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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Before I borrow one for a home demo, has anyone put the Bluesound up against a Raspberry Pi/Dac hat?

    Interested in sq differences only really.
    Allo Boss Player / NJC Audio Reference Headphone Amp / Sennheiser HD600

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    Popped down to my local Sevenoaks and borrowed a Node 2i this afternoon. There is a good deal on at the momemnt with £70 off if you trade in another electrical item. I offered a broken pair of headphones that came with an old phone from a few years back and these will be accepteable if I had decided to go ahead.

    Anyway, I wont be buying it as it was very obvious to my ears straight away that it wasn't to my taste, I much prefer the sound of my existing R-Pi/Allo Boss set up. It has what I would describe as 'bloated bass' in my system, although otherwise quite similar to the Boss. However, it is nice to be able to use Tidal from the app, rather than as I currently do through Volumio.
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    Out of interest did you listen through the Bluesound dac or an external one?

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    It was the internal Dac.
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    i have the original version of the node and a selection of pi hats including allo and much prefer the whole bluesound experience over the pi.

    Mel

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    How do you find the sq comparison?
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    I am a great fan of the Pi and what it does and probably have around 6 or 7 dac hats so its a unit I like and use a lot.

    However the Bluesound is a significant step up in both the sound and usability aspect. Mine is played through a WAD EL84 valve amp and WD 25T speakers and the bass and indeed all other frequencies are clear and sharp and the unit very musical.

    I still find the PI streaming software (Volumio and Moode) a bit buggy and unfriendly but at the price i have no complaints. Mine are mainly used out on the patio powered from a battery through Bose speakers. I also have a unit connected to each of my hifi systems and they do get very close in sq to my permanent streamers - again to me its mainly the user interface i do not like. My favored hat is the Audiophonics ES Sabre but i have a pi zero with a Boss which is very nice also.

    Mel
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    Thanks for your thoughts Mel
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    I have the 2i, the software is very good, and as a streamer, also very good, better than my pc. The optical output is excellent, then again, better than coax for me, but I donít have a fancy coax cable.

    However, I am not a big fan of the internal Dac, I feed into a Roksan K3, and the improvement is very clear in all aspects.

    Listen to a Radio Paradise, and you canít help but be impressed.

    If you need the internal dac to be top notch, then look elsewhere.
    Furutech/Studio Connections power cables and connectors-> Modded Marantz CD63SE or Bluesound -> Roksan K3 Dac -> RFC Venus -> LS25 -> Onkyo 9070

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    I gave it another go yesterday before returning this afternoon, to my ears it's not as good as my current set up. A good product though!
    Allo Boss Player / NJC Audio Reference Headphone Amp / Sennheiser HD600

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