You could try using the Node 2i analog output to help narrow down the problem.
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Sure, the DAC probably is the limiting factor, but whether it’s of any consequence or not depends on you. It’s quite uncertain whether anything higher than 24/96 adds value or sound quality to the experience. Some say they hear it; but most blind tests show the reverse. I don’t claim I can hear it. In fact, some (not all!) of the best recordings I have are Redbook quality.
Even the respected critic Anthony Cordesman says he can’t hear any improvement above 24/96; and Mark Waldrep of AIX has said he’s concluded that 16/44.1, if optimally resampled and dithered in production, is fine for distribution.
So, I’d say, relax and enjoy!
I myself agree and tend to find that the sound qualities of the DAC (or speakers, amp, etc.) will make a bigger impact on how I enjoy my music. The resolution is nice but I doubt my ears can hear a difference on my system (I’ve blind tested and couldn’t tell the difference between 96 and 192, fwiw).
However, the problem is that Amazon HD wants to send the higher res file possible to the node2i, so there’s no way for me to throttle it down to 24/96 (or even lower for that matter), which I would if possible and enjoy my current DAC (it sounds very musical and full to my ears - maybe just tuned to my preference)
I’v’e been looking at a few DACs that support up to 24/192, but doesn't mean I'll enjoy them as much as my current setup.
Yeah, both the Node 2i and Dacit should support 24-bit / 192kHz out and in over coaxial, so if things are working from the Node 2i analog output I'm not sure where the problem is coming from.
You might try troubleshooting with some alternate gear, or reaching out to the manufacturers to see if they have any ideas.
both Tidal and Amazon have not provided any meaningful support - just generic answers about going into my settings. I've done that but still have issues.
I've written PeachTree to see if they have any insight.
Just want to make sure it's not my Node2i, which I can return if it is. But difficult to pinpoint.
To add to the confusion...
Almost 99% of the Tidal streams, set to Hifi, will play. However, some songs will have pops along the way. I would typically assume this is related to a bad connection somewhere. I can replay the song, and there is a pop every time.
Now if I switch to high quality instead of hifi, the pops go away.
Does this sound like I have a deffective node2i?