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Streaming music speaker with Wi-Fi® (Black)
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Item #: 813PULSEB
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $549.99
Why enjoy high-end audio in just one room of your home? While there are many streaming speakers in today's audio landscape, Bluesound's multi-room music system focuses on giving you the most from high-resolution audio files. The makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers used their years of audio experience to create this line of multi-room audio gear for the discerning listener. And you can control the Bluesound system using a free app for smartphone or tablet.
The Pulse, a wireless music speaker, utilizes the advanced technology of NAD digital music processing and amplification along with the speaker-engineering prowess of PSB. It lets you play tunes from the Internet and songs stored on a networked computer or hard drive. This all-in-one speaker's small size belies its high-quality sound performance.
Bluesound's DirectDigital Amplifier uses the same technology that's found in NAD's Masters Series products. These amplifiers use a streamlined signal path and internal digital-to-analog converters with exceptional speed and accuracy. The result? You'll experience less distortion, deeper bass, and more texture and clarity than with other wireless music players.
Bluesound was designed to play just about any digital music you might have in your collection, including high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive, or tap into Internet radio stations and online streaming services like Rdio™, Spotify®, TIDAL, and Rhapsody (subscription required for some services). You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks. Each Bluesound player also features a USB input for playing files "locally" from a thumb drive or hard drive, so if a friend brings over their favorite album or playlist, you can listen to it through your system.
Combine multiple Bluesound players to enjoy high-end sound throughout your home.
Control the system with a free app for your smartphone or tablet.
Place a Pulse in your kitchen, attach a Node to your home audio system, and use the PowerNode to drive your high-end speakers.
In addition to creating high-end music players, Bluesound also developed free apps for Apple® and Android™ so you can control the system easily with your portable device. Pull up the app on your smartphone or tablet and you can select songs and adjust volume. Play music in one room, all rooms, or different tracks in different spaces around your home.
The Absolute Sound's 2014 Product of the Year Awards: All-In-One System of the Year
The designers at NAD and PSB have come up with a brilliant solution to the problem of high-res, whole-house audio that combines superb sound reproduction with twenty-first-century connectivity.
— From The Absolute Sound January, 2015
Good, if not fantastic sound from the pulse. Clear bass, good highs and lows, but that is where it ends.
App: very clunky setup experience, especially when compared to other WiFi players. Awkward means of going to different weird IP addresses and very long update times. Behavior of LED is difficult to figure out. But that's just the beginning, app is extremely difficult to use. Queue is buried 4 taps deep and not obvious. Huge delays and vagaries in swiping between different views. Slow to update album artwork, and awkward settings menu. No way to easily stereo pair 2 of the pulses. Could not get mac SMB file sharing to work no matter what I did.
Music: Good- when it plays. 24/192 constantly stuttered and failed to synchronize between my multiple rooms, using the device as a WiFi player. Couldn't get a stereo pair working. Dropped rooms and players frequently, no good model for grouping of rooms and players. Tracks from USB very slow to update in the app. Did not sync well with a second app controller, volume changes had big delays, sometimes in the 10s of seconds.
Design: Falls apart upon careful notice. Gap and step of build quality is lacking fine detail for a player at this price. Gloss scratches very easily, flexible outer casing, and cheaply stamped logo on grille.
Pros: Sound itself is good, and plenty of connectivity options, a small selection of music services.
Cons: Spotify requires a separate app. Multi-room. HD audio technically "works" but is impractical for all intensive purposes. Dropped music and players, poor sync.
Very good system with good sound quality
Pros: Easy setup, very convenient single source for your music, easily controlled by your phone or tablet
Cons: Bluesound app - very limited capabilities when creating playlists
Direct Digital Technology: The Bluesound Pulse is an all-in-one network music system with a 35-bit/844kHz DAC, integrated audiophile-grade speakers, and a patented Direct Digital amplifier by NAD Electronics. The Direct Digital amplifier is rated at 80-watts total power with 0.005% THD. Direct Digital amplifier technology provides rich, clear, and distortion free sound.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Pulse can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11n) 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: This device needs to be connected to your home's network and the internet in order to access music on your computer, Internet radio stations, and online streaming music services. A paid subscription may be required to access some streaming music or internet radio services. An internet connection is also required for software/hardware updates. This unit can be connected to the internet using a LAN-based, DSL, Wi-Fi or cable modem connection.
USB (Type-A) Input: The Bluesound Pulse features a USB (type-A) port to directly connect your 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. The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android devices.
Note: There is also a mini-USB (type-B) port that is used for service purposes only (not for consumer use). Only authorized service personnel can access this USB port.
Optical Digital Input: The Bluesound Pulse is fitted with an optical (toslink) digital input for connection of an external digital audio device; such as your Blu-ray/DVD, flat-panel TV, or satellite/cable receiver. The optical digital input only supports 2ch PCM audio (not Dolby Digital/DTS).
Free Control App for iOS & Android: You can download the free Bluesound Remote App from iTunes or GooglePlay in order to use your Apple iOS (5.0+) or Android (2.1+) device to control the Pulse. You are able to browse your local music library from a NAS or Windows/Mac computer on your network. You can also search for and listen to online music from TuneIn and rdio. In addition, you can create, edit, and retrieve your favorite music playlists. The Bluesound Remote App even provides artist/song/album information and Album Art. The remote app can be used in portrait or landscape mode. There are three main screens; the Center Screen which has the playback controls and source information, the Menu Screen which is swiped in from the left side, and the Players Screen which is swiped in from the right side. Simply pinch, swipe, and tap the screen of your iOS or Android device to make selections. If you have multiple Bluesound devices on the same network, you can use the Bluesound Remote App to control each of them separately. You are able to play the same music track or different music tracks at the same volume or different volume level.
Note: You can also download the free Bluesound Remote App onto your Windows (XP/2000/Vista/7) PC or Mac OSX computer.
5V Trigger Output: The 5V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used to control or activate other external device equipped with a corresponding 5V trigger input.
Detachable Power Cord: The Bluesound Pulse operates off of standard household current using the supplied 6.5' detachable AC power cord.
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Bluesound marks a collaboration between NAD and PSB to bring Hi-Fi into the wireless age. Once connected to your home network, Bluesound lets you stream your hi-res digital music files using your...
I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They can check our database to see if we have the additional information you are looking for. [ Jeff Feb 07, 2014 ] Staff
No, you cannot. There is no bluetooth functionality in bluesound [ ANDRI Aug 08, 2015 ]
BlueSound Wifi doesn't work well playing hi res files. I've had to hardwire all my blue sound units to the LAN with RJ-45s, so I would not recommend it for your application unless you only play MP3s [ John Aug 08, 2015 ]
I have never used Bluetooth wit this device. The quality and sound are good I stream music with Tidal, mostly in my living room [ arthur Aug 08, 2015 ]
This unit is not designed to play audio from an iPhone or iPad: USB (Type-A) Input: The Bluesound Pulse features a USB (type-A) port to directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as your Android smartphone, digital music player, thumbdrive, or external hard-drive. The unit's USB port supports music playback from these compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32. The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. [ Jeff Jan 16, 2014 ] Staff