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#289395 - 2019-11-29 00:30 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: ncpl]
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And Sooloos aka Roon really has grown into an amazing app smile


DSP7200SE's, 818v3, Antipodes CX.
Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR, PS Audio P5 (for 818), 2xSotM sNH-10G, SotM sCLK-OCX10.
[Using a mix of Alpha NR, Delta NR power cables + SotM and AudioQuest Diamond interconnects.]
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#289435 - 2019-11-30 13:03 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: JustAlex]
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I stream Tidal into Meridian using a Bluesound Node 2i via dig coax. Although I am far from expert, I believe you could do the same via the 218?

The BluOS interface with Tidal may be more to your liking. I am also able to unfold MQA to 24/96 with the Node 2i and (ducking while saying this) variable digital out to adjust volume from the app. I get in the ballpark volume wise when I turn on the Meridian system, then adjust track to track variance to taste with the app. So the changes aren’t great. Bluesound purports to have a proprietary digital volume control that does not affect the quality. For the relatively small changes I’m making, I honestly can not tell any degradation.

You can pick up a used Node2i to try and easily sell it on at no loss to try it out... and comes in white or black to match your 3200’s quite nicely... I swear. No affiliation with Bluesound. Just a satisfied owner.

As an aside, when I upgraded my Powernode 2 to 2i and sold the 2, the new (now second hand owner) had some issues with noise. Although they had no obligation to do so, when the owner contacted Bluesound directly, they replaced his unit at no charge.

Oh, and the 2i supports Airplay2...


Bluesound Node 2i, DSP3100’s, BG Radia BGX-S12B pair (pulled out of storage)
Out of rotation: DSP5k’s, 568.2mm, 561, more DSP3100’s...
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#289436 - 2019-11-30 14:13 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: Nstzya]
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Originally Posted By Nstzya
I stream Tidal into Meridian using a Bluesound Node 2i via dig coax. Although I am far from expert, I believe you could do the same via the 218?
The 218 needs Roon or Sooloos to stream via network.


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Prime & PSU, Focal Elear headphones, Roon (ROCK 8Gi5 Nuc), Explorer 1 & 2, F80. 200/203, various Sonos (via Roon).
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#289437 - 2019-11-30 14:57 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: Ian]
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Sorry, my wording there was less than clear.
What I meant was that he could stream with the Bluesound INTO the 218 via its digital coaxial input. Couldn’t he?


Bluesound Node 2i, DSP3100’s, BG Radia BGX-S12B pair (pulled out of storage)
Out of rotation: DSP5k’s, 568.2mm, 561, more DSP3100’s...
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#290773 - 2020-01-31 11:47 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: ncpl]
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The problem with Roon as an update from Sooloos is it doesn't support Rhapsody/Napster & they have a lot of music that I won't get with Tidal.


Control:15, QNAP, DSP5200SE, 818v.3, Bose 55" 16 speaker TV, Panasonic 3D bluray player, Stax SR 009 Earspeaker System, , 27" iMac, iPads Mini & Air, iPod touch.
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#290774 - 2020-01-31 12:34 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: Alexander]
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Roon also has Qobuz integration available it might be worth checking if that fills in gaps you see with Tidal.
Do you have examples of music that is Rhapsody only?


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#291055 - 2020-02-15 14:59 Re: Not liking Roon... Can I stream Tidal directly? How about Sooloos? [Re: Ratbert]
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I bought a Roon Nucleus before owning any Meridian gear and initially resented it!

I couldn't get it to locate any of my stored music on my PC, still can't I had to go out and buy an EZ drive HD to plug into the Nucleus then dropouts with tidal were infuriating!

A sweet deal on a pair of DSP8000s and a 218 came my way and I still had to buy an iPad, but now after using Roon awhile I’m glad I endured the learning curve and the program has a great community of support there when I have specific questions the answers are there and I'm always the weak link being tech challenged as I am.


DSP8000SEUP, 218, VA Beethoven, Hegel H360, Roon Nucleus. 'lovin the dream.
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