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Bluesound Node 2i Wireless Multi-Room Hi-Res Music Streamer

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  • Product Description

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    Easily connect the NODE 2i wireless music streamer to any existing stereo system to unlock and discover a universe of audio streaming. With more than enough analog and digital input/output options to please the most dedicated audiophile, the NODE 2i connects your gear to all the music ever recorded. Online streaming services, Internet radio and even your own digital music library held on a computer, smartphone or external drive—the NODE 2i brings infinite playback choices into your very own high-fidelity sonic domain.

    REINVENT YOUR HIFI

    Designed to connect traditional HiFi systems—including powered speakers—to the expanding world of streaming audio and Internet radio, the NODE 2i instantly breathes new life into your decades-old stereo equipment. Whether it be an aging amplifier or a long-forgotten receiver, the NODE 2i will have your favorite components sounding better than the day you brought them home.

    TAKE YOUR HIFI WIFI

    The NODE 2i has enhanced dual band Wi-Fi which provides best-in-class performance even in crowded airspace. With state-of-the-art Bluetooth® aptX® HD, the NODE 2i can easily support 24-bit streaming directly from your phone or tablet, as well as transmit studio-quality music to Bluetooth headphones and speakers. High-end DAC technology built into every Bluesound Player allows the NODE 2i to decode and stream MQA files in all their lossless glory.

    SET YOUR MUSIC FREE

    Featuring an array of analog and digital input and output options, the NODE 2i gives you infinite playback choices to rule your sonic domain. With the ability to connect to a CD player or turntable, the NODE 2i ensures that your physical music collection continues to thrive. Easily stream your favorite tracks from the source of your choice and hear it anywhere in the home.

    ALL THE MUSIC EVER RECORDED

    With Airplay 2* built-in for easy integration into the Apple ecosystem, the NODE 2i is one of the most flexible streamers ever. Premium high-res music services like TIDAL®, Spotify®and Qobuz®—as well as virtually all other popular music services and Internet radio stations can be found directly inside the BluOS Controller app. Access your downloads, your iTunes library and any other content from a NAS drive, all without turning on a computer.

    FILL YOUR HOME WITH MUSIC

    Seamlessly connect the NODE 2i to multiple Bluesound speakers throughout the home with the BluOS Controller app and create an intuitive multi-room music system unlike any other.

    Features:

    • Audio
    • Supported File Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS
    • Hi-Res Formats: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF
    • Native Sampling Rates: 32 - 192 kHz
    • Bit Depths: 16 - 24
    • Performance: SNR - 110dBA, Distortion, THD+N - 0.005%
    • DAC: 32-Bit, 192kHz
    • Supported Operating Systems: Plays music from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista 7-10, Apple Macintosh 7-10
    • Free Internet Radio: TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise, Slacker Radio
    • Supported Cloud Services: Spotify, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer , Qobuz, HighResAudio, Murfie , JUKE, Napster, KKBox, Bugs, Taihe Music ZONE, SoundMachine.
    • Integration Partners: Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, push, iPort, ELAN, Lutron, roon, Amazon Alexa Skills*, Airplay 2*
    • Album Art: JPG
    • Note: *Some services, features and technologies will be available soon with a firmware upgrade
    • Connectivity
    • Network: Gigabit Ethernet RJ45, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, dual-band)
    • USB: 1 x Type-A port for connection to USB memory sticks (Fat32 or NTFS formatted) and supported peripherals, 1 x Type-B (mini) for product servicing
    • Audio Input: Combo - TOSLINK / 3.5mm
    • Audio Output: Analog RCA Stereo with FIXED option, Coaxial RCA, TOSLINK digital optical, Headphone 3.5mm Stereo, Subwoofer RCA, 12 Volt trigger out
    • Bluetooth Quality: Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD wireless built-in
    • Bluetooth Connectivity: Two-Way (transmit & receive)
    • Power: Universal bi-pin AC Cord input (100 - 240AC)
    • User Interface
    • Mobile Operating System: BluOS - Free Android and iOS App Available Online at Google Play and Apple App Store
    • Pushbuttons: Simple top-panel touch controls.
    • Control: IR Sensor built in - Front panel
    • General
    • Processor: ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1 GHz
    • Unit Weight: 1.12 kg / 2.45 lbs
    • Gross Dimensions: 220 x 46 x 146 mm, 8.7 x 1.8 x 5.7 in
    • Power Consumption (Idle): 6 Watts
    • Accessories: 2x AC power cords (Europe & North America), Ethernet Cable, Stereo RCA to RCA Cable, Toslink Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor
    • Storage Environment: -10° C to 50° C, 20% to 80% relative humidity
    • Operating Environment: 0° C to 40° C
    • Finish: Available in White or Black Matte
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    1. Worth 3 times the price, maybe more.

      No streamer that I am aware of gives you such a complete package for the money. With all the features, quality of music and flexibility of use, the Bluesound Node 2i would cost at least 3 times the price; and I am not sure that a much more expensive device will be better.

      How long does it take to set-up; well, pairing with my phone, firmware update, connecting, and start playing Tidal MQA quality with Wi-Fi streaming, all done in less than 20 minutes. The set-up was fast and flawless.

      In my research which streamer to buy, I read many complains from buyers that are not happy with the software and firmware setup, if your Wi-Fi connection is fast enough you be done in 10 minutes pairing and update, I did it over Wi-Fi, you can use ethernet as well, comes included with an ethernet cable to do so.

      Other complains, the DAC is not good enough, important, what is your source and other equipment; I connected the Node 2i to my pre-amp (no external DAC) (analogue). My preamp is connected to 2 Monoblock reference amps going to my speakers (Usher Dancers) The sound is extremely good, better than my hi-end CD player (4K), Yes, the sound of the Node 2i is better than my CD player. I was baffled, perplexed.

      What most users do not check is dBm (decibel milliwatts), which is one of the most important factors in streaming high quality music over Wi-Fi, (Most Wi-Fi users assume that not enough speed (Mbps) is the issue) well, dBm is the signal strength not speed (If you go close to your modem or extender using a dBm meter or app that you can download on your phone, the dBm numbers will tell you the story 99% of the time; if you measure dBm, the best value is about 20 inches in circumference around modem/router or extender, so, in a lot of cases it is advisable to have an extender in the close proximity of your streamer. In case you want the best sound, here we go.

      Wireless Signal Strength:

      For Player Firmware upgrades: -70dBm

      For streaming 44.1/16 content: -70dBm

      For streaming 96/24 content: -55dBm

      For streaming 192/24 content: -45dBm

      So, if you want MQA, you need to be around -45 dBm. If all you other equipment is Audiophile quality do not be afraid and think about complains from buyers; assuming the inexpensive price of the Node 2i, is why it is not working properly or the sound is bad, or it is the DAC, nonsense; buy this streamer, no better deal around. Hence, this is a streamer for everyone liking music, audiophile, or casual listener. Keep in mind that room acoustics, source and speakers are very important, if you do your end, the Node 2i will not disappoint.

      Btw. Apps for dBm measurement are available for Android and IOS. I use the Network Cell Info app for my Android phone. This will tell you your dBm and gives you the capability to move around and find the best location for signal strength and Wi-Fi speed.

      I am not going to go any further with my review, for the simple reason, the Node 2i has so many more features. Check the Buesound website, they have all the info you need.

      Highly recommended. And do not forget, buy from the GOOD PEOPLE from AUDIOLAB they have excellent service and free shipping in the US. Support small businesses, the US was built on it.
      on Apr 10th 2021

    2. Worth 3 times the price

      Pro: No item that I'm aware of that gives you quality of music and flexibility of use than the Bluesound Node 2i for at least 3 times the price. Everything set-up in 20 minutes, playing Tidal MQA quality with WiFi streaming. This is a outstanding device.

      In my research which streamer to buy, I read many complains from buyers that are not happy with the software and firmware setup, if your WiFi connection is fast enough you be done in 10 minutes pairing and update, I did it over WiFi, you can use ethernet of course, comes even with an ethernet cable to do so.

      Other complains, the DAC is not good enough, realize what is your source and your other equipment; I connected the Node 2I to my pre-amp (no DAC) (analogue). My preamp is connected to 2 monoblock reference amps going to my speakers (Usher Dancers) The sound is extremely good, better than my hi-end CD player (4K), Yes the sound of the Node 2I is better than my CD player. I was baffled , yes truly perplexed.
      What most users do not check is dBm (decibel milliwatts), which is one the most important factors in streaming music over WiFi , in case you want the best sound, here we go.

      Wireless Signal Strength:

      For Player Firmware upgrades: -70dBm

      For streaming 44.1/16 content: -70dBm

      For streaming 96/24 content: -55dBm

      For streaming 192/24 content: -45dBm

      So, if you want MQA, you need to be around -45 dBm. If all you other equipment is Audiophile quality don't be afraid, buy this streamer, no better deal around. Hence, this is a streamer is for everyone liking music.

      Keep in mind that room acoustics, source and speakers are very important, if you do your end, the Node 2I will not disappoint.
      Btw. Apps are available for Android and IOS. I use the Network Cell Info app for my Android phone. This will tell you your dBm and more.

      I'm not going to go any further with my review, for the simple reason the Node 2I has so many more features. Check the Buesound website, they have all the info you need.

      Highly recommended. And don't forget, buy from the GOOD PEOPLE from AUDIOLAB. Support small businesses, the US was built on it.
      on Apr 9th 2021

    3. Very nice product, poor interface

      This is hard to review because no matter how great the product is, if using it is a PITA as in this case, the review by necessity has to reflect that. It should be said that many of these interfaces need more work, PlayFi is the worst IMO. I have been using Sonos products and I have to say it has been the most pain free to date, and in fact I have replaced this Node 2i with a Port because of the ease of use, especially with the new Sonos os which brings hi res streaming with it.
      The Bluesound app has a 2 star rating in the app store and I found that rating appropriate. I wish I had seen it before I bought this unit. However AudioLab gets a 10 star rating for handling the return.
      on Jul 3rd 2020

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