Try this:How do I enter that IP address please?
I've entered the address but it says Unknown Stream characteristics when I select it. TYping is correct.Try this:
BLS-KB16-314 In the BluOS App for Android and iOS, you can now save an Internet Stream as a Custom Station in TuneIn. Select TuneIn from the Navigation Drawer. Select Favorites, then Add Custom S...support1.bluesound.com
Congrats on your purchase and I'm glad the demo went well!Switching briefly to the Cambridge CXN streamer brought a slight change with the treble a little more pronounced but it was difficult to come to a definitive decision in the shop.
Agree. I think that is why I've mellowed out over the Bluesound in recent days. The best streams sound great and they are the proper benchmark of the capabilities of the Bluesound.@Milco , personally I would never use a streaming service for critical assessment of kit. Either your own FLAC tracks or a downloaded Hi-res file to ensure you have a solid unchanging source for comparison. As you say, with the variable quality of the streaming service it makes comparisons extremely difficult.
A display bug with LMS, perhaps? I get a much higher expected bitrate displayed by the foobar2000 & VCL players.LMS still reports that as 320k?
Add the stream's link in Tune in URL in the Squeezebox player's Radio section to get it on the current playlist and you can then add it to Favorites from the current playlist. Alternatively, you can add the stream's link directly by creating a New Favorite in Favorites.I to never found a way to get it working in LMS but works no problem in Volumio just inputting the url in.(i do hope someone will show me how to get round it)
Brightness and extra detail tend to come hand in hand. Bottom end improvements always come from better kit. Based on what you say I'd say the Blusound is better.Whereas the Cambridge CD player is all about detail retrieval, insight, scale and clarity (at the expense of being just a touch brittle and 'toppy'), the Bluesound is tonally slightly warmer with more bottom end. Whilst still offering plenty of detail, Bluesound seem to have gone for a natural (almost analogue) sound over mega detail retrieval.
See aboveCorrect. Both the Bluesound and the CA 651C are connected to my Arcam A-18 via their analogue outputs. The Cambridge is connected via an Atlas Element Integra RCA to RCA interconnect and the Bluesound by a Wireworld Luna 7. That is the only (minor) variable in this equation.
I'm going to delay making any decision re taking the Bluesound back for a couple of days. It's first day back at work today and I've got other things to be getting on with! I will continue to listen to mainly tried-and-trusted, familiar tracks and see if the extra solidity (and musicality) of the bass provided by the Bluesound compensates in any way for the lack of 'air', presence and soundstage.
Will keep you posted...
Thanks, Ray. Both are connected via analogue, RCA cables (see below). They are different I/Cs, but both are of a similar price-point and quality.@Milco , interesting read, thanks. You omitted one important factor. How did you connect the CD player and Bluesound to your amp? Digital which means you’re using the amp’s DAC or via analogue cables where you would use the source’s DAC.
You might find swapping to analogue changes the sound possibly for the better.
Have you tried a trial with Tidal? Are you using the bluesound App as your controller? I would try both of those things out if you are not?Thanks for the replies. Yes, sorry...forgot to mention the speakers. They are Dali Opticon 2. They sound awesome with my Cambridge 651C CD player as source. Big, wide soundstage, punchy, great vocals, tons of detail.
I agree with the point about Google Chromecast not supporting Amazon's HD service. Surely this should make the difference between my old Chromecast and the Bluesound even more significant!
As far as the variable volume control in 'audio settings' is concerned: I have fiddled around with the min and max volume settings at various points along the db axis which the app provides, and then press 'OK'. It doesn't seem to make any difference to the volume at all! It just stays quiet. As soon as I switch to 'fixed volume' the volume jumps up to a level roughly comparable to the Google Chromecast (and a bit lower than the CD player). Am I doing something wrong? I am notoriously useless at these things!
Like I say, the sound is slightly better than the Chromecast. Compared with the Cambridge 651 CD player, I would say the Bluesound's soundstage is slightly narrower, it has a less three-dimensional sound, but, on the plus side, the bass is tighter and more controlled. (My only minor gripe with the CA651 is a slightly flabby bass.)
I just wondered if I was missing a trick to really make the Bluesound shine. Usually when you buy a new hi-fi product you fiddle around with it until you feel you're getting the best out of it -- and I don't feel like i've hit that point yet!
Hi Willsmusic! You are replying to a relatively early post of mine on this thread. Since I wrote that post I have played a lot more music on the Bluesound and come to a somewhat better view of the sound. I think it is also possible that everything has 'run in' a bit and I have tried to stop comparing the Bluesound with my CD player all the time.Have you tried a trial with Tidal? Are you using the bluesound App as your controller? I would try both of those things out if you are not?
Interesting! I will definitely bear this in mind!I also have a Node 2i. I have listened extensively to Amazon HD, Tidal and Qobuz for several months. To my ear, Qobuz wins the sound quality competition. Although Qobuz's catalog is somewhat smaller, it;s not a problem as I also keep my Amazon HD subscription due to being a Prime member, and it being so cheap. Amazon fills in whatever music gaps I have with Qobuz.
Glad you like the Bluesound, gryffe! It's always interesting to hear from someone who has heard the Cambridge CXN and the Bluesound in order that a direct comparison can be made.I have recently switched from CXN V2 to Bluesound Node 2i, you won't reget purchasing the Node 2i
After "burning in" for a week I was hearing new sounds I'd never heard before on well loved albums, and the bass that you initially had reservations on is taut, rhythmic and deep.
Finally let me say the CXN V2 is a fantastic streamer and sound quality is amazing. My only reason for changing to Node 2i was that as a Roon user I was limited to 48khz sample rate due to Chromecast limitations. The Node2i is Roon Ready and allows me to use RAAT rather than Chromecast, and therefore achieve up to 192khz sample rate on Roon.