.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
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