I would potentially be interested in this but would want to see real reviews and measurements first. Not to mention it would have to come down in price, that’s just too expensive given the huge number of alternatives these days.
Is this potentially a pre-amp too?
If it has a volume control, and is a pre-amp, if they added a remote control, it would double the potential number of customers for this product.
With the increasing popularity of active speakers, more people are looking at a reasonably priced pre-amp with DAC. But likely not if it doesn’t have a remote.
So if the DAC magic doesn’t act as a pre-amp, then in the Cambridge line up, you have to spend a few hundred more on their streamer/pre-amp. Which takes us back to the Yamaha WXC-50.
I’m surprised the Yamaha doesn’t have more competitors.
To my mind, this seems significantly cheaper than the alternatives - the Topping equivalent with XLR outputs is £699 and the new Ifi equivalent is about the same. I'll wait for measurements but this seems like a good bet for me as I want a physical volume knob and XLR ouputs as well as USB input, for use as a desktop DAC, so don't need the remote control.I'd be very interested in it myself - as a step-up from Schiit Fulla 2 which i currently use (PC->via usb -> Active speakers or headphones) - will wait for some reviews...
What do you think would be good (or even better) alternative to this in similar price range?
That isn't the point here, by default it is fixed and no indication anywhere in the box or online about this, plenty of blown speakers incoming I think!Perhaps I'm being dim but what does the large knob on the front control then?
That isn't the point here, by default it is fixed and no indication anywhere in the box or online about this, plenty of blown speakers incoming I think!
After you've done some process to change it to variable, there is then no indication of what the volume is actually set at, and with there being no remote either it's a bit of a joke for 500quid if you ask me.
I have an SMSL M400 also, which sounds nice, I think the Cambridge unit sounded nicer so now I'm pretty annoyed as need a replacement ASAP for it. I find it odd also that they say this has the 2channel ES9028Q2M chip, but this is limited at 352khz PCM but the front panel says 768? That would be the ES9038Q2M chip.
Seems someone either has no idea what is in the unit or they've got it seriously wrong!!
Nope, nothing at all, bit of an oversight isn't it.So there is no indicator mark or groove on the volume knob? Seems like a pretty major design flaw...
Apparently the default is supposed to be variable,
There are led lights on the front panel. In the presence of an incoming digital stream, the relevant LED will light up to indicate the incoming digital sampling frequency. MQA has the following variants: Green means MQA, Blue means MQA studio. Magenta indicates that the unit is rendering an MQA stream or file. DSD will light up when native DSD or DoP streams are detected.
I’m streaming from Tidal, and when playing back a ’master’ the indicator has gone green for MQA and blue for tracks that are in MQA studio. I haven’t found any source material that triggers the magenta fully unpacked magenta or DSD Indicators. Does anyone know of any?
I’ve read on forums that some people who have spent £500+ on DACS and heard no difference to the one in the Node2i. If I spend that sort of money I want to hear a noticeable improvement otherwise it’s not money well spent to me.Hi I nearly did but then decided to wait and hear a few more reviews to see if it improves on the all ready good node2i