Bluesound Introduces a New Generation


The original and award-winning hi-res multi-room streaming favorites get new DAC designs, next generation quad-core processors and intuitive touch panel controls with presets

Bluesound, makers of the award-winning hi-res wireless multi-room line of audio players based in Ontario, Canada, has announced a 3rd generation of its best-selling NODE Wireless Hi-Res Multi-Room Music Streamer and POWERNODE Wireless Hi-Res Multi-Room Streaming Amplifier. These devices have been modified to bring them up to date.

Their streaming section has been improved thanks to a new 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex A53 quad-core processor which is 8 times faster than that of the previous generation. The latter brings to the BluOS platform compatibility with the ROON, Spotify Connect and Airplay 2 platforms. Thus, we could add to the functions the playback of MQA files in streaming. The display panel on the top of the devices becomes touch sensitive to allow adjustments directly on the device. The audiophile grade digital-to-analog converter section of the NODE and POWERNODE now features a 32-bit / 384 kHz resolution chip. Both units support eARC HDMI connections for greater flexibility with other AV products such as video game consoles.

The NODE and POWERNODE are equipped with a variety of digital and analog inputs and outputs for the most flexible connectivity possible. As for wireless connectivity, they integrate Wi-Fi, Airpay 2, and an aptX HD Bluetooth transceiver. It is therefore possible to listen to your music on both wired headphones and wireless Bluetooth headphones. For wired connections, you can count on an Ethernet socket, a Toslink optical input, an RCA coaxial input and a USB type A socket.

The NODE is essentially a network music player with a D-A converter. Its BluOS application for iOS and Android tablets and phones can also be installed on a PC or Mac computer. This application associated with the NODE software offers the possibility of adjusting its sound thanks to tone controls. You can also select the cut-off frequency for Bluesound wireless subwoofers.

The POWERNODE is essentially the same music player as the NODE, but to which we added an amplifier section of 80 W per channel. This is an increase of 20 W from the previous version which was 60 W per channel. The POWERNODE can be fully controlled by the BluOS app once installed on your phone or tablet. Just add your favorite speakers to get a complete stereo system. The BluOS platform allows you to add rear speakers to this high-fidelity system, such as a pair of PULSE FLEX 2i and a PULSE SUB + wireless subwoofer. This transforms the stereo into a 2.1-channel Dolby home theater system. It also allows you to add sound to every room in the house with different models of wireless speakers, included in the Bluesound catalog. Everything can obviously be controlled by your tablet or smartphone.

The NODE and POWERNODE come in a satin black or white finish. As of this writing, both devices can be pre-ordered for expected availability in June 2021. Prices are $649 for the NODE and $1,099 for the POWERNODE.