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Bluesound Node 2

Discussion in 'PCs & Music Servers' started by Drugolf, May 1, 2018.

  1. Drugolf

    Drugolf AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Now rocking one of these in my main system after my little laptop I was using (USB to Emotiva XDA-2) took a dump. I mostly stream Spotify and Tidal, but I also pointed it to my FLAC file collection on my network and it synced right up. Can use whatever interface you want or have including your phone, tablet laptop - MAC, Android or Windows that you already have.
    Went to the local high end stereo shop to see what my options were for media streamers and this one just made too much sense, especially considering the price point and versatility to use it for other things at some point.
    Allowed me to also clean up the look of things with my main system by removing the laptop and DAC and insert this little cute box instead. Win win.
    Sounds fantastic and i am only scratching the surface so far until I get me some hi res files to try with it.
     
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  2. RichPA

    RichPA Don't drive angry Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

    Yes, the Bluesound devices are great. I'm using them for whole-house stereo, and once I upgraded my wifi with a mesh network, it works flawlessly. Enjoy!
     
  3. Ol' Ken

    Ol' Ken Super Member

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    Liking mine - Led Zep via TIDAL right now ..
     
  4. FastG

    FastG AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Installed a Node 2 on my main system over the weekend, loving everything about it, the sound the interface are all excellent. Removed a PC and the Creek remote volume control so the installation is also much cleaner.

    Graham
     
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  5. saggy

    saggy These go to 11 Subscriber

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    I'm a very happy Node 2 user. @RichPA is a mesh network just a bunch of "extenders" all around the house? If not, can you explain? Also, Since I live in a small apartment I will likely NOT be using the Node2 in multi-mode, but I am wondering if you have a dedicated HiFi system somewhere and then run satellite speakers or if all of your speakers are just satellites.
     
  6. RichPA

    RichPA Don't drive angry Staff Member Super Mod Subscriber

    A mesh network is different than a router plus extenders. Here's what I use: https://store.google.com/us/product/google_wifi_learn?hl=en-US Another example is Orbi by Netgear, but if you google "mesh network" you'll see a number of options. I'm quite happy with the Google Wifi system I use.

    I have multiple stand-alone systems, each with a Bluesound Node 2 as the source. So no satellite speakers from the main system, just several systems each with its own amplifier and speaker pair.
     
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  7. Ken Mitchell

    Ken Mitchell Member

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    Three Bluesound devices here, on 3 different systems. In my office, Powernode 2 with optical out from my PC (just for YouTube videos & similar) powering my desktop KEF LS50 passive speakers. Living room 5.1 system of KEF R series I have BluOS kit integral to my NAD T758 receiver. That system used 95% or more of the time in 2.1 or 2.0 for music. Upstairs guest bedroom, a Bluesound Vault 2 into an older Denon AVR-1912 for music out to Halfer 300's, though there's 3 other speakers & a sub on that 5.1 system.

    I love this BluOS integration because it was so easy to get setup and it runs great. I do stream Tidal HiFi, and have it mapped to the 550 or CD's I had ripped to the Vault 2. I can run a different music source at each, pair two, team all 3, whatever I want and it's all done on my Android tablet ) or my PC if I'm sitting at my desk. A saved playlist I create can be any combination of streamed files and my own, all streamed, or all my own. Each unit gets lifetime free firmware and software updates, and they listen to their customers as they introduce new features and/or fix irritations (very few of those.)
     
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  8. Ken Mitchell

    Ken Mitchell Member

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    It should be noted that the Vault and Vault 2 does need actual Ethernet connection rather than just wireless. I forget why they insist upon that, but think it's because the unit potentially acts as a "server" for other units on the BluOS network, streaming it's files out while it could also be streaming from a service with a high bandwidth.

    I used a Powerline adapter to get that Ethernet to my upstairs bedroom.
     
  9. louisjames

    louisjames The "real" Louis James Subscriber

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    Which Powerline adapter are you using and what are your experiences with it performance wise?
     
  10. jbailey930

    jbailey930 AK Member Subscriber

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    Another happy BS Node 2 customer. And agree with @RichPA that to avoid streaming dropouts, use the ethernet or enhance your wifi signal. I use Fios with Quantum router upgrade. My Tidal streams were dropping frequently, so I ended up with the same mesh option Rich chose along with connecting my Node 2 direct. Its hard to believe, but I did notice an improvement in sound quality.

    Also, you probably know the BS Node 2 can unfold MQA files from Tidal and the internal DAC is adequate. If your DAC doesn't support MQA, the Node still unfolds......fwiw.
     
  11. Ken Mitchell

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    I picked a Netgear brand one @ Staples and I haven't found any way to "bring it to it's knees" yet. :) I have Charter/Spectrum internet service running about 85mb/s and so far, streaming Tidal HiFi, Netflix, and Vudu have all been flawless.
     
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  12. louisjames

    louisjames The "real" Louis James Subscriber

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    Thanks Ken. Might look into this for my network player. I have a Netgear Orbi setup with the satellite for my Roku and extending WiFi through the house. The network player does OK over WiFi but think it might be better with Ethernet. Was thinking of running cable under the house and into an available wall socket but a Powerline might be easier.
     
  13. Ken Mitchell

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    My first exposure to Powerline Ethernet was about a year and a half ago. My cousin and her husband bought a new Vault 2 along with an NAD C356BEE amp to feed their new Totem Sttaf speakers. She had no Ethernet in their home and it would have been really costly to run wires. This solved the problem easily. I was very skeptical, but it does indeed work perfectly.
     
  14. louisjames

    louisjames The "real" Louis James Subscriber

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    Thank you Ken!
     
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  15. Ken Mitchell

    Ken Mitchell Member

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    Glad to be of help. BTW, my cousin's internet was only a cable modem with one Ethernet connection to an Apple wireless router. Luckily it had one Ethernet output for me to connect to the Powerline adapter! Knowing absolutely ZERO about anything Apple/IOS, I still managed to get it working quickly. I'm still not certain how that happened. ;)
     
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