Node X

Anyone had a chance to hear the Node X and compare it to the N130? I am thinking of trying one to dip my toe in streaming for the first time.


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. 

I am really interested to see how you feel after you have some hours on it. The one thing I really can't put up with is a hard, etched treble. I hav chosen electronics and speakers to specifically avoid that trait in my room with my ears.

@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.