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I was thinking of getting into this system - instead of Sonos - and was wondering whether anyone here has experience with Bluesound. Their website is http://www.bluesound.com/ and I recently saw the units demoed in Toronto. They seem pretty good but the software/apps still seemed a little "beta". I did hear that there were recent updates that will likely help.

I like the looks of the units as well as the high quality playback abilities.
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You might want to find out where they are sold in your neck of the woods. I put my zip code in, and the site came back with 7 high end custom shops. Makes me wonder what the price of the devices are compared to SONOS.
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Thanks for your response, Dharel.

They actually sell them at a great place called Audio One in Toronto where I saw them demoed.

I was also thinking of getting the Sonos but the specs show that these Bluesound units can handle higher quality audio.
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Thanks for your response, Dharel.

They actually sell them at a great place called Audio One in Toronto where I saw them demoed.

I was also thinking of getting the Sonos but the specs show that these Bluesound units can handle higher quality audio.

I may be picking one up in the next week or so...will keep you posted if interested. I am in the states. Looking at the "Vault", just for the convenience of popping in a CD...listed at $995 US at www.crutchfield.com (very reputable site, but mostly sell at MSRP), and a "Node", listed at $449 US. Or, just do (2) nodes, and add my own SSD for the reliability over a traditional hard drive.

They have them setup in a local high end store near me, I just can't remember if the units use a high-end DAC. I may not sweat having to research a separate DAC as well since it will mostly "not" be used for critical listening, but it would be nice to know that it sounds "at least as good" as my CAL CD player.
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I may be picking one up in the next week or so...will keep you posted if interested. I am in the states. Looking at the "Vault", just for the convenience of popping in a CD...listed at $995 US at www.crutchfield.com (very reputable site, but mostly sell at MSRP), and a "Node", listed at $449 US. Or, just do (2) nodes, and add my own SSD for the reliability over a traditional hard drive.

They have them setup in a local high end store near me, I just can't remember if the units use a high-end DAC. I may not sweat having to research a separate DAC as well since it will mostly "not" be used for critical listening, but it would be nice to know that it sounds "at least as good" as my CAL CD player.

I actually bought a Power Node this past weekend and love it. It's basically the Node with an Amp. I got rid of my Peachtree Nova (which had a great DAC) for a more wife-friendly solution and we think it's great. The sound is fantastic with my Totem Model 1 speakers and still have to hook up my REL subwoofer (unit has RCA sub output).

The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't seem to go into "standby" mode properly with the unit feeling warm but I understand from the BlueSound forum that they are working on a firmware update to fix this. When I plugged my unit in it did an update from an early October update but I guess they are still working on a new update.

Unit looks great too and I have it hooked up via Ethernet to my server housing all my ripped music. Works very well and the app is very fast even on my iPad One.
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Roger that. I think I may be picking up a Node tonight.
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Got the Node today...works, sounds pretty good, playing CD files ripped to .flac, but I've not been able to get it to recognize any files on my 120GB SSD. I tried in a passive, and powered external enclosures,and I tried formatting the drive in xFAT, and NTFS, to no joy. 16GB thumb drive was no issue though, formatted in FAT. Same 120GB drive connected via USB to a PC and shared, is visible via the Node's "Network shares"...again formatted in xFAT, but hoping to get it connected locally. I'll be ordering some 24bit/192kHz High Def albums to try as well.


***Update - FWIW, it looks like the Nodes will support "hard drives/SSDs" but they need to be formatted in FAT32...of to find a 3rd party app, that can format larger partitions.
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***Update 2 - Got my 120GB SSD working with the Node finally. Used "MiniAide FAT32 Formatter" app (downloaded free from CNET.com), and also had to use a "powered' drive enclosure, since the stock passive version that came with the drive wasn't working. Winds up being a bit cheaper than the Vault, and has the added benefit of "no moving parts".
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While these units have been out for a while I'm just finding out about them. Seems as though no one has posted anything recently. Does that mean they are functioning as advertised? I talking about the vault. Demoed one at a local dealer and loved the ease of use and setup. I'd like to get one for Christmas and would love to here opinions from those that currently use the vault. The reviews in Sound&Vision,Stereophile and audio-stream were all positive,but I would like to hear from the users in this forum. Any opinions are welcomed.
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FWIW, I picked up 2nd Node for my basement system, and both have been working fine, even when playing the same music simultaneously. I also have a Node processing thru my CD players DAC, which was an added bonus. Control had mostly been through my Android phone, but they recently released a PC app., though I doubt I'd use it given the convenience of my phone or tablet. I originally wanted the Vault, but I figured it would be easier/cheaper to replace CD/storage drives on a PC than the Bluesound unit.
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Thanks for the update. I am interested for use in the house we're slowly building. No Sonos since that is limited to 16/48. Anyone using it with Mac?

Building a HT with 7.2.4 layout and ◤SEOS-24◥ LCR.
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Has anyone tested one of the vaults to see if different Toslink cables make a big difference? I have already invested a lot in a digital coaxial MIT cable for my current setup and really didn't want to invest in yet another expensive cable, but if it makes a huge difference, I guess there is no way to avoid it.

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I'm running optical to a coax converter, that connects to my CD's DAC...happy with the sound. I can't imagine different "data" cables would make much of a difference, if at all.
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