I'm in that boat. I've ordered it and it should come tomorrow. I haven't streamed before but want the opportunity to try. I previously tried out the Cambridge Audio MXN10 but that didn't work well for me. Anyway, I ordered from Audio Advisors because of the 30 day trial and the possibility of getting actual people to respond to questions.
@mahler123 Wireless. The room where I inserted it is not anywhere close to where my router is so I cannot use an ethernet cable. The MXN10 was/is a very new product so it might be some time before Audio Advisor gets it. I had no issue with either the connection (which the Bluos did automatically) or the update (again which Bluos did automatically).
So far, I just set it up and listened to parts of a few songs to make sure the connections worked. The only comment I can make so far is that the DAC seems to make things clearer but also creates a digital edge that I’m not sure I like. I’ll look into things to see if there is some burn in time to calm things down or tone controls to take the edge off or it is something I get used to.
I am using a tube integrated amp so I wonder what it would sound like in a SS system.
As to the price, I understood that it the increase is due to (1) upgraded DAC and (2) separate headphone amp which is supposed to be very good.
The main thing that I can say right now is how much easier set up was than with the MXN10.
As with the OP, I haven’t really streamed before other than YouTube or AppleMusic and maybe I don’t go outside them. I’ve been a bit unhappy with the way that streaming services treat artists who aren’t stars but I haven’t investigated that yet fully. I also like owning music. However, having ApplePlay finally work and seem better than bluetooth is a good start. I didn’t have that with the Cambridge Audio.
Finally, prior to buying the MXN10, I saw that the CXN’s price was slashed about a third so that is something to consider. The CXN v2 price is about $1,000 now.
I've been busy working but I was able to spend time listening with the Node X on Tuesday and then tonight. The hard edge is softening but I'm also purposefully listening to pretty trebly stuff. I really like the band Alvvays and Molly Rankin has a great voice but with the jangly guitars and trebly voice, their songs have alvvays been used by me as a test for speakers and amplifiers to see what they do with the sound.
So right now I am extremely happy with the Node X. Simple to use. Sets itself up. Easy to connect. Excellent sound. Haven't tried the headphones.
I've played some Apple Music and it sounds great. I did research streaming services and it looks like, if I need more than Apple Music, I might go with Tidal (probably second tier) but right now, I feel like a novice with a short attention span with streaming and I don't know what more I'd need than Apple Music. Maybe someone could explain the differences and why one might be better.
@stuartbmw3 Me too definitely. Hate hard, etched treble. It is already making good progress and, for me, who isn't going to do much streaming, it is already a success and pretty much what I want. I went after the Node X because of the better DAC and along with the wifi and ease of use, it is exactly what I wanted.
just found this thread and it's interesting to read the listing impressions included excess treble. I felt the same way...out of the box there was a lot of treble coming from this device. Over say 5 hours this softened and now, about a three or four weeks in and around 30 hours I feel like it's much improved. I think it's still setting in but the sound is much more open and there is a bigger soundstage with the X vs. the N130.
@dz13 You can if you run a Mesh system or Wi-Fi extender, then you can run an Ethernet or CAT7 or 8 cable from that to your Node. Many here do this if they can’t run a cable from their router and frequently report significant improvements in fewer dropouts and/or sound quality. Also, I’d recommend doing a free trial of Qobuz over Tidal once your Node is more broken in (at least 100 hours) as most here prefer it. I switched to Qobuz from Tidal and will never go back or deal with MQA intrusive black box algorithms and unfolding silliness ever again. Just my $0.02 FWIW.