Bluesound, the hi-res wireless multi-room line of audio players, now includes POWERNODE EDGE, a single-zone, wireless music streaming amplifier. A “just add speakers” HiFi solution for the modern age, the new device combines streaming sources, control, and amplification in one affordable device.
Pre-orders for the POWERNODE EDGE are now being taken on Bluesound.com and participating authorized retailers with shipping starting in early October. Suggested pricing for each unit is $649 (USD).
Audiophile-grade amplification packed into the POWERNODE EDGE makes it easy to connect a pair of passive speakers to create or extend a HiFi system. Other options include adding the PULSE SUB+ wireless subwoofer for a powerful but compact 2.1 stereo system. Alternatively, the POWERNODE EDGE can power the rear channels of a Bluesound wireless surround sound setup, for the ultimate modern home theater experience.
A conservatively rated 2 x 40 watts DirectDigital amplifier in the POWERNODE EDGE handles hi-res audio tracks up to 24-bit/192kHz and supports MQA playback.
The POWERNODE EDGE is designed with a compact form factor to suit any décor. An included multi-orientation wall bracket allows it to be hidden in closets or behind sofas.
More than 20 natively integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations are accessible directly on the POWERNODE EDGE, and controlled from the BluOS Controller app. To play from a personal music library, connection via Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet or playback from an external USB drive is available. Built-in AirPlay 2 makes for easy integration into the Apple ecosystem, while users of other devices can take advantage of the high quality aptX HD Bluetooth connection to stream audio directly to the POWERNODE EDGE. More traditional wired sources, such as a TV or preamp’d turntable, can be connected using the HDMI eARC input or the combo analog/digital input.
Multiple Bluesound players can be added throughout the home to create a high-performance, multi-room system using BluOS. Music can be sent from player to player or sync’d up from multiple players to one stream for parties and gatherings. Control is always readily available via the BluOS Controller app for iOS, Android, Mac, or PC, or using the elegant glass touch panel for quick-access controls like Play, Pause, and Volume Up/Down. The POWERNODE EDGE can integrate with the most popular smart home controllers like Crestron, Control4, URC, RTI, ELAN, and others, while hands-free control is possible with voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.