Bluesound NODE 2i Wireless Music Streamer

Model: NODE2IB UPC: 5703120290652 Item: 2688

$549.00

Color: Black - In Stock

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754 Route 309 (Bethlehem Pike) Montgomeryville, PA 18936
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  • Sat: 10AM - 5PM
  • 11/26/20: CLOSED
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38 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
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Bluesound NODE 2i Wireless Music Streamer Overview

Give your home stereo or powered speakers a wireless streaming upgrade with the Bluesound NODE 2i. Dedicated to bringing high-resolution music to every room of your home, Bluesound is rolling out its Generation 2i ecosystem to deliver the finest reproduction in today’s wireless world, at a down-to-earth price. The NODE 2I, which connects easily to existing systems, packs top-quality digital to analog conversion circuitry (DAC), to precisely decode most current high-resolution file formats, including the latest MQA lossless platform. Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD provides the cleanest streaming from phones or portables. Dual-band Wi-Fi eliminates congestion and interference. The BluOS operating system is app-easy to handle. And with every major online service, dozens of Internet radio stations and your own home collection available at the touch of a button, the NODE 2i promises access to “all the music ever recorded.” With analog and digital outputs, an analog/optical input and USB, the NODE 2i is your streaming system’s centerpiece.

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Product highlights

  • Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD designed for better-than-CD streaming
  • Two-way Bluetooth for wireless headphone listening
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 17 or more integrated online services access all major cloud jukeboxes
  • High-resolution music file support includes FLAC, WAV, AIFF and the latest MQA, with sampling rates up to 192kHz
  • Apple’s latest AirPlay 2 wireless support (firmware upgrade)
  • Analog/digital inputs and outputs, plus subwoofer output
  • Whole-home audio control via BluOS app (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire) or unit control via top-mounted touch buttons
  • Amazon Alexa voice control via future skill set
  • Dimensions: 8.7" wide x 1.8" high x 5.7" deep
  • Weight: 2.45 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support

Top-grade components

The core of the NODE 2i is the fast, powerful 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 chip, which means it responds quickly and seamlessly to each command. Custom compact components allowed Bluesound to redesign the circuit path for minimal noise and interference. And the 24 bit/ 192kHz digital-analog conversion circuits handle today’s most advanced music files effortlessly. And the sound is impeccable: What Hi-Fi, in its 5-star review, lauds its “impressive timing and dynamics (and) superb sense of scale. … This is simply the best sounding product of its type you’ll get your hands on for less than half a grand.”

Two-way, top-quality Bluetooth

The latest Bluetooth protocol – version 5.0, aptX HD – is capable of streaming music directly from phones, portables or tablets at better-than-CD quality, and is designed for faithful reproduction of the latest generation of lossless music files. The NODE 2i adds two-way Bluetooth communication, so you can listen privately via the high-quality wireless headset of your choice or connect wirelessly to BT powered speakers.

High-res horsepower to spare

Yes, Bluesound’s Gen 2i handles the high-resolution lossless files available today via download and streaming – up to 24 bit/192kHz sampling rates, in ALAC, AIFF, FLAC and WAV. And you get full compatibility with lower-quality “lossy” files in MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, and the rest of the alphabet soup. But the NODE 2i adds support for the latest, most flexible set of letters – Master Quality Authenticated, or MQA. With more music studios and equipment makers signing on, MQA is designed for top-quality streaming, it automatically adapts to your equipment, and it packs high resolution in a smaller file size.

“All the music ever recorded”

That’s Bluesound’s bold claim. But consider its capabilities. Tap into your own collection via home network sharing, with NODE 2i’s latest generation dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. AirPlay 2 capability will stream directly from your iTunes and Apple Music library. Connect to dozens of Internet radio stations via TuneIn, iHeart, Calm Radio, Slacker and Radio Paradise. And select songs seamlessly from the top celestial jukeboxes including Tidal, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora – even country-specific services such as Qobuz (France) and Tai (China). “All the music ever recorded?” Hard to prove, hard to argue.

Optimized operating system

The BluOS operating system was built for wireless from the bottom up. A free download (iOS and Android), the BluOS Controller app ties together every compatible component in your home, makes set-up a snap, flips effortlessly through all your files and sources, and gives you fingertip control of the whole ecosystem. Individual touch controls are on top of the NODE 2i in case your portable device isn’t in reach. Amazon Alexa voice control is in development. And with AirPlay 2 coming via firmware update, you’ll soon be able to chat with Siri as well.

Specifications

Specifications

  • Operating system: BluOS
  • Supported operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, macOS X 7-10
  • Supported file formats: Mp3, AAC, WMA, WMA-L, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MQA
  • Native sampling rates: 32 - 192kHz
  • Bit depths: 16 - 24
  • Music service integrations: 17+
  • 3rd-party integrations: AirPlay2 (via software update), Apple Wireless Accessory Configuration (WAC)
  • Control system integration: Crestron, Control 4, RTI, ELAN, URC, Push, Lutron, iPort
  • Voice control integration: Supports Amazon Alexa (via software update)
  • Play/pause button: Touch LED
  • Volume control buttons: Touch LED
  • Previous/next track buttons: Touch LED
  • Preset buttons: In-App
  • Processor: ARM cortex -A9, 1GHz
  • DAC: 32-bit, 192kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: -110dBA
  • Distortion: THD+N, 0.005%
  • Power: Universal bi-pin AC cord input 100 - 240AC)
  • Ethernet/LAN: Ethernet RJ45, GigE
  • Wi-Fi built-in: 802.11ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth: Built-in
  • Bluetooth quality: Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Two-way (transmit & receive)
  • IR optical built-in: IR sensor built-in - front panel
  • IR input: 3.5mm jack
  • Optical/analog input: Combo - Toslink/3.5mm
  • USB In: Type A (Fat32 formatted)
  • USB: Type B (mini) for product servicing
  • Audio output: Analog RCA stereo with FIXED option
  • Coaxial output: RCA
  • Optical output: Toslink digital optical
  • Trigger out: 12 volt
  • Headphone output: 3.5mm stereo
  • Subwoofer output: RCA
  • Power consumption (Idle/Standby): 4 watts/<0.5 watts
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 8.7" x 1.8" x 5.7"
  • Weight: 2.45 lbs.

 

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • Node 2i Wireless Music Streamer
  • 120V AC power cord
  • 230V AC power cord
  • Ethernet cable
  • Stereo RCA to RCA cable
  • 3.5mm stereo mini plug to RCA cable
  • Toslink optical to 3.5mm mini adapter
  • Safety/warranty guide
  • Quick setup guide

Reviews

Customer Reviews for Bluesound NODE 2i Wireless Music Streamer

4.3 / 5.0
7 Reviews
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Never Knew a Streamer Could Sound So Good
This product sounds great. Using a high res streaming service like Tidal makes it sound even better. It is really easy to operate and I haven't had any issues with the app. I will say though that the app works better with some streaming services than others--TIdal works great, Amazon music not as great (but still completely functional). Highly recommend!
November 18, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Recreating a live soundstage with MQA recordings streamed with Bluesound Node 2i
Best sound quality listening to MQA recorded music via Tidal.
November 9, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Love the bluesound node highly recommended
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March 28, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Doesn't work as advertised
March 27, 2020
Good All Around Performer
The Node 2i has wonderful features and interface with the Bluesound App.
Their customer service also provides quick and detail responses to questions that may arise.
I had trouble getting a strong connection to my WiFi and Jon screen shared with me and fixed the problem in a matter of seconds.

All the reviews say the player has excellent sound and I agree to a point. Thus the 4 star rating. It has good sound for a $500 player. I personally have a more discriminating ear but to most the sound should satisfy.
The Bluesound Node2i is an excellent starter network player and for some might be the only one they’ll ever need.
January 7, 2020
Purchased
11 months ago
Amazing bang for your buck.
sounds incredible.
February 11, 2019
I like the unit made music sound alot better
Like everything about it. Music is listenable now
February 1, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago

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Why did you choose this?
World Wide Stereo Store
To add streaming capability to McIntosh receiver. The Bluesound has great reviews.
Thomas H on Nov 6, 2020
price and quality
ANDREW F on Feb 3, 2019
To add streaming capability to McIntosh receiver. The Bluesound has great reviews.
Thomas H on Nov 6, 2020
I chose this to bring modern streaming services (Tidal) to a vintage receiver. I was going to use my Ipad Pro, but by the time I figured out what Dac to use, dongles to buy, how to charge while using the thing....yeah, this was easier for me.
Thomas T on Jun 8, 2020
price and quality
ANDREW F on Feb 3, 2019
I chose this to bring modern streaming services (Tidal) to a vintage receiver. I was going to use my Ipad Pro, but by the time I figured out what Dac to use, dongles to buy, how to charge while using the thing....yeah, this was easier for me.
Thomas T on Jun 8, 2020
What is the output voltage of the RCA? Will I need to use this with a preamp?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2020
  Thanks for your question. Bluesound does not specify the line out output voltage. It is a fixed output level that should be connected to a preamp or receiver line input. Output is typically around 150 to 250 mV.
Can I connect the Blue Sound Node through its digital output to mate with my Lampizator Amber dac?
allan g on Jul 17, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The NODE 2i has analog, coax digital and optical digital outputs. Pick one that is compatible with the appropriate input on your DAC.
What type of cable is best for connecting to a receiver for best sound RCA or optical?
A shopper on Jan 27, 2019
  The Bluesound Node 2i has a phenomenal DAC in it, so I would recommend using RCA. If you have an RCA with a superior DAC, then you would want to connect via optical.
Can this connect to stereo receiver?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2019
  It can. It's like a cd player in that it's a music player with no internal amplifier so it will connect to any amplifier/receiver and speakers to play.
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