Happy New Year to all and greetings from Ireland... :)
I just got my Bluesound Node 2i setup and playing and "I'm kinda happy" :(
I previously had an ARCAM irDAC that I would plug my iPad Mini 2 into and play my Spotify account by USB connection into my ROTEL/B&W HiFi System (Rotel RA-03 + RCD-02 + RB 06 + RT-06 with QTY 2 x B&W 603 S3 Floor Speakers)... it has served me very well for years.
I recently upgraded to TIDAL and the audio upgrade quality was like night and day compared to that of Spotify. I was then told by a TIDAL Forum Facebook Group that I joined, that my ARCAM irDAC really was old tech and couldn't deliver the MQA verified albums and tracks in my TIDAL account and that I should upgrade... after much research and reading reviews online and listening and watching many YouTube audiophile enthusiasts (John Darko), I decided on the Bluesound Node 2i.
As soon as I plugged it in and played it... to be 100% honest... I couldn't really tell the difference between this and my old ARCAM irDAC unit. I no longer now need to use my iPad Mini 2 fixed by USB to play my music... so that is a big advantage... but one thing I am finding, is that I'm turning the volume up my HiFi much more than I ever did previously to get that full sound... I have the Bluesound Node 2i app volume up to max and I'm controlling the volume manually via my HiFi.. that is now nearly up near half way... before I would be at 25% with the direct USB connection to my iPad Mini 2.
Can anyone let me know if I'm 100% getting the max HiFi CD quality from the unit and the same with the MQA albums and tracks... I can see a little icon next to the MQA symbol when I play an MQA track from Tidal... it shows as a lightish bluey-green circular icon... when I was using my Trial of ROON all fully MQA tracks displayed with a purple style circular icon.
I have a Fibre to the Home Broadband connection so my speeds are super fact... I have 285MB in my office and about 120MB in my Living Room.
Can anyone let me know if this is normal with this product..? I do like the convenience of it being on the network... and I am playing my music using the Bluesound iOS app from my iPad Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max and then selecting the Airplay option... could this be the problem... is Airplay 2 supportive of CD and MQA file quality....? Is my playback setup not right ?
Any advice, comments or just general banter much appreciated :)
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