Bluesound Node 2 as DAC for CD player?


 Hey y'all,

I recently picked up a Bluesound Node 2 and have to say I am extremely happy with my purchase. Prior to this, I was streaming Tidal via Bluetooth to my Rotel RDD-1580 and have to say the Node 2 is superior in every way.

With this said, I'm contemplating the necessity of the Rotel DAC. If I'm streaming 99% of time and only occasionally want to spin a CD, couldn't I use the optical out on my CD player and the optical in on the Node and do away with the Rotel?

Thanks!

Joe

audionoobie
If you prefer the sound of the Node 2 DAC to that of the Rotel there's no reason not to send the output of your disc spinner to the Node 2.
I concur with Bec1195. 
The Bluesound DAC isn't bad for the price.
Though, if you want to improve it, I would suggest an Ayre Codex.
I use it with my Bluesound Node (1) and love it. Of course, you can plug in your Rotel, too.
B
Has anyone on this thread or otherwise had an opportunity to compare the overall sound quality (DAC and analog stage) of the Node 2 to the Oppo UDP-205? If so, what are your impressions?
Good grief ...Bluetooth is definitely not for audiophile streaming ... why bother with Tidal at all....
The only way to connect an external device, other than a thumb drive, to a Node2 is using a mini-optical/stereo minijack. No Toslink or coax inputs. There's also no selector switch. The unit is not intended to be used as a DAC. The Ayres Codex is an option only if your CDP has an optical output since it doesn't have an RCA coax input.

Thanks everyone.

@kalali That makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

audionoobie, This is an edited quote from an Audiostream review of the Node 2:

" The company includes a Toslink Optical to 3.5mm mini adapter in the package."

Read more at https://www.audiostream.com/content/bluesound-node-2#mm4ZgiGQAL3HMXeu.99

Also, you can purchase a Toslink out to Toslink/3.5mm in cable. I don’t know for sure, but if the Node 2 has a Toslink/3.5mm input, there is probably a way to select it for playback. Why else would it be there?

If you can find the adapter and have a Toslink cable give it a try and let us know how it turns out.
I don’t know for sure, but if the Node 2 has a Toslink/3.5mm input, there is probably a way to select it for playback. Why else would it be there?
The "Optical Input" or "Analog Input" option is only seen on the main screen once the appropriate cable is plugged into the Node 2. I use an Apple TV (gen 3) this way with the Node 2. 

Good information. Didn't know the Optical Input option was enabled when the cable is plugged in.

wtf, how do you use the Apple TV with the Node2?

@kalali .. I connect the ATV3 to the optical-in as mentioned of course. This makes the Node 2 AirPlay "compatible" in a bastardized way. It's more for my convenience really but I do use it.