Streamer question

I've looked and looked and can't find the answer to my question.

I use a Bluesound Node to stream both Spotify and Qobuz.  The Bluesound lets me use the web app that I downloaded to my Ipad to play music.

I want to upgrade, but I'm not seeing whether or not that is possible.  Most of the better streamers ($2000 or so) seem to have their own software which I would rather not use.

Anybody know the answer to this?

Thank you!


@ curiousjim

it’s says a lot about the value of my/your DAC/streamer setup, particularly the Teddy Pardo linear power supply, when you’re considering it would take $6-8k for a meaningful upgrade :).

Pardo supply for everything digital - i have a stack for them for switch, NAS and ROON server / core host….


Hey, does the Pulse have a USB output to run to my DAC and does it work with Amazon HD?


@curiousjim don’t have the unit yet, so can’t say on that particular question about output. With the pulse mini, they only have Qobuz and title. So I am assuming that the entire lineup has the same options. When I spoke with a Innuos representative At the 2022 Pacific audio fest that he said that by Christmas they should have Amazon but that was last year still waiting. Feels like a Spotify story. Would like to have Amazon so I could listen to podcast once in a while. Problem is I spend way too much time, listening to and enjoying music to fit in any time to listen to some people’s responses out the side of their neck. 

jzzmusician, you say you are accessing the Spotify and Qobuz apps from your iPad and NOT from within the the BluOS app. That's sound like you are running the songs locally on the tablet and sending them to the Node through wifi. If I am correct, the streamer may not be the weak link in your chain.

And as others have stated, upgrading the Node can be a big step forward. I have a Node 130 that has an upgraded power supply and a clock upgrade (both done by Fidelity Audio). I am now demoing the Innuos Pulse streamer to compare the two. They are very close in my system. At this point, I only have one higher end ethernet cable and noise filter. So one streamer gets a more standard LAN cable and one gets the better cable/filter. Both are feeding a Grannyring modified Orchid DAC. The streamer with the better cable and filter always sounds just a little better. I am getting used to the Sense app, it works well and does everything I need it to do without issues. If I had a more analytical DAC I may hear more differences? But I may not be keeping the Pulse.