Node Gen 3 future USB output

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    USB audio output will be supported on the NODE (N130) via a future software update. With the availability of USB audio output, we anticipate supporting MQA through a free software upgrade later. Unfortunately, we do not have an exact timeline on the final release of this feature just yet. For the latest information about firmware updates, new products, or other great news, please Follow us on Facebook, or Like us on Twitter.

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    Thomas McCarthy

    Do u guys have a rough estimated time line? I have a chance to get a nice dac right now that only does mqa via usb. If the update will be in the next few months I'll jump on it. If not, I'll prob move on to something different.

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  • Hi Thomas - no details yet, but in speaking with our Product Development Team, our intention would suggest we hope to meet your deadline of 'next few months'. I encourage you to jump away...

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    Thomas McCarthy

    Thank you for that response.
    Lastly, does Bluesound Node support USB 3...or 2? Or does it matter?

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  • USB 2.0 but this will have no impact on audio performance... so does not matter.

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    Prasenjit Biswas

    Since the new Node has only one USB port, which I use for adding an external hard drive to the Node containing all my CD's converted to FLAC, when this USB connectivity software comes out(which I want to use to connect to my DAC), will I forego my external sandisk SSD drive connectivity.?

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  • Yes - that being said, there are better ways. Have you considered connect your USB drive to the USB port of your router and create a local library via a NAS?

    Here's why that is an overall better experience for you; https://support.bluos.net/hc/en-us/articles/360000465747

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    Lucas Merino

    Hi, any chance you could confirm whether USB output will be available on the node 2i with the future update?

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Our planned output to USB DACs is for the new NODE N130 only - it will not be available on the NODE 2 or NODE 2i models.

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    Edmund Teng

    Tony, will the USB audio output support DSD to external DAC?

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    Seppi Evans

    Edmund Teng Bluesound do not support DSD, DSD is supported in some of the equipment by the sister company NAD.

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    Chas Andreae

    Bump for update. I upgraded from the node 2i to the node exclusively for usb support so that I could connect my chord Qutest to node via usb. It has now been over 3 months

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    Magnus Øvereng

    When is the update coming ? My topping d70s dac only supports usb connection for decoding mqa. Thanks 

     

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    Nick F

    Hi there,

    I'm planning to use the Node as a dedicated streamer and utilize the DAC on my amplifier. Does the USB output provide better sound quality as compared to Coaxial or Optical cable?  Thanks in advance.

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    When implemented - it will still be 1s and 0s so there are no audible difference in quality regardless of the ouput port

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    Chas Andreae

    What is the timeline for this implementation?

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    Andrea Crema

    Yes, its been a few months now and no news on the firmware update for USB and more importantly some other serious bug fixes.

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    Larry We

    No USB Output Update for 2i (Slapping Head) Never !? If not this will be a Bluesound deal breaker for me. Never again will I buy your products. Programmers can easily write the update for 2i. Just a greedy money grab by Bluesound

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    Seppi Evans

    Hi Larry We, the new NODE has a much improved CPU - ARM processor that allows Bluesound to add additional functionality that the older machines would struggle with.

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    Larry We

    Seppi , nothing wrong with making a 'better' upgraded hardware unit. But I'm a new 2i buyer and I'm speaking about software/firmware updates. Bluesound could write firmware for the 2i's USB output. Where is customer loyalty and support? Clearly Blousound wants people like me to buy another Node. Aint happening! There are other products out there like ifi.

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    Seppi Evans

    Hi Larry, the new CPU is 8 time faster hence they can send 24/192 data out of the USB bus as well as syncing that stream across multiple players (as long as your network is up to scratch) and maintain compatibility with 1st generation devices. I can’t recall but it’s over 30 BluOS devices they have to write software for.

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    Larry We

    I'm not here for an e-fight nor did I think I would change Bluesound's mind. I just wanted to make my position and thoughts clear which I stand by as do others on various Audio Forums.

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    Magnus Øvereng

    I officially dont care about the usb update anymore ! Connected my node (n130) to my Niagara power conditioner , I also have audioquest all: power, rca, speaker and balanced . Switched from wifi to lan connection on the node, isolated the node with rubber feet I also have a aqoustic trated room for my setup. NAD pre / power amp. Tilted my speakers (psb) about 7/8 degrees upwards and the sounstage opened up significantly. I have to admit the dac inside the gen 3 node sounds better than my topping d70s for my taste , alot better actually, the same results with my monitor audio speakers also... Even the much more expensive sonus faber standmount speakers sounds more enganging and powerful with the node dac, also no change in resolution... Im guessing one has to step up to the 2000$ dacs and above to get any significantly better sound than the node can produce on its own.

    Ecscuse me for my terrible english 

    Sencierly " happy camper " from norway

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    Magnus Øvereng

    I officially dont care about the usb update anymore ! Connected my node (n130) to my Niagara power conditioner , I also have audioquest all: power, rca, speaker and balanced . Switched from wifi to lan connection on the node, isolated the node with rubber feet I also have a aqoustic trated room for my setup. NAD pre / power amp. Tilted my speakers (psb) about 7/8 degrees upwards and the sounstage opened up significantly. I have to admit the dac inside the gen 3 node sounds better than my topping d70s for my taste , alot better actually, the same results with my monitor audio speakers also... Even the much more expensive sonus faber standmount speakers sounds more enganging and powerful with the node dac, also no change in resolution... Im guessing one has to step up to the 2000$ dacs and above to get any significantly better sound than the node can produce on its own.

    Sencierly " happy camper "

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    Larry We

    I'm happy for you Magnus... I sold my 2i four days ago. I'm now using the ifi Zen Stream with USB output... I have no regrets

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    Aaron

    Haha oh Larry.....until you have issues with that iFi.  I'm on my second unit of theirs and it's trash, keep having issues and their customer support is horrible.  Two units and neither can hook up to airplay regularly, they keep having issues but work fine with Roon.

    I have a Node 2i that works perfect but I want USB output for my Schiit Modius and keep waiting to hear something about the Node N130 and USB output.

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    Larry We

    Oh Aaron... :)

    You know , I know , we all know Bluesound could update the 2i firmware to have USB output. I hope it works out for you and other 2i owners

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    David Yan

    Hi Bluesound, may I know what the latest estimate on when the USB output will be rolled out for the Node 2021?  Some type of time frame would be more useful. Thanks

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    David Yan

    Thanks for pointing out this post. Really hope it happens. Two more months to go.

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