Bluesound Node 2
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The best streaming method out there at any price. Period!
Pros: Wonderful technology.
If you're serious about your music and its sound quality, good news. With the Bluesound system you can play your high-resolution music files and enjoy the convenience of wireless multi-room audio throughout your home. Bluesound was designed by the makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers, both experts when it comes to delivering high-performance audio.
The Node 2 turns your audiophile-grade audio system into a network-capable Bluesound player. Connect the Node 2's analog or digital outputs to your existing receiver or amplifier to make it part of your multi-room Bluesound wireless system. Stream music stored on your home network, Internet radio stations, or online music services, and play it all through your home audio system.
Bluesound is compatible with virtually all digital music formats — including high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive. Stream from Internet radio stations and online services like Spotify®, Rhapsody, and TIDAL. You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks. The player is compatible with MQA, an up-and-coming high-resolution audio format. The Node 2 also features a USB input for playing files "locally" from a thumb drive or hard drive — ideal when friends come over with their own music.
The Node 2 features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The system is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. Bluetooth is a convenient way to play the sound from any app you might be using on your mobile device, including Netflix® and YouTube™. You can even share that Bluetooth source with other Bluesound music players around your house that are connected to the same network.
Control the system through Bluesound's free app for your smartphone or tablet.
Combine multiple Bluesound players to enjoy high-end sound throughout your home.
The Bluesound system is easily controlled from your smartphone or tablet. Just download the free app from the Apple® App Store, or Google Play. The app lets you select songs and adjust volume. Choose to play music in one room, all rooms, or different tracks in different spaces around your home.
The best streaming method out there at any price. Period!
Terry, Albany, NY
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The best streaming method out there at any price. Period!
Pros: Wonderful technology.
Super easy to setup and use. Just plug into network and its there to use. This unit gives so much control of system remotely.
Pros: Very small compact unit
Cons: Not accessible with Pandora
Pretty decent sounding, very easy setup. Interface on tablet is pretty decent. If you are looking for MQA titles on tidal they are under masters. All and all a decent purchase for an inexpensive player.
Node 2 sounds excellent good bass and separation listen mostly Spotify so I don't take full advantage of its capabilities no problems with Bluesound app I compared node 2 with Yamaha WXC 50 and no difference so went with Node
Pros: Great sound works beautifully with Spotify will upgrade power cord
Excellent sounding piece of gear, purchased a tidal hifi subscription and paired with my naim components the sound is phenomenal.
Pros: Excellent sound, great price, ease of integration into my system
Cons: Only con is minor, wish the thumb drive location was more easily assessable.
The sound quality is great really allows for me to get the best sound out of the tidal service and my system. The user interface is intuitive and easy to use I am using the android app. the player itself requires very little setup basicly add you wireless info and off it goes. I like how the device has so many output conections and can be added to any system with easy. if you have a good system the bluesound node can make it shine. If you buy it you wont be sorry.
Pros: Great sound Easy to use Very Flexible (Output Connections) Study Construction
Very easy to set up, playing through my Rogue Cronus Magnum ll amp and Polk RTi 9A speakers. MQA sound is incredible. Love it !!!!
So happy I finally purchased this device. I have this hooked up to an Emotiva XMC-1 with Arcam amps powering a pair of Dunlavy SC-IVs. With this setup I had no quality way to bring lossless music into the system. I had no Bluetooth so playing music on a device other than my media streamer required a wired connection (yuck). I could play Spotify into my media streamer but not everything I want to play is on Spotify. Not to mention, audio quality is poor. This device solved all of that. And it gave me a system to manage my physical media that I have ripped to FLAC. This is arguably the most valuable aspect to this solution. The connectivity improvements are great, and the lossless was *mandatory*, but the music interface and the queue and playlist manageability options are awesome. I can now go back and easily enjoy my old music. I can create playlists of my old music that grabs the tracks I want. I can easily integrate quality streamed music. I can easily have friends connect with Bluetooth to play their music without dealing with a wire and having to leave the phone on the entertainment stand. This device has renewed my ability to enjoy music. I highly recommend purchasing software for ripping your CDs to FLAC. Do not use a free solution. My library is clean and beautiful because I've taken care in ripping the music and organizing it properly. IDTags are everything for a quality library experience. I purchased this device from Crutchfield for a v
Pros: Lossless Digital Music NAS Support (arguably a requirement for this product. If you don't have a NAS, buy the vault.) Awesome local music management with BluOS Bluetooth Available in black
Cons: Not all online music sources integrate into the BluOS queue (Tidal does).
My Node 2 setup easy, and within 15 minutes I was listening to Tidal. The next day I went to listen and the LED on the unit was red and it had bricked. I called Bluesound support (you have to leave a call back number or do email because they never answer), and even after giving them control of my computer, they could not get it to work. I called Crutchfield and they sent out a new unit the same day. When I went to setup the new unit, every time I connected it to Wi-Fi, it would kick me off Wi-Fi. Again called Bluesound support, waited for them to call me back, and again they could not figure out the problem. After about 30 minutes of trying many different things, including loading a file on thumb drive and trying to update, we gave up. I really wanted the Node 2 to work. That is why I spent 20 dollars a month on Tidal Hi-Fi, and now I have been screwed out of my time and money. I don't feel I have any other avenue, unless I want to spend $1000. Crutchfield was great to work with. I just wish I had a unit that would work.
Bought this to listen to MQA high resolution albums on Tidal, everything sounds awesome. Thanks a lot.
Pros: all in one
Cons: none for the price
Long story short: Mac OS X and Bluesound are not compatible in my experience. They should just say this from the beginning. I wished I'd have done more web research which indicates Windows is nearly a requirement for smooth operation. Bluesound's tech support response, though quick and thorough, was "Apple broke file sharing with their latest updates, please contact them. Also, here's information on a fix which might work." Unfortunately, the published fix for Mac OS X's broken file sharing does not work, at least not the Bluesound software as it will not file share through Bluesound network sharing software. I'm willing to admit my computer skills are not expert, but I'm pretty good. It shouldn't take a network engineer to make this work. Other than that, the sound is excellent! Streaming music services if flawless. I tried to do a work around by using a 1TB external hard drive to the USB port, but learned that's a fragile process and connection too. Flash drives with small amounts of music indexed and played well. I'm forced to return it. I'll try the Vault 2 and hope for the best. Sad because I really wanted this to work!
Pros: Great sound.
Cons: Not compatible with MAC OS X.
I replaced a Mac mini and a dac magic with this and so far I am thrilled with the sound quality. I use an iPad as a remote control and it works very well. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the instructions are a bit vague especially one the remote app.
Setup is difficult.. Product literature subtly overstates the device's USB capability i.e. external hardrive should not be connected directly to the unit, but must be connected to the router instead. This raises another level of complexity. Also, the software seems to be incapable of pointing at one particular folder of music and instead indexes all music format files (home vs. car music etc.) on the hardrive, whch not only takes hours, it's unusable, beacuse three or four versions of the same track appear in the app. At this price this thing should be plug and play, but it's not even close. Support is availabe by email, or during normal business hours, which is not helpful, when I'm spending a weekend trying to get it to work. Returned!
Cons:Crutchfield response on 1/30/2018 We're sorry you had issues getting this set up. Sorry we weren't home when you called. We're always happy to help and available 7 days a week. You can see our current hours of operation (and ways to contact us) here.
Simple to use, simple setup. Has my favorite Burr Brown DAC and MQA .....good price point
Installation was easy and the Node 2 is more than feature rich enough. The internal DAC is decent, but not on par with the rest of my audio equipment. Not to worry as the Node 2's coaxial out allows connecting to the DAC in my CD deck. Overall, I am quite satisfied with with the Node 2. But a device is no good when it doesn't work. From the outset there were issues with the Node 2 being slow to connect to the music share. No problem, Bluesound has good support, right? Their solution: buy a "recommended NAS". There is nothing in their sales materials about needing a NAS. The rep's response at my pointing out this minor disconnect? He condescendingly questioned my technical knowledge. Strangely, I've been administering computers and networks for decades, so was more than a little put off by his attitude. We went nowhere fast for several rounds. My support ticket was bumped up a level and the new rep requested the log off the device. I thought, "Now we're getting somewhere." Not really. What transpired was a series of recommendations that lowered network security and didn't resolve the issue. We eventually got tired of dealing with each other and the Node 2 sat gathering dust for 6 months. Recently an online retailer offered a great deal on a well reviewed wireless network extender, which I bought. Remembered the Node 2 and gave it a try. Voila, problem solved.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 1/9/2018 Frank, we're sorry you had a negative experience with Bluesound support. If you purchased this product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
The sound is awesome. Sounds better than my Sonos did. Bought it to listen to MQA on Tidal and I'm so glad I did. It's connected to a Peachtree Nova 300 feedings a set of B&W 802's that have never sounded so good. The app works about the same as Sonos, it's pretty intuitive. Crutchfield is a great company to do business with.
Pros: Beautiful crystal clear sound. Good app. Cheapest hi quality way to listen to MQA
Cons: No Pandora yet.
Great product. Excellent integration of my ripped music with Spotify and with internet radio. Once you figure out the slightly counterintuitive instructions for linking your networked drive it's great.
Pros: Awesome sound Great interface Great integration
Cons: Slightly counterintuitive and challenging instructions. Need better customer service hours. The email service was not particularly strong.
Sound was great but had fundamental glitches that saw me return it to my (non-Crutchfield) retailer. First, I could not get 'radio' function to work within Tidal (song radio, album radio, etc.) using BluOS app, iOS and desktop. I wanted to be able to use this function like I do with Spotify and SpotifyConnect on my Yamaha RXA-1070. When I wrote Blusound tech support about this 'radio' issue, they said they could see that somehow the Node 2 was in temporary storage mode and I was shocked when they said I would need to give them remote access to my home network to do a fix (?!?) Otherwise, without their fix, any time the unit lost power or had a firmware update it would 'forget' all connected libraries and settings. This happened twice in my short time owning it (had to re log-in to Tidal, re-map my NAS music library) so it was no bluff. But, I do not think a brand new unit should require giving outside access to our home network - especially when the unit has the ability to do firmware updates via the internet! Either make it a firmware fix or tell me how to do a fix manually (or via uploading USB file etc), but sorry I am not doing a screen share with remote network access to fix what is essentially a brand new product. Very disappointing because when it was running, the sound on CD quality and MQA Tidal tracks sounded awesome. Also I had thought about supplementing the Yamaha with an NAD as a poweramp with the BluOS module built in, not a chance after this experience.
Pros: Great sound when it was working
Cons: - Lost all settings any time it had a firmware update or lost power, and only fix to remedy this was to allow BluSound to have remote access to my home network (no thanks) - Could not get any of the artist/album/song radio functions to work within Tidal using BluOS.
Sounds great. Set up was difficult. Came with firmware required updates which would not load. Eventually wired directly to the main house modem and did the reset protocol 2x and the software loaded. After that worked great. The user interface on the software front is very poor relative to Sonos, but better sound quality is evident. Still working on getting the server settings right to access music on the computer, but suspect another hour or so of tinkering and I will get there.
Musically ,very detailed and wide open Soundstage. Technically, plays all HIGH RES AUDIO
Had the Node 2 for a week now. Bought it to replace my Squeezebox Touch which no longer fully supports Spotify. I connect to my network using WiFi and am using the Node's digital coax output to feed my DAC/headphone amp. The sound quality is on par with the Squeezebox, i.e. excellent. I have used many Android music apps so adapting to the Bluesound controller app was no problem. Spotify is supported through the official Spotify Connect protocol and because of that it is only partially integrated into the Bluesound app. But Spotify works really well and full functionality is available. Both local music and Spotify offer truly gapless playback. Have started a Roon trial and it works seamlessly with the Node 2 (but so far I do not like the Roon system.) Will sign up for Tidal soon to try MQA. In all, I am very satisfied and would recommend the Node 2 to anyone wanting high quality streaming.
Pros: Bit perfect sound quality. Android control app. Gapless playback. Supports Roon and MQA. Designed, built, and supported by a major audiophile company.
Cons: Has no USB audio output.
Great addition to my system. Streaming Tidal MQA sounds really nice. Software is good, much better than the Yamaha wxc-50 which constantly crashed. Overall pretty happy with the purchase.
Pros: Nice build, great sound, great app/software
The Good: When I'm able to play songs the sound quality is excellent for the money. Support from their web site is top notch! The Bad: Software is close to unusable. I have to reset the device often to either have it sync up with my library correctly or to make it start playing music. Playlists created with the player are proprietary (not m3u). The device can not be turn off. There is no power button. Consumes 6 watts in idle mode. BlueSound is not a member of WISA (Wireless Speaker and Audio). This is a collection of audio industry companies that are working towards standardizing wireless home audio. BlueSound is proprietary and appears to want to stay that way (much like Apple tries to stick it to everyone). I'm going to keep my Node 2, but I'm going to avoid buying too much into BlueSound until WISA makes some more progress.
Pros: Sound quality is excellent. Support is also very good.
Cons: Software. Power usage. Proprietary format.
Nice streemer/player. Good sound. Software works pretty well. Easy set up. Replaces squeezebox touch. Playing Tune In, Spotify,and FLAC files on USB drive. No experience with rotating HDD or NAS.
Cons: No display or touch screen
Product sounds great, with plenty of source options. BluOS software needs work as it seems very sensitive to connectivity issues even with a strong Wifi signal. Otherwise this would be 5 stars.
I recently bought two of these to replace Sonos Connects which I've used for years. I'm very happy with them - setup was quite easy, and while the application (I'm using the iOS app on my iPad and iPhone) is not as intuitive as the Sonos app, it's very flexible and has a great display. Sound quality is excellent, and it's nice to be able to play my handful of high-res files. Indexing of my library (approximately 55K tracks) was surprising fast, taking only about an hour. There are a few features I miss from the Sonos, such as universal search across music services and direct integration of SiriusXM, but overall I think the Bluesound Node 2 is a significant upgrade for my situation.
The Bluesound Node 2 worked perfectly out of the box. I plugged in to my network, hooked up the analog out to an old receiver, and had instant streaming music through TIDAL. The sound quality was amazing, and it breathed new life into my old speakers and receiver. I can't wait to add other Blue sound speakers around my home.
Pros: Ease of hook up High Def streaming through Tidal
Great product. After a nightmare experience with the $3000 PS AUDIO PERFECT WAVE DAC with Bridge, I pretty much swore off digital streaming. Saw the Mode 2 for $500 and figured it was worth a try. A few small technical bumps in setting up but both Crutchfield and Bluesound provided truly first class support within a few hours and now everything is working perfectly. I've connected an external hd a lot if hi-res files and it sounds very good. I've also streamed a couple of music apps via Bluetooth. App user interface is pretty intuitive. Admittedly I've only had it running a few hours and maybe there are a few surprises awaiting, but so for... very impressed!
Pros: It works really well.
Cons: None yet.
I'm super happy with the Bluesound Node 2. I bought mine to replace a deceased Squeezebox Duet and the Node 2 slots perfectly in as a replacement. The Node 2 was easy to set up. I chose to connect it using wired Ethernet so I didn't even have to fuss with the WiFi settings. I did have a bit of an issue with it finding my DLNA server. For some reason the Node 2 didn't see it. I had to configure the server with a Windows share after which the Node had no issues. The Node 2 sounds great. I have it wired with RCA jacks to my old Yamaha receiver and it easily produces beautiful sound. I've been enjoying my ripped music collection some, but even more I've been enjoying Tidal which has enabled me to (re)discover some of my favorite artists. I'm not sure my 50+ ears can discern between CD quality and the MQA tracks on Tidal but it doesn't matter; they all sound great to me. I've found myself spending entire evenings doing little else besides listening to music; something I haven't done for years. I've used the native Mac app, as well as the IOS apps on my tablet and phone. They all work pretty well, but do have a few quirks you have to get used to. I wish it had support for Pandora.
Pros: Fantastic sound and easy setup. Support for high-definition streaming/playback.
Cons: Apps have a few quirks. Didn't recognize my DLNA server. No Pandora support.
After three months of using this product, I'm totally frustrated. First after trying, all the help suggestions on the Bluesound website could not connect player. Finally with help from Bluesound help desk got the unit connected. I must say the help desk was very responsive, however the unit periodically drops off line and after hours of trying to reconnect and with help from the Help desk finally reconnect. Well final straw, went to use the unit today, all indications on the unit looked fine, but the BluOS controller could not find the player. Reading other reviews, no one seems to have my problem. Do I have a lemon?
Easy setup, stays connected to wifi (unlike the Node 1), and most importantly....it sounds amazing!!!
In a nutshell, better sound quality than my Sonos, which the Bluesound replaces. No problems so far.
Excellent sound quality with mqa streaming tidal. Also streaming slacker that sounds good. Using android tablet and Apple phone. So far the least expensive hardware to listen to mqa
Pros: Sound quality easy setup with apple and android
Cons: None so far
This is really a great product. Connects via wi fi and Ethernet, very easy to set up, fantastic app on iPhone, streams master MQA. Set up as follows: Ethernet in (although there is no audible difference when connected to wi fi), coax out to Parasound Halo connected to Revel Performa 208s via Blueheaven flat cables. The result is an excellent sound, convenience and options - internat radio, Tidal, etc. Love it.
Pros: MQA ability- master quality via Tidal, very good sound, connections, easy set up, fantastic app on IOS.
Cons: No full manual and the quick set up does not address some basic questions - i.e. If I have Ethernet connection can I set up with it? You will have to use intuition to understand how to operate control.
Exceptional in every way that is important to enjoying your digital music collection as well as streaming Tidal Master encoded with Master Quality Authenticated (MQA). There are few times when a new product comes around that so easily integrates into your existing environment and adds immediate benefits that make your life easier while at the same time allowing you to enjoy music anywhere in your home at any time. My requirements are a DAC must support MQA, must connect to my 20TB of CD and HiRes music, must stream Tidal Master, must offer Ethernet connection, and must seamlessly integrate into my existing audio equipment. As far as software/app control, it must be compatible with either Kindle Fire or Windows 10 devices. The Bluesound Node 2 is the only device I know of so far that meets all these requirements. Upon receipt from Crutchfield, I had read the setup guide, connected the unit, downloaded the BlueOS app on my Kindle Fire and was listening to music within 10mins. Everything worked perfectly. I look forward to purchasing more of these units and plan to upgrade my home to NAD products which support Bluesound. Crutchfield, you have a customer for life. Thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful product that was not available in my local retailers.
Pros: Excellent build quality; DAC with MQA decoding; supports HiRes up to 192kHz/24bits; streaming with support for Tidal Master; Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN support; app support for iOS, Google, and Kindle Fire.
Amazing!! I am running the Bluesound Node 2 through a McIntosh MXA70 with a Bowers & Wilkins sub. The sound is unbelievable. I just wish it had a balance control in BlueOS app.
Such a great device. Couldn't really be happier with it. I bought it to replace the Mac Mini in my system (which was running via a USB-S/PDIF converter to my Rega DAC). I was never happy with the sound I got out of it. The Node 2 sounds fantastic in its place, was an absolute doddle to set up (took 2 minutes, and quickly indexed my networked library too). I've not tried the RCA connection directly to my amp but am told there's no discernible difference compared to a Rega DAC, which is amazing at this price point. Finally I have a digital source that doesn't leave me yearning for my turntable. I haven't owned a CD player for years and having ripped my entire collection don't think I ever will again. The app is easy to use and obviously it can be controlled via the Spotify app. Haven't yet tried any HiRes files through it.
Pros: Sounds amazing Easy to set up App interface is straightforward Looks good
Cons: None yet!
I'm really satisfied with this player. It has everything I need, including support for MQA, meaning Tidal Masters quality. It works at maximum sample rate even when connected directly to my receiver via digital coax cable. The app has a good enough interface for selecting and playing music. It has a version of the controller app for desktops, too. I use it on both my iPhone and my Mac. The only downside is the setup interface which is bad on both the mobile app and the desktop app.
Pros: - Great sound - Support for MQA and Tidal Masters - A lot of connection options
Cons: - Setup process isn't the best - It could have an internal slot for a 2.5" storage drive
On a performance for the price basis, the Bluesound Node 2 is simply an outstanding product that breaks new ground. Yes, there are other "better" products available that do what the Node 2 does, but even the most affordable of those products costs twice as much and most MUCH more than that. I connected my Node 2 to my "entry level audiophile" stereo system (Exposure 2010S integrated amplifier, Bowers & Wilkins 705 monitor/bookshelf speakers and ASW 700 active subwoofer) and my home wireless network. I bought an Amazon Kindle Fire as a dedicated control and have ended up using it as well as my iPhone 7. Setup was quick and easy. At this point, I have used the Node 2 exclusively with the Tidal Hi-Fi (lossless) streaming service and it sounds terrific -- the people who designed the Node 2 clearly made good use of its fast internal processors and Burr Brown PCM5122 internal DAC. The downsides -- the BlueOS app is a bit kludgy and, like Rhapsody/Napster it has a "dumb" search function -- i.e. unlike Google, it won't correct for any misspelled words. Other than that? I look forward to Bluesound integrating with SiriusXM in the future.
Pros: Price to performance Excellent sound Easy setup
Cons: BlueOs app is a bit kludgy
I compared the Bluesound Node 2 to the Auralic Aries Mini. I listen primarily to classical music through a Rogue Preamp and Channel Island Amp into Harbeth Super HL5+ speakers. As a standalone unit, I preferred it to the Aries.6 for sound quality, but found the software inferior. I could not get it to work with shared files over wifi and used it with an attached USB drive. I tried it with some pricey external DACs which had a significant improvement in sound quality. I returned the unit and went with a Lumin D1 which cost about the same as the Node 2 with a good DAC, sounded at least as good, and had far superior software. If I wanted an inexpensive stand alone device I'd probably sacrifice a little bit of sound quality for the greater usability of the Aries. I'd also give the Elac a try because of its software.
Pros: Good sound quality
Cons: Mediocre software interface Difficulty using with remote music files over WiFi
Like many, I am coming from Squeezebox Touch which has of course been discontinued for several years now. My main concerns thus have been how smooth Node 2 experience would be for Spotify and my local NAS music. Install was refreshingly trouble-free both with the wired ethernet connection, firmware update and finding and indexing my local files. However, there are several shortcomings I want to point out for those now considering Node 2: 1) Spotify Connect works but it is definitely not a tight integration. I'm quite certain this is due to Spotify and not necessarily Bluesound. For one, each time I want to listen, I have to fire up the Spotify app, hit play and then, connect to Node2. Worst for me is the fact that the play queue is in the Spotify App and nothing to do with Bluesound Controller. Much better integration exists with Groove which I may very well migrate simply for this reason. 2) Bluesound Controller on the Windows desktop is really a neglected child both in its looks as well as implementation. It currently is having serious problems displaying album covers, slow as molasses. And in case of Groove, cover images never appear! Android version however works just fine. 3) I really miss the Touch's user interface. I could simply walk up to the device and change the radio station. With Node 2, you must always start up the phone, run the app, then change the station, quite a cumbersome change. 4) Audio quality is no better, no worse to my
Pros: Great build quality. Simple trouble-free installation. Good choice of music sources, Internet radio, streaming services, local files, etc.
Cons: No real UI on the device itself. Desktop controller app has trouble displaying album covers. No built-in Pandora support No controller app for Windows 10 phone
Really enjoying this piece, both my wife and I are impressed with the sound. Great detail and separation within a wide soundstage. The app works well and I particularly enjoy Radio Paradise. Solid wi fi integration. It seems to have unexpected synergy with a $89 Dayton amp and the Ref Anti cables/my Lore Reference speakers by Tekton Design. Sweet. Crutchfield's attention to service and satisfaction has been excellent! Thank you!
Pros: Detailed engaging sound
I really like the Node 2. It sounds very good for this price point and it's easy to use. I mainly use it to play FLAC files (CD rips as well as 16 and 24-bit downloads) on my 18 year old stereo stereo system (Arcam Alpha 8 integrated amp, Paradigm Monitor 3 speakers). My first impression was that my NAD 512 CD player (also 18 years old) sounded a bit better than the Node 2 in my system. I did a lot of informal head-to-head comparisons (changing different variables) and after two months I have to admit I still feel that way. But it's close and I'm happy with the Node 2 overall. I'd have liked to be able to compare it something like the Cambridge Audio CXN to see what another $600 would have gotten me, but in the end I felt good about keeping the Node 2. I also sometimes play Spotify Connect or other music on my devices via Bluetooth, which is easy to do and sounds decent relative to the quality limitations of Spotify Connect in particular. I've yet to try it with a higher quality streaming service like Tidal. The iOS app is easy to use. I'd read poor reviews of earlier versions but the current one has a decent UI. My one major issue is that it appears to be a significant battery hog on my iPhone 6 (not as much on my iPad Pro). I found some complaints about this in the forums but haven't found any effective solutions yet. So the jury is still out on that aspect, but it wasn't a deal breaker.
Pros: Good sound for price, ability to play 24 bit, ease of use, form factor. Good way to connect older system to wireless multi-room system.
Cons: App appears to be battery hog on iPhone 6.
I love the Bluesound suite of products and this is a worthy addition to my setup. I have 4 Bluesound devices mostly playing flac files and I cannot fault them for audio quality. The early versions of the Bluesound app were pretty weak, they have since made huge improvements in the UI and overall usability. If I had more rooms I would add more nodes.
Pros: Easy to Set up Superb handling of most HD Audio Files
Cons: No DSD file playback Changing form factor for the Node devices. Hopefully they stay consistent
Fabulous product and great tech support.
Pros: Well designed, great app and easy installation.
The Bluesound Node 2 looks and feels great. The stated feature set is awesome. It also sounds very good. Though I thought it colored the sound too much with exaggerated bass, I imagine most customers will really like the sound, especially with average quality digital files or streaming services. Bluesound customer support is also good. So why did I give it only 3 stars? Well if there weren't any "cons", then as per above it would be a 5 star product. However, my experience actually warrants closer to 1 star. For starters, good customer service is good, but virtually no documentation is not. It would be OK with me if there was a lot of clear information online, but there isn't. Searching their forums is a waste of time. My advice is to contact their customer support immediately if you experience any hiccup. I had a big hiccup; not being able to connect to my WiFi even after hours of research and testing. (My router is very common and quite good: Arris TG1682G.) The main streaming service I wanted to connect to is Amazon music, but that isn't supported. I also wanted to be able to play my library from a 128GB USB drive, but that had too many problems. Streaming music from my Samsung S5 only worked with MP3s (which I don't use.) Customer support confirmed the problem and is looking into a fix. The Node 2 seems best used as a multi-room internet music streamer. Be sure to update the firmware (mine was about 10 versions out of date.) Sorry I can't elabora
Pros: + Excellent physical design in terms of visual appeal and quality exterior materials. + Good DAC and an overall sound that most will like very much, especially with internet streams or average quality files. + Good customer support (which you'll certainly need) + Android App is easy to use. + Probably does a great job at internet streaming and multi-room configurations.
Cons: - Spent many hours researching, trying, and working with Bluesound customer support to get this Node 2 to connect to my WiFi without luck. - Use of USB flash drive is problematic to the point of not really being worth it to me, despite the fact that was one of my main intended uses. - Streaming music from my Samsung S5 phone was even more problematic. - Colors the sound too much for my tastes (exaggerated bass.) - Documentation nearly non-existent.
The sound and ease of use is better than expected. A bit pricey but worth it especially if you're using Tidal FLAC quality streaming. The mobile app is solid and I hope they will push bi-weekly updates to further refine it.
I've got several DACs and streamers. This replaced one that passed on. (Logitech Touch) It was easy to set up. Took awhile to scan the music but that's expected with over 40,000 songs in my library. When I listen to it, it sounds quite nice. Not as nice as the DAC in our main listening room, but for being 10% of that price, quite nice indeed. Two things spoil it for me. First, it's about half the volume of any other device. Yes, I do have it set fixed volume. I used an SPL meter - at any given amp volume setting, a song is half the volume through Node2 as when streamed through a Logitech Transporter, Chromecast stick, CD player, Roku. I saw two other posts on their forums observing the same thing. No response to date on our posts. It has serious limits on album art. Art can't be bigger than 600x600px if embedded in music files (as it should be) or it won't display in the BlueOS app. Over half the HD music I've bought in the last 3 years has larger images embedded, about 1500x1500px. For thousands of songs, I get no art display. The workaround - extract the art, put a 600x600 jpg in each album folder. I'd have to do this for thousands of albums. Not happening. I'm now using it as a DLNA endpoint via JRiver/JRemote. That solves the art problem, but now it's a dumb endpoint. Those generally cost less than this. No solution on volume problem. It's annoying to turn way up for the Node2, then down for everything else. Disappointing. Demoted to guest bed
Pros: Quick set up, easy to use, good control app, looks good, sound quality is quite good (but you have to crank up your amp...)
Cons: Half the volume output as other sources even at fixed max volume, significant limitations on album art size
Have been using the Bluesound Node 2 for about two weeks now, and am very satisfied. I started streaming my music over ten years ago, have tried various products and am very happy with this one. It was easy to set up, easily found my music library and gives me easy access to my 10,000+ tracks. Also easy to use with Spotify. Best of all, it comes with a quality app that lets you easily call up and control your music. I also really like how while I use my iPhone to control it, if I walk out it doesn't stop working, my wife can use the app on her phone to change things - it's easy, works well, and sounds great.
Pros: Sound quality, ease of use, app.
Cons: Two minor comments: (1) it's hard to random play an artist, album, or genre (not sure why this detail seems to have been missed), (2) I wish it was easier to hit stop/clear everything button instead of having to go to the song playing, then the play queue, then hit the trashcan to clear it all out so the last stuff you played doesn't get mixed in with the new stuff you want to play. That said - I've spent a lot of time looking for the ideal streaming music player, and recommend this one.
I, too, am coming from the perspective of a Logitech Squeezebox Touch owner, which I have used to stream my high-res digital audio files to 3 separate systems. The first system is a 2-channel setup with a turntable, but with the streamer for more options. The second system is my family room 5-channel system for everyday listening, with Avalon Symbol speakers. My third system is my dedicated theater 7.1 system with Revel Salon2's. With my Squeezebox systems showing their age and getting glitchy on my network, I decided to look into newer systems. Initially I picked up a Sonos speaker for my daughter's room, which sounded pretty decent for the size, and connected well to my system. But alas, no high-res capabilities. So, I had to look deeper. The Bluesound system kept popping up in my search, but a lot of reviews lamented the glitchy software and library issues, so I wasn't sure. I finally decided to take the plunge and picked up the Node 2 from Crutchfield with the plan to return it if it wasn't any better than the Squeezebox Touch. Well, it didn't take too long to decide that it was going to stay. I have all of my music files on a NAS, and while the initial library setup took awhile (>40,000 tracks), but since then it's been smooth going. I have some DSD files that the Touch could never play, so it's nice to access those now. I'm enjoying Madeline Peyroux singing right now, and it sounds fantastic. The software is better than most reviewers let on. Highly recommended overall.
Pros: Attractive in my setup; easy to integrate into system; works well with all apps (computer-based, iPhone, iPad, etc.); bluetooth allows more options, but would prefer built-in pandora app.
Cons: No integrated pandora app, although spotify and tidal are present, among others;
I love it, great sound. installation went off without a hitch. I have seen reviews that said it was limited to 1000 songs, this must have been fixed in later revisions, I have over 2500 songs and it cataloged them just fine. Your going to want to save your CD's as flac files or other lossless file, difference between wav and flac is night and day. Simply amazing sound!!!
Pros: Apps work great easy to install. Excellent sound
Cons: HD files require a fast network server (not Node 2s fault just be aware you may nee to upgrade fi you want to play HD files) CD FLAC files run fine on my network
Overall I think the node 2 is a great product. Initially I had problems with the setup to the wireless router. The support group was great, fixed the problem and now everything is good.
Pros: The quality of the sound is good. Being able to plug my external hard drive in and control the music outdoors is great with the wireless app. Internet radio choices are good, wish they had pandora.
Cons: Software is not the greatest could use some work, a volume self leveler is needed
Love the product and sound. Great value for the money.
Pros: Some complained about the app. I think it is awesome after a learning curve. You can create playlist the include a streaming service, one the phone, and on the network in one playlist. Multiple sources in one playlist.
I purchased this to go with my NAD integrated amp and PSB speakers. It compliments them very well. I also like the fact that I can hook this up to my vintage Marantz 2270 receiver and listen thru that as well. The high definition sound quality is very good and I know this is a niche component but I wish it was more compatible to more music stations such as Amazon since I have a prime account. Other wise a great product!
Pros: Compact, nice reception of stations that are available. High quality sound.
Cons: Not being more adaptable to other music outlets such as Amazon.
I have been using my computer with JRiver Media Center 21 and was extremely happy with the sound until I purchased the Node 2 and it blew me away. I added a MY Cloud 4Tb NAS to play my Aif files and haven't looked back. Thank you Blue Sound for such an under-rated and under-priced piece of audio equipment. It plays any type file that I throw at it and has all the outputs that you could ask for. I am using a stand alone DAC, so I can't attest for the sound of the included DAC, but if the quality of the rest of the product is any indidcation then it will sound awesome. Thanks Crutchfield for all the help.
I already had an original Node when I ordered a Node 2 in order to expand my HD Music listening options to another room. As with the original Node installation was easy (I use the wired configuration so I can't comment on Wi-Fi setup or use) and straightforward. It is easy to group the two Nodes for in-sync music in multiple locations. Sound quality is excellent. I play primarily 96/24 files in FLAC with a few 192/24 recordings as well. I do not play non HD files on this setup (I have a 15 zone legacy Sonos system that I use for that purpose) so I can't comment on that. I much prefer the new 'footprint' of the Node2 over the original Node...other than that there is no noticeable difference in sound quality that I can detect. I use the PC app primarily for control, but also have the iPhone and Android apps as well.
Pros: Improved footprint over the original, ease of setup, sound quality.
Cons: A little pricey...but you get what you pay for.
Product works great. Have integrated in into the control4 system. Initially it was not really clear how best to get this device to work on my iPad. But with a little help from the blue sound folks I was able to get the device to work great. Stream Tidal and Pandora through my stereo system controlled by control 4 on my iPad and iPhone with no problems. Only suggestion would be to have clear documentation on how to do this complicated setup (which I am sure is not the standard way to use blue sounds node 2 device). I would have given it a 5 star if the documentation was better regarding the control4 system.
Pros: Works great sounds fantastic
Cons: Better documentation on how to integrate it into the control 4 system and utilization of an iOS device.
I purchased the Bluesound Node 2 after my Squeezebox line "expired". I needed a streamer that supports high-resolution playback, would work with a NAS drive, and would work with a Harman Kardon 3490 stereo receiver for playback. The Node 2 is clearly a superior streamer, very well made, easy to set up (even with an occasionally fussy software app). I'm meticulous about music metadata so my migration from the Squeezebox line to Bluesound was relatively painless from a software point of view. The high-resolution audio playback is stunning - far superior to what my previous system could produce. My music collection is primarily classical music and movie scores, and I also stream from Tidal, Tune-In, among others. The Node 2 does not disappoint in how it renders the various music genres, file formats, and streaming services. If you are considering a Bluesound Node 2, I would suggest working through your metadata ahead of time to make sure your metadata fits the Bluesound criteria - the Bluesound app will not index tracks with metadata that does not meet the software criteria of the app. The main culprit will most likely be album artwork - I did a lot of research ahead of time on the Support Forum, FAQs, etc., and made sure ahead of time that my album artwork fit the Bluesound app criteria. This made for a very smooth transition to the new system. I highly recommend the Node 2 - it does exactly what it is supposed to do and sounds fabulous on any music source.
Pros: Excellent build quality Easy to connect Renders music from all sources beautifully High-resolution audio sounds absolutely stunning
Cons: The only small "con" I have is the software app - it requires a little patience, and it will be necessary to have metadata in good shape in order to get your music files to index properly. Spending a little time studying the app and making sure your existing metadata conforms to Bluesound's criteria will make for a smooth and flawless transition. The software works just fine, it is just a little bit on the fussy side when it comes to metadata criteria.
Superb sound. I use it to stream Tidal sound files, and to my very experienced but by no means professional ear, the sound is as good or better than CD quality. I haven't hard wired the unit either, just streaming the sound from computer over WIFI, then into my NAD M3 amp & Linn speakers via RCA cables. Would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Pros: Superb sound, easy to set up.
Cons: The app is clumsy but useable. (IOS)
First off, system is Classe CA 400 amp, CP45 preamp, Theil 3.6, speaker; cable MIT 750 plus series 2, Interconnects MIT 330 series 2, Tice solo for component line conditioning, amp straight to wall. This node 2 will let you just enjoy the music and does not sound analytical or right in your face bright. Set up was easy, and treble / bass management a big plus if your preamp does not offer this. Radio paradise also comes loaded and sounds fantastic. I've had this system for many years and never heard it sound better. I understand all stereo systems are many and varied, but the node 2 if definitely worth trying.
Pros: Sound quality, laid back presentation, Spotify connect interacts and sounds great. Crutchfield top notch service in making sure the customer is satisfied with purchase. 60 day return policy and customer support if needed.
Cons: None, great sound for a $500 music steamer.
Easy setup and excellent sound quality.
Pros: Excellent Quality
I'd been straddled with a Pioneer N-50 for a couple of years. It sounded fine, but using it made me want to pull my hair out. I wanted a Hi-Res network player that was simple to use and didn't break the bank. Enter the Node 2. This thing fits my needs perfectly! While the control app is not perfect, it is easy to use and exponentially better than the crap app Pioneer put out. I connected it to a tube amp (Cronus Magnum II by Rogue Audio), JBL Studio L890 towers and a Klipsch 12 inch sub. Musical bliss!!! I highly recommend this player.
Pros: Great sound quality. Intuitive control app. Variety of online services built in. Bluetooth works well.
Cons: The lack of instruction manual may be an issue for those who are less than tech savvy.
My logitech original squeezebox sadly finally gave up and died. I did a lot of research on this price point product segment. It was very important to me to be able to access my large digital collection on my MAC on the network through software and that was the tipping point for purchasing this product over the others. I am amazed at the sound quality that the node 2 produces through my marantz amp and PSB speakers. A big step up in clarity and depth from the squeezebox. The only reason I give this product a 4 and not 5 stars is the software is not easy to use with OSX. After much message board searching and trial and error I finally got it to work. There are too many manual steps that to be repeated every time I add a song/album to my playlists to get it to show up in the node 2's database. The bluetooth connection with phones/tablets for playback works flawlessly - no dropouts or issues.
Pros: sound quality amazing - installing hardware itself was easy
Cons: computer software hard to install/use. Needs more automation for music database upkeep
Purchased the Node 2 to replace a fully functional Logitech Squeezebox Duet system. The Node 2 is connected via coaxial digital to an Anthem Statement processor, so I am not using the analog output or DAC of the Node 2. I have the Node 2 hardwired via ethernet and speed is perfect with no dropouts at all. From a sound quality standpoint with redbook CD rips to FLAC, the sound quality is very similar to the Duet as would be expected. The Node 2 has the advantage of transporting hi-res files, so this was one of the main selling points for upgrading from the Squeezebox duet. The Node 2 has very good build quality and the connectors are snug and do not feel cheap. From an operational and user interface standpoint, I still have to give the overall edge to the Squeezebox Duet. The Bluesound app is responsive and pretty comprehensive, but it is not real intuitive when trying to play an album or searching for artists, etc. Seems like I'm always flipping left and right and having to click extra icons to access something simple like the library, etc. The default landing screens for the app are also not what I would prefer. Essentially, after using the very logical layout of the Squeezebox for over 5 years, the way Bluesound expects you to search, build playlists just to listen to something, etc. is more cumbersome and grows tiring. Perhaps after more time, the interface game will become more natural. Overall, this is a good way to play hi-res files from a NAS.
Pros: Great build quality Very good sound quality through digital output Works well with other Bluesound products Pretty comprehensive list of streaming services Quick and responsive compared to Squeezebox
Cons: Not the most intuitive or efficient app interface Products do not really "turn off" they stay in standby Blue LEDs are still very bright at lowest setting
Easy set up using the free bluesound app. It has added significant versatility to my home system and the Spotify connect is a plus.
Pros: Great wireless sound Streamlined look Easy set up
This replaces a squeezebox that I loved. This looks better and is simple to use. Sound is awesome. I don't find the app as friendly as the squeezbox. Pandora is separate but I will hope for improvement.
Pros: Looks and sounds great!
Cons: Pandora is separate app.
Sounds great, better than my Sqeezebox Touch. Missing some functionality.
Pros: -Beats my Sqeezebox Touch in sound quality even when using them to feed the same DAC, which frankly surprised me. Greater detail and clarity, with no harshness. -Using my tablet to control it is faster than the Sqeezebox remote in terms of navigation. Also, the album covers are larger. -Like Sqeezebox, it can play my existing M3U playlists.
Cons: -Unable to play by folders. This isSqeezebox's main advantage. For example, I have my music in folders called Classical, Jazz, etc. With Squeezebox, I could hear all my Jazz randomly by selecting that folder. Or all my Classical. With Bluesound, the only way to do this is to create playlists song by song. The only random option is to hear your entire library on random. Of course, once you have created a playlist you CAN play that on random.
love the convenience of tablet centralized control of multiple music sources. no more tracks picking on MAC. separate AM FM tuner gone forever. all in one is great. excellent support from factory cusomer care to assist with setup. very valuable inputs by Crutchfield's product specialist. this is a no brainer for anyone wanting to be at the cutting edge of digitalized music outsourcing and exploring.
Surprised me on the first song, quite a spatial upgrade from my previous digital file set-up (ALAC through a 7th gen. iPod classic into Sansui 7900 through Klipsch Reference speakers) - it was immediately obvious that both clarity, soundstage, and phrasing had been improved. Playing Spotify through the system shows an upgrade too. It's quite impressive in that respect. It was simple to add a USB to the back with FLAC files, bringing a greater range and depth to the music. Others have reported too much bass but it is fine through my system as my vintage amp responds well to a slightly 'harder push'; same with the speakers. So consider your set-up and what you want to add to your system. The device comes in excellent packaging, quiet an exciting opening, but a let-down once inside with the lack of documentation. The cables also leave a lot to be desired. I immediately dropped the standard issue ones and added some from my collection. I've yet to test out different interconnects to see how that changes the sound, but for now I'm happy. The set-up is relatively easy, I hard wired the network connection, and downloaded the app. I'd read that it can work with the bluesound app and the NAD app; though they are exactly the same with a different skin. It was intuitive to start with, and the iPhone vs the iPad app adds to the confusion, but after a while it became clear what the designers were thinking. It IS logical if you follow their logic. I'm used to it now.
Pros: Improved sound, and at this price point you'd have to wonder what jumping up to double the cost would actually add without having to bring the rest of your system up a notch. It's responsive over a wired network. It's small, good looking, and simple to set up.
Cons: Ditch the provided cables. The app needs work, would be nice if it had a 'lock screen' control access panel on the iPhone (like Spotify does). The software is initially frustrating.
Gave it three stars and it could have easily earned four and a half. The unit seems well built and sounds good (better with upgraded power cord) but it's the poor support and frustration of setting it up that is a problem. I am an experienced computer user and rarely need help but any company selling tech products that does not offer basic setup help over the phone is Not a customer focused company. Why should any consumer have to dig through FAQs or join a user support group to get something to work as advertised?? Hey Lembrook we are not all geeks and most of us don't have hours on end to spend getting your product to sync to a PC as advertised! Lembrook should have addressed this by offering phone support where the problem can be quickly fixed by an expert instead of arrogantly expecting users to spend hours wading through mostly useless FAQ's and experimenting with fixes from other frustrated users?. I also went online and left my phone number and a brief explanation of an issue expecting a callback and two weeks later am still waiting. It also have rather weak and poorly designed playback screen which hopefully can be upgraded with an app. If there had been another brand or product at this price point I would have returned it. Will not buy another Lembrook product until they get serious about taking care of their customers as opposed to the "You Are On Your Own" model of support.
Pros: Well built, good sound, attractive (as opposed to the previous iteration). Fills a need in the marketplace.
Cons: No Basic Customer setup support. Poorly designed user interface. Arrogance of thinking that FAQ's or user groups are the answer to providing customer service.
Replaced sonos and there is huge improvement in sound. Detail and clarity superior. We still run sonos in other rooms but it sounds several notches less detail. Run the blue sound through a Hegel80amp and kef ls50 speakers. The software is very clunky compare to sonos and I miss the ease of autogenrated stations based on one selected song as in sonos but the sound is worth it. I have had a couple occasions when distortion occurred due to inadequet bandwidth I think.
Pros: Sound and build quality.
This is a fun product and clear upgrade from my Logitech Squeezebox Touch. It has a highly detailed sound. I have a very highly resolving system...and this product may be too revealing! With the stock power cord the detail comes across as harsh and fatiguing. I bought a C7 power chord, and now I'm much happier with the Node2. The detail now comes through as textures and has a more plush feel to my ears. The stock C7 cord is harsh, and brittle sounding. Do yourself a Big favor and upgrade. Especially if you are connecting it to a high fidelity system. I find it excels with HD music (24/96 or higher rez). Of course the better the recording and mastering, the better it will ultimately sound (not all high rez is equal!). But even streaming remastered Pink Floyd from Tidal is quite revelatory. I'm glad I bought this little gem (with the upgraded power cord). You will be too.
Pros: Easy setup Nice smartphone app Highly detailed sound (maybe too detailed/exaggerated) Streams Tidal Should run Meridian MQA someday soon! That in itself will be worth it and unique!
Cons: Stock power chord makes all the detail sound harsh and unbearable. It masks an otherwise stellar sound. Smartphone app can be frustrating. Mostly good, but needs some tweaks for easier use.
Recently upgraded from the original Node (1) to the Node2. The Node2 is much better at handling all my music files, especially HD audio. The entire system is faster and easier to use. A great update to the Node product!
Pros: Much better handling of files, especially HD Audio. Faster app. Easier to Use.
Cons: Cost for upgrade is high after only one year with Node(1)
This streamer replaces my Squeezebox Touch. Best attributes are the ability to stream Hi-Resolution files and it converts files in a lower resolution to Hi-Rez. This makes poorly recorded music sound better than it really does, which was unexpected. I have lots of poorly recorded music. Setting up on a Mac was challenging and I needed tech support which was good from Bluesound. The Mac and iOS interfaces are good once you get used to them. Probably the best streamer control app I've used. The streaming capability is excellent, never skips or stops by itself. The sound from the DAC is bass heavy but there is a control to manage bass and treble. Biggest gripe is the lack of detailed documentation on the unit. Comes with a 4 page fold out which is mostly about wifi set up. This is one of the few affordable Hi-Rez music streamers and I'm grateful to PSB/NAD for partnering on this product.
Pros: Rock solid streaming Hi-Rez music capability Upconversion of lower rez files and this improves the sound of that music Form factor
Cons: Detailed documentation not available Most people will need tech support to set up initially, tech support is very good. Small speaker not available for another month. (end of Nov 2015)
The Node 2 replaces my Sonos Connect. I'm satisfied with the Bluesound playing my hi-res music stored on a NAS. Playback is without dropouts over a wireless network with a somewhat weak signal. Using the analog input to connect a phono stage, and the sound is good enough. The Bluesound software is clunky. Wish it had transport controls on the lock screen of my Android phone. The Android version of the software, unlike the iOS version, requires an elaborate contorted sequence of operations to switch from the analog input to playing music from the library. In my quiet listening room, I sometimes hear a very high frequency sound from the box itself (not from the outputs); perhaps this is from the power supply? The sound is annoying and distracting; to me indicative of a lack of attention to the finest details, maybe compromises needed to reach this price point. Unplugging and plugging the Node 2 back in sometimes makes the sound disappear.
Pros: - Plays hi-res music in a variety of useful file formats - Great network connectivity - High value
Cons: - Clunky unfinished software - Whiny high-frequency sound
The Node 2 is a very convenient way to handle streaming with its app being mostly intuitive to use. Handling your existing iTunes files takes a bit more programming to set up. The quality of the sound is fantastic, better than running from my Mac mini. I'm very happy with the Node 2 and highly recommend it for serious listening as well as for its convenience.
Pros: Sound quality Convenience
Cons: Setup can be tricky
Excellent product. Easy Installation works exactly as intended.
Pros: Bluesound software is very easy to use especially when leveraging software products such as Bliss and MP3tag to ensure artwork is set up properly. Product allows for the streaming of high resolution audio with sampling rates up to 192 kHz by 24 bit at a very competitive price versus competing products. One can use the Node 2 to stream to other speaker products in the Bluesound family which sound better than Sonos in my opinion. Product also has a built in DAC and plenty of digital-in options.
Cons: The price may be a bit high if one does not need high resolution audio streaming and playback. However, even CD quality flac files (44.1khz/16bit) tend to sound great on a Bluesound system.
These are very subjective since it depends on your power amp and speakers that you use. Overall the model is good. The android App of Node 2 is way better than Marantz. I think Marantz needs to hire a new mobile app development team if they want to stay ahead. SOUND: I felt that Marantz NA6005 was much more true in its sound production as compared to Node 2. The BASS in Node 2 is way high. Node 2 definitely is coloring the sound. The bass really gets in the way of listening if you are listening to vocals minor base and drums will I had to use Audio settings > enable Tone Control and bring down the bass by -3db and at times -6db. Marantz NA6005 does a better job out of the box Plan to keep it for 2 weeks and test it more before I decide to keep it.
Pros: 1. The form factor is great as compared to the earlier model. 2. Setup is very simple. 3. App is much better than others (way better than Marantz) 4. 12 v trigger to shut down the amp.
Cons: 1. BASS is on the high side for Node 2. If you like lot of bass this will be good for you. I found the bass overpowering the vocals in many occasions. 2. The Play/Pause button on the device does not pause. It acts like MUTE. Not sure if my piece is defective or that is how they designed it. 3. Using Bluetooth is not intuitive and simple. I had to refer forums and manual. 4. Touching a song will not play but add it to some playlist. That workflow is very confusing. (youtube videos will help)
Excellent product, bought a second when the first one setup and installed as expected. Easy to use and works well with my Netgear NAS. I have it wire line connected to my LAN to limit any potential performance issues. I have used it wireless as well but it takes longer to load songs than having it wired. Only issue so far occurred after a power outage. It did not automatically re-connect again, I had to go through setup to re-make the connection. Would buy again, as I already have
Pros: Easy to use, Software works well
Cons: Lost connection after power outage and needed to be re-set
Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The Node 2 zone player is part of Bluesound's wireless high-resolution audio eco-system. The Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio eco-system consists of music players, amplifiers, hard-drives, and wireless speakers to playback your high-res and low-res music files, along with your favorite online music services throughout your home using your home's WiFi network. With an advanced WiFi antenna design and blazing ARM Cortex9 Processors, Bluesound ensures a solid connection in every corner of your home. Play your music in perfect sync or play different music simultaneously to any Bluesound device in any room.
Note: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly wireless environment. If you want to connect more than 16 Bluesound devices, you will need to connect the Bluesound devices to your network using a wired connection. Bluesound can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired environment.
Network Music Player: The Bluesound Node 2 network music player lets you stream digital music files on your network connected Windows or Mac computer, plus stream select online music services and internet radio to your existing home audio system. The Bluesound Node offers a wired or wireless network connection, plus a USB (type-A) input. The Node connects to your home stereo system via analog RCA or digital optical/coax. A free remote app for your Apple iOS or Android device lets you control the Node 2 and your streamed digital music from your mobile device.
32-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Bluesound Node 2 zone player employs a 32-bit/192kHz DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to ensure that your lossless high-res music playback is flawless, with precision and clarity - at any volume.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Node 2 can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) connection. Either network/internet connection allows you to stream music from your Windows or Mac computer and NAS drive (such as the Bluesound Vault, sold separately); as well as stream select online music services.
Note: Bluesound operates only on 2.4GHz WiFi (not 5GHz).
Bluesound Controller App: The free Bluesound Controller App turns your Apple iOS (7.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone/tablet, Windows (Vista higher) PC or Mac (OS X 10.7+) computer into a full-featured remote control for the Bluesound wireless music system. The Bluesound Controller App on your compatible device uses your home's WiFi network to connect with Bluesound devices, so you can play all the music you love anywhere in your home for a wireless multiroom music experience. Get on-demand access to your music libraries on your home network, stream live Internet radio from almost any place in the world, or listen to one of the many music services available on Bluesound, all from the palm of your hand with the easy-to-use Bluesound Controller App.
Supported Music Formats: The Bluesound wireless audio system supports both low-res and high-res audio files; including MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WMA Lossless, MQA, WAV, and AIFF. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 100,000 songs in demonstrated practice (this will depend on the music's metadata & artwork). Bluesound also offers gapless playback by default for all supported file music types.
|Compression||File Type||Sampling Frequency||Bit Rate or Bit Depth|
|Lossless||WMA-Lossless||up to 96 kHz||up to 24-bit|
|FLAC||192 kHz||up to 24-bit|
|Uncompressed||AIFF||up 192 kHz||up to 24-bit|
Notes: Bluesound cannot index or play AAC files with the extension ".m4p". These files were purchased in iTunes prior to 2009 and are subject to copy protection. Apple Consumers with an iTunes Match subscription can delete and re-download these files free of charge from their iTunes Cloud
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): Bluesound is the first wireless multiroom audio system to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Bluesound worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside each Bluesound component to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the source and the way the artist intended you to hear it when it was approved in the studio.
Note: MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support will require a firmware update.
Online Music Services: With a network and internet connection, the Node 2 lets you access select online music services & internet radio. The Bluesound Controller app on your Apple iOS or Android device will serve as the controller for these apps and provide song/artist information with Album Art.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the music service providers or others.
Music Library From Your Mobile Device: From the Bluesound Controller App, you can stream music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or Android device to the Bluesound Node 2 and the rest of your Bluesound components around your home. The app gives you complete control of your compatible mobile device's music library with song/artist information and album art.
Computer Audio: The Bluesound wireless music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC or Mac computer using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the Bluesound Controller App for Windows & Mac.
Bluetooth w/ aptX: The Bluesound Node 2 features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with support for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop, and more. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Node 2. In addition, the Node 2 offers aptX for CD-quality sound from Android (OS 4.0+) devices. You can even distribute Bluetooth audio to the rest of your Bluesound wireless audio system throughout your home or office over WiFi.
Inputs: The Bluesound Node 2 is fitted with a USB (type-A) port for playback of music files stored on a mass storage class (MSC) device, as well as a 3.5mm Aux input that serves as an analog or digital input.
Outputs: The Bluesound Node 2 provides analog & digital outputs to connect to your existing home entertainment system, plus a sub out for adding a powered sub, a headphone jack for private listening, and a trigger output for remote activation of another component.
Soft-Touch Controls: The Bluesound Node 2 offers soft-touch, top-panel controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.
AC Power: The Bluesound Node 2 operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and the included 6' detachable AC power cord.
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