Interesting, I was ready to order a Node 2 via my Amex awards program. When I checked yesterday the Node 2 was not listed even though it was available in October. So I’m guessing the new model introduction is why. Hopefully the new 2i model will be added soon. The linked review is an all out rave!
Better WiFi would be nice. I wasn’t able to make the WiFi work when I had a problem with the Powerline Adapters that I use to rout the Ethernet around the home. The App kept me running in circles. Better Adapters helped but I’m having Ethernet cabling throughout the house anyway and would have for other reasons than Bluesound.
As fast far as better sound-without hearing it, can’t say, but essentially it’s a digital transport and the external DAC should be the biggest factor there. I’m willing to believe that the DAC included sounds better, because there have been so many changes in DAC technology in the last 3 years. Too ad current owners can’t upgrade with a firmware update—or can we?
Bluesound has also upgraded the Wi-Fi chipset technology in its Bluesound Players to the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) dual-band offering. Best-in-class products deserve best-in-class connection; with the new Wi-Fi chip onboard, Gen 2i owners can take advantage of the less noisy 5 GHz band if needed. This results in faster connection times and fewer interruptions from other network traffic.
Ordered one today through Amex Awards and ships from Crutchfield. I’m really excited to find out how this sounds on my big system. I’ve really enjoyed using the Vault 2 in my modest mountain home system. Hopefully my expectations will be fulfilled.
It's funny how a few board mods can change a Whathifi review from 3 to 5 stars. The reason you see the same companies winning whathifi awards is probably the same reason for never seeing a Hegel review in Whathifi
I added an RME ADI2-DAC to my Bluesound node. Got a big jump in SQ. The DAC chips in the Bluesound are very good. But they are voiced to sound a certain way. W/an outboard DAC you can fine tune the sound w/various filters and in the case of my DAC can use the parametric EQ to shape the sound I want.
I find it annoying that theWhathifi review does not provide ANY detail as to how Node 2i was used in the system with Gamut preamp/amp. Was it used via its analogue outputs? Coax, toslink outputs into an outboard DAC? What was the source of data to Node 2i?