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Bluesound Node 2

Bluesound wireless streaming products

We’ve been eagerly searching for affordable streaming solutions for some time and have enjoyed success with our Auralic products. Bluesound came to us with little fanfare by a friend of the company who had been aware of it for some time. He asked if we’d be prepared to give it a listen and of course we were glad to. But more about that later!

Bluesound make a series of wireless products that offer solutions for people who want to get into Streaming. Each is carefully crafted to provide a solution that enables everyone to find a product for them. It is also designed with such connectivity that it can provide a whole house solution. Like Sonos in point of fact but far far better in terms of its audiophile credentials and sound quality.

The Range starts with the Node 2 £499

Bluesound Node 2
From a small box not much larger than a paperback book, the Node 2 is a streamer designed to be connected directly into your stereo system in the same way that you’d connect a CD player. Superb sound quality matched by a simple and easy to use APP make owning the Node 2 a joy.

Easily connect the NODE 2 to any existing stereo or home theater system, to unlock and discover a world full of music streaming services and Internet radio stations. Filled with an array of analog and digital input and output options, the NODE 2 brings infinite playback choices into your very own sonic domain.

  • Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
  • Access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library
  • Control music wirelessly with an intuitive Controller App for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
  • Instinctive touch control on unit
  • Simple setup, easily expandable
  • Available in Black or White

MADE FOR MORE THAN MP3.

Of course Bluesound is compatible with MP3s – and just about every other digital format ever created – but Bluesound was purpose-built for high-res audio. While other companies put a premium on style, Bluesound has spared no expense on the integration of advanced, innovative audio technologies that deliver blazingly fast error-free playback in maximum studio-master recording quality, resulting in absolutely unbeatable performance. It is here where the product scores. This affordable component can allow you to access recordings that will blow your mind.

THE FUTURE OF MUSIC IS FAST.

Using industry-leading 1GHz ARM Cortex-9 Multi-core processors, you’d think Bluesound was engineered for something more than just audio. Bluesound’s 32-bit architecture combined with 8x oversampling DAC platforms, ensures that your lossless high-res music playback is flawless, with precision and clarity – at any volume.

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ALL THE MUSIC EVER RECORDED.

Discover instant access to millions of songs. Premium high-res music services like TIDAL®, Spotify® and Qobuz® – as well as virtually all other popular music services and internet radio stations are already built-in. Access your downloads and your entire iTunes library – or any other USB NAS drive connected – all without ever turning on a computer.

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HIFI YOUR WIFI.

The NODE 2 uses your home wireless network, and sets up quickly. With an advanced WiFi antenna design and blazing-fast ARM Cortex A9 Processors, Bluesound ensures that there are no skips or delays in every corner of your home – even when streaming high-res audio files. Play your music in perfect sync, or play different music simultaneously, to any player in any room.

The NODE 2 has fixed AND variable output. Variable is very useful if you wish to plug this into a non remote control amplifier, a power amplifier or a pair of active loudspeakers.

 

Powernode 2 £799

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This product is actually a Node 2 but with a good quality integrated amplifier build inside. As such all you need is this and a pair of speakers to produce high quality sound.

And before you think that the amplifier is going to be somewhat lacking in performance bear in mind that it is build by NAD who have a good reputation for affordable high-quality amplifiers. For the price this is superb!

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Vault 2 £1099

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Vault 2 is the final source component in the Node Range. It is essentially a Node 2 but with a CD ripper and 2TB of storage built into it. It becomes the home for all your music; either ripped automatically and simply from your CD collection, or downloaded. It enables you to enjoy all the benefits of streaming without the need for the use of a computer and potentially frustrating software.

The Vault 2 has fixed AND variable output. Variable is very useful if you wish to plug this into a non remote control amplifier, a power amplifier or a pair of active loudspeakers. Less boxes more performance!

Stream It In High-Res Anywhere You Want.

All Without A Computer.

A 2 TB hard drive will let you rapidly rip all your CDs in lossless high-resolution or space-saving MP3 formats, and download and store high-res tracks. No computer necessary. Access and share your digital music library, and stream it in studio quality to multiple rooms in your home.

  • Store and protect your entire digital music library on a 2TB hard drive
  • Rip your CDs in high resolution FLAC format, or even lesser formats.
  • Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
  • Access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library
  • Control music wirelessly with an intuitive Controller App for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
  • Instinctive touch control on unit
  • Simple setup, easily expandable
  • Available in Black or White
  • Rips CD’s quickly and automatically as well as gathering all the metadata and artwork. When it’s done it ejects the disc.

IP IT. STORE IT. DOWNLOAD IT. ALL WITHOUT A COMPUTER.

Rip all your CDs rapidly in lossless high-resolution formats, space-saving MP3, or both simultaneously. Purchase, download and store high-res tracks on a dedicated ultra-quiet 2TB hard-drive – with no computer needed. Access and share your entire digital music collection and stream it in studio-quality to multiple rooms all over the home.

Pulse Flex £299 single stereo speaker

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Completing the package is a series of compact single stereo loudspeakers that work on their own or in connection with other Bluesound products to form a solution that can stretch across any or all rooms in your home.

Rather excitingly the Bluesound range will integrate with any existing network solution you have already.

This means that Naim, Linn and Cyrus customers who already have streaming in place can add Bluesound products for additional rooms in their house AND enjoy the same benefits and the same music library. Listen to internet radio in the Kitchen, Tidal in the bathroom and stream your own Hi-Res files from your music library in the lounge!

Meridian MQA

All Bluesound products incorporate decoding for the Meridian MQA system. This means they can recover potentially studio master performance from recordings produced using this system. And considering that Warners are releasing their entire catalogue armed with MQA this is significant news.

Discover more about MQA here.

Bluesound in the demo room – how good is it?

We’ve only just got our hands properly on these products. We were extremely impressed by a number of factors when they were demonstrated to us and we very quickly reached the same findings when we unpacked our demonstration products.

First and foremost was the speed with which we had them set up and connected to our network. The app (android AND apple AND even PC, MAC and Chromebook) is a doddle to set up and use and the process is intuitive.

Build quality is also as we would wish for and the products feel good. The connections are solid and good quality and the fit and finish is also what we expect from such products.

Sound quality we will expand on when we’ve had a little more time but first impressions are extremely good. For the price quite superb. More to follow.