Upgrade from Bluesound Node

I currently have a Bluesound Node used as a streamer And a Denafrips Ares II DAC. I stream music from from Amazon. 
My system is Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolution and a Vitus MI100 integrated amp. 
I was thinking upgrading the front end of my system since I listen only to streaming music. 
I was considering a PS Audio PerfectWave Direct Stream Jr DAC with a Bridge II streamer. Do you think it is a worthy upgrade? I’m open to suggestions. The simpler the setup the better. I’m also thinking in getting something used, if it’s worth it. 
My room is about 13x17 ft. 

thank you


I went from a Marantz 5015 network avr to a Innuos pulse mini. Cannot comment on what a bluesound, sounds like guessing somewhat similar to HEOS and the Innuos completely blows the Marantz out of the water. 

Get a used Ayre Codex. They are going under $1K now. It will smoke many DAC's three times the price.

I used it with a Bluesound Node, years ago. Worked with Aurrender, and Innuos, too. 

If you can swing an Innuos Zen Mini with the Codex, even better. I use Roon with my Innuos.-I hate spending money on streaming services, but Roon makes things easy to connect to Qobuz.


Gkelly and Bob

THANK YOU!!! I’ll research that and like jl35 said “I’m bellow what my speakers and amp deserve”

thank for opening my eyes!



I agree. You are feeding a very good integrated amp / speakers with very inferior signal. This is very much limiting the output you are hearing.

You sound like you ran out of interest in the pursuit and feel somewhat let down. Am I reading too much into your words?


If you want to optimize your system, then an appropriate investment would be about $7K for a streamer and $7K for a DAC. I would recommend a used Aurrender N10 for a streamer. I’d have to do a bit of research on a DAC you could get… maybe a used Berkeley Alpha? Audio Research Reference DAC 9. These components would significantly boost the performance of your system to what it is capable of.