The Nodes are indeed very good. I went with the 2i because of the AC wifi capability. I'm on Qobuz
If you are hard wiring go for the 2. The 2i has been flawless since I have had it and going into my DAC.
Oh, use a better power Cable too. Using a Wireworld Mini Electra PC.
As I had mentioned before I wanted to get rid of the Computer streaminig/ USB etc. Mission accomplished.