Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The
Node 2 zone player is part of
Bluesound's wireless high-resolution audio eco-system.
The Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio eco-system consists of music
players, amplifiers, hard-drives, and wireless speakers to playback your
high-res and low-res music files, along with your favorite online music services
throughout your home using your home's WiFi network. With an advanced WiFi
antenna design and blazing ARM Cortex9 Processors, Bluesound ensures a solid
connection in every corner of your home. Play your music in perfect sync or play
different music simultaneously to any Bluesound device in any room.
Note: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly
wireless environment. If you want to connect more than 16 Bluesound devices,
you will need to connect the Bluesound devices to your network using a wired
connection. Bluesound can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired
Network Music Player: The Bluesound Node 2 network music
player lets you stream digital music files on your network connected Windows or
Mac computer, plus stream select online music services and internet radio to
your existing home audio system. The Bluesound Node offers a wired or wireless
network connection, plus a USB (type-A) input. The Node connects to your home
stereo system via analog RCA or digital optical/coax. A free remote app for your
Apple iOS or Android device lets you control the Node 2 and your streamed
digital music from your mobile device.
32-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Bluesound Node 2 zone player employs a
32-bit/192kHz DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to ensure that your lossless
high-res music playback is flawless, with precision and clarity - at any volume.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Node 2 can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired
Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) connection. Either
network/internet connection allows you to stream music from your Windows or Mac
computer and NAS drive (such as the Bluesound Vault, sold separately); as well
as stream select online music services.
Note: Bluesound operates only on 2.4GHz WiFi (not 5GHz).
Bluesound Controller App: The
Bluesound Controller App turns your Apple iOS (7.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad,
Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone/tablet, Windows (Vista higher) PC or Mac (OS X
computer into a full-featured remote control for the Bluesound wireless music
system. The Bluesound Controller App on your compatible device uses your home's
WiFi network to connect with Bluesound devices, so you can play all the music
you love anywhere in your home for a wireless multiroom music experience. Get
on-demand access to your music libraries on your home network, stream live
Internet radio from almost any place in the world, or listen to one of the many
music services available on Bluesound, all from the palm of your hand with the
easy-to-use Bluesound Controller App.
Supported Music Formats: The Bluesound wireless audio system supports both low-res and high-res audio
files; including MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WMA Lossless, MQA, WAV, and
AIFF. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections,
and has indexed libraries up to 100,000 songs in demonstrated practice (this
will depend on the music's metadata & artwork). Bluesound also offers gapless
playback by default for all supported file music types.
| Compression || File Type || Sampling Frequency || Bit Rate or Bit Depth |
| Compressed || Lossy ||MP3 ||16-48kHz ||192-320
| Lossless ||WMA-Lossless ||up to 96 kHz ||up to 24-bit |
|FLAC ||192 kHz ||up to
| Uncompressed ||AIFF ||up 192 kHz ||up to
Notes: Bluesound cannot index or play AAC files with the
extension ".m4p". These files were purchased in iTunes prior to 2009 and are
subject to copy protection. Apple Consumers with an iTunes Match
subscription can delete and re-download these files free of charge from
their iTunes Cloud
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): Bluesound is the first
wireless multiroom audio system to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated).
MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master
quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Bluesound
worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside each Bluesound component
to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the
source and the way the artist intended you to hear it when it was approved in
Note: MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support will
require a firmware update.
Online Music Services: With a network and internet
connection, the Node 2 lets you access select online music services &
internet radio. The Bluesound Controller app on your Apple iOS or Android device
will serve as the controller for these apps and provide song/artist information
with Album Art.
Amazon Prime: With a Prime Music subscription, you can access
over 2 million songs ad-free and on-demand, as well as curated playlists and
personalized stations. Upgrade to an
Amazon Music Unlimited subscription to access tens of millions of songs.
- Spotify Connect:
If you subscribe to
Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your
Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system.
Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of
the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and
counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share
music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or
most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in
high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or
$19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music
library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at
The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio
streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn radio service. Just
select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 70,000
stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that
appeals to your mood.
- iHeart Radio:
iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming
service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the
country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring
songs from the artist you select and similar music.
Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10
per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on
demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without
having to purchase or download the music.
Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker Radio® music
library available in high-quality AAC audio on Bluesound. Listen to music
streams at a bitrate of 320kbps and enjoy all your favorite Slacker stations
in pristine MP3-quality.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by
region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services
may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the
music service providers or others.
Music Library From Your Mobile Device: From the Bluesound Controller
App, you can stream
music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or Android device to the Bluesound
Node 2 and the rest of your Bluesound components around your home. The app
gives you complete control of your compatible mobile device's music library with
song/artist information and album art.
Computer Audio: The Bluesound wireless music system will pull music
from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC or
Mac computer using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the Bluesound
Controller App for Windows & Mac.
- Windows: Music files stored on a Windows desktop or laptop can be
accessed by Bluesound using Windows File Sharing. You will need to download
the Bluesound Share Utility for Windows -
Bluesound Share Utility Windows v1.6.zip. This utility will work on
Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
- Mac: Music files stored on an Apple iMac or MacBook can be accessed by
Bluesound using SMB File Sharing. You will need to download the Bluesound
Share Utility for OS X -
Bluesound Share Utility OSX v1.2.zip.This utility will work on any
version of Apple OS X 10.8.x and higher.
Bluetooth w/ aptX: The Bluesound Node 2 features built-in Bluetooth 4.0
with support for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple
iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, Mac
computer/laptop, and more. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps
on your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Node 2. In addition, the Node 2
offers aptX for CD-quality sound from Android (OS 4.0+) devices. You can even
distribute Bluetooth audio to the rest of your Bluesound wireless audio system
throughout your home or office over WiFi.
Inputs: The Bluesound Node 2 is fitted with a USB (type-A)
port for playback of music files stored on a mass storage class (MSC) device, as
well as a 3.5mm Aux input that serves as an analog or digital input.
- USB Port: The Bluesound Node 2 features a USB (type-A) port to
directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as a thumbdrive
or external hard-drive. The unit's USB port supports music playback from these
compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32 or NTFS. Not only
can USB audio be played back on the Node 2, but can also be wirelessly
distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for
multiroom playback. USB mass
storage devices that require more than 0.5A of power will require a separate
power supply. The USB port is not compatible with the
direct connection of an Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android devices.
- Optical/Analog Input: The Node 2 is fitted with a 3.5mm
Aux input which can be used as an analog or digital connection. As an analog
input, simply connect a stereo minijack audio cable from your analog source to
the Node 2's Aux input. As a digital input, use the included
3.5mm-to-Optical adapter along with an optical digital cable (sold separately)
to connect your digital source to the Node 2's Aux input. As an analog or
digital input, the unit's Aux input supports 2ch PCM audio (not Dolby Digital or
DTS). Audio from the Optical/Analog Aux input can be played back at the Node 2 and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your
home for multiroom playback.
Outputs: The Bluesound Node 2 provides analog & digital outputs to
connect to your existing home entertainment system, plus a sub out for adding a
powered sub, a headphone jack for private listening, and a trigger output for
remote activation of another component.
- Analog & Digital Outputs: The Node 2 contains both
analog and digital outputs. There is an analog RCA stereo output, plus one optical (toslink) digital output
and one coax (RCA) digital output to connect the
player to your home's existing audio system.
- Sub Output: The Node 2 also features a mono-RCA
subwoofer output for adding a powered sub. The sub output is full-range; you
will need to use the low-pass crossover in your powered sub.
- Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the
front of the Node 2 for private listening with a set of headphones. The
Node 2's output will be muted when headphones are connected.
- 12V Trigger Output: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used
to control or activate other external device equipped with a corresponding 12V
Soft-Touch Controls: The Bluesound Node 2 offers soft-touch,
top-panel controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down,
Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.
AC Power: The Bluesound Node 2 operates off of standard
household current using its internal power supply and the included 6'
detachable AC power cord.