Home Theater Features
Wireless Audio Feature
Home Theater Features
True 3-Way Speaker Configuration: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar uses many high-end hi-fi techniques to achieve
its unparalleled performance, including true 3-way speaker configuration with
direct digital tri-amplification. This means that each driver has its own dedicated amplifier
channel with a powerful DSP for the crossover filters. Each driver is custom
developed for this application and includes individually optimized chambers for
ideal speaker operation and isolation.
Dual Passive Radiators: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar speaker utilizes
dual passive radiators for extended bass response that is rich, detailed, and
Extruded Aluminum Enclosure: The Pulse Soundbar's stylish black cabinet
is constructed from extruded aluminum which is known for its unyielding rigidity
and strength, while allowing the largest possible interior volume due to thin
Analog & Digital Audio Inputs (Dolby Digital Compatible): The Pulse Soundbar is outfitted
with both analog and digital audio inputs. There is one optical (toslink)
digital input to connect to your TV's optical output. The unit supports 2ch PCM
& 5.1ch Dolby Digital audio (Dolby Digital will be down-mixed to 2ch). There is also a stereo RCA
analog input for connecting an analog audio source.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of many
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or
connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to
the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
Audio Settings: The Pulse Soundbar offers a Dialogue Enhancement mode
for clear movie dialogue, a Late Night Listening Mode for compressing the
soundbar's dynamic range while watching movies late at night, plus Bass & Treble
adjustment to fine tune the soundbar speaker's sound.
USB Port: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar features a USB
(type-A) port to directly connect a 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 Pulse Soundbar, 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.
Optional Powered Subwoofer: The Pulse Soundbar can be paired
wirelessly to up to two optional powered subwoofers for greater bass extension.
Thanks to the Pulse Soundbar's built-in wireless transmitter, you can wirelessly
connect the Bluesound Pulse Sub (813BPSUB,
sold separately) for bigger bass performance. In addition, Bluesound's RT100
Wireless Speaker Link (813RT100, sold separately) can be used to wirelessly
connect almost any powered subwoofer with a line-level input to the Pulse
Soundbar. The Pulse Soundbar also features a mono-RCA subwoofer output for
adding practically any powered sub (sold separately) with a line-level input and
built-in low-pass crossover.
Optional Wireless Rear Speakers: Along with an optional
powered subwoofer, you can use the Bluesound
Pulse Mini, or
Pulse 2 (all sold separately) as wireless surround speakers to create a
4.1ch home theater system. While the Pulse Soundbar will support Dolby Digital
5.1ch decoding, the audio is dowmixed to 4.1ch with the center channel
information fed into both the front left and right channels.
IR Sensor: The Bluesound Pulse does not come with a remote,
but does offer a built-in IR sensor, so you can program your TV's remote control
to operate volume up/down of the soundbar speaker. Many newer TVs are coming
with RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be
able to program the speaker and TV remote to work together.
Mounting Options: Intended for use with flat-panel TV's 42" or
greater, the Bluesound Pulse Soundbar can be simply placed on a shelf that is
below or above your television. It can also be wall-mount below or
above your TV using the included wall-mount bracket. Also available is the
Bluesound TS100 tabletop stand (813TS100,
sold separately) that lets you mount up to a 65" TV along with the Bluesound
Pulse soundbar on top of your piece of AV furniture.
Wireless Audio Features
Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The
Pulse Soundbar speaker 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 environment.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Pulse
Soundbar 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 or higher) PC or Mac (O 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
Online Music Services: With a network and internet
connection, the Pulse Soundbar 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
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.
Mobile Device Music Library: From the Bluesound
Controller App, you can stream music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or
Android device to the Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 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
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 Pulse Soundbar 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 Pulse Soundbar. In addition, the
Pulse Soundbar 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.