Have about 30 hrs and counting without a drop on nt505 ... really nice sounding unit but I don’t have much of reference point to compare to of similar quality but very happy with it
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If I drop the MQA requirement - and from what I can tell so far, 99% of Tidal is non-MQA - I could do a two-box solution for $50 or $150 less than the Powernode 2i.
Integrated Amp: marantz pm5005: all analog integrated 40 wpc, class AB, $500 new or $400 refurbished.
Streamer: Yamaha WXAD-10, uses same dac series as Powernode 2i (TI PCM5121 (vs 5122)), analog only outs. Hard to find in US but eBay from UK for $250 gotta see if works in USA without adapter.
Will be impossible to to compare them head2head though I imagine...
If you're dropping MQA, then Paradigm PW AMP, with room correction, on sale for $225.00 through Paradigm. Doesn't have 32 bit. Have you taken a look at 32bit files sizes? a 6 minute song of 32/384 is 1TB!
If you want a little more power, SVS Soundbase for $500.
It's an office system, so I would think small size would be preferable. Remember KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
Ordering something on Ebay from UK, that can't be return, is a big gamble.
Ultimately, it's your decision. Buy something that your comfortable with.
Thanks for those.
I figured out Yamaha WXAD-10 is a European product, but the Yamaha streamer plus amp WXA-50 for $500 or WXC-50 streamer/preamp for $350 are available in US.
After reading lots lots of reviews, many with experience relate that the BlueOS operating system is really well above anything else at the price level. I think I definitely need to factor that, and for that reason Powenode 2i probably still leading contender for now ...
Well I'm still sitting on my hands waiting and haven't pulled trigger yet.
Really trying to stay low budget here with this rig and getting tempted by the Yamaha WXA-50 streamer/amp for $500 new or $400 refurb. Significantly cheaper than Powernode 2i and I know we're only talking hundreds of dollars here but still. Yamaha has a 24-bit ESS Sabre 9006A dac and won't do MQA (but does have Tidal built in), but the s/n stats on the dac chip are really good (120 dB; -102 dB) for this cost tier (better than specs in dac chip in Powernode 2i, for example (112 dB), and yes I know that is just one factor of many affecting sound quality).
As to Musicast interface v Bluesound, I know it'll be worse but from what I can tell from reviews it isn't that bad.
Thinking possibly a Node/Brio 2-box combo for my 2nd system soon to relegate the Integra to HT-only, where the Node/Brio could eventually migrate to my 3rd system and then I'd kick the Yamaha to wife's listening area that she doesn't yet know she needs (mostly to get her to stop asking me to play her songs on main rig at home, haha).
Long term planning, right??? Haha