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WXC-50 or Bluesound Node or something else?

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So I have a A-S801 amp with KEF R3, and I now need a streamer. Main points for me are that I need to be able to bypass the internal DAC, have a fairly reliable app, be able to connect a large hard drive with source files, and have airplay.

I was certain I was going to get the new node N130, but then I saw arims review, and didn’t like the impression of sound quality (if I choose to use the DAC) I guess the WXC-50 is better in that regard, at least from what I saw from the WXA version, if it’s anything like that.

What could I potentially be missing in terms of features from comparing these two? …and is there something better out there for below 600 euro?


Need to make the decision very soon, so I hope I can get some good responses here! :)
 

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Although the DAC in the NODE is mediocre, I still doubt you'd hear a difference between it and a superior DAC such as a Topping model (I certainly can't). Its main selling point IMO is its convenience and the superb app. Others will no doubt disagree.

The NODE is the single most satisfying audio equipment purchase I have ever made.
 

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Although the DAC in the NODE is mediocre, I still doubt you'd hear a difference between it and a superior DAC such as a Topping model (I certainly can't). Its main selling point IMO is its convenience and the superb app. Others will no doubt disagree.

The NODE is the single most satisfying audio equipment purchase I have ever made.

Although I have not tried the Node, I doubt my ears will be able to tell any differences either, the thing is though, I would really like a Node with a small color screen, it seems like in order to get a screen you have to pay above $800, maybe even $1k. It is not the end of the world but I would prefer a streaming player that allows me to not have to use a smartphone, a player with a native remote control, native access to the major services, Spotify/Pandora etc., with ten or twenty preset internet radio stations.
 

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I think if you tried it, you might feel differently. A small screen from across the room is not very legible. The amount of info one gets on an iPad or even iPhone is much more useful. That said, there IS a remote available separately that has the basic functions. I agree with @MaxBuck. It has been a very satisfying addition and serves my needs well.
 

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I think if you tried it, you might feel differently. A small screen from across the room is not very legible. The amount of info one gets on an iPad or even iPhone is much more useful. That said, there IS a remote available separately that has the basic functions. I agree with @MaxBuck. It has been a very satisfying addition and serves my needs well.
The Bluesound node has a feature that allows you to quickly and very easily program any remote. You don't need to buy their remote. Use any old one you have or get an inexpensive one off Amazon, etc.
 
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So I have a A-S801 amp with KEF R3, and I now need a streamer. Main points for me are that I need to be able to bypass the internal DAC, have a fairly reliable app, be able to connect a large hard drive with source files, and have airplay.

I was certain I was going to get the new node N130, but then I saw arims review, and didn’t like the impression of sound quality (if I choose to use the DAC) I guess the WXC-50 is better in that regard, at least from what I saw from the WXA version, if it’s anything like that.

What could I potentially be missing in terms of features from comparing these two? …and is there something better out there for below 600 euro?


Need to make the decision very soon, so I hope I can get some good responses here! :)
I have the wxc-50 and really like it for all of the reasons you say you want it. I also have a A-S501 so the combo is excellent. You’ll be using your 801 if you want usb. 100% recommend the wxc over the n130. The dsd DAC is superior to the one in your system and the non-dsd DAC is an easily bypassed burr brown.
 

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So I have a A-S801 amp with KEF R3, and I now need a streamer. Main points for me are that I need to be able to bypass the internal DAC, have a fairly reliable app, be able to connect a large hard drive with source files, and have airplay.

I was certain I was going to get the new node N130, but then I saw arims review, and didn’t like the impression of sound quality (if I choose to use the DAC) I guess the WXC-50 is better in that regard, at least from what I saw from the WXA version, if it’s anything like that.

What could I potentially be missing in terms of features from comparing these two? …and is there something better out there for below 600 euro?


Need to make the decision very soon, so I hope I can get some good responses here! :)
I've got a WXC-50 and imo I think it's a pretty flawed product for several reasons. Will definitely be getting rid of it.
So first up, it doesn't support Amazon HD and there are no plans for it to be added via a software update. I think this is pretty piss poor. It's a product that came out in 2016 but not to support one of the biggest and cheapest hi-res streaming services is just ..... well, insert your expletive.
Sound quality over Apple airplay using iTunes was pretty mediocre but then again most of my music on iTunes is 370 kbps. But even the handful of albums I have in FLAC did not sound great. Finally, bluetooth is just plain unusable and never stays connected. I got into an argument with Yamaha customer service here in the UK who said that bluetooth is an inherently unreliable connection. Pathetic! If bluetooth is so bad why is the ifi Zen blue such a great product?
Anyway, rant over, but in short I wouldn't recommend the WXC - 50. I've got a Denon pma 800ne integrated amp, which I love, so I think I'm going to give the network player from the same series a shot.
 
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