Originally Posted by bambam
Overall, how would the Node 2 compare to the Sonos connect in terms of sound - everything else being equal? (Using Tidal)
It depends on how you evaluate the Node 2: In isolation or as part of a multiroom system.
I currently have both Sonos (Connect, Play 5 and One) and Bluesound (Node 2 and Flex). I use Bluesound with Roon primarily for both lossless and some high res files. I have the Node 2 feeding the power stage of my amp (variable volume on rca). The Sonos connect feeds digital coax into a Rega Dac and then the line in of the amplifier. Comparing Node 2 as pre vs Sonos Connect + Rega Dac, the sound quality is quite comparable to my ears. Obviously I can only compare using 16bit lossless.
The Node 2 (as preamp) has a slightly darker sound flavour (to my ears).
The Sonos Connect as a preamp (variable out via RCA) falls a bit behind the Node 2 but not a night and day difference. I can live with both as pre amplifiers.
The Sonos wins over Bluesound when used as multiroom system. Bluesound units (Flex and Node 2 in my case) are a lot more sensitive to WiFi. Sonos is bulletproof comparatively (stable, fast, no dropouts, scales really well.
When using Roon and my main HiFi I tend to primarily stream to the Node 2 (in isolation). However, when using multiroom music playback I will always use Sonos.
The Bluesound app is not great (in my opinion) and I have also failed to create an index of my local music (MacBook pro). I do not mind as I use Roon exclusively but I would not be happy if I had to use Bluesound alone.
Hope this helps a bit