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The Pro-ject Stream Box S2 Ultra is a terrific value for price-performance. What it is NOT is the complete system that BluOS is for expansion into multi-point access to music in the home (without a Roon subscription.)

The DAC in the Oppo players is a very good ESS Sabre. The DAC in most Bluesound Node, Vault, and Pulse players and speakers is a very good (but different) Texas Instruments Burr-Brown PCM5122. They are both good, but there are subtle differences in presentation.

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what is this stream box you all speak of?

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what is this stream box you all speak of?
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Anyone have experience with the SimAudio Moon Mind2? Not much out there on this new streamer.
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My Home Theater is now finished and I bought a Node 2i. I am now using Tidal. I bought a Buffalo NAS drive and have loaded it with about 300 converted Aiff CD's. It all works great no issues.
I did my CD conversions with a $79 Apple Super drive. Would it make a significant difference to the audio quality if I returned the Node 2i,and I bought the Vault 2i and did the CD conversions with that? thanks
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My Home Theater is now finished and I bought a Node 2i. I am now using Tidal. I bought a Buffalo NAS drive and have loaded it with about 300 converted Aiff CD's. It all works great no issues.
I did my CD conversions with a $79 Apple Super drive. Would it make a significant difference to the audio quality if I returned the Node 2i,and I bought the Vault 2i and did the CD conversions with that? thanks
In my opinion I would say no. You've already done the conversion and I don't think there would be much of a difference in sound quality. You are also looking at a $700 price difference between the two devices. Besides, with Tidal you can probably find most music that you have converted anyway and possibly MQA which will IMO give you better sound. Glad to hear you are enjoying your setup and you are not having any issues.
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In my opinion I would say no. You've already done the conversion and I don't think there would be much of a difference in sound quality. You are also looking at a $700 price difference between the two devices. Besides, with Tidal you can probably find most music that you have converted anyway and possibly MQA which will IMO give you better sound. Glad to hear you are enjoying your setup and you are not having any issues.
thanks for the response. It would be less than 600 difference as I would return the Buffalo drive also.
I have only been listening to MQA Tidal music. I guess I should try the regular Tidal and see if its as good as my CD's. I have compared MQA to my converted CD's and to my ears and my nephew's we think they both sound excellent
I would rather save the $600 and not go to the trouble of converting all of my CD's again if the quality won't be better. Thanks!
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In my opinion I would say no. You've already done the conversion and I don't think there would be much of a difference in sound quality. You are also looking at a $700 price difference between the two devices. Besides, with Tidal you can probably find most music that you have converted anyway and possibly MQA which will IMO give you better sound. Glad to hear you are enjoying your setup and you are not having any issues.
I had asked a lot of questions on this forum about Bluesound and streaming. It was all new to me so I had a lot to learn. I found that it was very easy to use. Setting up the Buffalo drive took some effort but it was worth it. I now have to train my wife and daughter on how to access Tidal and my CD's
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thanks for the response. It would be less than 600 difference as I would return the Buffalo drive also.
I have only been listening to MQA Tidal music. I guess I should try the regular Tidal and see if its as good as my CD's. I have compared MQA to my converted CD's and to my ears and my nephew's we think they both sound excellent
I would rather save the $600 and not go to the trouble of converting all of my CD's again if the quality won't be better. Thanks!
Before Tidal offered MQA, I thought Tidal HI-FI was as good as my converted CD's. IMO MQA is a step up and does sound better but it's not a night and day kind of difference. I think the better the equipment, the more you'll notice the benefit of MQA. Again, my opinion.
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Before Tidal offered MQA, I thought Tidal HI-FI was as good as my converted CD's. IMO MQA is a step up and does sound better but it's not a night and day kind of difference. I think the better the equipment, the more you'll notice the benefit of MQA. Again, my opinion.
I should do some more testing of MQA vs my converted CD's. My wife and I were listening to a lot MQA files yesterday and she was really amazed. She said it was like sitting in a jazz club.
My nephew and I were astounded by the quality of the MQA version of Muddy Water's Folk Singer album. Now that I think about it, MQA has a quality that my CD's don't have which is why I asked original question of upgrading to Vault 2i.
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I had only been listening to the MQA files with Tidal. Last night I tried the regular Hi REZ files and they are also amazing. I had been debating with myself about returning the Node 2i and replacing it with the Vault 2i as I have a large collection of CD's. I had been converting with my cheap Apple CD drive so I thought my files would sound better with the Vault conversion. The Tidal library is so large that it looks like most of my CD's are available on Tidal.
Given that is there any sonic advantage to converting my CD's with the Vault. Would they be closer to MQA files
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I had only been listening to the MQA files with Tidal. Last night I tried the regular Hi REZ files and they are also amazing. I had been debating with myself about returning the Node 2i and replacing it with the Vault 2i as I have a large collection of CD's. I had been converting with my cheap Apple CD drive so I thought my files would sound better with the Vault conversion. The Tidal library is so large that it looks like most of my CD's are available on Tidal.
Given that ]b]is there any sonic advantage to converting my CD's with the Vault[/b]. Would they be closer to MQA files
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I think there could be an advantage. The Vault 2i (and earlier versions) first read the files size of the CD before ripping and then compares the ripped file size to that. If it's not exactly the same, it will rip up to three times and keep the one closest in file size.
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I think there could be an advantage. The Vault 2i (and earlier versions) first read the files size of the CD before ripping and then compares the ripped file size to that. If it's not exactly the same, it will rip up to three times and keep the one closest in file size.
Thanks Ken, I am definitely considering the Vault 2i now
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I have a question about the BluOS. When I first started loading music into my NAS HD BlusoundOS would sometimes say music not found and I would load the music again to NAS drive. Later I discovered reindexing which worked. The problem though is now I have two files per song on the in my Blusound OS folder. I don't see any option on how to delete the duplicates and also I don't see an option on what the files are. I have been reconverting my files with better software than iTunes and they are FLAC files. I can't find anywhere on Blusound OS where to see what kind of files are in the library. Thanks
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I have a question about the BluOS. When I first started loading music into my NAS HD BlusoundOS would sometimes say music not found and I would load the music again to NAS drive. Later I discovered reindexing which worked. The problem though is now I have two files per song on the in my Blusound OS folder. I don't see any option on how to delete the duplicates and also I don't see an option on what the files are. I have been reconverting my files with better software than iTunes and they are FLAC files. I can't find anywhere on Blusound OS where to see what kind of files are in the library. Thanks
The path saved for the BluOS to find your files will find all duplicates and display the song titles. If there are actually two files of a given song (and album), it'll play both but you can't easily tell where each is located. Because it can play both, trust me that both are in the mapped shared file path. Using a file management app (File Explorer in a Windows PC), delete one of the two nad run Rebuild Index rather than "Reindex."

If one play and one won't, use the "Rebuild Index" option. The 'dead' duplicate listing s should disappear.

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The path saved for the BluOS to find your files will find all duplicates and display the song titles. If there are actually two files of a given song (and album), it'll play both but you can't easily tell where each is located. Because it can play both, trust me that both are in the mapped shared file path. Using a file management app (File Explorer in a Windows PC), delete one of the two nad run Rebuild Index rather than "Reindex."

If one play and one won't, use the "Rebuild Index" option. The 'dead' duplicate listing s should disappear.
The problem is they both play. So no easy way to delete. I’m on iPad so I don’t know about file management
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The problem is they both play. So no easy way to delete. I’m on iPad so I don’t know about file management
And I know little about Apple IOS. How are you "loading" the files to your NAS? On your iPad there must be some way to view and/or list files in various locations on your network. I just don't recall what terminology IOS uses for that, or what button.

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And I know little about Apple IOS. How are you "loading" the files to your NAS? On your iPad there must be some way to view and/or list files in various locations on your network. I just don't recall what terminology IOS uses for that, or what button.
I do the conversions and the loading of the NAS on my iMac. The Bluesound OS is on my iPad. There must be a simple way to delete files from Bluesound Os
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I do the conversions and the loading of the NAS on my iMac. The Bluesound OS is on my iPad. There must be a simple way to delete files from Bluesound Os
There isn't, and that's on purpose. You wouldn't want a guest to be able to accidentally delete your music library!

It should be fairly easy to see the duplicates using your iMac, and delete them. Reindex afterward, and if duplicates are still listed, try Rebuild Index.

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There isn't, and that's on purpose. You wouldn't want a guest to be able to accidentally delete your music library!

It should be fairly easy to see the duplicates using your iMac, and delete them. Reindex afterward, and if duplicates are still listed, try Rebuild Index.
If all else fails, contact Bluesound. They are very good at helping out. I’ve even had them call me at home at a time requested by me.
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Thanks Ken, I am definitely considering the Vault 2i now
Another thing to consider, which is one of the reasons I bought the Vault 2i, is that I have many cd's that I can't currently get on Tidal - for whatever reason. So to have the option to rip those cd's and play within the BluOS along with all the Tidal music is a big plus.
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Another thing to consider, which is one of the reasons I bought the Vault 2i, is that I have many cd's that I can't currently get on Tidal - for whatever reason. So to have the option to rip those cd's and play within the BluOS along with all the Tidal music is a big plus.


That’s the reason I got the Vault 2i. I have about 100-150 imports and I ripped all of those in FLAC format.


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If all else fails, contact Bluesound. They are very good at helping out. I’ve even had them call me at home at a time requested by me.
I fixed it. The solution was in my NAS trash folder. Once I found the folder and deleted all my duplicates and triplicates disappeared
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I have 1120 Anthem receiver. My Node 2i is connected via analog to use Bluesound Dac.
I was told that the Anthem 1120 has a better dac and the Node 2i should be connected via optical to use Anthem dac. Is that true? Thanks
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I was told that the Anthem 1120 has a better dac and the Node 2i should be connected via optical to use Anthem dac. Is that true? Thanks
I don't think so. I have the Anthem AVM60 and I've tried it both ways. There isn't a lot of difference, but I think the analog out has slightly better sound with MQA files. MQA from the optical out is limited to 96KB and is not fully resolved. I keep both connected and use the analog for 2 channel listening and the optical for those times that I want the Anthem logic music to all channels. Just define two inputs on the Anthem. My advice, listen to both and use the one that you like better. For the cost of an optical cable (which you probably already have) you can have both and switch whenever you like.

With regards to your earlier question about the node vs vault, I seriously considered getting a vault and moving the node to another room. Then I came to my senses and realized that the CD's I already ripped are likely almost bit for bit identical to what I would get with the vault AND I don't have to spend all the time ripping them again AND Tidal sounds really good to the point that I might never buy another CD. The last point sealing the decision. Instead, I just ordered another Node 2i. Two nodes cost less than 1 vault

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I don't think so. I have the Anthem AVM60 and I've tried it both ways. There isn't a lot of difference, but I think the analog out has slightly better sound with MQA files. MQA from the optical out is limited to 96KB and is not fully resolved. I keep both connected and use the analog for 2 channel listening and the optical for those times that I want the Anthem logic music to all channels. Just define two inputs on the Anthem. My advice, listen to both and use the one that you like better. For the cost of an optical cable (which you probably already have) you can have both and switch whenever you like.

With regards to your earlier question about the node vs vault, I seriously considered getting a vault and moving the node to another room. Then I came to my senses and realized that the CD's I already ripped are likely almost bit for bit identical to what I would get with the vault AND I don't have to spend all the time ripping them again AND Tidal sounds really good to the point that I might never buy another CD. The last point sealing the decision. Instead, I just ordered another Node 2i. Two nodes cost less than 1 vault

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I had this same question for Bluesound presales when I bought my node. They'll advise you to try it both ways and pick what sounds best to you. The reason being that even though the analog connection will provide full MQA unfolding, they will acknowledge that some customers will own a superior sounding DAC in other equipment and this will be especially beneficial when listening to non MQA (lossless) content. I like the above suggestion of connecting it both ways to give yourself the ability to switch at your discretion.
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I don't think so. I have the Anthem AVM60 and I've tried it both ways. There isn't a lot of difference, but I think the analog out has slightly better sound with MQA files. MQA from the optical out is limited to 96KB and is not fully resolved. I keep both connected and use the analog for 2 channel listening and the optical for those times that I want the Anthem logic music to all channels. Just define two inputs on the Anthem. My advice, listen to both and use the one that you like better. For the cost of an optical cable (which you probably already have) you can have both and switch whenever you like.

With regards to your earlier question about the node vs vault, I seriously considered getting a vault and moving the node to another room. Then I came to my senses and realized that the CD's I already ripped are likely almost bit for bit identical to what I would get with the vault AND I don't have to spend all the time ripping them again AND Tidal sounds really good to the point that I might never buy another CD. The last point sealing the decision. Instead, I just ordered another Node 2i. Two nodes cost less than 1 vault

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thanks for your comment. I guess since I have Tidal and listen to almost all MQA I will just keep it at analog. My dealer set up my Anthem and it is configured to play only my towers and sub for music. I have no idea how to change settings for all speakers. I’m a little confused about how you have it set for analog and optical. Do mean that you can have it connected both ways and you don’t need to be switching cables to go from one to another
I was converting my CD’s with Apple SuperDrive and iTunes software. I switched to different software and the music sounds better. I may rip all my CD’s with the new software
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I had this same question for Bluesound presales when I bought my node. They'll advise you to try it both ways and pick what sounds best to you. The reason being that even though the analog connection will provide full MQA unfolding, they will acknowledge that some customers will own a superior sounding DAC in other equipment and this will be especially beneficial when listening to non MQA (lossless) content. I like the above suggestion of connecting it both ways to give yourself the ability to switch at your discretion.
My question to the previous poster is if you can have both analog and digital hooked up at the same time and choose with the Anthem
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My question to the previous poster is if you can have both analog and digital hooked up at the same time and choose with the Anthem
If the Anthem is like most AVRs, you would use different inputs for each of the analog and digital connection and then switch inputs based on which mode you want to listen to.
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If the Anthem is like most AVRs, you would use different inputs for each of the analog and digital connection and then switch inputs based on which mode you want to listen to.
Sorry for being so dense on this. It’s all new to me. You mean that every time you want to switch between analog and optical you have to pull out the cables from Bluesound and change? This is what I have assumed
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