Blue Node...who is using one

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heiney9
heiney9 Posts: 25,110
This is a very interesting product. It seems to be just what I'm looking for to finally replace my ancient Squeeze Box Touch.

Pro's - Con's - Tips discussion, etc. I'll most likely being using Roon with a networked NAS for a music server. I am excited to finally stream Hi Rez music via Qobuz, etc.

How is everyone using theirs? How is it configured? How does it sound? I will be using an outboard dac.

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H9
"Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
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  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    I have a Blue Sound Node 2i. I like it a lot. I use mostly when I want to seek out new artists, or if I’m too lazy to locate a CD.

    I usually just use Apple Airplay.

    Haven’t tried getting it to communicate with my home PC network, or using streaming services yet, though.

    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

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    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    @treitz3 is a fan
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,658
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    Eh, I wouldn't say that. With a DAC, for sure. I have to head out right now but can add more information when I am done with my adult chores.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    @treitz3 likes it more than auralic
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,658
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    That, I do. You aren't a slave to Apple and at least the damned thing plays music.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    I pulled the trigger. I've been on the fence for awhile and for the $$ and how I'm going to use it, it appears to be a winning product. Streaming from my own music server and streaming hi rez music from Qobuz and others. I'll probably use both the Blue interface as well as Roon with EE Mini Max Plus dac.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    I bought the most current version (gen 3). It also has HDMI arc and a USB. It cost more the Raspberry Pi, but I feel this is going to give me less issues and should rock solid. My brother uses a Pi with Roon and he says it can be frustratingly buggy at times. He's in IT for a living so he can unbug stuff much better than I can.

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    Make sure you pick up the linear power supply upgrade for it
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    VR3 wrote: »
    Make sure you pick up the linear power supply upgrade for it

    This plugs into the wall via a removable C7 power cord.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 1,326
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    You can get a linear power supply for the blue sound node
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,781
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    Yeah I don't think you can get LPS for this since the PSU is internal:
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,781
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  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    Damn you and thank you at the same time! I am a huge believer in a solid ps being the number 1 thing. I will most likely do the upgrade, but maybe after the warranty is up.....lol. I've book marked the info for later.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    Yeah it definitely isn't a linear power supply
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    All I need is the cable. I have the Welbourne Labs lps from my SQB Touch which is 5v 3A.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    VR3 wrote: »
    Yeah it definitely isn't a linear power suppl
    Clipdat wrote: »

    I saw that one. About $75US. So then if I got this I would just need the 5v 3A lps, which I have?
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,781
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    Yeah, that's my understanding.
  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    I'll have to look into that
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 8,028
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    heiney9 wrote: »
    I pulled the trigger. I've been on the fence for awhile and for the $$ and how I'm going to use it, it appears to be a winning product. Streaming from my own music server and streaming hi rez music from Qobuz and others. I'll probably use both the Blue interface as well as Roon with EE Mini Max Plus dac.

    I will be very interested in your thoughts compared to the SBT, which is what I run, because I also have considered the NODE. Will you use an external DAC? With my SBT, I have WIFI turned off, the enhanced audio output applet installed, and a bolder external power supply, all of which improve the sound quality (the PS is definitely the most obvious improvement). I have compared my SBT to the Cambridge CXN and 851N, and honestly though an external DAC I cannot hear any significant improvements or advantages from either Cambridge...perhaps I'm just not a real audiophile lol...
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  • heiney9
    heiney9 Posts: 25,110
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    rooftop59 wrote: »
    heiney9 wrote: »
    I pulled the trigger. I've been on the fence for awhile and for the $$ and how I'm going to use it, it appears to be a winning product. Streaming from my own music server and streaming hi rez music from Qobuz and others. I'll probably use both the Blue interface as well as Roon with EE Mini Max Plus dac.

    I will be very interested in your thoughts compared to the SBT, which is what I run, because I also have considered the NODE. Will you use an external DAC? With my SBT, I have WIFI turned off, the enhanced audio output applet installed, and a bolder external power supply, all of which improve the sound quality (the PS is definitely the most obvious improvement). I have compared my SBT to the Cambridge CXN and 851N, and honestly though an external DAC I cannot hear any significant improvements or advantages from either Cambridge...perhaps I'm just not a real audiophile lol...

    It's been a while since I used the SQB Touch. I will be using an outboard dac just like I did with the SQB. I am excited to get something new and try it out.

    I will be doing the upgrade to get rid of the switching power supply, but best to wait until the warranty is up or at least 90 days to make sure there are no issues.

    I have been trying to find something less expensive than the Node, since I have my own modded dac and ripped music. But I am very curious about the hi-rez subscription streaming services like Qobuz. There were definitely others in the running, but those I felt like I'd be paying for features I didn't need. Arcam, Cambridge and Aurilac?

    It will be here tomorrow and over the weekend I'll at least get the hi-rez streaming going.

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass Pass Labs XA25 | EE Avant Pre | EE Mini Max Supreme DAC | MIT Shotgun S1 | Pangea AC14SE MKII | Legend L600 | BlueSound Node 3 - Tubes add soul!
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,685
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    I will be interested in your thoughts once you get it going.

    Just this week I picked up a Lumin U2 Mini and have it being fed to the DAC in the Norma integrated. Configuration was a breeze. I currently have a 30 day trial of Tidal and also NAS and USB hard drive. I only have about 8 hours on the DAC, streamer and cable. So, I’m letting it play 24/7. Looking forward to getting some hours on it and then some critical listening.
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    @tratliff pick up the s booster and don't look back... Huge gains in that with the lumin
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,685
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    VR3 wrote: »
    @tratliff pick up the s booster and don't look back... Huge gains in that with the lumin

    Not sure that is designed for the U2 Mini. The U2 Mini does not use a wall wart. Am I missing something?
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    The u2 mini has an internal switching power supply just like the u1 mini.

    The s booster is a substantial improvement.

    Looks identical to the u1 mini, the same conversion kit should work7w7bksv7wbk3.jpg
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,259
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    I am liking how Qobuz sounds with my revamped setup. The musicality of the Arcam/L800 pairing continues to put a smile on my face, and with the limited time I get in the sweet spot these days, the convenience of turning things on and listening is priceless.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,781
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    VR3 wrote: »
    The u2 mini has an internal switching power supply just like the u1 mini.

    The s booster is a substantial improvement.

    Looks identical to the u1 mini, the same conversion kit should work7w7bksv7wbk3.jpg

    LOL. The man has just dropped a lot of coin on some high end components. Let him get used to the U2 Mini stock for a few months at least. Sheeeesh! :p
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    VR3 wrote: »
    The u2 mini has an internal switching power supply just like the u1 mini.

    The s booster is a substantial improvement.

    Looks identical to the u1 mini, the same conversion kit should work7w7bksv7wbk3.jpg

    LOL. The man has just dropped a lot of coin on some high end components. Let him get used to the U2 Mini stock for a few months at least. Sheeeesh! :p

    That’s not how we roll on this forum! 😂
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    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

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  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,685
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    VR3 wrote: »
    7w7bksv7wbk3.jpg

    Hmmm, I get it now. Rather interesting and not much $$$’s. I’ll do more research.
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,310
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    I had the u1 mini with the s booster and went to the u1 and there was virtually no difference.

    U1 mini stock to the s booster, night and day, well worth the 500 dollars or so
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.