Bluesound Node/Node2i Upgrade Kit

$485.00$565.00

The Bluesound Node/Node2i Upgrade Kit replaces the internal switch-mode power-supply in the Node, with Teddy Pardo Audio high performance external power supply plus custom-made internal regulator board. This upgrade kit can be installed in 10-20 minutes, without requiring any special tools or special skills like soldering, making it suitable for non-technical users. The result is a big step forward in the sound quality of the Node, bringing it very close to the level of network streamers costing twice as much.

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The Bluesound Node/Node2i Upgrade Kit replaces the internal switch-mode power-supply in the Node streamer, with Teddy Pardo Audio high performance external power supply.

This upgrade kit can be installed in 10-20 minutes, without requiring any special tools or soldering, making it suitable for non-technical users. The result is a big step forward in the sound quality of the, bringing it very close to the level of network streamers costing twice as much.

Background

The Bluesound Node/Node2i are originally equipped with a low-cost switch-mode power supply, similar to the power supplies that can be found in many consumer level products. This power supply has insufficient performance level in term of clean power delivery, resulting in mediocre overall sound quality. The upgrade kit offered here brings the Node, a major step forward, both in analog and digital outputs.

Node vs Node2i

The Node is the new version from Bluesound, launched in 2021. It features a better DAC chip (Texas Instruments PCM5242 in Node, vs PCM5102 in Node2i), which makes it DSD and MQA capable device.

Visually, the Node is easy to identify by having an HDMI port (not found in Node2i).

The Node2i main board requires several voltages to run properly, which is why our upgrade-kit includes an internal regulator board, feeding from the external 7v Teddy power supply.
The Node runs from 5v external power supply, without requiring an internal regulator board, which makes it easier to install.

Node2i kit contents: 

The Bluesound Node2i Upgrade Kit includes the following components:

  • Teddy Pardo power supply 7v/2A.
  • Internal regulator board, that distributes the required voltages to the main board.
  • Custom-made rear panel adapter, wired with DC plugs.
  • High quality DC cable.

Node kit contents: 

The Bluesound Node Upgrade Kit includes:

  • Teddy Pardo supply 5V/3A
  • Custom-made rear panel adapter, wired with DC plugs.
  • High quality DC cable.

Sound

Comparing with the Node in its original form, the upgraded model reaches sound quality levels that surpass network streamers at twice the cost: it shows better focus and clarity, wider and deeper soundstage, and deeper bottom octave.

Node2i conversion instructions:

Download from here: LINK

Node conversion instructions:

Download from here: LINK

 

Additional information

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 6 cm
Bluesound Node type

Node (newer version), Node2i (older version)

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