For what it’s worth, I updated to the latest Roon (1.7) and the latest BluOS (released 2-3 days ago?).
Tested this last night and noticed that the truncation problem is still there. And, my Node 2i has trouble staying connected to Roon via Wi-Fi, when idle. When Roon is playing to the Node 2i, it does remain connected.
Anyway, I have to get serious about finding a replacement Roon end-point.
Sadly I suspect there will come a time in many Bluesound owners’ lives when they reach the same conclusion.
FWIW I found Lumin a good replacement for the Node - leaving aside any discussions of audio quality, I like their engagement on this forum and fairly frequent firmware updates to fix bugs or keep pace with RAAT developments. They are perhaps more tied to Roon than Bluesound are (particularly if you’ve seen the Lumin Android app!), which can only work in the customer’s favour. Of course, there’s plenty of other options, both cheaper and more expensive.
The Lumin D2 is on my list. I want a box that does both Spotify Connect and is Roon Ready (I use both with about the same frequency). I am also a fan of the WM8741/42 sound signature. I am currently using my Node 2i in my 2-channel speaker system with a Rega DAC which uses a similar DAC architecture (and I like the sound - a lot).
I found this after reading your other post. Sorry about the Nucleus, that sucked. Anyhow, I think wireless is difficult for HI-RES streaming at these price points. Even with the Chromecast Audio I had problems occasionally streaming wirelessly from Tidal or Qobuz. I think Sonos proprietary wireless might be the best thing for wifi streaming below $500 but it’s not HI-RES. I will be connecting an ethernet to my Node 2i asap. Thank you.
I had a discussion with Bluesoound support today regarding this issue (linked thread below). I can buy that it is somewhat network related, but what I can’t accept is that for whatever reason, I get a lousy network connection with a “dedicated” access point (only used by the 2i) that is located about four feet from the 2i. When moving the access point to sit right next to the 2i, the connectivity level improves to “Excellent” which makes wifi more or less useless.
In the end, Bluesound recommends me to talk to Roon, which is like buying a car with crappy radio reception and being asked to talk to the radio network why you get bad reception when it works just fine in your wife’s car… Really disappointing since I like the looks, sound and the fact that it’s all in one box.
Has there been any official statement from roon about this issue?
Bluesound and to a certain extent Roon both deflect the extremely problematic issues with Bluesound 2i as customer-specific wireless problems. Easy to do, blame the customer or their environment rather than fix the problem. Bluesound 2i devices have real problems when operated wirelessly with Roon – there is simply no escaping this.
I noted on a recent Youtube posting that Darko (https://darko.audio/) has an upcoming review of the Powernode 2i – and he is a big Roon user. It will be interesting to see if his review is sufficiently thorough as to uncover these problems and then in turn if his report is sufficiently objective to report on them.
Ah. no, it really isn’t. Even a 100Mb connection is sufficient to handle 192/24 content, as evidenced by my Airport Express connection to both a Bryston BDP-1 (which works great with Roon) and the Node 2i using the Bluesound controller (which works great without Roon).
Sorry, but I am convinced that it’s a software problem or an antenna problem (or both) with the Node 2i.
I’ve ordered a Bel Canto e.One Stream from my local dealer and that’s the end of that for me.
Sonos uses proprietary wifi tech. Airplay is also proprietary, your talking about technologies that are well established and have had millions of dollars poured into their R&D. I’m saying I do not think the wifi on the Bluesound is as fleshed out, regardless of the possibility of the bandwidths transferring that data.
Edit: Also it may be that in manufacturing they sourced different wifi cards (cell phone companies do this all the time) and one may be more stable than the other. Like @optimaxi , I never had an issue over WIFI, but I did just recently attach an ethernet cable because I’m OCD? This is all just stipulation. If it is a meh wifi card, a firmware update could fix the problem.