Author Topic: My Baby Steps To Streaming/Tidal and Bluesound Node 2i  (Read 362 times)

Offline James Edward

  • Obsessively Audiophilic
  • ****
  • Posts: 369
My Baby Steps To Streaming/Tidal and Bluesound Node 2i
« on: September 02, 2019, 05:16:29 PM »
I have been using Tidal for several months now. Until 2 days ago, I was simply using Bluetooth from my iPad, into an Audioengine Bluetooth receiver, then into my integrated amp.
I just hooked up a Bluesound Node 2i, and am now using it to stream my music via Tidal. Now the paradox- I expected the sound quality to be greatly improved, and the ergonomic/ glitch factor to be annoying at best.
However... The sound is improved a bit- more detail, not night and day, but the dropouts and pauses for no apparent reason have disappeared completely.
So for me, the Bluesound piece is a winner.
Be aware I am only using the basic Tidal service; the hi-res version may be a different animal altogether.
If anyone is aware of any tweaks to my setup to improve sound quality, Iím all ears, pun intended.

Offline Nick B

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 2244
Re: My Baby Steps To Streaming/Tidal and Bluesound Node 2i
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 11:26:58 PM »
Are you still subscribing to Tidal Basic? Is Basic the same as what they call Premium for $9.99 a month? Still liking that Bluesound Node 2i?
ICEpower 1200as2 amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
Fritz Carrera 7 BE speakers
Border Patrol SEi dac
Auralic Aries Mini & Mojo Audio lps
Roon, Tidal, Qobuz
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio UberBUSS

Offline James Edward

  • Obsessively Audiophilic
  • ****
  • Posts: 369
Re: My Baby Steps To Streaming/Tidal and Bluesound Node 2i
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 11:38:19 AM »
Yes, yes, and yes. I continue to be surprised at how good the Tidal stream sounds via the Bluesound. As I alluded to in my original post, I have experienced zero glitches, dropouts, or other pains with this setup.
It is easily the best 9.99 a month I spend in any kind of value sense...
I honestly thought I'd try it for a while and cancel due to either poor sound, lack of interest, etc. That never happened.
I've also found another great use for the service- I do a lot of cooking, and if I'm cooking Italian, on goes Italian music- tacos, Mexican music, etc., etc.
I read a fair amount of books, and playing background music curated for reading is another plus.
The list goes on...
Love the service.

Offline Nick B

  • Global Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 2244
Re: My Baby Steps To Streaming/Tidal and Bluesound Node 2i
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 11:51:44 AM »
Thanks for the update. Interesting, fun idea to combine ethnic cooking with ethnic music
 :thumb:
ICEpower 1200as2 amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
Fritz Carrera 7 BE speakers
Border Patrol SEi dac
Auralic Aries Mini & Mojo Audio lps
Roon, Tidal, Qobuz
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio UberBUSS