I want to thank all those who have responded. Your responses have been helpful. I apologize that I haven't been able to reply to individual posts.
I am now leaning heavily towards the Node.
Update - Oct 25 2022
As of Sept 2022, Audiolab have upgraded software that now support gapless playback for their newest products, but not the 6000N .
Today (Oct 25 2022) Audiolab support stated that a new software update coming soon will uograde the 6000N to gapless playback.
"The Audiolab 6000A Play and Audiolab Omnia now both support Gapless streaming, Audiolab 6000N Play Gapless support coming soon in next Play-Fi update this will be rolled out automatically via the Play-fi app."
Helpdesk Technical Advisor
IAG HOUSE, Audiolab
My understanding is that gapless equates to no pause between songs. If you’re listening to say, Nirvana Unplugged (live album), there’s no pause between tracks which helps retain the ambiance of the performance vs being reminded that you’re listening to a recording. More knowledgeable people - feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Most CD players support gapless play per Google and my recollection.