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  1. Thank you very much @Jud As far as I know, iTunes will be replaced with an App in the near future. I am sure all the DACs in the free world will then stop working because some 22 year old code monkey in Cupertino forgot something. Beware!
  2. I have the PS Audio set up (as described above). Best in the business. And they issue updates to the DAC every so often. Today (Audiophile Day BTW) I just uploaded the the latest update. For Free! Right now enjoying some Bob Moses. Well.....my Salk subwoofers are enjoying Bob Moses. Profound.
  3. Nothing wrong with CDs. Just another format. Don’t forget the Russians, the chi-coms or the mullahs can take down your internet anytime they want. So it may be wise to have physical back-up. I recommend: Life during wartime. Talking heads.
  4. Quick update, so far the N2i (WiFi) is stable. SQ is acceptable. Blue OS is not very good, but it is functional. All the complaints listed above and on other sites concerning Blue OS are true. Maybe we will get a major upgrade someday. Hope springs eternal.
  5. Legendary drummer Ginger Baker has been hospitalized. He has had various health problems over the years. A difficult man, but a great drummer. The bio-documentary "Berware of Mr. Baker" is recommended.
  6. The audiophile is never happy. For years we have been complaining about MP3, lossy files and other crimes against music. Now we are able to listen to at least CD quality music on several services. I call that a victory. Over time the concerns listed above will be resolved.
  7. On the new Abby Road the bass has been enhanced. According to Mike F. at Stereophile.
  8. Hummm.....let me fix this for you: Turntable ➡️ Amplifier ➡️ Speakers Look mom, no computer!
  9. Good to know! I am not a cable guy. But I do like components that are well made. Improvement in SQ? I am dubious.
  10. With many thanks to @crn3371 and @Leroy Bad, I now have Amazon HR running on the N2i. My issues were mostly caused by my own ignorance of the Bluesound and Amazon Music swamp. I am now testing system stability. Sound quality (SQ) is satisfactory given the stock power cord and cables. if my WiFi and N2i remain stable, I will modestly upgrade the wires.
  11. Update, according to @Leroy Bad I have not been steaming HD yet.. i will have to figure out how to sign up for the HD service.
  12. After a few hours of streaming with Amazon HD over WiFi I have to agree with @crn3371 Supra. I do not see an icon or other indication confirming the resolution of the music files I am streaming. so far the system is stable. I did have one crash but the error was not duplicated. more later.
  13. Received Node 2i (N2i) as scheduled. First observation: Powercord and interconnect cables are what you would expect - low cost and in need of replacement. No surprise, will upgrade soon. Set up was easy. I downloaded the Bluesound app onto my iPad (an older iPad AIR) after connecting the N2i to my amp and powering it up I followed the instructions. Connection to my WiFi net was also trouble free. I then selected Amazon Music from the list of services displayed on the app and, after a bit of familiarization, I was enjoying Sonny Rollins. As many have noted the Bluesound interface needs work. But as long as it is stable and the music sounds good, I will be happy. Next report will summarize my adventures in Amazon HD over WiFi!
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