New Node and Powernode from Bluesound

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New Node and Powernode from Bluesound
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Bluesound has new generation versions of its the Node and Powernode wireless streaming components. These get new DAC designs, next generation quad-core processors and touch panel controls with presets. The new Node wireless hi-res multi-room music streamer and Powernode wireless hi-res multi-room streaming amplifier get new DACs, more powerful processors, and touch panel controls with presets and proximity sensors, while the Powernode also receives substantially more power. Both feature an easy-to-clean satin finish in either black or white. The Node will retail for US$549 / £549 and the Powernode for US$899 / £849. They will begin shipping in June 2021.

“The Bluesound Node unlocks the world of hi-res music streaming and multi-room audio to create a modern addition to existing hi-fi systems or powered speakers. Discover all the music ever recorded with access to hundreds of internet radio stations, dozens of streaming music services, or even your own digital music library, with a few taps of the BluOS Controller app for iOS, Android, Mac or PC computers.

“Inside, the Node features a new audiophile-grade DAC design with notably improved performance that not only supports 24-bit/192kHz audio processing, but also MQA for Tidal’s streaming service. Powerful, user-friendly software features like tone controls and subwoofer crossover optimization allow you to customize your listening preferences in detail. It is also equipped with an array of digital and analog inputs and outputs for versatility. Bring music into your Node using Wi-Fi or ethernet, Apple AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth, or USB Type A connectors, to hear audio content from streaming services, internet radio and your own music library. The Node now features an HDMI eARC input on the back panel, to keep your setup flexible and future-friendly. Listen to music through your hi-fi system or via wired or wireless headphones, by connecting to the RCA, Toslink optical, aptX HD Bluetooth, 3.5mm jack, Apple devices, or other Bluesound or BluOS enabled players.

“The Bluesound Powernode is the Node plus amplification, a “hi-fi amp reinvented for the streaming age, combining audiophile-grade componentry and multi-room music capabilities to create an intuitive “just add speakers” hi-res sound system for modern music lovers. Source, control, and amplification come packed into the compact and minimalist Powernode. Get the most out of your favorite speakers with an award-winning, audiophile-grade amplifier that features 80 watts per channel of zero-distortion power, tested in real-world listening conditions and not just in a lab. A high-grade DAC delivers up to 24-bit/192kHz of hi-res, studio-quality music, including support for FLAC, MQA, and other popular file formats. Access all the music ever recorded through the BluOS Controller app, connecting you to popular streaming services like Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, SiriusXM, and dozens of others, or from your own music library through Apple AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth, or even a network-connected drive or USB hard drive.”