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Substantially Upgraded, Blazing Fast Music Streamer
The Bluesound Node 2 connects to your hi-fi system or powered speaker to bring you great sounding streaming services, Internet radio, and your own digital music files. With its ability to connect to a wide range of digital and even analog sources, the Node 2 breathes new life into music. It will sound better than ever before, whether you're listening on state-of-the-art or classic equipment that you've had for many years.
The Node 2's CPU has been substantially upgraded from the previous Bluesound generation. It is one of the most powerful ARM® Cortex™ processors available and boasts A9 cores and a blazing 1 GHz clock speed. This delivers flawless decoding of lossless files at high sampling rates along with snappy response times to complex tasks. Massive computing power takes the streaming experience to new levels of responsiveness and control.
Control with Your Smartphone or Tablet
Play, pause, and select your streaming tracks from the touch-sensitive controls on the top panel. For added functionality, the Node 2, like all Bluesound players, is controlled from your smartphone or tablet using the free BluOS app. The app brings all you music sources together for complete control whether they are in the cloud, on your computer or phone, or from almost any other source via the various digital and analog inputs. Stream from Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or connect to your wired LAN. Whatever the musical source, Bluesound will play it in the highest resolution, all the way up to studio master-quality 24/192 resolution.
Delivers Every Detail
The Node 2 delivers every detail of the world's most accurate 24-bit/192kHz studio master recordings in lossless FLAC format (assuming your speakers are up to the challenge). It also plays AAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, WMA-L, OGG, and MP3 audio formats. It is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, and Apple Macintosh OS X 7-10 for music sharing.
Easy Setup, Impressive Performance
Unlike many other wireless audio products, the Bluesound system is incredibly easy to set up and use. And the performance is unsurpassed.
"The entire system is designed for easy setup with no computer required. Users operate it with a smartphone or tablet BlueOS app," notes Grant Clauser in an ElectronicHouse.com review of the original Bluesound system for October 18, 2013 "Music from the Vault includes cover art to make it easy to find the album you're looking for… I was able to listen to all the Bluesound components in a hotel suite in New York this week. The performance was pretty impressive on all of them."
"For those people looking for a nice, simple, convenient and good-sounding one box/one app solution for ripping CDs, playing your ripped and downloaded files, streaming music from Internet radio, Rdio, Slacker Radio, and Qobuz, and purchasing music from HighResAudio, the Bluesound Vault has got your number and its one of one in today's marketplace," reports Michael Lavorgna in his Audiostream.com, January 21, 2013 review of the original Bluesound system. "Just add an iOS or Android device as a remote and you'll be rollin' in tunes in no time."
All Bluesound models have combined optical digital/analog inputs that can distribute music from a source connected to one Bluesound device to other devices on the network. All models have Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with aptX, for one-to-one pairing with smart devices. The hallmarks of the original Bluesound line remain, including support for high-res audio to 24/192.
Bluesound Music Players
Bluesound players are designed and engineered by audiophiles. They have been tested and perfected at one of North America's most advanced sound labs by some of the same engineers and musicians who started the original hi-fi revolution in the 1970s, including PSB's Paul Barton.
Add other Bluesound components for more functionality. "The entire system is designed for easy setup with no computer required," reports Grant Clauser at ElectronicHouse.com. "Playlists can be created on the fly. Each component can be controlled individually, or grouped, so users can play different songs in each room or the same music all over the house."
New Generation 2 Features
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This device was a great addition to my system. Now streaming Tidal MQA sounds really nice. Software app is excellent, much better than the Yamaha streamer app which constantly crashed. Overall pretty happy with the purchase.
|- Thomas, DDS, CA|
|A Significant Upgrade from Sonos|
Recently purchased two of the Node 2s to replace Sonos Connects which I've used for years. I'm very happy with them - setup was quite easy, and the application is very flexible and has a great display. Sound quality is excellent and much better IMO than the Sonos. It's also great to be able to play my high-res music files. Indexing of my library was surprising fast, taking under an hour. Overall I think the Bluesound Node 2 is a significant upgrade for my situation.
|- Leslie M., AZ|
|Works Perfectly Out Of The Box|
Hooking this up in my system was a dream. The Bluesound Node 2 worked perfectly out of the box. I plugged in to my network, hooked up the analog out to my power amp and had instant streaming music through TIDAL. The sound quality was amazing, and it breathed new life into my old speakers and receiver. I can't wait to add other Blue sound speakers around my home. My wife loves it too.
|- Elliot W, MD|
This is a great product. After a difficult experience with the PS Audio PW DAC, I almost swore off digital streaming. For only $500, I figured the Node 2 was worth a try. During set up I found Audio Advisor and Bluesound provided truly first class support both online and on the phone. Now everything is working perfectly. I've connected an external HD filled with hi-res files and it sounds amazingly good. I've also streamed a couple of music apps via Bluetooth. App user interface is pretty intuitive. Recommended.
|- Digger, HI|
This is really good piece of gear. Connects via wi fi and Ethernet, very easy to set up, fantastic app on iPhone, and even streams master MQA. Using with Parasound Halo Integrated connected to Revel Performa 208s via Analysis Plus Oval Nine speaker cables. The result is an excellent sound, convenience and options - internat radio, Tidal, etc. Love it.
|- Audio Guy, WY|
|Very Pleased. Would Recommend.|
Such a good, well thought out audio device. Couldn't really be happier. I bought it to replace the Mac Mini in my system running via to my Rega DAC. I was never happy with the sound I got out that combo. The Node 2 sounds fantastic in its place, took two minutes to set up, and quickly indexed my networked library too. Finally I have a digital source that doesn't leave me yearning for my turntable. I haven't owned a CD player for years and having ripped my entire collection don't think I ever will again. The app is easy to use and obviously it can be controlled via the Spotify app. Next stop: I want to try HiRes files through it.
|- Yuri V, NJ|
Great product for high resolution streaming from NAS, wireless, Bluetooth and Internet. DAC is very good, and gave a great result on analogue output. Read the What Hi-Fi review they got it spot on.
|- Audio Fanatic, WA|
|Great Sound and Convenience|
The sound from this streamer is as good as, or better than CD quality. I stored my entire music collection on an NAS as wav files. The Bluesound accesses this over a WiFi network and plays it through my existing Hi Fi set up. The convenience of accessing any music that you fancy listening to, from your smart phone, including any artwork, is brilliant. There is also a plethora of internet radio stations to choose from as well. Innovative piece of kit for sure. I haven't used my CD player since buying this.
|- Albert S, WY|
I bought the Bluesound Node 2 because I wanted to stream music at a higher resolution than that offered by Apple Music. I was already signed up to TIDAL as I tend to listen to a lot of classical music. It was a breeze to set up. I connected it to my pre-amplifier and my wi-fi network and chosen streaming site and then sat back and listened. I began to hear instruments I had not heard before in my music and everything just seemed to be so much more musical - even than my Audiolab CD player. The Node 2 presented such a beautifully clear and detailed sound. Hi-Res sound is definitely the way forward for means this product allows me to achieve it effortlessly. An audiophile's dream!
|- Alexander P, TN|
After years of using a well-appointed Mac mini and requisite player software I decided to take a chance on the Bluesound platform and the Node 2 in particular. Suffice it to say I've retired the Mac mini. Kudos to the folks at Bluesound.
|- James M, PA|