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  1. Well good news, my C658 has finally started to open up. I would say its on a par with the Node2i now if not a fraction better. So rather than 80 hrs I would estimates its more like 160-200 hours to get his unit to start shining. Lets hope it continues to improve over the next 200 hours... I still have the XLR cables to arrive which I am sure will give another boost. Enjoy your weekend Crannie
  2. Thanks for the feedback everyone. My C568 seems to be slowly opening up after 80 odd hours, its still not as good as my well run in Node2i but improving. Its running BluOS Ver 3.10.3 a d MCU Ver 1.45 That's all I can get off the unit but it appears to be the latest version of BluOS. Is there any other firmware that updates on the c658? I do find it odd that a device that retails for 2.5 times the smaller brother from the same manufacturer is not better straight out of the box. Currently I still prefer the Node2i for openness, depth of base and airiness. This is ru
  3. Hi all, Recently upgraded from the Node2i to the C658, I have been running it for around 2 weeks now to burn it in pretty much playing Radio Paradise constantly, it has shut down a couple of times and I was away for a few days in between so I reckon its got 60-80 hours at least on it by now. I just did a quick AB with the Node and I have to say the Node is sounding considerably better. Better bass extension, larger soundstage and overall fuller. Am I missing something here?
  4. Great sounding amp, I went through a number of amps before staying with this model running ATC SCM19 passives, I find it a great match. Good current to drive the neutral 19's. GLWTS
  5. I have the Nod2i connected directly to my power amp and just recently upgraded the NAD C658 since I was largely happy with the sound, the big brother would logically be better plus has a dedicated pre. As an all in one keeps the box count down. which I like. I am how however considering keeping the Node and getting an REM ADI2 to compare that to the C658. Has anyone had any experience with these two? What would I gain SQ wise on moving to the RME? I'm trying to work out how good these DAC/Pre combo's are, the C658 I am still burning in but so far very happy but for about the sa
  6. Thanks For coming back Graham, I'm actually more interested in the sonic differences. Is there anyone using the D90 as a Pre?
  7. Hi all,, Posted this on the Topping D90 thread also in case there are others not reviewing that. I have recently put my hard earned down on a NAD C658 as a natural upgrade to my Node2i. I have my Node2i connected directly to my power amp and love sound and the simplicity but there is a discernable noise floor introduced this way. The NAD provides balanced outs and a dedicated Pre (rather than just digital volume on the Node) so this should take care of the noise floor issue. I am also planning on moving to active speakers, as an ATC fanboy balanced outs will be required whe
  8. Hi all, I have recently put my hard earned down on a NAD C658 as a natural upgrade to my Node2i. I have my Node2i connected directly to my power amp and love sound and the simplicity but there is a discernable noise floor introduced this way. The NAD provides balanced outs and a dedicated Pre (rather than just digital volume on the Node) so this should take care of the noise floor issue. I am also planning on moving to active speakers, as an ATC fanboy, balanced outs will be required when that happens. So all well and good on the upgrade until I came across the Toppi
  9. Hi, can anyone recommend a reliable, safe carrier for shipping HiFI interstate? In this case WA to rural NSW.
  10. Would love to upgrade to these from my SCM19's which I love but timing not quite right. Extremely underrated speakers fantastic value for the price. GLWTS.
  11. Hi all, My Squeezebox it seems is on its last legs so looking for a replacement. I had the Bouesound Node2i in my sights as a direct replacement but recently realised my Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Dac-Pre has a dodgy channel. The D1 was always a stand in for my main valve Pre/Dac so may as well replace this as well. I was wanting to keep it under $2.5k. A quick search I came up with some options: Question 1: Am I betetr to keeep my streamer and Dac seperate, if so I can get my old Valve Pre/Dac fixed and add a new streamer like Node 2i OR
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