Originally Posted by slim4511
I recently signed up for Tidal (not the MQA level) and need help choosing a good streaming device. I've heard good things on the Bluesound Node 2 but would like to know of other options I should be considering. Would like to keep my spend at no higher than $1,000. Any thoughts? Thanks.
I thought Tidal only came in two tiers
1) The "standard" one ($9.99; direct competitor to Google/Apple/Spotify/Rhapsody/Amazon-Included-With-Prime etc)
2) "Hi-Fi" - CD Quality (with MQA on top, when available and if you have decoding capability), for twice the price of the standard tier.
When you say "not the MQA level" does that mean you didn't do HiFi? Or, does it mean you went with HiFi but don't have any means to decode MQA?
And follow-up question, when you say you don't want to spend any more than $1,000, what's included/needed in that budget? Is that what you have available to spend on streaming tech? If that budget is only for "streaming tech" (hardware + software), and if you have a PC available to play the role of "server duties", with that budget, for streaming tech only, and with a Tidal HiFi subscription, I'd recommend a lifetime Roon subscription and a Raspberry Pi running Ropieeee. Great option for now, something you can "grow" around with more endpoints, versatile (will work with BlueSound if you still end up deciding you want to go that way, works wth Sonos if you go that route, you can stick with more raspberry pi's if you like that, you can opt for some super-high-end-y Roon Ready DACs and Streamers if you prefer that, etc etc etc). It's great software, it integrates Tidal's library with your own files, and you can "get to the finish line," under budget, when paired with a Pi...