Node 2i: Does it support multichannel audio via Digital Output to AVR?

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    Wesley P.

    Hello Herb,

    The Node 2i only outputs audio in 2 channel stereo and will not support multi-channel playback or passthrough.

    The Node 2i also supports bit-perfect 192/24 through all outputs. When streaming MQA content, the internal DAC of the Node 2i handles the rendering stages, which means you will get 96/24 out of the digital outputs and up to 192/24 through the RCA outputs.

    I hope this information helps!

    Regards,
    Wesley P.

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    Herbg

    Anyone home?

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    Herbg

    Just so I have this correct:

    1) The Node 2i does not support Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 surround playback of FLAC music files via the digital or analog outputs.
    2) The Node 2i does not support stereo playback of 24bit/192kHz FLAC music files via the digital or analog outputs (except for MQA files).

    Do I have this right?

    Thanks,
    Herb...

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    Wesley P.

    Hello Herb,

    To clarify, the Node 2i does not support multi-channel playback through any outputs as it only outputs in stereo.

    The Node 2i does support 24bit/192KHz audio through all its outputs. When streaming Tidal MQA, the digital outputs will bypass the internal DAC of the Node 2i and only provide up to 24bit/96KHz audio specifically for MQA content.

    Regards,
    Wesley P.

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    Herbg

    Thanks.  That clears it up for me.

    Too bad you can't do multi-channel music files.

    Otherwise, it's a slam dunk decision to go with your streamer.  I love everything else about your architecture (I use a Soundbar 2i in one room).

    Any chance this will be a feature in a future firmware update?

    Thanks,
    Herb...

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    Wesley P.

    Hello Herb,

    Since the Node 2i is only intended as a stereo player, it does not seem likely that it will support multi-channel playback in the future. However, I will pass your feedback along to our Quality Assurance team for their consideration.

    In the meantime, if you are looking for a player that supports BluOS, Multi-channel playback and is Roon certified, I can suggest looking into the T758 v3 by our sister brand NAD.

    Regards,
    Wesley P.

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