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Bluesound Node 2i

Streaming music player with built-in Wi-Fi®, Apple® AirPlay® 2, and Bluetooth® (Black)

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Overview

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The Node 2i turns your existing audio system into a network-capable Bluesound player. Connect its analog or digital outputs to your existing receiver or amplifier to make it part of your multi-room Bluesound wireless system. Stream high-resolution music stored on your home network, internet radio stations, or music service. Bluesound's whole-house wireless music system is designed to complement audiophile-grade gear, so you can make the most of your digital music.

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Bluesound Node 2i

The Node 2i brings your current audio gear into the Bluesound wireless network (amplifier and speakers not included).

The Node 2i turns your existing audio system into a network-capable Bluesound player. Connect its analog or digital outputs to your existing receiver or amplifier to make it part of your multi-room Bluesound wireless system. Stream high-resolution music stored on your home network, internet radio stations, or music service. Bluesound's whole-house wireless music system is designed to complement audiophile-grade gear, so you can make the most of your digital music.

Compatible with AirPlay 2*

Built-in Apple AirPlay 2 technology lets you stream audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer through your Bluesound system. That includes soundtracks from YouTube® videos and Netflix movies.

And if you subscribe to Apple Music®, you can do even more. Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV 4K to control Apple Music with voice commands. Tell it what selection or playlist to play — and which Bluesound speakers or components you want it to play through.

*Firmware update required.

High-quality two-way Bluetooth streaming

The Node 2i features aptX® HD Bluetooth streaming for higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The system is backward-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. You can even share that Bluetooth source with other Bluesound music players around your house that are connected to your network. And for convenient late-night listening, you can also stream wirelessly from the Node2i to a paired set of wireless headphones.

A universe of music options

Bluesound is compatible with virtually all digital music formats — including high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive. Stream from internet radio stations and online services like Spotify®, Deezer, and TIDAL (including their high-res MQA service tier). You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks.

A USB input conveniently lets you play files "locally" from a flash drive or hard drive — ideal when friends come over with their own music.

Control it all with an app

The BlueOS controller app is a free download for both Apple® and Android™ devices. Select songs from your smartphone or tablet. The app displays all of your music services, internet radio stations, and digital music libraries stored on your computer or server. Play music in one room, all rooms, or different tracks in different spaces around your home through BluOS-compatible speakers and players.

Product Highlights:

  • communicates with other Bluesound players via your home network (wired or wireless)
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, WMA-L, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, MQA, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
    • supported sample rates: 32kHz to 192kHz
    • supported bit depths 16-24
BluOS Controller app:
  • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
  • set up and customize your BluOS speakers and players
  • control multi-room playback with two or more Bluesound speakers or components
  • select Bluetooth as an input, then redistribute the stream to other rooms via Wi-Fi
  • access music stored on smartphone, tablet, computer or network drive
  • stream from-compatible services such as Spotify Premium, TIDAL, Amazon Music, TuneIn, and Deezer (subscriptions may be required)
General features:
  • Bluetooth wireless audio streaming with aptX support for better sound with compatible devices
    • Bluetooth streaming to paired headphones or speakers
  • Apple AirPlay® 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
    • firmware update required
  • top-mounted controls for volume and muting
  • USB Type-A port for connecting a flash drive with music files
  • combination mini-optical/stereo minijack audio input
  • analog RCA stereo audio output (stereo RCA-to-RCA cable included)
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Toslink optical digital audio output
  • headphone output (stereo RCA-to-3.5mm stereo minijack included)
  • mono RCA subwoofer output
  • built-in dual band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Ethernet port (Ethernet cable included)
  • detachable AC power cord
  • 8-5/8"W x 1-13/16"H x 5-5/8"D
  • weight: 2.45 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Network streaming player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 58" Ethernet cable
  • 5' Stereo RCA cable
  • 5' Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
  • Optical-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • License Agreement

This is a fabulous streamer, especially now that the Airplay 2 firmware patch is live. It just works, perfectly, as advertised.

Scott, Tacoma, WA

Reviews

Bluesound Node 2i Reviews

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Bluesound Node 2i

Crutchfield customer from Mountain Home, AR on 12/28/2018

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works great

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Great app and hardware

Nima from Irvine, CA on 12/26/2018

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I was previously using an Audioengine B1 and my iphone X as a source playing itunes via bluetooth to my emotiva integrated amp and silverline minuet speakers. The sound was fantastic but everyone told me i should upgrade so i could use Tidal and have CD quality sound or MQA and at least my itunes would be using airplay instead of bluetooth. I took the plunge and bought this, the app works great and the units internal dac seems to be a little upgrade too. Only complaint is i can't use my iphones physical buttons to adjust the volume in the BlueOS app i have to use the slider. I can however use my physical buttons using the tidal app via airplay to the Node 2i so i mostly do that. MQA functionality is a plus also. Also HUGE plus that you can control the blue led from the app, it's super bright so i dimmed it, you can also turn it off, i love common sense features like this. Overall using the Node 2i and Tidal my audio sounds more open and slightly more detailed. It's not a huge upgrade from my previous setup but well worth the money and i would totally recommend this to anyone.

Pros: Great sound, low price compared to competition, small form factor, and good looks.

Cons: Can't use physical buttons on my iphone to control volume in the BlueOS app only the slider.

Fantastic Streamer

Scott from Tacoma, WA on 12/14/2018

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This is a fabulous streamer, especially now that the Airplay 2 firmware patch is live. It just works, perfectly, as advertised.

Pros: Great sound quality.

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Pure musical joy !

Andrew from Eagle, ID on 12/12/2018

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The Bluesound Node 2i is an astonishing piece of kit. The sound quality - from FLAC files on my NAS (have ripped all my CDs to FLAC), Internet radio and even Bluetooth* from my phone - is a revelation. As my adult daughter said, "dad, I can hear stuff I never heard before from this music". Setup of the Node 2i is simple and straightforward. And the BlueOS Controller app is best of breed compared to other streamer apps I have used. Lastly - and as an illustration of how serious Lenbrook Industries (Canadian owner of both Bluesound and NAD brands) is about their products - both the classy packaging and the high quality materials used in the Node 2i are up to Apple standards and then some. Pure joy. * For Apple aficionados, Bluesound just upgraded Node 2i firmware to support AirPlay 2.

Pros: Sound quality, build quality, classy looks, ease of use

Cons: None

Awesome system

Crutchfield customer from Chester Sprgs, PA on 12/12/2018

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Node 2i with powered speakers make an awesome setup.

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Excellent sound

Crutchfield customer from Colonia, NJ on 12/8/2018

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I have this connected to a Marantz SR9200 120W/ch with Kef Q700 floor speakers. It will not share files with my iMac - 10 years old running El Capitan OS. I do not fault Bluesound, they spent nearly 2 hours helping me figure out where the issue was. Excellent service support. Burned my Hi-RES music to a flash drive. Sound quality is excellent. You need a very good WiFi signal . I wish the Headphone amp was stronger - Im have Audeze LCD 2's. HOWEVER The correct way to listen to these headphones is with a dedicated amp, which I have. Computer/wifi issues are unpredictable and par for the course. I give this 5 stars because it does what it supposed to and really well.

Pros: easy set up, excellent sound quality,

Cons: no guarantees until you try it with your system.

Bluesound Node 2i

Crutchfield customer from Denver, CO on 12/5/2018

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Really nothing out there that offers as much for the price-a true no-brainer product for those wanting to stream. Special shout out to Crutchfield for easy order process and quick shipment!

Pros: Price, features, customer support, frequent updates, robust build quality, MQA, Tidal, Roon, ready!

Cons: May need to use external DAC as onboard unit comes up short in high end system.

Highly Recommended

PacNW from Bethesda, MD on 11/25/2018

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Excellent product. Sounds fantastic and very easy and convenient to use. I hear no need whatsoever for an external DAC with this. Works perfectly with Spotify and has other great sources as well. If I could improve anything, I would add Pandora.

Pros: Sounds great Easy to use No external DAC needed

Cons: No Pandora, but that is fully disclosed so can't call it a disappointment

Great Component for Roon/Tidal Streaming

Robert from Orlando, FL on 11/19/2018

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I purchased this primarily to provide a way to stream high quality and MQA files from Tidal via Roon. I have a Roon core server in my main listening room and wanted to be able to create a group so that I could simultaneously listen to the same music in my office. The setup was very simple and configuring the Bluesound Node 2i for the intended purpose was easily accomplished. I have not explored any of the other streaming features offered through the Bluesound app, because it is performing great in the only role I intended it to serve. I still have a Sonos setup for these same rooms and other parts of my home, but this Bluesound Node 2i gives me higher-quality, uncompressed, simultaneous music in my primary listening areas.

Pros: Easy setup to use with Roon/Tidal Solid construction Compact size

Cons: None

Bluesound Node 2i

Nick from Katy, TX on 11/11/2018

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New to the world of streaming At first could not connect to ITunes on my MacBook Pro Got in touch with customer service and they called and followed up with several instructional emails Still could not connect so Itunes Customer service followed up with an email and set up a time at my convenience to call me which they called at the exact time I requested Now everything is working perfectly both through Spotify iTunes and an external hard drive I bypassed the Bluesound DAC and utilize the one installed on my Anthem integrated amp. I am very satisfied with the unit in the follow up customer service by Bluesound. The communication they provided and the follow up was excellent. They made sure I was 100% satisfied Highly recommended.

Pros: Unit in the greats well with Spotify iTunes and an external hard drive

Cons: Had some initial difficulty connecting to iTunes on my computer but Bluesound followed up with excellent and timely customer service and communication

Sound stage is larger

Mike from Grand Junction, CO on 11/1/2018

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I had the Node 2 and upgraded to the Node 2i. I could tell immediately that the upgrade was worthwhile as the sound stage sounds even larger than before. The Node 2i is so easy to setup and allows me to access Spotify and Tidal streaming music. I use the Node 2i with a Roon server on Synology DS916+ so I also have access to all my own music. And Node 2i is Roon compatible.

Pros: Can stream Spotify and Tidal and is Roon compatible

Cons: None

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jimmy from chicago on 10/26/2018

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Amazing piece of equipment right here. I had been using apple airplay, chromecast audio, but the Node 2i makes one of the most drastic improvements to my sound system that I can ever recall. It's easy to use and the sound quality is top notch. I use a Rotel RA 1572 that has a pretty decent DAC in it and the Node 2i sounds just as good if not maybe better (especially when listening to MQA tracks). It's very versatile in so many ways. It organizes my music well, it has an abundant amount of extra features, you can caonnect to spotify, tidal, etc. All you have to do is read the reviews esp from WHAT-HIFI.

Pros: Sound quality organization of music multi room capability

Cons: the dac should have been upgraded with this latest upgrade and airplay 2 is still not available.

Bluesound Node 2i

Chip from Columbia, SC on 10/19/2018

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A great piece of audio equipment at a reasonable price . I bought the Bluesound Node 2i primarily for the MQA unfolding capability with Tidal- something my Oppo D 105 could not provide-and it's worth it! Also using it to access my 1000+ CDs burned in FLAC on my NAS drive -simple solution ! Very easy to use , quick access to whatever streaming service one desires. The app is also excellent and user friendly- surfing for the next musical artist or song on my ipad was simple and enjoyable. I connected it directly to my router and ran some Kimber PBJ analog cables to my Marantz receiver and the sound quality is exceptional ! Access to the universe of recorded music at my fingertips .....

Pros: Easy to use, Tidal MQA access , versatile for any streaming need , sound quality is top drawer

Cons: Instructions are sparse....

All my entertainment audio quality bumped up to 10 stops

KVR from Tampa, FL on 10/12/2018

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All my entertainment audio quality bumped up to 10 stops. Already i am extremely 100% pleased with Kefls50 wireless, after adding this i am speechless. my wife got smile on her face while listening one familiar song. asked how much did i spend 1000 or 2000. that's it there is no illusion or delusion from sided. :) All my audio sources TV, CD uncompressed wave files from network , CD player every think sounds topnotch. i am totally sold by Gaucho,TUSK, Rumers albums Tidal MQA streaming sound quality and musicality. In this unit DAC is very good. all sources sounds with very spacious, detail and stereo sound stage become wider with depth and height like sound coming all over the wall. Tonal clarity and bass sound signature excellent and no stress even if i play at higher volume. Also it is eliminated digital jitter completely no hiss over edge of vocal or highs. This is well worth great accessory for any stereo and best way to improve sonic performance without burning chunk of money.

Pros: Jaw drooping Tidal MQA streaming sound quality and All my audio sources TV, CD uncompressed wave files, compressed files from network , CD player every think sounds topnotch.

Cons: Need one more digital input. Now i needed to switch between TV and CD player

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System Features

Node 2i: The Bluesound Node 2i network streaming player lets you add BluOS high-resolution multiroom audio to your existing home entertainment system, while giving you access to internet radio and online music services, Bluetooth & USB audio, as well as your computer's and mobile device's music library over a WiFi network. The Node 2i network streaming player employs a 32-bit/192kHz DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to ensure that your high-resolution music playback is flawless with precision and clarity at any volume.

BluOS Wireless High-Resolution Multiroom Audio: The Bluesound Node 2i is part of the BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio eco-system - consisting of powered speakers, soundbar speakers, amplifiers, players, and hard-drives. The BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio ecosystem uses your home's wired or wireless network to connect multiple Bluesound products and play your music in perfect sync, or different music simultaneously, anywhere in your home. Using advanced technologies (like dual-band WiFi and an ARM Cortex9 1GHz Processor), BluOS can wirelessly transmit lossless music up to 24-bit/192kHz at ultra-fast speeds with no lag and zero loss in sound quality.

  • Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources: The following audio sources can be used for multiroom audio playback - internet radio (including TuneIn & iHeart Radio); online music services (including Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Slacker, and Napster); Bluetooth & USB audio, music libraries (from mobile devices; computers, and NAS drives); and Aux inputs (analog or digital).
  • Number of BluOS Zones: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly wireless environment. Demonstrated practice has shown that you can create up to 8 groups of 8 Bluesound devices or 4 groups of 16 Bluesound devices. If you want to connect more than 16 Bluesound devices, you will need to connect the Bluesound devices to your network using a wired connection. BluOS can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired environment.
Note: Gen 2i of Bluesound is compatible with earlier generations of Bluesound products.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Node 2i can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 jack connector or wireless 2.4/5GHz dual-band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac connection. The 5GHz WiFi band offers a more faster and reliable connection with less interruptions and dropouts. Either network/internet connection allows you to stream music libraries from your Windows or Mac computer and NAS drive (such as the Bluesound Vault 2i, sold separately); as well as stream select online music services and music from your Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Wired Ethernet Setup: A wired connection to the network is simple and requires no setup. If you wish to use the wired connection, simply connect the Node 2i directly to your router or home network using an Ethernet cable (sold separately).
  • Wireless WiFi Setup: A wireless connection allows you to place your BluOS Player virtually anywhere inside your home, but does require setup through the BluOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device. If you are on a Windows PC (7/8/10) or Apple Mac, you'll use Bluesound's web browser based application.  You'll be walked you through the set-up process step-by-step.
Note: A wireless network connection will always be required for the BluOS Controller App.

High Resolution Audio: High-resolution audio tracks are either 24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz, and contain up to 6.5x more data than standard CDs, letting you hear all the detail of your favorite music in superior quality. With full support for hi-res audio, you can stream WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WMA-Lossless, MQA music files over your home's WiFi network or directly from a connected USB mass storage class device. The Bluesound system also supports compressed music files such as MP3, AAC, WMA and OGG. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 200,000 songs in demonstrated practice (this will depend on the music's metadata & artwork). Bluesound also offers gapless playback by default for all supported file music types.

Compression File Type Sampling Frequency Bit Rate or Bit Depth
Compressed Lossy MP3 16-48kHz 192-320 kbps
WMA
AAC
OGG
Lossless WMA-Lossless up to 96 kHz up to 24-bit
FLAC 192 kHz up to 24-bit
ALAC
MQA
Uncompressed AIFF up 192 kHz up to 24-bit
WAV
Notes: Bluesound cannot index or play AAC files with the extension ".m4p". These files were purchased in iTunes prior to 2009 and are subject to copy protection. Apple Consumers with an iTunes Match subscription can delete and re-download these files free of charge from their iTunes Cloud

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): Bluesound is the first wireless multiroom audio system to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Bluesound worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside each Bluesound component to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the source and the way the artist intended you to hear it when it was approved in the studio.

Outputs: The Bluesound Node 2i provides analog & digital outputs to connect to your existing home entertainment system, plus a sub out for adding a powered sub, a headphone jack for private listening, and a trigger output for remote activation of another component.

  • Analog & Digital Outputs: The Node 2i contains both analog and digital outputs. There is an analog RCA stereo output, plus one optical (toslink) digital output and one coax (RCA) digital output to connect the player to your home's existing audio system.
  • Sub Output: The Node 2i also features a mono-RCA subwoofer output for adding a powered sub. The sub output is full-range; you will need to use the low-pass crossover in your powered sub.
  • Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the front of the Node 2i for private listening with a set of headphones. The Node 2i's output will be muted when headphones are connected.
  • 12V Trigger Output: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used to control or activate other external device equipped with a corresponding 12V trigger input.

Optional Wireless Powered Sub: Using Bluesound's RT100 wireless adapter (sold separately), you can add the Bluesound Pulse Sub (sold separately) wirelessly to the Node 2i network player for bigger bass response. A minijack-to-RCA adapter (sold separately) will be required to make connection.

AC Power: The Bluesound Node 2i operates off of standard household current using it's internal power supply and the supplied 6.5' detachable AC power cord.

Mounting Options: The Bluesound Node 2i can simply rest on a table-top, shelf, stand, or other piece of furniture.

Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from Bluesound are delivered to the Node 2i via your home network's Internet connection and the BluOS Controller app.

Variety of Sources

Online Music Services: Many popular music streaming services and internet radio apps are built right into BluOS, giving you an all-access pass to millions of songs and the freedom to listen to everything you want to hear. Using the BluOS Controller app, you can instantly discover and enjoy millions of songs from your existing music services, tune in to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts from around the world, or access and listen to the music collections stored on your smartphone, tablet or laptop on any and Bluesound in your home. Subscription and purchase fees will apply to online music services.

  • Amazon Prime: With a Amazon Prime Music subscription, you can access over 2 million songs ad-free and on-demand, as well as curated playlists and personalized stations. Upgrade to an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription to access tens of millions of songs.
  • Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system using Spotify Connect. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
  • TIDAL: TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality
  • TuneIn: The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn internet radio service. Just select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 70,000 stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that appeals to your mood.
  • iHeart Radio: iHeart Radio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring songs from the artist you select and similar music.
  • Napster: Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
  • Slacker: Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker music library available in high-quality AAC audio on Bluesound. Listen to music streams at a bitrate of 320kbps and enjoy all your favorite Slacker stations in pristine MP3-quality.
  • Deezer: Deezer lets you explore over 53 million tracks (and counting), and discover artists and tracks you'll love with personalized recommendations from the Deezer Editors. Bluesound even supports Deezer HiFi for lossless quality ($19.99 per month).
  • Other Services: Other online music services include Qobuz, HighResAudio, Murfie, JUKE, KKBox, SoundMachine, and more.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the music service providers or others.

Music Libraries: The BluOS wireless multiroom audio system by Bluesound lets you easily connect and share your music collection from a computer or network-attached storage drive and access up to 200,000 tracks for wireless streaming. Plus wirelessly stream the music stored on your smartphone using WiFi.

  • Mobile Device: From the BluOS Controller app, you can stream music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or Android device to the Node 2i and the rest of your Bluesound products around your home. The app gives you complete control of your compatible mobile device's music library with song/artist information and album art.
  • Computer Audio: The BluOS wireless music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC, Mac computer, or NAS drive using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the BluOS Controller app for Windows (XP-up) & Mac (OS X 10.7-up). However, File Sharing is not enabled by default on Windows or Mac. You will have to manually alter these settings in your computer's menu system.

AirPlay 2 (via Future Firmware Update): The Node 2i will support AirPlay 2 through a future firmware update later this year. With AirPlay 2, you'll be able to stream just about any sound (including music, books, podcasts and more) from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the Bluesound system - all in sync. You can even watch movies and videos from Netlfix or YouTube on your Apple device while streaming the audio through to the Bluesound system. AirPlay 2 also gives you more options for control, including using Siri voice assistance.  If you are an Apple Music subscriber and add the Node 2i to the Apple Home App on your iPhone or iPad, you can use your iOS device or HomePod to say things like - "Hey Siri, play jazz in the Living Room" or "Hey Siri, turn up the volume in the Kitchen." You can even group Gen 2i Bluesound products with older Bluesound products in the BluOS App to add AirPlay 2 compatibility to your entire BluOS system.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Bluesound Node 2i offers built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with two-way wireless communication and support for aptX HD. You'll be able to wirelessly stream high-quality audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to the Node 2i. You'll also be able to use the Node 2i as a source and wirelessly stream its audio content to a set of Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).

  • aptX HD: The advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip used in the Node 2i supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio. aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit audio over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise. With the ability to support streams up to 24bit/48kHz, you're able to wirelessly stream from an aptX HD compatible device to the Node 2i without sacrificing sound quality and listen to "better-than-CD" quality audio.
  • Two-Way Communication: The Node 2i offers two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows you to wirelessly stream from your device to the Node 2i. The Transmit capability means you can also use the Pulse Mini 2i as a source and what your are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).
Note: The Node 2i can be paired and connected via Bluetooth without utilizing a network connection or the BluOS Controll app.

USB Port: The Bluesound Node 2i features a USB (type-A) port to directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as a thumbdrive or external HDD. USB hard disk drives that require more than 0.5A of power will require a separate power supply. The unit's USB port supports music playback from these compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32 or NTFS.  Not only can USB audio be played back on the Node 2i, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback.

Note: The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iOS or Android device.

Optical/Analog Input: The Node 2i is fitted with a3.5mm Aux input which can be used as analog or digital connection. As an analog input, simply connect a stereo minijack audio cable from your analog source to the Node 2i's Aux input. As a digital input, use the included 3.5mm-to-Optical adapter along with an optical digital cable (sold separately) to connect your digital source to the Node 2i's Aux input. As an analog or digital input, the unit's Aux input supports 2ch PCM audio (not Dolby Digital or DTS). Audio from the Optical/Analog Aux input can be played back at the Node 2i and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.

Intuitive Control

BluOS Controller App: The free BluOS Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.3-up, Android OS 4.1-up, Windows PC (XP-up), and Mac OS X 10.7-up) turns your mobile device or computer into a full-featured wireless remote control for the Node 2i and the BluOS wireless multiroom audio system. The BluOS Controller app on your compatible device uses your home's WiFi network to connect with Bluesound devices, so you can play all the music you love anywhere in your home for a wireless multiroom music experience. Get on-demand access to your music libraries on your home network, stream live Internet radio from almost any place in the world, or listen to one of the many music services available on Bluesound, all from the palm of your hand with the easy-to-use BluOS Controller app.

  • Multiroom Audio: Play a different song at the same time in different rooms, or group all your BluOS enabled devices together and listen to your favorite music in perfect sync throughout your home.
  • Now Playing Screen: Control your music and adjust the volume in any room, get rich album artwork and detailed artist info, right from the Now Playing screen. Even check what quality you are streaming at to ensure the best possible listening experience.
  • Individual Songs & Playlists: Tap a song and have it play instantly, or create and edit playlists on the fly by simply adding songs or entire albums to the play queue. Playlists can then be saved inside the app and listened to at any time.

Alexa Compatible: The Node 2i will support Amazon Alexa and voice control through an over-the-network firmware update (now available). Using an Amazon Alexa enabled device (sold separately), you can use your voice to explore music services, select presets, adjust volume levels, switch up songs in different rooms, or even group your Bluesound components together and play your music in perfect sync throughout the house. Each Alexa voice command will need to start with the phrase "Alexa, ask Blue Voice to" or "Alexa, Tell Blue Voice to". Alexa Skills for BluOS will need to be setup through the Amazon Alexa app on your Apple iOS or Android device.

Note: Click here for more information regarding Alexa setup and voice commands.

Soft-Touch Controls: The Node 2i offers soft-touch, top-panel controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.

IR Input: An infrared extender (sold separately) can be connected the Nodes 2i's IR input (3.5mm) to allow for programmable learning remotes to control volume and source selection when the Node 2i is stored in a way that the front-panel IR sensor is not visible.

Custom Integration: Bluesound offers seamless integration with some of today's most innovative 3rd-party smart-home control systems such as Control4, Crestron, Lutron, ELAN, RTI, and more.

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online reviews [ shawn  Dec 24, 2018 ]
Dexter recommendation. [ Scot  Dec 21, 2018 ]
Excellent reviews and it provides the best bang for the buck combined Hi-Res and MQA network streamer, and DAC well below $1K. Its big brother, the Bluesound Powernode 2i, which comes with a built-in stereo amplifier rated at 60W per channel into 8 Ohms is also very well priced for $300 more. [ David Kennedy  Dec 20, 2018 ]
MQA streaming [ RODOLFO  Dec 17, 2018 ]
Control4 Home Automation Integration. [ Raymond  Nov 28, 2018 ]
Reviews outstanding and I've been using Meridian Explorer2 and iMac for the last 2 years for MQA, can't wait to do it wireless. [ Eric  Nov 26, 2018 ]
I like the idea of a all in one package after reading the many positive reviews for this streaming device. I also like the 60 day return policy that Crutchfield offers, if I'm not satisfied with my purchase [ Kevin  Nov 19, 2018 ]
good price and features [ Friedrich  Nov 18, 2018 ]
recommended by Kevin and all the reviews I could dig up were great, couldn't find anything negative [ David  Nov 14, 2018 ]
MQA [ Justin  Nov 09, 2018 ]
got to experience this device in a Hi-Fi showroom. Really impressed. :) [ Lisa  Oct 31, 2018 ]
High Rez streaming. [ Duschan  Oct 24, 2018 ]
Best reviews. [ Marc  Oct 19, 2018 ]
upgrade from sonos got great reviews -- want to take advantage of my high res catalog and tidal streaming --cd quality and masters/mqa -- i am buying for a stand alone system not for multi room capabilities [ ssmuel  Oct 17, 2018 ]
Reviews [ Kevin  Oct 15, 2018 ]
Needed a good streamer for my garage / shop. [ WILLIAM  Oct 05, 2018 ]
Addition to existing Bluesound system. [ HARVEY  Oct 04, 2018 ]
Need a second music streamer to my squeezebox [ Carlos  Jan 02, 2019 ]
Have other Bluesound Nodes and they work/sound great. [ HARVEY  Nov 02, 2018 ]

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Not sure, I plan on upgrading my Tidal account to stream MQA and will have a better sense. Just adding a basic Cambridge DAC improved my Audio Research system. [ Robert  Dec 27, 2018 ]
Absolutely. The sound is excellent. [ Michael R  Dec 26, 2018 ]
Very good sound, very close to CD quality. I'm running it through a C29 MC2120 and MC2150. You will be amazed by the sound quality [ Kevin  Dec 26, 2018 ]
For the price, sure, it plays in MQA from Tidal, so great device for the money. Otherwise you will need to put down close to 1K. I have the MA5300 and love this. [ Enrique  Dec 26, 2018 ]
No. Nice streamer but wouldn't pair with McIntosh [ Glenn  Dec 26, 2018 ]
Hard to answer. Let me explain. How are you playing music now? CD's? Vinyl? Let's assume it's cds. You are going to have to rip those cds into digital audio files. If you rip them with a lossless format such as FLAC they are going to sound virtually the same streamed through the Node 2. Does your Mac have a DAC (digital analog converter)? If it does then you probably should disable the DAC in the Node (easily done with the app). The files stream from source to Node and are passed digitally through the Mac, which converts them to analog for the amp. If the Mac does not have a DAC (which I suspect it doesn't) them leave the Nodes DAC running and the Node passes the file in analog format to the amp. The short answer is yes. As long as your digital files are in FLAC format and not mp3 the Node will sound great. Hope this long answer helps. [ Makin Sawdust in Texas  Dec 24, 2018 ]
Very subjective... I'm using it primarily for Tidal HiFi and Internet Radio with MC2300 and pretty high end setup (JBL M2 or Levinson/Revel Salons) and think its fine. You can always add external DAC which i plan to do. I actually tried using it with a Dragon Fly Red but for some reason couldn't get it to work and i haven't been bothered to troubleshoot as its sounds pretty good using built in converters.. [ TOM  Dec 24, 2018 ]
Sure, It's capable of streaming HI-Rez audio 96 24. It is also capable of streaming Tidal and other CD quality or better music streaming services. [ Duschan  Dec 24, 2018 ]
That can only be determined by your ears, in your system, but in my opinion...yes. For me, the Node 2i sounds great with my Conrad Johnson and easily replaced a CAL Delta / Sigma II transport and tubed DAC combo. [ Edward  Dec 24, 2018 ]
Yes, it has surprisingly good performance for the money. [ Marc  Dec 24, 2018 ]
it will be sufficient but there are much better streamers out there if you have a "McIntosh" budget. [ JAMES  Dec 24, 2018 ]
I absolutely think that it is. I am using the Bluesound Node 2i in a secondary system in my home office. It is connected to a mid-priced Denon AVR driving a pair of Definitive Technology Monitor 55 speakers. However, I would gladly place the Bluesound in my mid-level home theater separates setup, if I thought I could squeeze more sound fidelity out of my digital audio there. I use it only for streaming my personal digital music library (AIFF & HDTracks) and Tidal, all through my Roon Server. I believe the digital streaming performance of the Bluesound Node 2i will not disappoint someone with a McIntosh system or similar. I don't even use the Bluesound App, since my Roon App provides all the control. I hope this helps. [ Robert  Dec 24, 2018 ]
Also make sure you have compatible ports on back of your McIntosh devices and are using high quality cables. [ Aimee  Dec 24, 2018 ]
Yes if set up correctly and if you have excellent WiFi connectivity. Do it use with a Netgear switch. [ Aimee  Dec 24, 2018 ]
I have a yba passion 1000 with magico s5 and it is ok. But if you are a serious listener, which seems to be the case with what you have, you probably want spend more. If you are streaming occasionally, this is a good first streamer [ JEAN-SEBASTIEN  Dec 24, 2018 ]
GREAT QUESTION!! it was because we heard this Bluesound Node i at a high-fi audio store and were astounded by the play-back quality that made us buy the Node; and, guess what: in the 3 rooms, 2 were rooms for McIntoch amps! The playback quality still has both myself and my husband really stunned as we listen to our Hi-Rez audio files! (24b / 192k) Hope this helps you~. :) [ Lisa  Jan 06, 2019 ]
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