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  1. I signed up for the Qobuz Premiere trial and canceled it the same day the apps for Windows and Android were so bad.
  2. Of the Four HD services I found Deezer to be the best for music discovery. Amazon HD and Qobuz a distant second and Tidal doesn't give a crap what you listen to they just keep feeding you rap.
  3. My amp a Peachtree Decco125Sky has wireless built-in. It works with Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer but can be a little temperamental at times. Amazon HD is not supported right now but should be in the future. But I'm finding the laptop wired to the amp by USB is more reliable so I've been using that more recently. Peachtree relies on 3rd party apps for the wireless so that may be part of the problem. If I'm not mistaken Peachtree may be working on their own app for wireless which is hopefully more reliable. At any rate the laptop tethered to the amp is not that big of a deal anymore even though that is why I bought an amp with built-in wireless.
  4. I've tried Amazon HD, Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer. I can canceled both Tidal and Qobuz before the trial was over. I don't like Tidal thinking everyone wants to listen to Rap because I sure don't. Qobuz apps both Windows and Android were the least intuitive of all. I actually like Deezer even though it's maxed at CD quality and the others all have higher resolution files. In the end after the Deezer trial ends I'll probably be going back to Amazon HD. As an Amazon Prime member it's the lowest cost with the Prime discount and has quite a bit of high res files and pretty good apps for Windows and Android.
  5. I've been using a 10 ft generic USB cable without any issues streaming both Tidal and Amazon HD to an external DAC or the internal DAC.
  6. Heck may as well hard wire the two devices together 😉
  7. They're going for the kill. Tidal or Qobuz could never afford that ad.
  8. Do you enjoy listening to Christmas Music? It's my favorite genre of music and I've been listening to it nightly for over a monthl now and probably will until January. My wife is getting tired of it already. Here are some of my favorite Christmas albums. I don't particularly like listening to the boy bands music but I really like their Christmas albums. 98 Degrees - This Christmas 98 Degrees - Let It Snow Nsync - Home for Christmas Martina McBride - White Christmas Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas Kenny G - Miracles The Holiday Album Linda Ronstadt - A Merry Little Christmas The Wynford Big Band - Big Band Christmas John Tesh - Big Band Christmas John Tesh - Grand Piano Christmas The Carpenters - Christmas Portrait Alabama (Christmas in Dixie solo)
  9. You know what they say about online reviews. A dissatisfied customer makes 10x the noise that a satisfied customer does. Most satisfied customers don't bother to make reviews. If I recall Amazon only had about 10 reviews on this product but I did enough research and found other reviews that made me feel comfortable buying it. Getting 120W per channel with Wifi made this an attractive purchase for me plus the fact that this item was $1100 when it first came out, it's still $900 at most online places, and Amazon has it for $740 plus I get 5% cash back with my Amazon Prime CC. It's not the right amp for everyone but nothing is a one shoe fits all solution. I'm happy and that's all that matters to me. You just have to decide what is best for you and don't put too much thought into what what others say. It's good to get other opinions but ultimately you have to be happy with what you buy. And given the return flexibility that many merchants offer today you can always return something if you're not 100% satisfied. When I bought the PT I was thinking there was a 50% chance I'd return it but I like it a lot now and the only thing that would make it perfect is support for Amazon HD but that is sort of out of PT's control since they use 3rd party apps. For now I use Tidal but once Amazon HD is supported I'll make the switch.
  10. I ended up buying a Peachtree Deco Sky 125 it fits what I was looking for and allowed me to cut the chords and get enough power to run just about any speaker I want in the future. Node 2i has a better OS but a tradeoff I was willing to accept.
  11. I would encourage OP to get a single box solution. I went with a separate DAC initially and bought a Modi 3, bought some cables, and eventually got tired of the laptop tethered to the DAC config. Could have saved a $150 if I just went to my final solution from the beginning but live and learn. You just have to determine what your budget is and find what fits within your budget and make the best choice for you. It could be a separate DAC, or the Node 2i, or a new streaming amp.
  12. I almost bought the Node 2i but thought about a bit and decided get a new amp with streaming for just a little more. The Marantz NR1200 is also a great option.
  13. If you don't mind spending $ on a streamer the Cambridge CXN V2 is highly rated. If you want a powered streamer the NAD M10 might be worth looking at as well. I recently bought a Peachtree Deco Sky 125 and I'm really happy with it. It doesn't have an OS per se for streaming like the M10 which uses Blue OS but relies on 3rd party phone app to control and works quite well. Also the PT doesn't have ethernet just wifi. The M10 does have an ethernet port. If you want full sized equipment both Marantz and Denon have Heos integrated amps.
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