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Using USB with Bluesound Node/Powernode

Davywhizz

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Good morning.

Does anyone have any experience of using an external HDD to play through a Bluesound Node or Powernode via USB? I have a FAT 32 disk with about 320G on it. They are all FLAC files at CD quality, in the format artist/album/track. They are my laptop backup, so exactly as copied from the stock Windows 10 music software. Would they work gaplessly on Bluesound?

I've found some information so far - FAT32 looks good for example, but I don't know if there's a maximum disk capacity, what the indexing format needs to be, how long indexing might take and, more importantly, if it needs to be repeated every time.
 

Gray

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Good morning.

Does anyone have any experience of using an external HDD to play through a Bluesound Node or Powernode via USB? I have a FAT 32 disk with about 320G on it. They are all FLAC files at CD quality, in the format artist/album/track. They are my laptop backup, so exactly as copied from the stock Windows 10 music software. Would they work gaplessly on Bluesound?

I've found some information so far - FAT32 looks good for example, but I don't know if there's a maximum disk capacity, what the indexing format needs to be, how long indexing might take and, more importantly, if it needs to be repeated every time.
Why not try it and see?
 

DCarmi

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If using a USB HDD then you will almost certainly need a powered hub to...ermm... power the drive (or a powered drive itself). The Node will only give out 0.5amps which won't be enough.

To be honest, I'd test some of your collection with a fairly inexpensive but branded memory stick first. I'd suggest a memory stick would be a better solution to a drive, especially the mechanical disk type.
 

manicm

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A portable USB drive should work fine. Alternatively there are high capacity USB sticks too. But there are always disclaimers, so test first. Go to a dealer if you can.

Gapless playback is supported.
 
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