BLUESOUND Vault2 hi-res Music Server/DAC/CD Ripper wireless & network

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BlueSound

Free Your Digital Music Collection - Discover Music Services with the BEST SOUNDING Multi-room system.

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VAULT2 - HIGH RES MUSC SERVER - RIP IT. STORE IT. DOWNLOAD IT. ALL WITHOUT A COMPUTER.

Rip all your CDs rapidly in lossless high-resolution formats, or 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.

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 buildBetter features
Musical sound
Lots of fine detail

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.

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.

HIFI YOUR WIFI.
Bluesound uses your home wireless network, and sets up quickly. With advanced Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and a blazing-fast ARM Cortex A9 Processor, 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

Rip, store and stream your entire digital music collection in lossless formats without ever turning on a computer! The VAULT 2 is the heart of a modern digital music ecosystem. And with Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, you can put the player anywhere in or out of sight, and stream your music to any room, wirleslessly or ethernet cable

Store and protect your whole digital music library on a 2TB HDD
Rip your CDs in high resolution FLAC format, space-saving MP3, or both
Stream stored music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
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
Simple setup, easily expandable
Available in Soft Touch Black or White

VAULT2 TEAC 2TB HDD:
The 2TB hard disk offers capacity for around 5000 albums in 16/44.1 FLAC (CD quality) or 800 albums in 24/192 FLAC or any mix like 2500 16/44,1 albums and 400 24/192 albums. ALAC uses equal space, WAV and AIFF 40% more and  MP3 uses down to 16% of the space FLAC uses (at the expense of sound quality). That will suffice for most but if you, like me, are an avid collector you could add extra storage in the form of a share on a computer or a NAS. Depending on the quantity of metadata, the Bluesound operating system can index up to 80,000 tracks, somewhere around 7,500 albums. If you try to index an even larger collection the system will be working for ages to finally hang. This not only goes for the Vault but for all Bluesound players while for instance Sonos only does up to 40,000 tracks.

Specifications

AUDIO
Supported File Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF
Storage; 2TB internal ultra-quiet hard-drive with low power consumption
CD: Slot-loading mechanism for ripping standard audio CDs
Native Sampling Rates: 32 - 192 kHz
Bit Depths: 16, 24
Supported Operating Systems: Plays music from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, Apple Macintosh
Performance: THD+N - 110dBA - Distortion - 0.005%
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
USB Host: 2x Type-A port for connection to USB memory sticks and supported peripherals (FAT32 Formatted)
Type-B (mini) for product servicing
Audio In: Combo - TOSLINK / 3.5mm
Audio Out:
Analog RCA Stereo with FIXED option
Coaxial RCA
TOSLINK digital optical
Headphone 3.5mm Stereo
Subwoofer RCA
Power: Universal bi-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 learning remote capability

GENERAL
Processor: Dual-Core ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1Ghz Processor
Unit Weight: 1.84 kg 
Gross Dimensions: 220 x 90 x 192 mm
Power Consumption (Idle): 22 Watts

Accessories:
Aust/NZ power cords
Universal AC Power Supply
Stereo RCA Cable
Stereo 3.5mm mini-plug to RCA Cable
Ethernet Cable
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.