BLUESOUND PowerNode G2i 60w Integrated amp / Streamer - wireless & network

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NZ$ 1,995.00 ea (incl. GST)
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Free Your Digital Music Collection - Discover Music Services with the BEST SOUNDING Multi-room system.

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POWERNODE 2 INTEGRATED AMP / DAC / STREAMER - JUST ADD SPEAKERS

Is nothing less than the reinvention of the most popular audio component of all time – the integrated amp. The POWERNODE 2 is able to drive even the most demanding professional loudspeakers. It’s a streaming powerhouse in a category all it’s own. Welcome to the future of HiFi.

WHAT HI-FI Verdict - 5/5 STARS - PRODUCT of the YEAR AWARD
The best-sounding multi-room system just got even better:
Improved design and build
Better features
Musical sound
Lots of fine detail

INDUSTRY-LEADING HYBRIDDIGITAL™ AMP + 32-BIT 192KHZ DAC
Our award-winning, state-of-the-art, audiophile-grade HybridDigital™ amplification and DAC technologies brings dynamic power and high-current delivery to your high-res music experience, resulting in the ability to play louder than ever before, with the same zero-distortion precision audio signature we’ve become known for. Permission to turn it up, granted.

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.

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.

ALL THE MUSIC EVER RECORDED.
Discover instant access to millions of songs. Premium high-res music services like TIDAL®, Spotify®, Rdio® 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. Imagine – Your Music. Your way.

HIFI YOUR WIFI.
The POWERNODE 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.

Features

Specifications

Reviews

Features

The Most Popular Hifi Product Of All Time Re-Invented
Stream your digital music to any wired stereo speakers
Connect to and access internet radio stations and cloud music services
Control music wirelessly with a Controller App for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
Sync music with multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
Simple setup, easily expandable
Available in Soft Touch Black or White

Specifications

AUDIO
Supported File Formats:MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF
Power Output:HYBRIDDIGITAL™ AMPLIFIER, 2x 60 watts into 8ohms
Native Sampling Rates; 32 - 192 kHz
Bit Depths: 16 - 24
Performance: SNR - 110dB - Distortion, THD+N - 0.020%
DAC: 32-Bit, 192kHz
Supported Operating Systems: Plays music from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, Apple Macintosh
Free Internet Radio: TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio
Supported Cloud Services: WiMP, Rdio, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, HighResAudio, JUKE, Deezer, Murfie, HDTracks, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, Rhapsody,Roon Ready, MQA.
Album Art: JPG

CONNECTIVITY
Network: Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 - 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
USB
Type-A port for connection to USB memory sticks and supported peripherals (FAT32 Formatted)
Type-B (mini) for product servicing
Audio Input
Combo - TOSLINK / 3.5mm
5-way speaker binding posts

Audio Output
12 Volt trigger out
Headphone output - 3.5 Stereo
Subwoofer output - RCA

Power: Universal tri-pin AC Cord input (100 - 240AC)
Wireless: aptX® Bluetooth wireless built-in

USER INTERFACE
Mobile: Free Android and iOS App Available Online at Google Play and Apple App Store
Pushbuttons: Simple top-panel touch controls.
Control: IR Sensor built in - Front panel

GENERAL
Processor: ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1 GHz
Unit Weight: 1.72 kg / 3.8 lbs
Gross Dimensions: 220 x 70 x 190 mm
Power Consumption (Idle): 12 Watts
Accessories
Aust/NZ  power cord
Ethernet Cable
Toslink Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor
Storage Environment: -10° C to 50° C, 20% to 80% relative humidity
Operating Environment: 0° C to 40° C 

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.