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Bluesound Node

Streaming music player with Wi-Fi® (White)

Item # 813NODEW

Enjoy high-end audio in more rooms of your home.

Enjoy high-end audio in more rooms of your home.

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7 questions - 36 answers

Item # 813NODEW

About the Bluesound Node

A streaming music system for the audio enthusiast

Enjoy high-end audio in more rooms of your home. While there are many streaming speakers in today's audio landscape, Bluesound's multi-room music system focuses on helping you enjoy the most from high-resolution audio files. The makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers relied on their decades of audio experience to create this new 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.
Bluesound Node

A streaming music system for the audio enthusiast

Enjoy high-end audio in more rooms of your home. While there are many streaming speakers in today's audio landscape, Bluesound's multi-room music system focuses on helping you enjoy the most from high-resolution audio files. The makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers relied on their decades of audio experience to create this new 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.

Play more music from your high-performance audio system

The Node turns your audiophile-grade audio system into a network-capable Bluesound player. Connect the Node's analog or digital outputs to your existing system and you'll be able to play all the music stored on your home network, as well as Internet radio stations and more.


High-res audio

A wide variety of music options

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 a favorite album or playlist, you can listen to it through your system.

Create a high-resolution multi-room music system

Combine multiple Bluesound players to enjoy high-end sound throughout your home.

Bluesound app

Control the system with a free app for your smartphone or tablet.

  • Powernode: This amplified player connects to a pair of speakers. It may be small, but it's powerful enough to drive a pair of floor-standing speakers.
  • Pulse: This all-in-one player is perfect for almost any room. It has built-in PSB speakers for great sound in a compact package.
  • Vault: If you've amassed a large collection of CDs, then the Vault was designed for you. It's a storage drive designed with the audio enthusiast in mind. This drive defaults to bit-perfect recording of your CDs, letting you experience every detail without switching discs every time you want to hear a new track or album.

Place a Pulse in your kitchen, attach a Node to your home audio system, and use the PowerNode to drive your high-end speakers.

Control in the palm of your hand

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

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Product highlights:

  • communicates with other Bluesound players via your home network (wired or wireless)
  • control the system with a free app for your smartphone, tablet, or computer (Android™, iOS®, Kindle Fire, Windows®, and Mac®)
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
    • supported sample rates: 32kHz to 192kHz
  • plays Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio
  • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through your Bluesound system via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription; firmware and app version 1.10.0 or higher)
  • plays streaming music from TIDAL, Rdio™, Rhapsody, and Murfie
  • play music in multiple rooms when you add other Bluesound players
  • top-mounted controls for volume and muting
  • USB port for connecting a thumb drive with music files
  • RCA stereo audio output
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
  • compatible with Mac®
  • operates on AC power (detachable cord included)
  • 8-1/16"W x 5-3/4"H x 7-1/16"D
  • weight: 2.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • requires smartphone or tablet with free Bluesound app for control of system playback
  • requires high-speed Internet connection
  • MFR # Node N100 White

What's in the box:

  • Network music player
  • 6' AC power cord (120V)
  • 6" AC power cord (240V)
  • 6.5' Stereo RCA cable
  • 6' Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
  • 6.5' Ethernet cable
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Safety Manual

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Network Music Player: The Bluesound Node (N100) is a network music player which lets you stream digital music files on your network connected Windows or Mac computer, plus stream select online music services to your existing home audio system. The Bluesound Node offers a wired or wireless network connection, plus a USB (type-A) input. The Node connects to your home stereo system via analog RCA or optical digital. A free remote app for your Apple iOS or Android device lets you control the Node and your streamed digital music from your mobile device.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Node (N100) 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 Node can access your digital music stored on your network connected Microsoft Windows (XP/2000/Vista/7/8) 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 Node 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 Node lets you access select online music services.
    • TuneIn: 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 Favorites".
    • Rdio: 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.
    • Spotify Connect: Through Spotify Connect, you can enjoy over 20 million songs, easily streamed to the Bluesound HiFi music Players through your home network, either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; with simple control on any iOS or Android device. Requires Spotify app and a premium subscription; firmware and app version 1.10.0 or higher

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 Node (N100) 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.

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 PowerNode. 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/7/8) PC or Mac OSX computer.

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Bluesound Node (N100) contains both an analog RCA stereo output and optical (toslink) digital output to connect the player to your home audio system's integrated amplifier or AV receiver.

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 Node (N100) operates off of standard household current using the supplied 6' detachable AC power cord.

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Customer Q&A

7 questions already asked

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Does this device support DLNA 1.5 so that it will show up as another device in my media server software (I use Jriver)?
[ jkrumm  Sep 09, 2015 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Thanks for checking with us, but this device doesn't support DLNA 1.5.. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Sep 14, 2015 ]  Staff
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I purchased the Bluesound Node and love it but I was wondering how to get the voucher for Tidal HiFi?
[ Chris  Feb 13, 2015 ]
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I posed that question on the Bluesound forum and was told that the Tidal vouchers were from a promotion with a specific vendor. Try calling their customer service and see if you can get anywhere.
[ David  Feb 16, 2015 ]
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If you register for Tidal from within the Bluesound App, under "configure music services" it's automatic. Tidal's nice, but after a couple of months, I gave it up. The $20 per month is too pricey. I'd rather spend that on buying music.
[ LUIS  Feb 16, 2015 ]
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I didn't know there was a voucher. Tidal is having some drop out problems from time to time and they say they will get the problem fixed "soon". Tidal sound quality is great.
[ NIckey  Feb 16, 2015 ]
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I got tidal from facebook, before the bluesound node! Just go to tidal and they'll give you 7 days to use it, also try Deezer, they both provide 44.1khz and Deezer has more music than tidal, quedtion to you, do you have a Dac? Are you using hi-res files? Do they play? Let me know thanks
[ Carlos  Feb 16, 2015 ]
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USB support: Can I connect my 3 Terabyte USB drive with thousands of folders and files? Often USB is limited to one folder and / or a few thousand files.
[ Google  May 03, 2014 ]
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I've used a USB stick with 30 files and I've used a NAS with thousands of files- both work well . Have not tried a USB drive. Probably works. Ask blue sound tech support (email) or download a user manual.
[ BRIAN  May 05, 2014 ]
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Don't know. I know it works with NAS drives. Check blue sounds website and ask the question or locate a user manual. Their support is very good. Not live but they do answer email I'm a timely manner. Good luck.
[ BRIAN  May 05, 2014 ]
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I can't speak specifically to USB, but my NAS has over 800 folders and 1300 files, and it works well. To be sure, ask a question at the support page of the Bluesound website. They respond pretty quickly. By the way, this is a terrific product.
[ LUIS  May 05, 2014 ]
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Can you also send the output to an external DAC?
[ David  Jan 24, 2014 ]
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Analog & Digital Outputs: The Bluesound Node (N100) contains both an analog RCA stereo output and optical (toslink) digital output to connect the player to your home audio system's integrated amplifier or AV receiver. The digital output would allow you to connect to an external DAC.
[ Jeff  Jan 26, 2014 ]  Staff
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Does this unit have the ability to "shuffle all" of the music library?
[ m00ch  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Thanks for the answers everyone. Many "smart" devices can't seem to shuffle all. They only shuffle playlists. That means every time that I add a song I need to create a new playlist. Right now I shuffle all with windows media player (almost 1tb) and it is great to hear all the different genres randomly. Although i just saw blue sound spec stated 40,000 files.
[ m00ch  Jan 05, 2015 ]
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The software allows you to shuffle your entire library or a separate playlist that you may make as well.
[ Paul  Jan 05, 2015 ]
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The windows version has a "Play all songs random" setting that does that. I can't speak to the Android or Apple players.
[ Stan  Jan 05, 2015 ]
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If you create a playlist that contains your complete library, there is a shuffle selector in the app that you use to control the Node or any of the other Bluesound devices.
[ BRIAN  Jan 05, 2015 ]
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This player can shuffle either all of the music library or the albums you picked.
[ Fuzhong  Jan 05, 2015 ]
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Yes. There's a selection to "play all songs randomly". Having said that, I personally wouldn't want to do that, having over 15,000 songs over many different genres. Another way to do it is to filter your library by genre, then create a playlist for a genre, and shuffle play that.
[ LUIS  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Yes, you just need to make a playlist with all your music in it.
[ Ryan  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Typically you would add songs or albums to create a playlist. You can then shuffle songs and/or repeat the entire playlist if you like. You could also easily create a playlist with all songs in it which would then allow you to shuffle and/or repeat all of your music.
[ Thomas  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Yea
[ BRIAN  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Yes, It does have a function to shuffle all songs. I have almost 4000 songs and it Shuffle all. Thanks, Mel.
[ MELMOTH B  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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The Bluesound app has a shuffle-all option from the music stored on the Vault. The music stored on the Vault can be played through the Node in this mode. I'm not certain how the feature works from music stored elsewhere.
[ David  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Yes.
[ Vikas  Jan 04, 2015 ]
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Is the unit WiFi enabled or must I attach the Node to an ethernet cable to operate?
[ Jeff B  Sep 28, 2014 ]
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According to the Bluesound website, BlueSound is 802.11n WiFi enabled and can be connected to the internet using a LAN-based, DSL, Wi-Fi or cable modem connection. As I stream a lot of high resolution audio (up to 192kHz/24-bit) through the Bluesound Node, I prefer to use a hardwired Ethernet connection to reduce traffic on my WiFi network.
[ BRIAN  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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The Node should work just fine on WiFi...however, mine is attached to my home network via a Cat 5 cable so I can't say from experience what the quality of the sound is over WiFi. To prevent any possible wireless interference I would suggest using a wired connection if at all possible. You can download a pdf copy of the Node install manual from the bluesound web site.
[ Thomas  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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Yes it is WiFi enabled or you can use the Ethernet jack if convient.
[ John  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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It is wifi enabled as well.
[ LUIS  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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You can use the Wifi but make sure that it is a strong signal because if the media is high-res then the stream needs to be commensurate.
[ JARED  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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The Node works off of Wi-Fi although it has an Ethernet port as well. I use mine wirelessly without any issues.
[ David  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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Node is WIFI-- its works pretty good on wifi. No problems since I had for 3 months
[ william  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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It can be connected to Ethernet or your home WiFi network. It also has a usb port and can be connected to a usb drive. Obviously, for bandwidth reasons the Ethernet is the preferable network option, but I haven't had any problems with it over WiFi.
[ MATTHEW  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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It has both Ethernet and Wi-Fi capabilities. Both of mine are Ethernet wired so I have not tested the Wi-Fi performance
[ Kenneth  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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It is Wi-Fi enabled and works well except for Hi resolution files 192kHz / 24 bit files which the Wi-Fi could not keep up with. If you are playing files you have downloaded from iTunes or ripper from CDs it should work fine.
[ PAUL  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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It has 802.11n Wifi built in as well as ethernet.
[ BRIAN  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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Ethernet
[ Ryan  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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You can either use it with WiFi or via an ethernet cable.
[ Wei Kiat  Sep 29, 2014 ]
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Does it have a built-in DAC?
[ Mark  Dec 12, 2013 ]
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The DAC inside the Node is excellent. I was told by Bluesound support that it is the same DAC as in the highly rated NAD D 1050 DAC.
[ LUIS  May 05, 2014 ]
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Yes. This unit will convert y our digital music directly for the speaker to play.
[ Jeff  Dec 12, 2013 ]  Staff
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