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  1. Let's see. We've got: Amazon Music HD which dropped its pricing as a hedge against Apple Music and possibly Spotify going lossless. But its interface is questionable, and true bit perfect hi res playback is available on a limited number of devices. Apple Music which appears to be releasing its lossless music in a "not quite ready for primetime", so we might not know what we have in this service for some time to come. Tidal, the MQA-addicted and thus (to me) worthless offering. Pricing pressure applied by Amazon and increasing competition. Qobuz, who has a
  2. Agreed. The more I learn about AmazonHD, and while it might be a great fit for a subset of folks looks to stream music, the more I'm convinced it’s little more than a vehicle for Amazon to score incremental revenue off the sale of their playback hardware.
  3. Interesting. I’m using the Node 2i as a transport as well. I do notice the variation in track volume, but I elected to keep replay gain turned off. I suspect turning on the replay gain feature would address the volume disparity between tracks. I do not experience the issue of the first moment or two of a track being cut off.
  4. @JPK Note that Bluesound and NAD are sister companies under Lenbrook Industries. The products from NAD and Bluesound share technology, i.e., the BluOS software. https://lenbrook.com/#aboutus
  5. For what it’s worth, I'm really enjoying the Node 2i. I use it with an external DAC. While there may not be a list of specific devices, Amazon does provide a listing of “preferred brands” that might help narrow your search a bit: https://www.amazon.com/music/unlimited/why-hd#hd-edu-brands it’s also worth noting that the Node 2i has a USB port on the back of the unit, and can read music files from a flash drive plugged into that port. So, here's something to consider: First, you'd need to rip copies of your CD's, and save them in a file format that's easy for the de
  6. I think the take away here is this: The answer to your question is: "It depends." You need to get the whole playback chain right to optimize playback from streaming services. For example: I'm going to play a song on Qobuz on my iPhone via Bluetooth to a DAC which has a Bluetooth receiver built in. The song them goes from my DAC to my "Aux" input on my integrated amp. It sounds good, but not great. I'm going to playback that same song on my iPhone, but now I'm going to play it back from my IPhone's headphone jack to via a cable with an adapter that allows
  7. Yes, between the behavior of playback software on the streamed content, the record labels distribution methodology, the way that some streaming producers market the value of "high resolution streaming", the impact of remastering of such content on the listening experience (which can be positive or negative) and then throw in MQA's marketing and distribution practices, and you've got quiet a dense forest of conflicting information and sonics that can be difficult to navigate through. Thanks for helping us sort through this! Great information contained herein. Listen
  8. One thing I do really like about Amazon - I couldn't find a similar feature on Qobuz - are Amazon music "stations". I can pick a genre of music and that music will play all day in that genre of finding them it off. Great for just playing music of my choice unattended. Also, after about a week or so, Amazon will create a "station" called My Music based on the music genres I typically listen to. It also sound pretty darn good to my ears.
  9. Hi - just wondering if you had a chance to check out the Node 2i with Amazon Music yet? My Amazon Music HD subscription hangs in the balance of your feedback. 😎
  10. “Why did audio stop being about audio?” Probably around the same time for some folks that listening to music started being more about listening to their gear, and obsessing about what they think they might be missing, not doing right, not having the latest and greatest new piece of gear, etc. Couple the insecurity that might flow from that obsession with the relative anonymity of the internet providing a forum for the obsessed to exercise their demons, and things can sometimes get nasty. That said, I think it’s the relative few that derail discussions or
  11. Just an FYI: I've been using powerline networking now for about a year. At first, I was having limited success with it: slow file transfer speeds causing dropouts during playback. Then one day, on a whim, I decided to pull the old AC recepticle from the wall and replace it with a new one. It wasn't any kind of specially constructed "audiophile" recepticle. Just a well constructed AC duplex from a local electrical supply store. I replaced the it where the network signal entered the house's electrical system from the router. I noticed an immediate, very significant improvement in network
  12. I was following this thead on my iPad so I decided to go check out the Mastered for iPad offerings. When I went into the iTunes store to check out the offerings, I felt like I had just opened HD Tracks homepage. It's not just about offering an "enhanced listening experience for the iTunes crowd IHMO. Rather, it's about continuing to find new ways to sell the old catalog of music for the record labels. Look at the titles that are for sale, and I think it tells the story.
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