Bluesound has launched a new Hi-Res audio music streamers named new Bluesound Node Wireless and Powernode Wireless with many powerful features for legacy Node / Powernode 2i. One of the biggest improvements is the touch control interface with many presets for quick access to music modes, as well as support for adding voice control with Siri virtual assistants, Google Assistant, and Siri. Alexa.
Bluesound Node wireless music streamer has a new integrated DAC that allows decoding of hires quality music up to 192kHz/24bit and MQA with common connections such as coaxial, optical, USB-A, and HDMI-eARC. The stream audio device also has RCA input and, 3.5mm headphone jack, supports many music streaming services, and is also compatible with AirPlay 2, Bluetooth aptX HD.(2-way), and Internet Radio protocol. The Node can also be used with other BluOS kits to create multi-room systems.
Bluesound Powernode owns all the features of Node but has an additional 80 watt per channel amplifier (more powerful than the previous version with only 60 watts).
The new Hi-Res audio music streamers with the next-gen processor platform, several improvements such as a new and improved DAC design, an HDMI eARC input, an updated and intuitive touch control panel with proximity sensing, support for USB audio output to an external DAC, and a premium matte satin paint finish, ensuring the devices fits seamlessly into any listening setup.
Price and availability
- Bluesound Node price has been set at $549 and it can be pre-ordered via the Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com stores.
- Bluesound Powernode Hi-Res audio music streamer, on the other hand, costs $899 and is also available to pre-order on the Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com websites.
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