The Bluesound Node is the music climber that needs all Hi-Fi settings
Friends, I am in love. To be fair, I have been feeling this way for a while. It happened when I first got my hands on the Bluesound Node 2i music climber a few years ago - a relationship that has been going strong ever since.
But the butterflies have started all over again, as I was delighted to test out the latest version of the device, simply called Bluesound Node. I'll tell you about his charms.
Who is Bluesound?
If you haven't heard of them, the company positions itself as the Sonos audiophille.
It makes wireless audio equipment with features designed to appeal to the music nerds, including a gamut of input and support for streaming high-quality music files.
Tell me about the Bluesound Node?
This is the company's new music climber. I covered it in detail when it first launched, but the simplest way to describe the Node is that it's an audio-enabled device.
You plug it into your amplifier and it gives you full ways to play your digital music. You can use it via Bluetooth (it has aptX HD), Spotify Connect, Wi - Fi, AirPlay 2, and a range of other music apps and libraries.
Basically, if you're playing something digitally, the Bluesound Node will help you get that on your Hi-Fi.
And physically, it is just as complex:
How does it work?
The Bluesound Node follows directly on the Node 2i (and yes, I know the name change is silly). It is very similar to the previous version of love in terms of functionality in that it is simple to use.
My experience with the Node included plugging it in, setting it up with the BluOS, and then playing music. It was that easy.
What does the Bluesound Node look like?
It's not a sea change from the Node 2i, but it's definitely an improvement. The tone is warmer and makes a more precise, stable sound.
The best way I can describe the Node is to improve my digital audio. Whether it's FLAC files, MP3s, or just streaming from Spotify, everything feels better when run through the Node.
It is wider and punchier, the pop and music rhythms have a more detailed texture.
What about the side effects?
Look, the Bluesound Node is not perfect. While the BluOS app has improved over the years, it can still be a bit buggy. This is not a trade-off though, as I tend to connect to the hardware through the app.
I would also like remote to be included. It's a bit weird when you buy this $ 550 device, you have to spend another $ 60 to get the official one. Again, this is not something that would change my buying decision, but it is a way to improve the overall experience.
Other than that, if you have Bluesound Node 2i - and you are happy with it - I can not find a strong angle for you to update. The real differences between it and the Node are subtle. You'll be happy with the new display, without being blown away.
Even if you are new to the hardware, you should definitely get the latest.
I would have been happy if Bluesound found a few extra features to differentiate the Node from its predecessors, but it's hard to come up with any specific information myself. So I see where the company is coming from: why correct what did not break?
So why do you think all Hi-Fi settings need Bluesound Node?
Okay, maybe if you have a Hi-Fi system that costs tens of thousands of dollars, the Bluesound Node is not the music climber for you. In those cases, you can look for a more expensive device like the Melco N100.
But - and let 's be honest here - how many of us have Hi - Fi systems of that value? Most people I know have setups that go around the $ 2,000 mark together.
For people in this brake, you can't go wrong with the Bluesound Node. Simply put, it is the perfect companion for listening to digital music.
As much as I love listening to vinyl with my Pro-Ject Essential turntable and CDs with the Marantz CD6007, these are always special experiences. I make an active decision to use these forms.
Most of my daily listening takes place digitally, either through Spotify or with my own music library. And this is where the Bluesound Node is so important.
Not only is my music doing really well, but it does playing that music completely unconscious. In other words, the Node is the perfect bridge between my digital libraries and a physical audio player.
If this is something you are looking for, then Bluesound Node is a motto from heaven. The company has developed some great hardware that has long been an essential and beloved part of my Hi-Fi setting.
Yes, I'm still in love.