Bluesound NODE 2 – Sound quality excellent, control app poor.

I experienced a squeezebox basic for several several years which was related to my qnap nas on which i experienced lms but qnap ceased supporting the lms and at some point i produced the determination to change to an choice. After considerably browsing i made a decision upon the node 2. It is pretty compact with a reasonably little footprint which i preferred. It hooked up to my anthem amp with no problem and appears fantastic. I have streamed qobuz, tidal, deezer and spotify as a result of it and it performs perfectly. If i was becoming very picky i would say i desire the a bit a lot more open up sound of my linn sneaky ds when streaming qobuz and tidal flac documents but the linn is a lot much more expensive. The only grumble, and that is minimal definitely, is that i experienced to fiddle with the my qnap person options and be certain microsoft networking was on to established up network share for the bluos app to include my music saved on the qnap- i run with apple networking and have an apple architecture so have formerly had no need to have for microsoft. The bluos app is necessary to make choices and regulate the node 2. I discover the bluos app to be excellent and secure. As with all apps there is a require to grow to be acquainted with it but after done no problems so far.

I bought this as a substitute for my squeezebox traditional, a pretty previous and in accordance to its producers obsolete equipment. However, whilst the seem good quality is without doubt excellent, in some other respects the node falls brief of the squeezebox. You manage it from a cell phone or pill application – no challenge besides that unfortunately the application is clumsy to use with an unfriendly and from time to time baffling interface. There are also some complications of functionality. The node will operate spotify, but not right through the app, but only by the spotify app on your tablet/cellphone. This is a ramshackle arrangement which is typically annoying and bewildering, so the transition from your music library to spotify is significantly from sleek. There is the standard selection of radio stations, which includes bbc, but compared with the squeezebox not the catchup capability of bbc iplayer, which is disappointing – and i would like some of the qualified reviewers had warned me about this. On a small, but irritating place, the system won’t generally be successful in picking up the album art from my music library. All in all, this is an great machine allow down by the software program, esoecially the interface. For squeezebox there had been at least two competing apps.

Fantastic quality hardware, straightforward setup and superb audio. I individually also truly like the app.

  • Good All Round Unit
  • Great piece of kit.
  • Sound quality excellent, control app poor.

The seem from this streamer is as very good as, or improved than cd quality. I stored my entire music collection on an nas as wav information. The bluesound accesses this above a wifi network and plays it by way of my existing hi fi established up. The advantage of accessing any music that you fancy listening to, from your sensible cellphone, like any artwork, is outstanding. There is also a myriad of web radio stations to decide on from as well. The 1 matter i would say having said that, is that the manage app needs a minor enhancement. Ground breaking piece of kit for sure. I have not made use of my cd player considering the fact that buying this.

Fantastic with a snology travel.

Features of Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎

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  • 1GHz ARM® CORTEXTM A9 PROCESSOR
  • 32-BIT/192kHz DAC
  • WIFI + ETHERNET
  • aptX® BLUETOOTH WIRELESS BUILT-IN
  • OPTICAL + ANALOG INPUTS

Wonderful product for higher resolution streaming from nas, wireless, bluetooth and world wide web. Dac is incredibly excellent, and gave a good end result on analogue output. Go through the what hi-fi assessment they acquired it location on. The bluesound app needs a bit of function but that is no reflection on the products.

Excellent sound high-quality with a secure app. Would want to see google play and and amazon prime audio companies involved.

Have tried out a quantity of streamers which have been typically disappointing. This one is audio heaven especially when utilizing tidal mqa. Coupled with an app which is as good as if not improved than sonos.

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Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎
Rating
3.0 of 5 stars, based on 9 reviews
Price
£499.00

One Comment on “Bluesound NODE 2 – Sound quality excellent, control app poor.”

  1. This review is from : Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎

    Good quality hardware, easy setup and fantastic sound. I personally also really like the app.
    1. Good quality hardware, easy setup and fantastic sound. I personally also really like the app.
      1. Have tried a number of streamers which have been generally disappointing. This one is audio heaven especially when using tidal mqa. Coupled with an app which is as good as if not better than sonos.
  2. This review is from : Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎

    Have tried a number of streamers which have been generally disappointing. This one is audio heaven especially when using tidal mqa. Coupled with an app which is as good as if not better than sonos.
    1. I had a squeezebox classic for many years which was connected to my qnap nas on which i had lms but qnap ceased supporting the lms and eventually i made the decision to switch to an alternative. After much searching i decided upon the node 2. It is quite compact with a relatively small footprint which i wanted. It hooked up to my anthem amp with no problem and sounds good. I have streamed qobuz, tidal, deezer and spotify through it and it performs well. If i was being very picky i would say i prefer the slightly more open sound of my linn sneaky ds when streaming qobuz and tidal flac files but the linn is a lot more expensive. The only grumble, and that is minor really, is that i had to fiddle with the my qnap user settings and ensure microsoft networking was on to set up network share for the bluos app to include my music stored on the qnap- i run with apple networking and have an apple architecture so have previously had no need for microsoft. The bluos app is required to make selections and control the node 2. I find the bluos app to be good and stable. As with all apps there is a need to become familiar with it but once done no problems so far.
  3. This review is from : Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎

    I had a squeezebox classic for many years which was connected to my qnap nas on which i had lms but qnap ceased supporting the lms and eventually i made the decision to switch to an alternative. After much searching i decided upon the node 2. It is quite compact with a relatively small footprint which i wanted. It hooked up to my anthem amp with no problem and sounds good. I have streamed qobuz, tidal, deezer and spotify through it and it performs well. If i was being very picky i would say i prefer the slightly more open sound of my linn sneaky ds when streaming qobuz and tidal flac files but the linn is a lot more expensive. The only grumble, and that is minor really, is that i had to fiddle with the my qnap user settings and ensure microsoft networking was on to set up network share for the bluos app to include my music stored on the qnap- i run with apple networking and have an apple architecture so have previously had no need for microsoft. The bluos app is required to make selections and control the node 2. I find the bluos app to be good and stable. As with all apps there is a need to become familiar with it but once done no problems so far.
    1. Excellent sound quality with a stable app. Would want to see google play and and amazon prime audio services included.
      1. Excellent sound quality with a stable app. Would want to see google play and and amazon prime audio services included.
  4. This review is from : Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎

    I bought this as a replacement for my squeezebox classic, a very old and according to its manufacturers obsolete machine. Unfortunately, although the sound quality is undoubtedly excellent, in some other respects the node falls short of the squeezebox. You control it from a phone or tablet app – no problem except that unfortunately the app is clumsy to use with an unfriendly and sometimes baffling interface. There are also some problems of functionality. The node will run spotify, but not directly through the app, but only through the spotify app on your tablet/phone. This is a ramshackle arrangement which is often annoying and confusing, so the transition from your music library to spotify is far from smooth. There is the usual range of radio stations, including bbc, but unlike the squeezebox not the catchup capability of bbc iplayer, which is disappointing – and i wish some of the professional reviewers had warned me about this. On a minor, but irritating point, the device doesn’t always succeed in picking up the album art from my music library. All in all, this is an excellent machine let down by the software, esoecially the interface. For squeezebox there were at least two competing apps.
    1. I bought this as a replacement for my squeezebox classic, a very old and according to its manufacturers obsolete machine. Unfortunately, although the sound quality is undoubtedly excellent, in some other respects the node falls short of the squeezebox. You control it from a phone or tablet app – no problem except that unfortunately the app is clumsy to use with an unfriendly and sometimes baffling interface. There are also some problems of functionality. The node will run spotify, but not directly through the app, but only through the spotify app on your tablet/phone. This is a ramshackle arrangement which is often annoying and confusing, so the transition from your music library to spotify is far from smooth. There is the usual range of radio stations, including bbc, but unlike the squeezebox not the catchup capability of bbc iplayer, which is disappointing – and i wish some of the professional reviewers had warned me about this. On a minor, but irritating point, the device doesn’t always succeed in picking up the album art from my music library. All in all, this is an excellent machine let down by the software, esoecially the interface. For squeezebox there were at least two competing apps.
      1. The sound from this streamer is as good as, or better than cd quality. I stored my entire music collection on an nas as wav files. The bluesound accesses this over a wifi network and plays it through my existing hi fi set up. The convenience of accessing any music that you fancy listening to, from your smart phone, including any artwork, is brilliant. There is also a plethora of internet radio stations to choose from as well. The one thing i would say however, is that the control app needs a little improvement. Innovative piece of kit for sure. I haven’t used my cd player since buying this.
  5. This review is from : Bluesound NODE 2 (Black) Hi-Res Wireless Music Streamer‎

    The sound from this streamer is as good as, or better than cd quality. I stored my entire music collection on an nas as wav files. The bluesound accesses this over a wifi network and plays it through my existing hi fi set up. The convenience of accessing any music that you fancy listening to, from your smart phone, including any artwork, is brilliant. There is also a plethora of internet radio stations to choose from as well. The one thing i would say however, is that the control app needs a little improvement. Innovative piece of kit for sure. I haven’t used my cd player since buying this.
    1. Great product for high resolution streaming from nas, wireless, bluetooth and internet. Dac is very good, and gave a great result on analogue output. Read the what hi-fi review they got it spot on. The bluesound app needs a bit of work but that is no reflection on the product.
      1. Great product for high resolution streaming from nas, wireless, bluetooth and internet. Dac is very good, and gave a great result on analogue output. Read the what hi-fi review they got it spot on. The bluesound app needs a bit of work but that is no reflection on the product.

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