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Bluesound VAULT 2i Streaming music player with 2TB drive, CD ripper, Apple® AirPlay® 2, and Bluetooth® (Black)

Item # 813VALT2IB

The VAULT 2i's built-in CD ripper makes bit-perfect digital copies of your discs, ensuring every detail is preserved.

The VAULT 2i's built-in CD ripper makes bit-perfect digital copies of your discs, ensuring every detail is preserved.

Item # 813VALT2IB

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About the Bluesound VAULT 2i

Ralph Graves

Transfer CDs into a bit-perfect digital music archive

Keep a collection of digital music files on your computer? The Bluesound VAULT 2i may just be the upgrade you're looking for. Its built-in CD ripper makes bit-perfect digital copies of your discs, ensuring every detail is preserved. And with 2TB of storage, there's plenty of room for big high-resolution audio files.

Transfer CDs into a bit-perfect digital music archive

Bluesound Vault 2i

Keep a collection of digital music files on your computer? The Bluesound VAULT 2i may just be the upgrade you're looking for. Its built-in CD ripper makes bit-perfect digital copies of your discs, ensuring every detail is preserved. And with 2TB of storage, there's plenty of room for big high-resolution audio files.

The VAULT 2i features a wired Ethernet port for connecting to your home network. You can transfer your existing digital music files from computers on your network, consolidating all your digital libraries for easy access. And the VAULT 2i can be part of a Bluesound multi-room wireless audio system.

Compatible with AirPlay 2*

Built-in Apple AirPlay 2 technology lets you stream audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer through your Bluesound system. That includes soundtracks from YouTube® videos and Netflix movies.

And if you subscribe to Apple Music®, you can do even more. Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV 4K to control Apple Music with voice commands. Tell it what selection or playlist to play — and which Bluesound speakers or components you want it to play through.

*Firmware update required.

High-quality Bluetooth streaming

The VAULT 2i features aptX® HD Bluetooth streaming for higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The system is backward-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. You can even share that Bluetooth source with other Bluesound music players around your house that are connected to your network.

A universe of music options

Bluesound is compatible with virtually all digital music formats — including high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive. Stream from internet radio stations and online services like Spotify®, Pandora, Deezer, and TIDAL (including their high-res MQA service tier). You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks.

Two USB inputs located on the back panel lets you connect an HDD drive (2TB minimum) to back up your files stored on the Bluesound VAULT 2i. Note: this formats the USB drive to Linux and will erase all previously stored contents of the drive.

Control it all with an app

The BlueOS controller app is a free download for both Apple® and Android™ devices. Select songs from your smartphone or tablet. The app displays all of your music services, internet radio stations, and digital music libraries stored on your computer or server. Play music in one room, all rooms, or different tracks in different spaces around your home through BluOS-compatible speakers and players.


Product highlights:

  • communicates with other Bluesound players via your home network
    • Ethernet connection required (cable included)
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, WMA-L, OGG FLAC, MQA, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
    • supported sample rates: 24kHz to 192kHz
    • supported bit depths 16-24
  • slot-loading single CD ripper
    • selectable formats: FLAC, MP3 (320kbps), WAV
  • 2TB built-in hard drive
  • works with Amazon Alexa-compatible voice control assistants
BluOS Controller app:
  • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
  • set up and customize your BluOS speakers and players
  • control multi-room playback with two or more Bluesound/BluOS wireless speakers and components
  • select Bluetooth as an input, then redistribute the stream to other rooms via Wi-Fi
  • access music stored on smartphone, tablet, computer or network drive
  • stream from-compatible services such as Spotify Premium, Pandora, Qobuz, TIDAL, Amazon Music, TuneIn, and Deezer (subscriptions may be required)
General features:
  • Bluetooth wireless audio streaming with aptX support for better sound with compatible devices
    • Bluetooth streaming to paired headphones or speakers
  • Apple AirPlay® 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
    • firmware update required
  • top-mounted controls for volume and muting
  • 2 USB Type-A ports for connecting a backup HD drive (2TB minimum)
  • combination mini-optical/stereo minijack audio input
  • analog RCA stereo audio output (stereo RCA-to-RCA cable included)
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Toslink optical digital audio output
  • mono RCA subwoofer output
  • stereo minijack headphone output
  • Ethernet port (Ethernet cable included)
  • detachable AC power cord
  • 8-5/8"W x 3-9/16"H x7-9/16"D
  • weight: 4.05 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # Vault2iblack

What's in the box:

  • Network audio streamer w/ 2TB HDD
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 58" Ethernet cable
  • 5' Stereo RCA cable
  • 5' Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
  • Optical-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • License Agreement

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Features & specs

Ethernet Port Yes
USB-A Port 2
USB-B Port 0
3.5mm Input 1
RCA Input No
XLR Input No
Phono Input No
Digital Input Y
HDMI Input No
Headphone Jack 3.5mm
Subwoofer Output Mono-RCA
Wireless Features
Bluetooth Built-in
Wi-Fi No
Wi-Fi Bands No
Audio Specs
Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth 24-bit
Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate 192 kHz
High-res Audio Playback
From Network Yes
From USB Thumb Drive (USB-A) Yes
From Computer (USB-B) No
Apple AirPlay Yes
Apple AirPlay 2 Yes
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon Ready
Sonos No
MusicCast No
SoundTouch No
Bose Home Speaker No
BluOS Yes
Klipsch Stream No
KEF Stream No
Music Services
Amazon Music Amazon Music HD
Apple Music AirPlay 2
iHeart Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Qobuz Yes
SiriusXM Yes
Spotify Connect
Tidal Connect
TuneIn Yes
YouTube Music No
Handheld Remote No
Control by app Apple iOS, Android
Amazon Alexa Optional
Google Assistant Optional
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 8.6875
Height (Inches) 3.5625
Depth (Inches) 9.25
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

System Features
Variety of Sources
Intuitive Control

System Features

Vault 2i: The Bluesound Vault 2i provides a convenient way to store and listen to your digital music collection through your existing entertainment system and home network. The Vault 2i features a CD-ripper and 2TB hard-drive to store you CD-Audio music files. It also offers a wired network connection and can act as a NAS drive for storage & playback of digital music files on your Windows or Mac computer. In addition, its network connection lets you access even more music from online music services and internet radio. There is even a direct USB input for connection of a USB mass storage class device that contains music files and support for Bluetooth audio streaming. All of this can be controlled from your Apple iOS or Android device using the free BluOS Controller app.

CD-Ripper w/ 2TB Hard-Drive: The Vault 2i's slot-loading CD mechanism can rip an inserted audio CD directly to its 2TB hard-drive. Rip all your CDs rapidly in lossless high-resolution FLAC or WAV formats, space-saving MP3, or both simultaneously. You can also purchase, download, and store high-resolution tracks from HDTracks (coming soon) &  HighResAudio on this dedicated ultra-quiet 2TB hard-drive; with no computer needed. Now, you'll be able to access and share your entire digital music collection and stream it in studio-quality to multiple rooms all over the home via the BluOS wireless eco-system.

  • The Vault 2i uses a quality checking process to make the rip, encode, and index the audio from a CD audio disc. This process takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes for the average 60 minute CD.
  • The Vault 2i can store up to18,000 songs in 24-bit/96kHz FLAC format. If you need more space, there is the option to add an extra USB hard drive via one of the USB (type-A) ports located on back of the Vault 2.

Note: The Vault 2i also features an Ethernet port for connecting to your home network, so you can transfer your existing digital music files from a Windows or Mac computer on your network to the Vault 2i's internal HDD.

BluOS Wireless High-Resolution Multiroom Audio: The Bluesound Vault 2i is part of the BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio eco-system - consisting of powered speakers, soundbar speakers, amplifiers, players, and hard-drives. The BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio ecosystem uses your home's wired or wireless network to connect multiple Bluesound products and play your music in perfect sync, or different music simultaneously, anywhere in your home. Using advanced technologies (like dual-band WiFi and an ARM Cortex9 1GHz Processor), BluOS can wirelessly transmit lossless music up to 24-bit/192kHz at ultra-fast speeds with no lag and zero loss in sound quality.

  • Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources: The following audio sources can be used for multiroom audio playback - internet radio (including TuneIn & iHeart Radio); online music services (including Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Slacker, and Napster); Bluetooth & USB audio, music libraries (from mobile devices; computers, and NAS drives); and Aux inputs (analog or digital).
  • Number of BluOS Zones: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly wireless environment. Demonstrated practice has shown that you can create up to 8 groups of 8 Bluesound devices or 4 groups of 16 Bluesound devices. 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. BluOS can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired environment.
Note: Gen 2i of Bluesound is compatible with earlier generations of Bluesound products.

Wired Network Connection: The Bluesound Vault 2i is fitted with a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for a wired connection to your home's network and internet provider. This network/internet connection allows you to listen to music on the Vault 2i's hard-drive on other Bluesound devices through out your home, plus lets you stream digital music files on your network connected Windows or Mac computer, as well as stream select online music services and internet radio to your existing home audio system and the rest of your Bluesound and BluOS-enabled components throughout your home. The wired network connection also lets you ttransfer your existing digital music files from your Windows or Mac computer on the same network to the Vault 2i's internal HDD for easier access.

  • The Bluesound Vault 2i can only be connected to your network by a wired Ethernet connection. The Vault 2i does not have a wireless network card and does not support WiFi.
  • Even though the Vault 2i only supports a wired network connection and does not support WiFi, a wireless network router is still required required for the BluOS Controller App.

High Resolution Audio: High-resolution audio tracks are either 24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz, and contain up to 6.5x more data than standard CDs, letting you hear all the detail of your favorite music in superior quality. With full support for hi-res audio, you can stream WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WMA-Lossless, MQA music files over your home's WiFi network or directly from a connected USB mass storage class device. The Bluesound system also supports compressed music files such as MP3, AAC, WMA and OGG. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 200,000 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 kbps
Lossless WMA-Lossless up to 96 kHz up to 24-bit
FLAC 192 kHz up to 24-bit
Uncompressed AIFF up 192 kHz up to 24-bit
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 the studio.

Outputs: The Bluesound Vault 2i 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 Vault 2i 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 HDD to your home's existing audio system.
  • Sub Output: The Vault 2i 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 Vault 2i for private listening with a set of headphones. The Vault 2i'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 trigger input.

Optional Wireless Powered Sub: Using Bluesound's RT100 wireless adapter (sold separately), you can add the Bluesound Pulse Sub (sold separately) wirelessly to the Vault 2i for bigger bass response. A minijack-to-RCA adapter (sold separately) will be required to make connection.

AC Power: The Bluesound Vault 2i operates off of standard household current using it's internal power supply and the supplied 6.5' detachable AC power cord.

Mounting Options: The Bluesound Vault 2i can simply rest on a table-top, shelf, stand, or other piece of furniture.

Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from Bluesound are delivered to the Vault 2i via your home network's Internet connection and the BluOS Controller app.

Variety of Sources

Online Music Services: Many popular music streaming services and internet radio apps are built right into BluOS, giving you an all-access pass to millions of songs and the freedom to listen to everything you want to hear. Using the BluOS Controller app, you can instantly discover and enjoy millions of songs from your existing music services, tune in to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts from around the world, or access and listen to the music collections stored on your smartphone, tablet or laptop on any and Bluesound in your home. Subscription and purchase fees will apply to online music services.

  • Amazon Music: Listen to millions of songs, thousands of playlists, and ad-free personalized stations with Amazon Prime & Unlimited Music. With the addition of Amazon Music HD, you will now be able to play Ultra HD music (24-bit/48kHz to 192kHz) on supported Bluesound devices from the BluOs App when choosing Amazon Music. An Amazon Music (Prime, Unlimited, or HD) subscription will be required
  • Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to a free or paid Spotify subscription and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system using Spotify Connect. 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 Connect: The integration of Tidal Connect will enable Tidal users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Bluesound device from within the Tidal app (for Apple iOS and Android OS). 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 CD-level quality.
  • Qobuz: Qobuz offers the biggest catalog of Hi-Fi and Hi-Res albums in the world, both for new releases and specialized genres. For hundreds of thousands of albums, Qobuz includes all the information you need to recreate the appeal of a real CD - the names of musicians, producers, lyrics (everything you need to know to appreciate your favorite albums).  Qobuz offers MP3, CD, and Hi-Res quality subscriptions.
  • Pandora: Pandora gives you a personalized listening experience that continually evolves with your music taste. Create stations from your favourite songs, artists or genres, search or browse to find recommended stations for your mood or activity, and discover podcasts that speak to you. From hip-hop and pop to rock and country, Pandora lets you play your favourite artists and stay up to date on today's top hits and releases
  • SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the BluOS app and lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
  • TuneIn: The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn internet 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: iHeart Radio 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: 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.
  • Slacker: Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker 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.
  • Deezer: Deezer lets you explore over 53 million tracks (and counting), and discover artists and tracks you'll love with personalized recommendations from the Deezer Editors. Bluesound even supports Deezer HiFi for lossless quality ($19.99 per month).
  • Other Services: Other online music services include HighResAudio, Murfie, JUKE, KKBox, SoundMachine, and more.
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.

Computer Audio: The BluOS wireless multiroom audio system by Bluesound lets you easily connect and share your music collection from a computer or network-attached storage drive and access up to 200,000 tracks for wireless streaming. The BluOS wireless music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC, Mac computer, or NAS drive using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the BluOS Controller app for Windows (XP-up) & Mac (OS X 10.7-up). However, File Sharing is not enabled by default on Windows or Mac. You will have to manually alter these settings in your computer's menu system.

AirPlay 2: With AirPlay 2, you'll be able to stream just about any sound (including music, books, podcasts and more) from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the Bluesound system - all in sync. You can even watch movies and videos from Netlfix or YouTube on your Apple device while streaming the audio through to the Bluesound system. AirPlay 2 also gives you more options for control, including using Siri voice assistance.  If you are an Apple Music subscriber and add the Vault 2i to the Apple Home App on your iPhone or iPad, you can use your iOS device or HomePod to say things like - "Hey Siri, play jazz in the Living Room" or "Hey Siri, turn up the volume in the Kitchen." You can even group Gen 2i Bluesound products with older Bluesound products in the BluOS App to add AirPlay 2 compatibility to your entire BluOS system.

Roon Ready: Roon Ready network devices (such as Bluesound) have Roon's streaming technology built-in, and are certified by Roon Labs to provide the highest level of quality and performance in network streaming. Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play across all other Roon enabled audio devices in your home. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, DSD, and MQA) collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also watch your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the Tidal and Qobuz music streaming services. Roon is available for mobile, laptop or desktop devices. When you open the Roon app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with all the Roon enabled devices around your house. Simply select the music you wish to play and the Bluesound product or other Roon device in which you want to hear it on.

Note: To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Bluesound product. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or turnkey appliance (like Nucleus or ROCK - sold separately), located on the network within your home.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Bluesound Vault 2i offers built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with two-way wireless communication and support for aptX HD. You'll be able to wirelessly stream high-quality audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to the Vault 2i. You'll also be able to use the Vault 2i as a source and wirelessly stream its audio content to a set of Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).

  • aptX HD: The advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip used in the Vault 2i supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio. aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit audio over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise. With the ability to support streams up to 24bit/48kHz, you're able to wirelessly stream from an aptX HD compatible device to the Vault 2i without sacrificing sound quality and listen to "better-than-CD" quality audio.
  • Two-Way Communication: The Vault 2i offers two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows you to wirelessly stream from your device to the Vault 2i. The Transmit capability means you can also use the Pulse Mini 2i as a source and what your are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).
Note: The Vault 2i can be paired and connected via Bluetooth without utilizing a network connection or the BluOS Controll app.

Dual USB Ports: The Bluesound Vault 2i features two USB (type-A) ports to directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as a thumbdrive or external HDD. USB hard disk drives that require more than 0.5A of power will require a separate power supply. The unit's USB ports support music playback from these compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32 or NTFS.  Not only can USB audio be played back on the Node 2i, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback.

Note: The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iOS or Android device.

Optical/Analog Input: The Vault 2i is fitted with a3.5mm Aux input which can be used as analog or digital connection. As an analog input, simply connect a stereo minijack audio cable from your analog source to the Vault 2i'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 Vault 2i'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 Vault 2i and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.

Intuitive Control

BluOS Controller App: The free BluOS Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.3-up, Android OS 4.1-up, Windows PC (XP-up), and Mac OS X 10.7-up) turns your mobile device or computer into a full-featured wireless remote control for the Vault 2i and the BluOS wireless multiroom audio system. The BluOS 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 BluOS Controller app.

  • Multiroom Audio: Play a different song at the same time in different rooms, or group all your BluOS enabled devices together and listen to your favorite music in perfect sync throughout your home.
  • Now Playing Screen: Control your music and adjust the volume in any room, get rich album artwork and detailed artist info, right from the Now Playing screen. Even check what quality you are streaming at to ensure the best possible listening experience.
  • Individual Songs & Playlists: Tap a song and have it play instantly, or create and edit playlists on the fly by simply adding songs or entire albums to the play queue. Playlists can then be saved inside the app and listened to at any time.

Alexa BluVoice Skills: Using BluVoice Skills and an Amazon Alexa device (sold separately), you can use your voice to access your music libraries on your local network, select presets from online music services, control music playback functions such as Play/Pause/Skip, adjust volume levels, play music in different rooms, and even group rooms together. Each Alexa voice command will need to start with the phrase "Alexa, ask BluVoice to" or "Alexa, tell BluVoice to". Alexa Skills for BluOS will need to be setup through the Amazon Alexa app (for Apple iOS or Android OS).

  • The Bluesound device does not feature a built-in microphone and requires a separate Alexa device (sold separately) for voice control.
  • Click here for more information regarding Alexa setup and voice commands.

Soft-Touch Controls: The Vault 2i offers soft-touch, top-panel controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.

Optional Remote Control: The Bluesound BLS RC1 (sold separately) is an IR remote control for Bluesound Gen 2 and Gen 2i speakers, streamers, and amplifiers running BluOS 3.6.2 or later. The BLS RC1 remote gives you convenient control over your Bluesound component with simple setup. Its streamlined button layout and dedicated controls let you easily control playback without having to use the BluOS Controller app on your smartphone or tablet. Plus, with the Bluesound BLS RC1 remote control, you can set-up and program up to 10 presets inside the BluOS Controller app and enjoy your favorite albums, playlists, and radio stations with a single touch of the remote.

IR Input: An infrared extender (sold separately) can be connected the Vault 2i's IR input (3.5mm) to allow for programmable learning remotes to control volume and source selection when the Vault 2i is stored in a way that the front-panel IR sensor is not visible.

Custom Integration: Bluesound offers seamless integration with some of today's most innovative 3rd-party smart-home control systems such as Control4, Crestron, Lutron, ELAN, RTI, and more.

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Customer Q&A

21 questions already asked

Can I transfer my iTunes library to this? I have already put all my CD's in iTunes. All music files are ALAC. Mac computer.
william  May 11, 2023
1 answer
Greetings William, and thank you for your question. Yes, you can transfer copied CDs and most purchased music from Itunes to the Vault 2i. Instructions to do this can be found on the Bluesound support page.
hogan  May 14, 2023 (Staff)
I have Rp8000f klipsch speakers and yamaha 701 Amplifier,What should be my music source?
sabri  Feb 18, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Sabri, and thank you for your question. Please contact one of our advisors at 800-324-9695 to see which source will be best for yout needs.
hogan  Feb 19, 2023 (Staff)
There are conflicting answers about whether or not hi res audio files can be stored on the Vault. Specifically, is there a way to download Amazon HD song files to the Vault and play back without internet access like I can on my phone or PC?
ed  Nov 03, 2021
3 answers
So far, my vault has only been used for CDs. Anything that is on your pc should be transferable but Amazon music resides on Amazon.
judith  Nov 04, 2021
Short answer is yes and I do so with the same process I use for my other player upstairs. I first download the 24 bit HD files that I purchase from HD Tracks onto my Mac. Since iTunes can't play HD files I have them in a separate folder. I then copy all folders/files to a USB drive and plug that into the Vault (I used to plug the USB into my upstairs player). From there I can play the files with BluOS on my phone. I just played a new one I downloaded last week. For what it's worth I can also play the Vault files on my upstairs systems connected to the Vault via WiFi. Hope that helps.
douglas  Nov 03, 2021
You can store any files including hi-res on the vault. When not ripping it apperrs on your network as a NAS. Not sure about Amazon HD files.
arthur  Nov 03, 2021
how big of a external hard drive can you use ?
dennis  Aug 16, 2021
1 answer
Dennis, I'm not quite sure, but based on my computer science background, I'm not sure it is limited, since it, by definition an external drive and not part of the system. But then again, my university education is from the 1970's.
ken  Aug 16, 2021
Can I plug this into my Denon receiver to power my speakers?
lynda  Aug 14, 2021
10 answers
I can't see why not. I run this through my Onkyo receiver to power my speakers in several rooms and it works fine. The receiver is actually powering your speakers, this just delivers the music you want to hear. I burned over 700 CDs and still have lots of room for more music. We actually bought a second unit for our vacation home, same deal; works great!
mark  Aug 16, 2021
Depends on the type of speakers you have. I have Bluetooth speakers that have a small amplifier in each one. They are sometimes called powered speakers. The speakers are made by Dynaudio and they come with a preamplifier/Bluetooth unit that provides the signal to the speakers. So my vault provides the electronic music to my dynaudio via RCA cables to the preamplifier/Bluetooth unit but the speakers amplify the sound. I mostly play Sirius and iHeart radio. You might be able to use a vault as an input to your denon depends on the amp. You might need a preamplifier. I like how mine works.
douglas  Aug 15, 2021
Yes. The Vault 2i would connect to your receiver in the same way you'd connect a CD player. It is another line-level source, and can connect either to analog or digital inputs on your receiver. You still need the receiver to power your speakers. The Vault 2i does not have its own power amplifier, so by itself, it cannot power your speakers.
david  Aug 14, 2021
No, it is not an amp, just a huge hard drive storing discs
frank  Aug 14, 2021
If the question is does the Vault 2i have outputs that you could plug into your receiver then the answer is yes. If the question is can the Vault drive speakers, then the answer is no. It does not have an amplifier.
eric  Aug 14, 2021
You can plug it into your receiver as a source and use your receiver to power your speakers.
edward  Aug 14, 2021
You should be able to plug it into any receiver (or power amp with preamp) to power speakers. There is a catch, though. For the Bluesound Vault to work, it must be plugged directly into the internet. This means it must be near (and plugged into) your wireless router, which is poor design. There is, however, a workaround. You can get an internet extender and plug your Bluesound into that, which is what I did. It's unnecessarily complicated but it works.
thomas  Aug 14, 2021
Besides, I believe you can only power a subwoofer out from this unit.
victor  Aug 14, 2021
Hi Lynda, seems that would be redundant. Your receiver should power your speakers and you would connect the bluesound out to a line input on the receiver. Hope this helps
victor  Aug 14, 2021
My Vault plugs directly into my Yamaha receiver/amplifier. I use the CD input, since my CD player is no longer needed. I have had no trouble using the Vault to play through the receiver/amplifier since I purchased and set it up two years ago. Note that I use a hard connection (not bluetooth).
peter  Aug 14, 2021
ethernet connection. I will not have a way to plug an ethernet cord into this unit in the room I have it in. Is there something I can buy that is wifi that will connect to my router wirelessly and have a eithernet cable come out of and connect into this?
john  Feb 11, 2021
6 answers
I think what you need is called a wireless bridge or access point. Another option is a Powerline network adapter, which runs the signal out of your router, through your home's wiring, and out through another Powerline adapter to your Vault.
david  Feb 11, 2021
I had the same problem so I bought a Linksys RE6700 WiFi gigabit Range Extender with an ethernet plug on its bottom. I plugged this WiFi range extender into a wall socket, set it up with my router, plugged a ethernet cable into it, ran the ethernet cable to the Bluesound Vault 2i and plugged the ethernet cable into that. Works great.
david  Feb 11, 2021
I had the same problem. I solved it with equipment from Netgear. The Powerline Port essentially allows me to plug a port into an outlet to connect directly (through power lines) to my router. I could then plug the ethernet cord from the Vault II into the port. I thereby avoided having to string a cord across the house. Note that this piece of equipment is for HARD connections, which is what you need for the Vault II, unless you have a bluetooth adapter. That would be a different solution, hopefully someone else can address it. NOTE that there are two pieces of equipment involved, a) an adapter that plugs into an electrical outlet near your main router and directly into the router, and b) an adapter that plugs into an electrical outlet near the Vault II. In best case scenario, they are part of the same circuit, but I have had no problems with the connection despite their NOT being part of the same circuit in my household.
peter  Feb 11, 2021
I used "Ethernet over Power." My router is in the basement and the Blusound is upstairs. Two small units plug into the wall power- one by the router and one by the Bluesound- and the ethernet cables from the router and Bluesound plug into those. Do your research- if your router is not on the same circuit is may not work well. Mine is working great! Good Luck!
stephen  Feb 11, 2021
I don't own the Vault anymore, but I do have such a solution for a music server and DAC. You can get a WiFi range extender with an ethernet port on it. The extender gets login info for your wifi network, and then you plug an ethernet cable into the side. It's small and just hangs off your power plug. I'm not allowed to link to other websites, but Google search for Netgear AC1200 WiFi Range Extender.
matthew  Feb 11, 2021
No problem. I have the same situation. Just buy a whole house wireless that has a remote station - and plug the Vault into the remote station. Works like a charm. I have a Zyxel multi setup in our home.
mark  Feb 11, 2021
Once CDs are ripped into vault2i, can the unit work without Internet access (if the internet goes down)?
campbell land  Nov 27, 2020
8 answers
According to the Bluesound website: "Your Bluesound player does not require Internet Access to work. At its basic level, Bluesound only requires a wireless router to communicate with other Bluesound players as well as be controlled by the BluOS App from your iOS or Android mobile device or a Personal Computer on the same network. At this level, you can configure network shares from computers and NAS drives, share content stored on a Bluesound Vault, playback files from USB drives and stream Bluetooth content to your player using a Bluetooth USB Adapter (BLS-KB14-401). If you plan on ripping your CD collection using The Bluesound VAULT's bit perfect lossless ripping process, the Internet will be required. The VAULT will locate and embed metadata tag information and album artwork making the process as easy as simply inserting a CD. Without Internet access, metadata must be added manually using a third party editor." OK, that's what the website says. In practice, I found that if you don't set up a direct, wired link to the internet, things seem to get difficult. Somehow you need to plug in a bluetooth adaptor and connect it to your device; or the wireless router is still involved (somehow without internet?). I started in this direction but soon stopped, because, well, life is short. In any case, the Bluesound control panel on a PC or Mac is more stable and easier to use than the app for a phone, and I am using through the router and the internet. If I connect my phone w/app directly--error message, for example. I hope that another customer gives you a better answer than I have. I would like to know a) whether bluetooth adaptor and telephone app works well--not for me; b) whether computer can plug in directly. And I would want to hear precisely HOW someone made it work. All that said, I like this better than similar products. It is much more stable and reliable.
peter  Nov 27, 2020
Not sure. With CDS you have already ripped and are in storage I control with iPad. Not sure whether that's thru Bluetooth or WiFi. Ask crutchfiekd chat line. They were very helpful in my purchase. I live this thing btw.
gilbert b  Nov 27, 2020
Yes, the unit has the option to either work through your home network or directly wired to the input of your receiver using RCA stereo cables. The remote is Bluetooth based and works without the network.
brian  Nov 27, 2020
The Vault 2i has a LAN connection and will not copy anything to your network without the RJ45 connection. I have never tried to rip a CD without the LAN connection.
randall  Nov 27, 2020
Yes the ripped files are stored on an internal hard drive and there is no need for internet access.
ivan  Nov 27, 2020
Don't know because it has never happened to me.
maria  Nov 27, 2020
Yes and you can also use Bluetooth and anything you have downloaded on your phone
frank  Nov 27, 2020
I don't think so. In addition, the Vault has to be connected to the router via Ethernet cable.
bruce  Nov 27, 2020
Is there a built in DAC?
david  May 16, 2020
9 answers
Sorry I can't answer your question. Best bet is to contact one of the Crutchfield reps. This is an awesome device and I have been very satisfied with the performance and reliability.
james  May 19, 2020
Yes, and it sounds quite good in my opinion. I'm not sure I can distinguish between the Vault's built-in DAC and my outboard Cambridge DacMagic 100.
david  May 18, 2020
Yes, with analog out "RCA" jacks for cables to your receiver or amplifier. There are also digital out jacks, both coaxial and optical, if you want to use your own DAC.
harold  May 16, 2020
Yes, it does and I have been very pleased with the sound quality. My wife and I can each control our 800 album collection from our phones and use it daily and consider it a great purchase.
mick  May 16, 2020
Yes. It has stereo RCA outputs, and a headphone jack.
bruce  May 16, 2020
Yes there is. They don't specify what it is but you can or don't have to use it contingent upon the cabling you choose to use in hooking it up.
gregory  May 16, 2020
I believe so. The output rca jacks are connected directly to preamp inputs.
mark  May 16, 2020
Yes it has a built in DAC, plus two digital outputs if you want to use an external DAC
pedro  May 16, 2020
arthur  May 16, 2020
The onboard 2TB hard drive is a nice start but I require _far more_ storage space than that. Can a N.A.S. be plugged in to that ethernet port on the back to allow for infinite expansion of available storage space? Will this Bluesound unit recognize and "mount" external Hard Drives, be they connected via the ethernet port (N.A.S.) or one of the USB ports (portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive)?
joel  May 05, 2020
2 answers
Yes you can expand via the USB input or by wirelessly linking a N.A.S. drive that is on your network.
casey  May 27, 2020 (Staff)
The Ethernet port will be connected to your network. You can however have a N.A.S drive connected to your network and it can be a shared drive(s) to the vault. I have not tried connecting a USB drive to the Vault, so I am not sure if this can be used as an "external" drive. I recommend going to the Bluesound website and looking at the forum there, as there might be some information regarding USB drives.
richard  May 26, 2020
After ripping CD's are you able to download music into a portable music player?
victor  Nov 07, 2019
4 answers
Yes but you must be able to manipulate via the OS on your computer
gregory  May 16, 2020
The Bluesound Vault is intended to store all of your digital music, and to play it throughout your house. It has an optical drive for ripping music from CDs, and a 2TB hard drive for storing your music library. The Vault 2i can also stream from high res services like Tidal and Qobuz. By default the Vault rips to flac format but it an also create an MP3 copy. The Vault can be connected to your PC as a shared network drive and so you can use software on your PC to transfer MP3s to your portable music player, but in this case, why not just rip the CDs as MP3s to your PC in the first place. I'd recommend finding some of the reviews on sites like SoundStagesimplifi dot com or at Audioadvisor dot com (search Bluesound Vault). The Vault 2i may be connected to your home stereo/home theater system (via RCA cables) or to your DAC (via coax or optical cables) or to other bluesound Nodes via ethernet. The Vault2i is a hi-res digital music server and streamer for one or more hi-res Bluesound players on the home ethernet network. My CDs are ripped in flac format so as to be lossless to take advantage of the Bluesound systems Hi Res capabilities. I don't believe the Vault 2i can output files to a portable music player, and it certainly was not designed to do that. For more information about the product see the Bluesound Discussion forum on the Help Desk at bluesound dot com
harold  Nov 10, 2019
Yes you can copy music files to a portable player.
ivan  Nov 08, 2019
yes probably should rip to MP3 to save space.
arthur  Nov 07, 2019
can you play music from the Bluesound Vault 2i to Sonos speakers throughout the home?
anthony  Aug 16, 2019
4 answers
Yes you can most definitely do this in the settings of the Sonus app. You add it as a share. Just did it with a Vault 2. Some problems you may run into might involve your firewall. I had to go into my firewall program to allow access to the Vault so I could access it on my PC for one thing. I did that first then added the share in Sonus.
mark  Dec 07, 2019
Hi Anthony, I had a salesman that said that this entirely possible. He said that the Vault 2i is essentially a NAS, so it becomes brand agnostic. I have not tried it (I do not have Sonos). Regards, Armando
armando  Aug 17, 2019
Don't know. I have HEOS and Revel speakers. Sorry
jules  Aug 16, 2019
I have only attempted to play the Vault 2i on an Bluesound enabled NAD receiver. The shared music library will play on my Windows laptop via Windows Media Player.
randall  Aug 16, 2019
Will the Bluesound Vault 2i play CD's or do they need to be ripped first?
michael  Jun 07, 2019
10 answers
CDs must be ripped before they are played.
william  Jun 08, 2019
The CD reader on the Vault 2i only rips CDs. It plays music from other devices. I have tried various digital sources and it worked well. I have not tried connecting a CD player.
ivo  Jun 08, 2019
rip only i believe
mark  Jun 08, 2019
They have to be ripped first. When you insert the CD it automatically starts the rip process and stores the CD digitally.
james  Jun 08, 2019
They need to be ripped first.
ivan  Jun 07, 2019
No, the internal drive will not play CD's, they must be ripped first.
scot  Jun 07, 2019
I never tried to play the CD. I ripped it first.
jules  Jun 07, 2019
They need to be ripped first. One selects music to be played from the internal library.
harold  Jun 07, 2019
No. It will only rip inserted CD's to the format you specify. You cannot edit metadata either. You will have to use a third party tool to do that after the fact. That limitation aside, it is a great little product.
mark  Jun 07, 2019
They need to be ripped before you can play them. It does however let you play the tracks already ripped while it finishes ripping the cd
leslie  Jun 07, 2019
does Bluesound offer the ability to create a playlist using the Vault data?
steve  Mar 02, 2019
3 answers
Yes, you may create your own playlists.
harold  May 16, 2020
arthur  May 16, 2020
You sure can create playlists using your personal songs loaded onto this unit! My Bio:
jason  Mar 07, 2019 (Staff)
after ripping a cd, can I then erase individual tracks?
ed  Feb 20, 2019
4 answers
I agree. To modify the track listing, you have to access the Vault as if it were a server or hard drive on your network. It's not difficult once you know the Vault's IP address and how to locate the Vault's files on your network. But it took more network savvy than I had when I bought the Vault.
david  Aug 14, 2021
Yes but you should seek the help of the vendor in doing you first erase in so that you get the process down, so to speak.
gregory  May 16, 2020
arthur  May 16, 2020
Yep! You sure can delete individual tracks to get rid of any songs on the CD that you don't want in the collection My Bio:
jason  Feb 25, 2019 (Staff)
Regarding Bluesound vault 2i streamer. 1. Does it do all three unfolds of Tidal MQA ? 2. To get full benefit if tidal mqa or qobuz hi-rez streaming do you have to use onboard dac and unbalanced rca analogue outputs ? In other words is digital output toslink too confined for full benefit of hi-rez streaming ?
new user  Feb 12, 2019
2 answers
I do use with Tidal and it works fine
gregory  May 16, 2020
Hi, I have not used the unit with Tidal. I have purchased and downloaded HiRes music from HDTracks but they do not use the .MQA format. I have played the purchased HDTracks music using a Flac files. The unit does a very nice job with the high res audio. Purchased from HD Tracks you have to load it yourself which is pretty easy. Output from the Unit can be done via RCA, Digital coaxial or Toshlink. I cannot tell a difference between Tosh and Digital coaxial as far as sound, I have tried both. I stream out a digital signal to a MiniDSP SHD with Dirac Live then out from that to the NAD M32 DAC. A new pair of Forte III and a pair of Klipsch Vintage KG4 speakers. Best sounding two channel system I have ever owned.
martin  Feb 14, 2019
Can I use this as input to my Denon DRA-800H receiver? I would prefer to connect it via wifi.
chris  Sep 30, 2022
1 answer
The Bluesound Vault would have to be connected to the Denon receiver with a hardwired connection and then stream your content through your content out through the 800H via wifi.
arielle  Oct 01, 2022 (Staff)
Can you store streamed hi res audio files on this?
garry  Feb 22, 2020
3 answers
To be more clear , you can stream stored hi res files , or you can buy streamed files and store them here , presumably , you would have a subscription service , that you are streaming from , and it can be accessed from here
alan  Feb 24, 2020
Absolutely !
alan  Feb 24, 2020
Nope. You can build blue sound playlists that go back to Tidal or other sources though
eric  Feb 22, 2020
I bought a vault 2i and have been ripping CD's. Put app on phone and laptop. Works on phone. Want to be able to get files to laptop. If I format a disk and backup onto it, will the laptop read it? Is there another way?
alta s.  Aug 23, 2019
2 answers
First, I wanted to say that we have lifetime technical support on products purchased from us. They can help you through this process. I also wanted to mention that I found a site that outlines how to add/remove songs and change metadata of it: My Bio:
jason  Sep 05, 2019 (Staff)
In file explorer find the vault and go to shared\music, and transfer files this way in one step. Do not need to make a backup first.
arthur  Sep 05, 2019
Will this connect to LEF LS50 wireless? I already have turntable using the rca input.
joe  Dec 13, 2018
1 answer
The Bluesound Vault2i does not have a wireless connection. I use it wired to my home network or with Bluetooth. So if you want to connect the speakers directly to the Vault2i the answer would be no. But if you connect the speakers to a witless network run the blue sound app on a desktop and select the wireless speakers as the sound output then yes I think it would work. I use a Mac computer so I cannot speak for how exactly this would work with a pc.
martin  Dec 13, 2018

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