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  1. It’s not necessary now. The Raspberry Pi is so powerful that it can do everything that an audio PC can.
  2. I know what you mean but the refresh rate on different versions of Node is around two years. I wasn’t willing to pay for a Sbooster with only a year until the next iteration of Node. Like Andrew, I also think you can build a good SMPS; part of the issue might be that the technology is younger and that not enough work has been put in to high end SMPS.
  3. Just for clarity and accepting that you were responding to Andrew, I wouldn’t claim that an SMPS in most cases would out perform a good LPS but I would say it can sound very good indeed with decent engineering.
  4. Oh, it might very well not. It does offer more opportunities for development and functionality though. Hopefully stability and a bit of extra speed.
  5. There have been several members who held that hi-fi is mostly well designed and that modifications are unnecessary except rarely, where bad design is present. I think that bad design in the hi-fi industry is endemic and that is why we so often have to modify. Ours are mirrored viewpoints in that they look the same but are in fact reversed. With regard to the SMPS, I’m using my Fidelity modded Node 2i with the stock SMPS that Fidelity supplied with the board. The difference between that and the Bluesound power supply is quite stark. It is possible to make that device sound very good wit
  6. I wonder if they’re looking at the wider market rather than us. Most people here are using this as a streamer but outside the audiophile community, I’m not sure. Also, if they put a really nice ESS in there then it might start being viable without an external DAC for some. I agree that the HDMI is odd on the Node but does make a lot of sense on the Powernode where it would be intended as a single box audio device. It may be that it was cheaper to standardise between the two devices. It’s something you expect on an amp rather than a streamer. It can be hi-fi; I watch the Ronnie Scott’s l
  7. It’s five external presets. I’ve been told (looking for a confirmation) that the A9 was only running in single core mode so this is potentially a move from 1 GHz single to 1.8 GHz quad though the implementation is important. The volume is a touch slider. Terrible for those of us with cats. There seems to be less ventilation on the top panel.
  8. Yes. Broadly similar but with a faster processor, HDMI EARC and apparently a better DAC. The button arrangement on the top is different with extra buttons and some sort of volume control. We won’t really know until the first reviews come out. The interesting thing is going to be the power supply board. The mods have become a minor cottage industry for some as this immense thread shows. It is very good news. It means they’re continuing to develop the platform.
  9. Ah, you did all see it! https://www.whathifi.com/news/new-bluesound-node-and-powernode-are-fittingly-well-furnished-streamers So, the processor changes from the Arm A9 to an A53. Now running four cores but I have no idea what the A9 was running as it can be anything from one to four. The DAC changes somehow but nobody knows how. There seems to be a lot more buttons on the top which is excellent as you can program in presets/radio stations and operate it without picking up an iPad for casual listening. Hopefully there’s a bump in sound quality as the stock unmodified
  10. Am I the only one who has noticed this? https://www.bluesound.com/products/node/ That looks like a semi reasonable upgrade. There is a new Arm chip, EARC HDMI. As with a lot of upgrades, a probable price reduction for the existing model might be more relevant to some here. The Powernode also gets a spec bump.
  11. The 8000a was great in its day but that day has passed. £150-175 is fair value now for what it can do though the market is what it is. On the positive side, the manufacturer will probably still maintain it.
  12. My view about Viltrox ( have the 33mm) is that they’re good but about a rung down from Samyang. Fuji glass is better but of course more expensive. Yes, I’ve seen some some good files from the 85mm.
  13. I am also saying that, yes. I had an issue with a Meridian M80 and likewise they told me to go to a dealer (I went to Robert Taussig who only wasted weeks of my time for no benefit). Their kit is excellent and very reliable, for the most part but if it breaks, you can have a problem. B&O is similar and their residuals reflect that. It makes you appreciate the likes of Chord, Musical Fidelity and others like them who continue to provide support long after manufacture.
  14. Also, who fixes them when they break? That’s a massive issue with a large, technological and complex piece of kit. If they’re a few years old and out of warranty, the answer might not be Meridian.
  15. Several runs braided. It’s a common recipe on the internet. Not right now but I have used it. It’s actually quite good. Kimber is also not suitable for all amplifiers either.
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