Bluesound, makers of hi-fidelity multi-room streamers and speakers, has launched the Pulse M Speaker. Expanding Bluesound’s line of wireless, multi-room streaming speakers, the Pulse M is the first to feature an Omni-Hybrid design.
The Pulse M retails at USD $449 and is now available for purchase from participating dealers or on Bluesound.com.
The Pulse M’s Omni-Hybrid design is composed of an angled, up-firing 5 1/4″ (133mm) woofer and two 3/4″ (19mm) tweeters mounted and offset at 45 degrees from each other. A custom-designed acoustic reflector above the woofer diffuses unwanted sonic artifacts while directing the driver’s higher frequencies out and away from the speaker, creating a 360-degree soundstage.
The driver assembly relies on what the company calls a “meticulously engineered” power supply and a DSP smart amplifier producing 80 watts of system power to achieve real-time monitoring and control of frequency bandwidth, dynamic range and distortion to direct clear and lush audio from nearly any listening angle.
The Pulse M configures its Omni-Hybrid driver architecture inside of an elliptical cabinet that measures 8″ high (204mm), 5 7/8″ deep (149mm), and 6 3/4″(171mm) wide, to create a space-saving design that easily fits into the nooks and crannies of any space. Placement flexibility is available with the optional WM230 wall mount accessory and FS230 adjustable floor stands. The Pulse M comes in Satin Black or White finishes and features an acoustically transparent fabric “grille” that blends in seamlessly with modern home aesthetics and other Bluesound players.
The Pulse M offers an array of ways to connect to music, including built-in access to more than 20 natively integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations directly from the BluOS Controller app. Quick-access playback, including volume controls and five programmable presets are available on the top of the player with a proximity-sensing touch panel display, or through Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant voice control assistants.
Alternatively, music can be played over Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPlay 2, two-way aptX HD Bluetooth, USB-A, 3.5mm dual analog/digital input, or the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Pulse M fits into smart homes, with drivers for popular home control systems.
The Pulse M can also be paired to create a two-channel listening experience with an ultra-wide soundstage, even at off-axis listening angles. TV watchers, movie enthusiasts, and gamers can use Pulse Ms as rear surrounds in a Bluesound home theater group to create a more immersive experience. The speaker can be grouped with other players in a Bluesound ecosystem to deliver hi-res, multi-room audio to one or many rooms, simultaneously.