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Bluesound Pulse

Streaming music speaker with Wi-Fi® (Black)

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Our take on the Bluesound Pulse

Why enjoy high-end audio in just one room of your home? While there are many streaming speakers in today's audio landscape, Bluesound's multi-room music system focuses on giving you the most from high-resolution audio files. The makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers used their years of audio experience to create this line of multi-room audio gear for the discerning listener. And you can control the Bluesound system using a free app for smartphone or tablet.

Bluesound Pulse

A streaming music system for the audio enthusiast

Why enjoy high-end audio in just one room of your home? While there are many streaming speakers in today's audio landscape, Bluesound's multi-room music system focuses on giving you the most from high-resolution audio files. The makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers used their years of audio experience to create this line of multi-room audio gear for the discerning listener. And you can control the Bluesound system using a free app for smartphone or tablet.

An all-in-one music player

The Pulse, a wireless music speaker, utilizes the advanced technology of NAD digital music processing and amplification along with the speaker-engineering prowess of PSB. It lets you play tunes from the Internet and songs stored on a networked computer or hard drive. This all-in-one speaker's small size belies its high-quality sound performance.  

DirectDigital™ amplifier technology reduces noise and distortion

Bluesound's DirectDigital Amplifier uses the same technology that's found in NAD's Masters Series products. These amplifiers use a streamlined signal path and internal digital-to-analog converters with exceptional speed and accuracy. The result? You'll experience less distortion, deeper bass, and more texture and clarity than with other wireless music players.

High-res audio

A wide variety of music options

Bluesound was designed to play just about any digital music you might have in your collection, including high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive, or tap into Internet radio stations and online streaming services like Rdio™, Spotify®, TIDAL, and Rhapsody (subscription required for some services). You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks. Each Bluesound player also features a USB input for playing files "locally" from a thumb drive or hard drive, so if a friend brings over their favorite album or playlist, you can listen to it through your system.

Create a high-resolution multi-room music system

Combine multiple Bluesound players to enjoy high-end sound throughout your home.

Bluesound app

Control the system with a free app for your smartphone or tablet.

  • Node: This small player connects to an amplified system, like a bookshelf audio system or a home theater system.
  • Powernode: This amplified player connects to a pair of speakers. It may be small, but it's powerful enough to drive a pair of floor-standing speakers.
  • Vault: If you've amassed a large collection of CDs, then the Vault was designed for you. It's a storage drive designed with the audio enthusiast in mind. This drive defaults to bit-perfect recording of your CDs, letting you experience every detail without switching discs every time you want to hear a new track or album.

Place a Pulse in your kitchen, attach a Node to your home audio system, and use the PowerNode to drive your high-end speakers.

Control in the palm of your hand

In addition to creating high-end music players, Bluesound also developed free apps for Apple® and Android™ so you can control the system easily with your portable device. Pull up the app on your smartphone or tablet and you can select songs and adjust volume. Play music in one room, all rooms, or different tracks in different spaces around your home.

The Absolute Sound's 2014 Product of the Year Awards: All-In-One System of the Year

The designers at NAD and PSB have come up with a brilliant solution to the problem of high-res, whole-house audio that combines superb sound reproduction with twenty-first-century connectivity.

— From The Absolute Sound January, 2015

Product Highlights:

  • wireless music player with built-in amplifier and speakers
  • control the system with a free app for your smartphone, tablet, or computer (Android™, iOS®, Kindle Fire, Windows®, and Mac®)
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
    • supported sample rates: 32kHz to 192kHz
  • plays Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio
  • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through your Bluesound system via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription; firmware and app version 1.10.0 or higher)
  • plays streaming audio from TIDAL, Rdio™, Rhapsody, and Murfie
  • play music in multiple rooms when you add other Bluesound players
  • 80 watts total system power at 0.005% THD
  • DirectDigital amplifier design renders digital music sources with fine detail, even at low volumes
  • top controls for volume and muting
  • USB port for connecting a thumb drive with music files
  • optical digital input
  • Ethernet port
  • compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
  • compatible with Mac®
  • AC adapter included
  • weight: 13.4 lbs.
  • 16-1/2"W x 7-11/16"H x 9-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires smartphone or tablet with free Bluesound app for control of system playback
  • requires high-speed Internet connection

What's in the Box:

  • Network streaming music system
  • 6' AC power cord (120V)
  • 6' AC power cord (240V)
  • 6.5' Ethernet cable
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Safety Manual

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Bluesound Pulse Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Good sound, but lacking build quality and app experience

Gary from Seattle, WA on 5/25/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good, if not fantastic sound from the pulse. Clear bass, good highs and lows, but that is where it ends. App: very clunky setup experience, especially when compared to other WiFi players. Awkward means of going to different weird IP addresses and very long update times. Behavior of LED is difficult to figure out. But that's just the beginning, app is extremely difficult to use. Queue is buried 4 taps deep and not obvious. Huge delays and vagaries in swiping between different views. Slow to update album artwork, and awkward settings menu. No way to easily stereo pair 2 of the pulses. Could not get mac SMB file sharing to work no matter what I did. Music: Good- when it plays. 24/192 constantly stuttered and failed to synchronize between my multiple rooms, using the device as a WiFi player. Couldn't get a stereo pair working. Dropped rooms and players frequently, no good model for grouping of rooms and players. Tracks from USB very slow to update in the app. Did not sync well with a second app controller, volume changes had big delays, sometimes in the 10s of seconds. Design: Falls apart upon careful notice. Gap and step of build quality is lacking fine detail for a player at this price. Gloss scratches very easily, flexible outer casing, and cheaply stamped logo on grille.

Pros: Sound itself is good, and plenty of connectivity options, a small selection of music services.

Cons: Spotify requires a separate app. Multi-room. HD audio technically "works" but is impractical for all intensive purposes. Dropped music and players, poor sync.

Bluesound Pulse

Crutchfield customer from Colorado on 5/16/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good system with good sound quality

Pros: Easy setup, very convenient single source for your music, easily controlled by your phone or tablet

Cons: Bluesound app - very limited capabilities when creating playlists


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Direct Digital Technology: The Bluesound Pulse is an all-in-one network music system with a 35-bit/844kHz DAC, integrated audiophile-grade speakers, and a patented Direct Digital amplifier by NAD Electronics. The Direct Digital amplifier is rated at 80-watts total power with 0.005% THD. Direct Digital amplifier technology provides rich, clear, and distortion free sound.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Pulse can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11n) 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.

  • Computer Audio: Thanks to its network connection, the Pulse can access your digital music stored on your network connected Microsoft Windows (XP/2000/Vista/7) PC or Apple Macintosh OS X computer. You are able to select and playback the digital audio files that are on your PC or computer via the free downloadable app on your iOS or android device. The Pulse supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF music files with bit-rates of 16/24-bit and native sampling rates of 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192kHz.
  • Online Music Services: With a network and internet connection, the Pulse lets you access select online music services.
    • TuneIn: TuneIn is a free online music service that offers over 70,000 Internet radio stations; including music, sports, news, and entertainment. You can listen to local stations or discover new stations from around the world. You are able to search for music by genre (Adult Contemporary, Classical, Country, Reggae, etc.), location (continent and country), and language (English, French, Spanish, etc). You also get access to talk radio and podcasts. In addition, you can save your favorite Internet radio stations as "My Favorites".
    • Rdio: Rdio is an online digital music with a catalog of 20 million songs and interruptions or advertisements. Rdio makes it easy to find what you're looking for, whether it's an artist, album, song, or a custom playlist. A $10.00 per-month Rdio subscription is required.
    • Spotify Connect: Through Spotify Connect, you can enjoy over 20 million songs, easily streamed to the Bluesound device through your home network, either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; with simple control on any iOS or Android device. Requires Spotify app and a premium subscription; firmware and app version 1.10.0 or higher.

Note: This device needs to be connected to your home's network and the internet in order to access music on your computer, Internet radio stations, and online streaming music services. A paid subscription may be required to access some streaming music or internet radio services. An internet connection is also required for software/hardware updates. This unit can be connected to the internet using a LAN-based, DSL, Wi-Fi or cable modem connection.

USB (Type-A) Input: The Bluesound Pulse 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. The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android devices.

Note: There is also a mini-USB (type-B) port that is used for service purposes only (not for consumer use). Only authorized service personnel can access this USB port.

Optical Digital Input: The Bluesound Pulse is fitted with an optical (toslink) digital input for connection of an external digital audio device; such as your Blu-ray/DVD, flat-panel TV, or satellite/cable receiver. The optical digital input only supports 2ch PCM audio (not Dolby Digital/DTS).

Free Control App for iOS & Android: You can download the free Bluesound Remote App from iTunes or GooglePlay in order to use your Apple iOS (5.0+) or Android (2.1+) device to control the Pulse. You are able to browse your local music library from a NAS or Windows/Mac computer on your network. You can also search for and listen to online music from TuneIn and rdio. In addition, you can create, edit, and retrieve your favorite music playlists. The Bluesound Remote App even provides artist/song/album information and Album Art. The remote app can be used in portrait or landscape mode. There are three main screens; the Center Screen which has the playback controls and source information, the Menu Screen which is swiped in from the left side, and the Players Screen which is swiped in from the right side. Simply pinch, swipe, and tap the screen of your iOS or Android device to make selections.  If you have multiple Bluesound devices on the same network, you can use the Bluesound Remote App to control each of them separately. You are able to play the same music track or different music tracks at the same volume or different volume level.

Note: You can also download the free Bluesound Remote App onto your Windows (XP/2000/Vista/7) PC or Mac OSX computer.

5V Trigger Output: The 5V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used to control or activate other external device equipped with a corresponding 5V trigger input.

Detachable Power Cord: The Bluesound Pulse operates off of standard household current using the supplied 6.5' detachable AC power cord.

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