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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.
- Computer Audio: Thanks to its network connection, the
Pulse can access your digital music stored on your network connected
Microsoft Windows (XP/2000/Vista/7) PC or Apple Macintosh OS X computer. You
are able to select and playback the digital audio files that are on your PC
or computer via the free downloadable app on your iOS or android device. The
Pulse supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF
music files with bit-rates of 16/24-bit and native sampling rates of 32,
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192kHz.
- Online Music Services: With a network and internet
connection, the Pulse lets you access select online music services.
TuneIn is a free online
music service that offers over 70,000 Internet radio stations; including
music, sports, news, and entertainment. You can listen to local stations
or discover new stations from around the world. You are able to search
for music by genre (Adult Contemporary, Classical, Country, Reggae,
etc.), location (continent and country), and language (English, French,
Spanish, etc). You also get access to talk radio and podcasts. In
addition, you can save your favorite Internet radio stations as "My
Rdio is an online
digital music with a catalog of 20 million songs and interruptions or
advertisements. Rdio makes it easy to find what you're looking for, whether
it's an artist, album, song, or a custom playlist. A $10.00 per-month Rdio
subscription is required.
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
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.
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
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.
Note: 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.
5V Trigger Output: The 5V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used
to control or activate other external device equipped with a corresponding 5V
Detachable Power Cord: The Bluesound Pulse operates off
of standard household current using the supplied 6.5' detachable AC power cord.