Good morning. It has been over 10 years since I have actively participated in the forums. Well I am back and bit hard. I purchased 2 Bluesound Node2is and 1 Powernode2i on Saturday. I have not done any critical listening in a very long time. I am itching to get back into being an audiofool. In a position to put a listening together again and I don't want to be patient but alas I must. All in due time. So feel free to welcome back this goner.
Oh we can help indeed. There is a Miller's thread going on regarding Hot Stampers, that's true audiophile discussion. The other two are about single driver speakers and cost no object phono stages. And of course as always - how to find the very best amp, preferably for less than $50k or so. Welcome back.
Lets face it. An individual has to have a severe lack of curiosity about the universe of music, available from every time period and genre, as well as the internet radio stations from around the world, to not invest the comparatively modest dollars in streaming equipment.
Don't beat yourself up, love the system or systems you have. I have 4 Node 2i's, 1 power node 2i and 1 Vault 2i. 4 different amps and 4 different pairs of speakers. I spend days mixing it all up . Gotta have something to do on frigid days in the Rocky Mountains.
The Node 2i is a great value for streaming and I think you'll like it. I have used one for a little over a year and the convenience factor has increased the ratio of streaming and decreased my CD and vinyl time. When/if the upgrade bug bites, you can get a higher quality external DAC and get to enjoy all your favorites sounding just a little bit better. When I have time for serious, critical listening, the vinyl always gets spun. But much of the other time, streaming is great. It's all about enjoying one's music!
Then there is bipolar vs mosfet... that’s always good. The Node is great to explore world music. I’m all over vinyl, but it really is limiting in the exploratory realm... I don’t buy vinyl on a whim. I do stream on a whim and then find stuff to buy on vinyl!
Don't blame yourself, we all go through this. With the virus and lousy weather here in Pa. , I just spent another $2500 on audio tweaks and another $6500 on two Stressless chairs. It's only money. Enjoy.
To this day is still bothers me with the riff from the analog only crowd. Yes albums have a sweet sound and tubes can bring a system to life. I have both and also still enjoy my Nakamichi cassette deck not only for music that does not exist anywhere else, and it does sound good. Streaming is a huge convenience to not have to get up and flip the album over every 25 minutes. Now my point I don’t care what you have how much you havespent or could spend at the end of the day is it not just to get away from all the bullshit going on in this backass world and enjoy the music any way you can!!! My kids listen to music through their iPhones. It drives me crazy but in the end they are enjoying the music and that is what matters.
Welcome back. I've only been here a few months and have only been moderately abused. We will be happy to send you down endless rabbitholes and help you unwisely spend your money. First, make sure all your components require pricey, old stock vintage tubes...