Originally Posted by Transmaniacon
Looks to be in great shape! Definitely interested to hear your thoughts on the Node.
Well, I'm going to give it a solid shot to succeed. It's a rat's nest of cables behind my console, so all cables are going to be Shielded aside from Toslink; shielded Pangea C7 power, BJC LC1 RCA out, Amazon double shield cat7 in, and BJC Coaxial out. Just can't hurt but keep the noise floor low.
Also fully disabling BT since the chip sits very close to the D/A converters and I'm only going to use Wi-Fi.
It's currently optimizing album artwork and processing my modest 80GB FLAC library (a mix of CD rips and high Fidelity files).
I've read several reviews where users found better audio quality by going to hardwired Shielded network cable, so that was a cheap and easy addition.
I'm expecting solid performance for the $299 i paid. By all accounts, it's superior in audio quality to the Sonos Connect.
So, we shall see.
Past this and I'm looking at used Aurelic Aries streamers, Innuous stuff, etc. So it's a pretty big jump, from what research I've done so far, to get a net improvement in every area past the Node2/i.
I've heard varying reports on the Node2i; some say the audio quality is slightly better, others say that when the Node2 is hardwired, BT disabled, and Shielded cables are employed, that they sound the same. I don't have a 2i, but that's coming from owners of both. So that's not enough to convince me to pay extra for the Node2i.
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