Bluesound Node 2 - Next level up


I am trying to add a third source to my main stereo.  Wireless music Tidal, Spotify etc to DEVICE - to pre-amp. No storage required.  No CD/SACD player required.  No pre-amp.  Pure streaming music. 
Turntable is Oracle Delphi/ET2;  CD Player is Sony SCD-777ES.  Pre-amp is Nagra PL-P (tube).
What would be a good Bluesound Node 2 like device?  Budget less than $ 3,000.
Thanks!
dcaudio
Easiest way is a simple Bluetooth receiver plugged into a spare set of RCA input on pre-amp...Stream from the Bluetooth in your phone...You can get a decent sounding unit from Amazon for $30.00....
There is a NAD 50.2 for sale.  I assume it would be a step up because Bluesound is NAD's budget line.  The Node 2 costs $500 and the 50.2 costs a few thou.  I have heard the Node 2 and consider it to have good but not great sound.  I haven't heard the NAD.
You can by a Node 1 used for around $2-300. The Node 2 DAC is a bit better, but in either case you can output to a better DAC if you like.
B
Lumin D2 is your answer, particularly if you don’t plan to run it into an outboard DAC... New price is within your budget and you can find it it used for under $2K.
I own both the Lumin D2 and a Bluesound Node2 and the analog output from the Lumin is much superior, to the point where I’m perfectly happy using it by itself. And it does DSD too if you’re into that.

For that sort of budget, I think you’re better off dividing it between a streamer and an outboard DAC with most of it on the DAC. I can tell you first hand that the sound quality out of a Node2 fed through a Schiit Modi Multibit is very good. I also tried running a Chromecast Audio ($35) through the same Modi and the sound quality was still quite good which makes me think that the DAC makes the biggest difference in this audio chain and not the streamer.
@kalali, 
I had the Modi, and it was pretty good. But, I think it is comparable to the internal DAC of the Node. You need to go to a Gungnir or Yggy to really get the best out of the music, and at under $2K used, I think it is a great value.
I do agree that outputting to an external DAC with the Node will make a huge difference.
I went to Audioconnection and John had the BS Node set up using the internal DAC and switching to an Ayre Codex. The difference was like night and day.
B

+1, Bob.
Most of the inexpensive streamers will suffice, with their internal Dac's. But when you add a high quality Dac to a streamer the SQ takes a huge jump. I have a Bluesound Node 2 feeding an Ayre Codex. Just incredible sound for the money.
+2 for sending Node 2 S/PDIF output into a good quality DAC. I’m listening to a Tunein radio stream right now and am very impressed. 
if you like Roon, which is really great, you can get a Roon ROCK core device that will feed a DAC with a digital stream.  You can also tap into hard drive based digital files should you decide to.  Cost for an Intel Nuc to run Roon ROCK is about $600 all in.  Leaves a healthy budget for a DAC.  
My first streaming device was a node 2 and I’m currently using a Lumin D1 with an upgraded power supply. Sounds fantastic and definitely worth the extra money. I’m So happy with it that I’m actually currently looking to move up the Lumin product line 
Bob, did you have a Multibit or a regular Modi/Uber? I looked at the Codex while back but the option of coax input was a limitation for me to use it with my CD player. I also have no need for a headphone amp or volume control. Otherwise it is a great DAC. Anyone using a Node2 with a Benchmark DAC? It looks like a great option.
@kalali,
I had a Modi Multibit, I sold it and the Bifrost Multibit and now have the Gungnir-which needs to get the multibit upgrade.
What connection do you require for your CD player?
The nice thing is that you can use it as a preamp or just as a DAC.

B
My (old) CD player only has digital coax RCA output. Another question: has anyone compared the Node2 optical output with its digital coax? I've been shying away from using digital optical ports in general based on many comments implying that digital coax connections have better sound quality. 
Kalali,
I have compared the two outputs. In my system, the optical output was the winner. I use the new Wireworld Super Nova 7 optical cable. Has over 300 glass fibre strands. This was a vast improvement over thick plastic cable toslink. The coax I compared it to was from Canare, called DigiFlex Gold. An older design of cable but was highly rated at the time.
mr_m, thanks for the input. Appreciate it. I'm definitely going to try the optical port and see if I can hear an improvement. 
Cary Audio DMS-500

Excellent DAC and inboard Roon Ready streamer