Bluesound Node (2021)

Gray

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'...our biggest wish – whether reasonable or not for a streamer at this price point – would be a proper screen display'.

I think your wish is reasonable.
 

balespur

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Aug 23, 2021
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Great review, good to see bluesound is keeping their products at the cutting edge at this level in the market.

Please review the new soundbar+ (which now has atmos) and updated Powernode!
 

ScottC

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It would be very helpful to know in future reviews if you test streamers through the digital or analog output. It would be nice to know if the DAC is being reviewed as well, or better yet, comment on both sides. I recall another reviewer mentioned that the Node and CXN V2 sounded very similar through the digital output. I'd love to upgrade my original Node 2, I guess I'll have to get my hands on one myself to compare.
 

GregorySD

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Sep 8, 2021
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It would be very helpful to know in future reviews if you test streamers through the digital or analog output. It would be nice to know if the DAC is being reviewed as well, or better yet, comment on both sides. I recall another reviewer mentioned that the Node and CXN V2 sounded very similar through the digital output. I'd love to upgrade my original Node 2, I guess I'll have to get my hands on one myself to compare.
They are using the internal DAC. It's quite frustrating, the other reviews I have found on the new Node also do not asses the digital output. I am preparing to upgrade my system which includes a Node 2i. I can tell you that my DAC, a Benchmark DAC1 Pre (11 years old) handily beats the Node 2'is DAC, MQA or not. I would use the HDMI Arc on the new Node, so it's attractive from that standpoint but I have the same question as you. How good is the digital out? My guess it's pretty good, especially for the money, but I am left to buy components to evaluate on my own which is always costly. Will the Node truncate the gains brought by an upmarket DAC? Maybe, maybe not. It does not have USB out which is limiting though.
 

ChrisJ

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Oct 17, 2021
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It should be noted the Node has crippling issues with it's BlueOS apps. The player intermittently will not be detected in iphone, ipad and windows desktop app. I sometimes have to have all 3 devices open to see which one I can detect the device from to play music. I worked with BlueSound tech support who concluded that this is a known issue that "will be addressed in the future with a firmware update" which they cannot provide an ETA for. If you search online you can find their support crew promising similar updates for the same issue on the earlier Node almost a year ago.

Have a look at the app store reviews for the BlueOS app. Horrid. When it works it's great, but I'm considering returning the Node as defective and looking for another hi-res streaming solution. It simply doesn't work most of the time from my phone.
 

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