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  1. No reason other than price I think. The idea was to find 'affordable' upgrades to, primarily, the Node. Plenty of higher price options, just nothing much in the £1k range.
  2. This all seems a bit erratic, as I have said it appears to depend on implementation, settings etc. Also if you do not have a dac that reliably displays the actual resolution, it is very hard to be sure what is happening. It is just the kind of confusion that puts people off, having time during lockdown has given me the opportunity to find out how my Node actually functions, I had been using it for a year and still had no in some respects.
  3. A pair of early mid 70s JBL L200, fire up the Delorean powered transit and pick up a brand new pair for about £700, wouldn't hesitate. I have owned several big JBLs but never this model, absolutely nowhere to put them but I WOULD.
  4. Perfect, sometimes I need things spelled out quite clearly, I am on heavy duty pain medication and my mind is not at it's sharpest. This is consistent with my long post earlier today. It appears that, in this case, the Chromecast implementation in the Cambridge limits audio resolution to 16/44.1. Many users with different streamers have reported this issue, it seems quite common, there are some reports of Chromecast supporting 24/96 resolution in other circumstances but details are sketchy. It does seem to be an implementation issue, but given the relative lack of interest in Chromecast as a serious hi-fi streaming platform, it appears that nothing much is being done.
  5. The HB1 is 40 years old, I have no doubt that pretty much everything has changed in that time, still the kit is a nice project for the modestly skilled and there is at least some kind of reference point in that the original is pretty well known. Oddly I was never a big fan of the HB1, much preferring the slightly smaller but more expensive HB2. Paired with a very early Naim 42/110, I recall them sounding very good indeed. I got through a lot of gear in those days, but they do stand out in my memory in a way that a lot of more highly regarded speakers of the time did not.
  6. Can you explain what you are doing and what results you are getting?
  7. I want to marry my Adam active speakers, but Mrs MGTOW does not want to share.
  8. For what it is worth, I found the Node to be more useable than the CXN though the latter clearly had advantages in some areas. Thought the control app to be less useable than BluoS, marginal. No big performance differences to help decide, so it just came down to which ticked the most boxes and had the best 'experience', in the end that turned out to be the Node, but different priorities will lead to different choices.
  9. It was always a close run thing between the Node and the WXC50 for me, remember I use the full streamer/dac/pre-amp package. I preferred the BluoS at the time but there was never much in it. I guess paying almost double for the node was a kind of reassurance that it would be better, silly really. That said, the hi-pass filter on the node has helped with the subwoofer integration quite a lot, can't do that on the WXC50 so a definite bonus.
  10. Wilmslow Audio do a full HB1kit for about £600pr. Not cheap but you get all new components, nicely, finished cabinets and excellent dealer support. I always found building my own speakers to teach me a lot, good fun to build and tweak and a sense of satisfaction when you get them sounding right. For the non expert, a simple, sensible project, no fretting over whether the old (if rebuilding a used pair) drive units are in spec or properly matched, smart new enclosures for your home and help should you need it. Not everyone relishes a full restoration project, but the kit offers an interesting option.
  11. That is very interesting and illustrates just how quickly the online streaming landscape is changing. Yamaha have huge resources, way beyond that of, say, Bluesound, when I was buying, 18 months back, I preferred BluoS to MusicCast, I wonder if that would be the case now.
  12. OK, finally think that I have an understanding of this, in effect there are 3 different methodologies for streaming music media online. 1) Bluetooth and Airplay. Both are technologies that allow you to stream media on a computer or handheld device, then transmit that media over an encoded wireless link to your streamer for hi-fi playback. Bluetooth is lossy, though the latest codecs are pretty transparent, not bit perfect though, Airplay uses different technology to achieve a similar result, media is encoded using ALAC which is lossless for media up to Red Book resolution, properly setup it is transparent. In both systems the computer/hand held does the streaming and processing, so is working all the time, neither system is much loved by enthusiasts. Personally I consider Airplay to be the Apple equivalent of Bluetooth, use whichever suits your setup best, I am all Apple, so naturally I use Airplay. Android users are probably best with Bluetooth. 2) Streamer apps. Most streamers come with their own apps which have access to the major online streaming sites 'embedded'. All the work is done by the streamer, your device is simply working as a remote, ie once you have instructed the streamer what you want it to do, you can switch off the controller device or use it for something else. The downside is that the implementation of the streaming app into the streamer os may be less good than the the original, which I think is the case with Tidal in BluoS, most users do not have a real issue with this, though some do find it annoying. 3) Chromecast and Spotify Connect. Chromecast is software that sits on your streamer and accesses any Chromecast compatible streaming platform following instructions from the media streaming app on your device, despite the name, the media is not 'cast' from your device to the streamer, it is accessed directly by the streamer. Spotify Connect works exactly in this way, but is of course tailored specifically to the Spotify platform. Both systems can work extremely well, the only downside being the implementation of Chromecast into the streamer os, which can be a bit variable, this was brought to light by the lack of support for hi-res Tidal media on some streamers. Apologies for the length of this post, my attempt to explain the subject to computer illiterates like myself.
  13. OK, This is where streaming becomes a bit complicated. There are often different ways to skin the streaming cat. I use Node 2i in full streamer, dac, pre-amp mode into active speakers, about as uncomplicated a system as it is possible to get. The functionality though is quite complex, so sometimes it is not immediately obvious what is happening. For example, I am playing music from the Tidal section in BluoS, a piece comes to mind which is not on Tidal, so I switch from BluoS to the Spotify desktop app, select the piece and Airplay it to the Node, all pretty seamless. However the Spotify stream is low res, but it works, earlier in the thread we had Tidal on Chromecast limiting itself to Red Book even though hi res was available, it was only noticed because the dac gave a readout of the resolution. So I wonder how often are we not getting the full resolution that we are paying for, without a dac that gives information on what is being processed, it is not always obvious.
  14. Do you mean that the Yamaha implementation of Chromecast streams MSQ? That would be interesting.
  15. To be honest I never really considered my setup as hi-fi. Absolutely nothing to twiddle or play with, just a music playback system that was used most days. It has only been the last few weeks under lockdown that I have even begun investigating the capabilities of the Node.