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BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« on: December 02, 2019, 11:06:33 PM »
Just took delivery of the brand new Powernode 2i from BlueSound. 
Kind of a node with 60 watts on board. 
Sounding way better than such a small box with so many tricks should,  on a pair of 82 dB (in)efficient ATC SCM10....

I am not going to make comparisons just yet to the Limetree box stack but the BlueSound is a different value option and can bring good audio with convenience out the box to a ďnewĒ generation of listeners. 

It has a very complete feature set. 






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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 12:40:38 AM »
They just released another model with eARC HDMI.
So you can add a screen or connect to your TV
Time to get back to when I enjoyed listening......no more upgrading, more of a headache than a pleasure

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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 05:51:01 AM »
They just released another model with eARC HDMI.
So you can add a screen or connect to your TV


I see I put up old images.  I am playing with the new HDMI capable unit. 


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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 06:47:56 AM »
The correct rear panel image.




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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 06:57:22 AM »
your comparison with the Limetree would definitely be of interest.

When I saw they added HDMI thought it was a little strange as now they kinda threw themselves in the mix with AVR's.

At that price range wonder how the Bluesound and a Marantz NR 1710 would compare

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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 07:30:57 AM »
your comparison with the Limetree would definitely be of interest.

When I saw they added HDMI thought it was a little strange as now they kinda threw themselves in the mix with AVR's.

At that price range wonder how the Bluesound and a Marantz NR 1710 would compare

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I donít think so at all.  I think this allows real hifi for people who would have gone with a Bluetooth speaker of sorts and a soundbar on the TV.


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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2019, 08:48:20 AM »
I assume you've hooked up a turntable (or other?) using the 3.5mm jack, do you think that is holding it back in any way vs having used RCA? I would think not if using short runs, but curious what your thoughts are?

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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2019, 05:15:43 PM »
A little curious about the ATC SCM10's.


Please give us some subjective thoughts on their performance.

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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2019, 06:27:06 PM »
I assume you've hooked up a turntable (or other?) using the 3.5mm jack, do you think that is holding it back in any way vs having used RCA? I would think not if using short runs, but curious what your thoughts are?

I do not beleive the mere connection will limit performance. Sure, my Cardas Clear interconnects dont fit so one needs to just check options but there are good solutions possible. At this non significant current flow a solid clean contact need not be large in my opinion.

I feel this is a great compact solution at a good level of performance that could perhaps re capture ordinary non audiophiles who like music to have a good system. Like they had 20-25 years ago with a Rotel RA930BX / RCD955 or NAD 302 / 5xx or Marantz PM40/CD50 cd player. Folks who liked music bought those.

This gives that perforance and dare I say, with digital source, better and more convenient in a way people have become used to interacting with their music.
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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2019, 06:27:55 PM »
A little curious about the ATC SCM10's.


Please give us some subjective thoughts on their performance.


Perhaps in another thread.
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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2019, 07:16:53 PM »
I'm dof, what is it?

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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2019, 07:32:47 PM »
I'm dof, what is it?
In short a streamer amp.
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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2019, 07:35:01 PM »
I do not beleive the mere connection will limit performance. Sure, my Cardas Clear interconnects dont fit so one needs to just check options but there are good solutions possible. At this non significant current flow a solid clean contact need not be large in my opinion.

Thanks, that's exactly what I suspected but good to get your confirmation :)
Been eyeing one of those, phono goes into the analogue in, built in spotify, I'm covered for my main needs.

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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2019, 07:35:49 PM »
I'm dof, what is it?


Itís a digital music renderer / streamer  / dac / pre with 60 watts of power on board. 
Talks with Deezer Spotify Tidal
Qobuz Amazon and others and is Roon capable.  Analogue and digital inputs and HDMI to bring your tv screen and sources in to the mix too.  Apple users can airplay to them as well.  Blue tooth 2 way comms (source and headphone output). 

The BluOS app to control it can control and group multiple units through a home if you like.  Stand alone players (node) with digital and line outs and complete speakers too. 


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Re: BlueSound Powernode 2i, a nifty box that sounds good.
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2019, 07:42:21 PM »
Forgot to say itís the size of two typical paperback novels.



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