BlueSound

High-Resolution Multi-Room Wireless Streaming components - Voted "THE BEST"
Free Your Digital Music Collection - Discover Music Services with the BEST SOUNDING Multi-room system.

Multi-room. Perfect sync.
Bluesound uses your home wireless network, and sets up quickly. With an advanced WiFi antenna design and blazing ARM Cortex9 Processors, Bluesound ensures a solid connection 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. And rule your sonic domain.

Bluesound is an alliance of audiophiles dedicated to delivering on the promise of wireless, digitally-perfect high-fidelity audio.

As designers, engineers and individuals who have spent our lives in the music industry, we are not satisfied with anything less than perfection. We’re many of the same people from world-famous NAD that pioneered HiFi in the 70s, and we continue to relentlessly pursue innovative technologies and faithful music reproduction. We’re not just another computer company. We’re all about sound.

The Backstory

Digital audio got its start like any other new technology. It was amazing and new – limited and imperfect – and naturally became the adopted standard for the next generation. We love technology, but we love music even more. To us, digital just wasn’t up to par, so we decided to set out and raise the bar on digital so that audiophiles and music lovers would hear what they’ve been missing since digital audio came into existence. Even 16-bit CDs have only about half of the audio spectrum that the master recording holds, and that’s a whole lot more than MP3s have left in them. With more than a decade of compressed audio piping through earbud headphones and cheap dock players, the time had come. The portable players we all love have created a new way of listening to music, but there hasn’t really been much there to hear. Until now. Enter true 24-bit HD digital audio.

All of your music, for all to hear.

Get your music out of your head and into the room. After all, music was meant to be shared! We are passionate about musical detail, texture and volume (we’re not just talking about decibels here), and we’ve painstakingly designed a cutting-edge pure digital platform that delivers on the total HD audio experience. Audio reproduction just like the moment they recorded it in the studio. Just like the musicans themselves wanted it to be heard. Add internet radio and online music services to your own digital audio library to the mix. Sound good? We think so. And so do the critics.

You don’t need to be an audiophile to appreciate hi-definition sound. But you might just become one once you hear what you’ve been missing

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BS 01 NODE
NZ$ 1,195.00 (incl. GST)
Stream your digital music to any existing stereo systemConnect to and access internet radio...
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...
BS 05 MS VAULT
NZ$ 2,595.00 (incl. GST)
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...
Rip, store and stream your entire digital music collection in lossless formats without ever turning...
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...

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Music / Media Network players, Streamers & Servers

BS 01 NODE
NZ$ 1,195.00 ea (incl. GST)
Stream your digital music to any existing stereo systemConnect to and access internet radio...
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...
BS 05 MS VAULT
NZ$ 2,595.00 ea (incl. GST)
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...
Rip, store and stream your entire digital music collection in lossless formats without ever turning...
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...

Integrated amplifiers

BS 03 IA POWER
NZ$ 1,795.00 ea (incl. GST)
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...
The Most Popular Hifi Product Of All Time Re-InventedStream your digital music to any wired stereo...
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...
Integrated amplifiers

All-in-One amplifiers

BS 07 MS PFLEX
NZ$ 895.00 ea (incl. GST)
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...
All-in-One amplifiers
BS 09 MS PMINI
NZ$ 1,395.00 ea (incl. GST)
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...
All-in-One amplifiers
BS 11 MS PULSE
NZ$ 1,795.00 ea (incl. GST)
COMPACT ALL-IN-ONE WIRELESS STUDIO-QUALITY SPEAKER.Place the PULSE 2 on a bookshelf, countertop or end table, and hear the difference that 80 Watts of tri-amplified stereo sound can bring to any room...
Lots of fine detailSimple setup, easily expandableStream your digital music to any existing stereo...
When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive...
All-in-One amplifiers

Reviews

5/5 STARS - Product of the Year Award for 2014 and 2015 - The BEST SOUNDING Multi-Room system

When a new company bursts into a competitive marketplace and immediately produces impressive results, we have to hand it to those in charge when they still say “we can do better”.

And that’s exactly what high-res multi-room brand Bluesound has done, after a hugely successful first year in which it picked up our Product of the Year Award for 2014 and now the Product of the Year Award for 2015 too.

Over the past year, the company listened to feedback and has decided to redesign the range from the ground up, offering a more streamlined look with new features and a few new additions to the range to boot.

This means Bluesound’s offering now comprises the Node 2 streamer, the Powernode 2 streamer/amplifier , the Vault 2 music server and CD ripper, and the Pulse Mini, Pulse Flex and the original Pulse wireless speakers.

The Pulse joins the 2.1 Duo speaker package (£900) from last year as the only products to make a return this year without any changes.

Build

The new look for the Node2, Powernode 2 and Vault 2 is a welcome one. While last year’s look was striking, the shiny plastic finish did feel a little on the cheap side – not to mention that it was a nightmare for using with a traditional rack.

This design feels much more grown up, better thought out and thankfully less of a haven for fingerprints too.

Features

The rest of the changes cover functionality and usability. For example, there are now both optical and analogue inputs across the range for connecting digital and legacy sources for multi-room playback, a subwoofer out for adding more bass and a built-in headphone amp for private listening.

Bluetooth aptX is now built in as standard (previously you had to use a dongle), the USB input is higher powered to accommodate any hard drive you’ve got and a new wi-fi chipset ensures a faster, more stable connection to the devices you choose not to hardwire.

Finally, there is a more powerful ARM 9 processor in all of the new additions to the range, which makes the user interface quicker and smoother to use than before.

Bluesound quotes a 20 per cent rise in speed (and a 50 per cent reduction in power consumption), which you’ll see through the likes of shorter indexing and load times.

Ease of use

Set-up remains the same as last year – a web-based operation that could be a touch simpler if only it was integrated into the free iOS/Android app.

Each speaker has to be set up individually on to your network rather than any instant Sonos-like pairing, but at least it’s something you have to do only once.

When everything is online, the play/mute button, which sits in the middle of the top-mounted touch controls, will glow blue to show you’re ready to go.

Each speaker on the network will show up automatically within the app, with easily labelled options for grouping them together and so on.

It will also help you to pull in music from NAS drives on the same network, and is capable of playing back files up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as accessing some of the most popular streaming services, including Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal and Qobuz.

FLAC files on our MusicM8 NAS are indexed quickly and accurately, and show up with associated artwork under the local sources section of the app, with streaming services showing up just underneath.

Spotify works via Spotify Connect, but the rest of the apps we test show up within Bluesound’s app itself, so there’s no flicking backwards and forwards between screens.

The majority of the work behind Bluesound’s second generation has been spent on improving things that needed it, and its sound quality certainly wasn’t an area that needed addressing.

Thankfully that means it’s largely been left well alone, which is no bad thing – we loved the sound of the original Bluesound and that sentiment remains with the new generation.