Today I changed my veritable Chromecast audio for a lovely new Bluesound node gen 3.
I know this has been around for a while but WOW, what a difference! Yet another veil between listener and music has come down!
My question is this. Is there a tangible sq difference in a decent ethernet cable and the rather tardy cheapo job that came with the Bluesound?
The short answer is that the Node responds very well to many of the tweaks you read about on here. I’m still waiting to hear something substantially better. When I started dabbling into streaming I just wanted to test the waters to see what was what. My reference is my trusty CDP555. Initially I fed the Node with an IPad feed via the USB. Good but not as good as the CD player. My dealer suggested a Node , which I duly purchased. Better but still not as good as the CD.
Then I started on doing a couple of tweaks. First was to get an old Naim power lead, cut off the kettle plug and replace with a good quality Fig of 8 plug. Then I invested in a few metres of BJC ethernet cable to hard wire everything to my incoming PTP and router device. Next was a Chord EE 8 switch and a Belden Catsnake patch to my Ndac. Things were now getting interesting and some hires Qobuz albums were giving the CD player a good run for its money. Then, last week, my dealer put me onto a neat little device (costs £24) that I think finally pushed streaming ahead of the CD player.
The final test was to compare my new Core with ripped files through my Ndac with 555DR power supply to the streaming SQ. So far it’s a 50/50 split, some stuff I prefer on the Core and some through the Node but it does show how far streaming has come in a very short time.
The fact that I’m now ripping my CD’s to a Core shows you how far I’m prepared to go!
Check out a DeLOCK 62619 on the big river. It needs to go just before your switch. I found it sounds better one way round than the other, so directional. My dealer mentioned that it offers some additional insulation but I was surprised just how good it was. A mate, who is a complete ‘non believer’, bought one a couple of days ago and hasn’t stopped raving about it!
Thanks for all the really helpful contributions…Ive ordered a new ethernet cable (75cm) as suggested. May look into the filter at somep point…guess that means buying another length of ethernet cable though.
After an hour or two listening to the Bluesound node I was really impressed with the improvement in sq over the Chromecast audio. Great purchase.