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Bluesound NODE

Streaming music player with built-in Wi-Fi®, Apple AirPlay® 2, and Bluetooth® (White)

Item # 813NODEWH

The Node lets you add high-res network streaming to your existing home audio system

The Node lets you add high-res network streaming to your existing home audio system

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About the Bluesound NODE

Get more from your high-performance audio system

Bluesound NODE streaming music players have been a huge hit with Crutchfield customers, and this latest version is the best one yet. It features upgraded DAC (digital-to-analog converter) circuitry, an HDMI eARC port for connecting your TV, and improved touch-sensitive backlit controls on the top panel.

Get more from your high-performance audio system

Bluesound NODE streaming music players have been a huge hit with Crutchfield customers, and this latest version is the best one yet. It features upgraded DAC (digital-to-analog converter) circuitry, an HDMI eARC port for connecting your TV, and improved touch-sensitive backlit controls on the top panel.

Connect the NODE's analog or digital outputs to your existing receiver or amplifier to make it part of a multi-room Bluesound wireless system. Play high-resolution music stored on your home network, internet radio stations, or your favorite music streaming service.

A wide variety of music options

The NODE can play just about any digital music you might have in your collection, including high-resolution files up to 32-bit/384kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive, or tap into internet radio stations and online streaming services like Spotify®, Qobuz, or TIDAL (subscription required for some services). And you can use the NODE to enjoy your SiriusXM subscription.

You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks.

Wired and wireless connectivity

The NODE uses dual-band Wi-Fi to ensure a stable connection to your router and other Bluesound components. You can also make a wired gigabit Ethernet connection.

Built-in two-way aptX™ HD Bluetooth gives you high-quality sound with compatible devices. You can stream audio to the NODE via Bluetooth from your smartphone or tablet. And you can stream music from the NODE to compatible wireless Bluetooth high-performance headphones.

Compatible with AirPlay 2

Built-in Apple AirPlay 2 technology lets you stream audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer through your Bluesound system. That includes soundtracks from YouTube® videos and Netflix movies.

Intuitive control

You can control the NODE — and your Bluesound multi-room system — right from your smartphone. Simply download the free BluOS app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play. Plus the NODE is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Nest voice controllers. So you can control your NODE just by speaking into your Amazon Echo or Google Home device.

Create a high-resolution multi-room music system

The NODE can be part of a multi-room audio system. You can connect it wirelessly to Bluesound components in other rooms for high-res music throughout your home.

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Product highlights:

  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
  • two-way high-fidelity Bluetooth aptX HD audio coding for more musical detail
    • for streaming music to compatible Bluetooth headphones
    • for streaming music from smartphone or laptop
  • Apple AirPlay® 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
  • works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-compatible devices
  • top-mounted backlit capacitive touch controls with proximity sensor
BluOS app:
  • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
  • multi-room expansion with Bluesound/BluOS wireless speakers and components (up to 64 zones)
  • set up and customize your BluOS speakers and players
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, MQA, OPUS, ALAC, WAV, AIFF and MPEG-4 SLS files
    • supports up to 32-bit/384kHz resolution
Music streaming options:
  • supports Spotify, Deezer, TIDAL, Qobuz, and Amazon Music HD
  • supports internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Calm Radio, and SiriusXM
Connections:
  • HDMI eARC input
  • 3.5mm combination analog stereo/mini optical digital input
    • Toslink optical to 3.5mm adapter included
  • analog RCA stereo audio output (stereo RCA-to-RCA cable included)
  • Toslink optical and coaxial digital outputs for connecting to an external DAC
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network (cable included)
  • 3.5mm analog input
  • RCA mono subwoofer output
General features:
  • satin matte finish
  • powerful ARM® CortexT-A53 quad-core processor
  • top-mounted touch controls with presets
  • detachable AC power cord
  • 8-11/16"W x 1-13/16"H x 5-11/16"D
  • weight: 2.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # N130WHTUNV

What's in the box:

  • Wireless music streamer
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 58" Ethernet cable
  • 5' Stereo RCA cable
  • Optical-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • License Agreement

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Features & specs

Connections
Ethernet Port Yes
USB Port Type-A
3.5mm Input 1
RCA Input No
XLR Input No
Phono Input No
Digital Input Optical, HDMI
HDMI Input eARC
Headphone Jack No
Subwoofer Output Mono-RCA, Opt. Wireless
Wireless Features
Bluetooth Built-in
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Bands 2.4, 5GHz
Audio Specs
Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth 32-bit
Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate 384 kHz
Ecosystems
Apple AirPlay Yes
Apple AirPlay 2 Yes
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon Ready
Sonos No
HEOS No
MusicCast No
SoundTouch No
Bose Home Speaker No
WiSA No
BluOS Yes
Klipsch Stream No
KEF Stream No
Music Services
Amazon Music Amazon Music HD
Apple Music No
iHeart Radio Yes
Pandora No
Qobuz Yes
SiriusXM Yes
Spotify Free
Tidal Connect
TuneIn Yes
YouTube Music No
Control
Handheld Remote Optional
Control by app Apple iOS, Android
Amazon Alexa Optional
Google Assistant Optional
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 8.625
Height (Inches) 1.875
Depth (Inches) 7.4375
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Bluesound NODE replaces these items:

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System Features
Variety of Sources
Intuitive Control

System Features

Node (N130): The Bluesound Node (N130) wireless music streamer lets you add BluOS high-resolution multiroom audio to your existing home entertainment system, while giving you access to internet radio and select online music services, Bluetooth & USB audio, as well as your computer's music library over a WiFi network. The Node (N130) wireless music streamer employs a state-of-the-art Quad-Core 1.8ghz ARM Cortex A53 processor and a 32-bit/384khz premium DAC design to ensure that your high-resolution music playback is flawless with precision and clarity at any volume.

BluOS Wireless High-Resolution Multiroom Audio: The Bluesound Node (N130) is part of the BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio eco-system - consisting of powered speakers, soundbar speakers, amplifiers, players, and hard-drives. The BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio ecosystem uses your home's wired or wireless network to connect multiple Bluesound products and play your music in perfect sync, or different music simultaneously, anywhere in your home. Using advanced technologies, BluOS can wirelessly transmit lossless music up to 24-bit/192kHz at ultra-fast speeds with no lag and zero loss in sound quality.

  • Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources: The following audio sources can be used for multiroom audio playback - internet radio (including TuneIn & iHeart Radio); online music services (including Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Slacker, and Napster); Bluetooth & USB audio, music libraries (from computers and NAS drives); as well as analog & digital inputs (including HDMI & Optical).
  • Number of BluOS Zones: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly wireless environment. Demonstrated practice has shown that you can create up to 8 groups of 8 Bluesound devices or 4 groups of 16 Bluesound devices. If you want to connect more than 16 Bluesound devices, you will need to connect the Bluesound devices to your network using a wired connection. BluOS can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired environment.

Note: All generations of Bluesound and BluOS products can be used together in a wireless Hi-Res multiroom audio system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Node (N130) can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 jack connector or wireless 2.4/5GHz dual-band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac connection. The 5GHz WiFi band offers a faster and more reliable connection with fewer interruptions and dropouts. Either network/internet connection allows you to stream music libraries from your Windows or Mac computer and NAS drive (such as the Bluesound Vault 2i, sold separately); as well as stream select online music services and internet radio.

  • Wired Ethernet Setup: A wired connection to the network is simple and requires no setup. If you wish to use the wired connection, simply connect the Node (N130) directly to your router or home network using an Ethernet cable (sold separately).
  • Wireless WiFi Setup: A wireless connection allows you to place your BluOS Player virtually anywhere inside your home, but does require setup through the BluOS app on your Apple iOS or Android device. If you are on a Windows PC (7/8/10) or Apple Mac, you'll use Bluesound's web browser based application. You'll be walked you through the set-up process step-by-step.
Note: A wireless network router will always be required for the BluOS Controller App.

High Resolution Audio: High-resolution audio tracks are either 24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz, and contain up to 6.5x more data than standard CDs, letting you hear all the detail of your favorite music in superior quality. With full support for hi-res audio, you can stream WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WMA-Lossless, MQA music files over your home's WiFi network or directly from a connected USB mass storage class device. The Bluesound system also supports compressed music files such as MP3, AAC, WMA and OGG. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 200,000 songs in demonstrated practice (this will depend on the music's metadata & artwork). Bluesound also offers gapless playback by default for all supported file music types.

Compression File Type Sampling Frequency Bit Rate or Bit Depth
Compressed Lossy MP3 16-48kHz 192-320 kbps
WMA
AAC
OGG
Lossless WMA-Lossless up to 96 kHz up to 24-bit
FLAC 192 kHz up to 24-bit
ALAC
MQA
Uncompressed AIFF up 192 kHz up to 24-bit
WAV
Notes: Bluesound cannot index or play AAC files with the extension ".m4p". These files were purchased in iTunes prior to 2009 and are subject to copy protection. Apple Consumers with an iTunes Match subscription can delete and re-download these files free of charge from their iTunes Cloud

MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): Bluesound is the first wireless multiroom audio system to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Bluesound worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside each Bluesound component to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the source and the way the artist intended you to hear it when it was approved in the studio.

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Bluesound Node (N130) provides analog & digital outputs to connect to your existing home entertainment system, There is an analog RCA stereo output, plus one optical (toslink) digital output and one coax (RCA) digital output to connect the player to your home's existing audio system.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the front of the Node (N130) for private listening with a set of headphones. The dedicated headphone driver is rated 0.0055% THD @1kHz, 35mW. It is designed for use with most headphones, with a minimum impedance of 14 ohms. The Node (N130)'s output will be muted when headphones are connected.

Wireless & Wired Sub Output: You can add up to two Bluesound Pulse+ wireless powered subwoofers (sold separately; see Accessories Tab) to the Node (N130) network player for bigger bass response. The Node (N130) also features a mono-RCA subwoofer output for adding a powered sub. You can only use one these types of sub outputs (not both). The wired and wireless subwoofer output features an adjustable low pass crossover that can be set Off or On in the BluOS Controller App.

  • Subwoofer Crossover Off: The subwoofer low pass crossover is fixed at 80Hz, while the main outputs are full-range.
  • Subwoofer Crossover On: The subwoofer low pass crossover is adjustable from 40 to 200Hz, while the main outputs are are high passed above the low pass crossover point setting.

12V Trigger Output: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used to control or activate other external device equipped with a corresponding 12V trigger input.

AC Power: The Bluesound Node (N130) operates off of standard household current using it's internal power supply and the supplied 6.5' detachable AC power cord.

Mounting Options: The Bluesound Node (N130) can simply rest on a table-top, shelf, stand, or other piece of furniture.

Variety of Sources

Online Music Services: Many popular music streaming services and internet radio apps are built right into BluOS, giving you an all-access pass to millions of songs and the freedom to listen to everything you want to hear. Using the BluOS Controller app, you can instantly discover and enjoy millions of songs from your existing music services, tune in to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts from around the world, or access and listen to the music collections stored on your smartphone, tablet or laptop on any and Bluesound in your home. Subscription and purchase fees will apply to online music services.

  • Amazon Music: Listen to millions of songs, thousands of playlists, and ad-free personalized stations with Amazon Prime & Unlimited Music. With the addition of Amazon Music HD, you will now be able to play Ultra HD music (24-bit/48kHz to 192kHz) on supported Bluesound devices from the BluOS App when choosing Amazon Music. An Amazon Music (Prime, Unlimited, or HD) subscription will be required
  • Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to a free or paid Spotify subscription and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system using Spotify Connect. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
  • TIDAL Connect: The integration of Tidal Connect will enable Tidal users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Bluesound device from within the Tidal app (for Apple iOS and Android OS). TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • Qobuz: Qobuz offers the biggest catalog of Hi-Fi and Hi-Res albums in the world, both for new releases and specialized genres. For hundreds of thousands of albums, Qobuz includes all the information you need to recreate the appeal of a real CD - the names of musicians, producers, lyrics (everything you need to know to appreciate your favorite albums). Qobuz offers MP3, CD, and Hi-Res quality subscriptions.
  • SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the BluOS app and lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
  • TuneIn: The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn internet radio service. Just select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 70,000 stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that appeals to your mood.
  • iHeart Radio: iHeart Radio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring songs from the artist you select and similar music.
  • Napster: Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
  • Slacker: Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker music library available in high-quality AAC audio on Bluesound. Listen to music streams at a bitrate of 320kbps and enjoy all your favorite Slacker stations in pristine MP3-quality.
  • Deezer: Deezer lets you explore over 53 million tracks (and counting), and discover artists and tracks you'll love with personalized recommendations from the Deezer Editors. Bluesound even supports Deezer HiFi for lossless quality ($19.99 per month).
  • Other Services: Other online music services include HighResAudio, Murfie, JUKE, KKBox, SoundMachine, and more.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the music service providers or others.

Computer Audio: The BluOS wireless multiroom audio system by Bluesound lets you easily connect and share your music collection from a computer or network-attached storage drive and access up to 200,000 tracks for wireless streaming. The BluOS wireless music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC, Mac computer, or NAS drive using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the BluOS Controller app for Windows (Vista-up) & Mac (OS X 10.15-up). However, File Sharing is not enabled by default on Windows or Mac. You will have to manually alter these settings in your computer's menu system.

AirPlay 2: With AirPlay 2, you'll be able to stream just about any sound (including music, books, podcasts and more) from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the Bluesound system - all in sync. You can even watch movies and videos from Netlfix or YouTube on your Apple device while streaming the audio through to the Bluesound system. AirPlay 2 also gives you more options for control, including using Siri voice assistance. If you are an Apple Music subscriber and add the Node (N130) to the Apple Home App on your iPhone or iPad, you can use your iOS device or HomePod to say things like - "Hey Siri, play jazz in the Living Room" or "Hey Siri, turn up the volume in the Kitchen." You can even group AirPlay 2 compatible Bluesound products with older Bluesound products in the BluOS App to add AirPlay 2 compatibility to your entire BluOS system.

Roon Ready: Roon Ready network devices (such as Bluesound) have Roon's streaming technology built-in, and are certified by Roon Labs to provide the highest level of quality and performance in network streaming. Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play across all other Roon enabled audio devices in your home. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, DSD, and MQA) collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also watch your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the Tidal and Qobuz music streaming services. Roon is available for mobile, laptop or desktop devices. When you open the Roon app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with all the Roon enabled devices around your house. Simply select the music you wish to play and the Bluesound product or other Roon device in which you want to hear it on.

Note: To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Bluesound product. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or turnkey appliance (like Nucleus or ROCK - sold separately), located on the network within your home.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Bluesound Node (N130) offers built-in Bluetooth 5.0 with two-way wireless communication and support for aptX HD. You'll be able to wirelessly stream high-quality audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to the Node (N130). You'll also be able to use the Node (N130) as a source and wirelessly stream its audio content to a set of Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).

  • aptX HD: The advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip used in the Node (N130) supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio. aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit audio over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise. With the ability to support streams up to 24bit/48kHz, you're able to wirelessly stream from an aptX HD compatible device to the Node (N130) without sacrificing sound quality and listen to "better-than-CD" quality audio.
  • Two-Way Communication: The Node (N130) offers two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows you to wirelessly stream from your device to the Node (N130). The Transmit capability means you can also use the Node (N130) as a source and what your are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).
Note: The Node (N130) can be paired and connected via Bluetooth without utilizing a network connection or the BluOS Controller app.

USB Port: The Bluesound Node (N130) features a USB (type-A) port to directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as a thumbdrive or external HDD. USB hard disk drives that require more than 0.5A of power will require a separate power supply. The unit's USB port supports music playback from these compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32 or NTFS. Not only can USB audio be played back on the Node (N130), but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback.

Note: The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iOS or Android device.

HDMI eARC: The Bluesound Node (N130) features an HDMI eARC jack to connect the wireless music streamer to your TV's HDMI eARC or ARC input. The wireless music streamer's eARC jack only supports 2ch PCM audio (up to 24-bit/192kHz). It is not compatible with with Dolby Digital, DTS, or other multichannel audio formats. Audio from the HDMI eARC jack can be played back at the Node (N130) and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback. The HDMI eARC jack does not support video.

Optical/Analog Input: The Node (N130) is outfitted with a 3.5mm Aux input which can be used as analog or digital connection. As an analog input, simply connect a stereo minijack audio cable from your analog source to the Node (N130)'s Aux input. As a digital input, use the included 3.5mm-to-Optical adapter along with an optical digital cable (sold separately) to connect your digital source to the Node (N130)'s Aux input. As an analog or digital input, the unit's Aux input supports 2ch PCM audio (not Dolby Digital or DTS). Audio from the Optical/Analog Aux input can be played back at the Node (N130) and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.

Intuitive Control

BluOS Controller App: The free BluOS Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.3-up, Android OS 5.0-up, Windows PC (Vista-up), and Mac OS X 10.15-up) turns your mobile device or computer into a full-featured wireless remote control for the Node (N130) and the BluOS wireless multiroom audio system. The BluOS Controller app on your compatible device uses your home's WiFi network to connect with Bluesound devices, so you can play all the music you love anywhere in your home for a wireless multiroom music experience. Get on-demand access to your music libraries on your home network, stream live Internet radio from almost any place in the world, or listen to one of the many music services available on Bluesound, all from the palm of your hand with the easy-to-use BluOS Controller app.

  • Multiroom Audio: Play a different song at the same time in different rooms, or group all your BluOS enabled devices together and listen to your favorite music in perfect sync throughout your home.
  • Now Playing Screen: Control your music and adjust the volume in any room, get rich album artwork and detailed artist info, right from the Now Playing screen. Even check what quality you are streaming at to ensure the best possible listening experience.
  • Individual Songs & Playlists: Tap a song and have it play instantly, or create and edit playlists on the fly by simply adding songs or entire albums to the play queue. Playlists can then be saved inside the app and listened to at any time.
  • Firmware Updates: Firmware and software updates from Bluesound are delivered to the Node (N130) via your home network's Internet connection and the BluOS Controller app.

Alexa & Google BluVoice Skills: Using BluVoice Skills and an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), you can use your voice to access your music libraries on your local network, select presets from online music services, control music playback functions such as Play/Pause/Skip, adjust volume levels, play music in different rooms, and even group rooms together. Each Alexa voice command will need to start with the phrase "Alexa or Google, ask BluVoice to" or "Alexa or Google, tell BluVoice to". Alexa and Google Skills for BluOS will need to be setup through the Amazon Alexa app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ or Android OS 6.0+) or the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 6.0+ ).

  • The Bluesound device does not feature a built-in microphone and requires a separate Alexa or Google Assistant device (sold separately - see Accessories tab) for voice control.
  • Click here for more information regarding Alexa setup and voice commands. Click here for more information regarding Google Assistant setup and voice commands.

Top-Panel Touch Controls: The Node (N130) offers top-panel touch controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Presets (up to 5). These presets need to be first configured using the presets menu in the BluOS App. The top-panel touch controls feature a proximty sensor, so the control panel automatically lights up as your hand gets close the Node (N130).

Optional Remote Control: The Bluesound RC1 (sold separately) is an IR remote control for Bluesound Gen 2 and up speakers, streamers, and amplifiers running BluOS 3.6.2 or later. The RC1 remote gives you convenient control over your Bluesound component with simple setup. Its streamlined button layout and dedicated controls let you easily control playback without having to use the BluOS Controller app on your smartphone or tablet. Plus, with the Bluesound RC1 remote control, you can set-up and program up to 10 presets inside the BluOS Controller app and enjoy your favorite albums, playlists, and radio stations with a single touch of the remote.

IR Input: An infrared extender (sold separately) can be connected the unit's IR input (3.5mm) to allow for programmable learning remotes to control volume and source selection when the Node (N130) is stored in a way that the front-panel IR sensor is not visible.

Custom Integration: Bluesound offers seamless integration with some of today's most innovative 3rd-party smart-home control systems such as Control4, Crestron, Lutron, ELAN, RTI, and more.

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Customer Q&A

25 questions already asked

Q
Can I connect from laptop to blue sound node?
[ Tung  Jul 23, 2022 ]
1 answer
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Yes. The Bluesound Controller App is available for Windows and MacOS as well as iOS and Android.
[ Z  Jul 23, 2022 ]  Staff
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Can this actually stream audio in 24-bit 192 khz (from Qobuz or Tidal)?
[ John  Jun 20, 2022 ]
1 answer
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Greetings John, and thank you for your questions. The Bluesound NOD has a 24/192 DAC and supports both Qobuz as well as Tidal.
[ Thomas J.  Jun 20, 2022 ]  Staff
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Do I need to connect this to a dedicated DAC for streaming and fully decoding Tidal MQA tracks, or can I connect this directly to my AVR (Denon X6700H)? I was thinking of getting the Cambridge DACMagic 200M but it doesn't have streaming on its own.
[ John  Jun 20, 2022 ]
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Greetings John, and thank you for your question. The Bluesound Node has a high resolution DAC built in that can decode MQA files from Tidal. You would not want another DAC. Just come out of the Bluesound Node via RCA cable to whichever receiver/amp you wish to use.
[ Thomas J.  Jun 20, 2022 ]  Staff
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How do I connect my Denon avr s900w amp, Subwoofer and FIOS Network Extender to the new BluSound Node device? I currently use Apple Music and my iPad & iPhone for storing and listening to music. I would appreciate any advice before making this purchase.
[ RAS17  May 24, 2022 ]
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Hey Richard, thank you for reaching out to us and that's a great question! So you would connect the Bluesound Node to the Denon with RCA cables if you wanted to use the processor in the Node to any spare line level input. You would connect your subwoofer to your Denon and you can connect your Fios Extender to your Node. If you have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at 800.324.9695.
[ Arielle  May 25, 2022 ]  Staff
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I use Amazon HD music streaming. Does this product stream directly from Amazon? The Cambridge counter part does not. If it does does it stream in full HD quality? Amazon has Ultra HD and Ultra HD 360 atmos. Does the Node stream in all the qualities that Amazon has?
[ Pablo  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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Node plays Amazon HD at full quality, no problem. The node is 2-channel, so Atmos will be reduced. Last I checked, Amazon Atmos content was only compatible with one of their echo speakers. Not sure why you would want atmos from an echo, but to each their own. I went with Tidal for Atmos, since it works with Amazon's Firestick and I can send that signal to my Marantz 7015 5.2.4 set-up.
[ STEPHEN  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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According to the Details page for the Node: "With the addition of Amazon Music HD, you will now be able to play Ultra HD music (24-bit/48kHz to 192kHz) on supported Bluesound devices from the BluOS App when choosing Amazon Music." There is no mention of Ultra HD 360 atmos. The settings for Amazon Music in the BluOS app allow you to enter your credentials, so I would assume that it streams music directly to the device. In my experience, most music services stream directly to the Node, except when using AirPlay or Bluetooth.
[ Andy  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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The Bluesound node will stream directly from the Amazon app and I have listened at Ultra HD quality through the node. Not sure about Atmos but the Ultra HD sounds amazing.
[ Thomas  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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Real basic question. Can I hook the NODE directly into a receiver that is about 10 years old? If so what would be the input on the receiver? Just want to play all that internet music streaming has to offer through my â??old schoolâ?? stereo system. Thanks
[ Pmj99  Apr 26, 2022 ]
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RCA input. You use the DAC in the NODE.
[ KEITH  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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yes. the node has analog outputs just like a cd player would.
[ New User  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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Yes, you should be able to connect thr Node through any of the RCA inputs on your receiver.
[ THOMAS  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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The Node can be hooked to any receiver with an available analog input with RCA Interconnects or digital input with an RCA Coaxial cable or Toslink Cable. Given that your receiver is old, you will get the best sound through an analog connection as the DAC in the Node is new and very good! I do not know what receiver you have but if you have an auxiliary analog input or Tape Play or CD input, you will be fine. Get a decent pair of RCA Interconnect cables!
[ CLARENCE E  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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Yes. I am using Line 1 of the audio input jacks on my 9 year old Yamaha 2 channel integrated amp. Have had no problems with the Node connected this way.
[ James  Apr 27, 2022 ]
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Absolutely. Just use your aux input (assuming you have one. Otherwise you can use CD input. Will work like a charm.
[ Scott  Apr 26, 2022 ]
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Yes. The real question is do you want to use the dac in the node or an external dac. The node has an rca out (should connect to an input for, say, cd). That would be using the internal dac. Or you can use an external Dac (or in your receiver, if available).
[ DAVID L  Apr 26, 2022 ]
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Yes. Just use analog rca stereo cables to connect the Node to the receiver. There should be several inputs on the receiver (example: auxiliary input) available to use.
[ TIMOTHY  Apr 26, 2022 ]
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Has anyone used the Sub-woofer out on the back of the Node or is it better to connect Sub directly out of your amp? Thanks.
[ Charles  Mar 28, 2022 ]
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The subwoofer out is line level, not speaker level so it won't power a subwoofer. But most subs are powered with their own internal amp so probably isn't an issue. If you are using the node with other powered speakers, then using the sub out to a powered sub would be fine. If you are connecting the node to a receiver, which powers your speakers, then use the sub outputs on the receiver so it will power all the speakers.
[ Gary  Apr 07, 2022 ]
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Ive not tried the sub out on the bluesound node, so I'm sorry to not be much help here but my guess is, it would be better to connect your sub to your receiver or amp as you'll have much more power going through your receiver/amp. but one way is to give both a try and see which you might prefer
[ Anthony  Mar 28, 2022 ]
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Just want to be sure I understand correctly!! This device will connect directly to my wifi to stream Tidal, and I donâ??t need to use my iPad? Or, would I still use iPad to control tidal app, but the music streaming itself will go Wi-Fi to Node to Integrated amp (Marantz PM7000n)â?¦.. Thanks in advance!!
[ Barry  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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The second one. You will use your iPad to choose your music and send the stream to the Node either using the Tidal Connect feature in the Tidal app or by using the BluOS app. I always use Tidal Connect and use the BluOS app for other streaming services such as Amazon.
[ THOMAS  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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You will need a device (iPad, smartphone or tablet) to run the bluesOS app. You then log into tidal through the bluesOS app to stream via Wi-Fi. Hope this helps.
[ Daniel  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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You can operate Tidal either using the Tidal app through Tudal connect or by using the Bluesound app. The music streams through the WiFi network your Bluesound Node is connected to. Some officious advice: Though I like the Node, it's DAC is poor. I would buy a Topping, Gustard, Matrix or some other high-quality DAC. That's assuming Bluesound has fixed the bugs with its USB output -- or you don't care to use USB output to a DAC.
[ Ron  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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The iPad is used to control the Bluesound app that will be linked to your tidal account. Tidal will stream directly to the node on your wifi
[ harry  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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Yep, you'll still need to use either the Tidal or Bluesound app to command the Node. But the stream will be initiated/handled directly by the Node, and not from whatever device your app is on. Also, if you set up the presets on the node you can bypass using an app and just go straight to the preset/favorites buttons on the node itself. You can save presets for things like Tidal playlists, XM Sirius stations, etc.
[ CHRISTIAN  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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Hey Barry! Unfortunately you'll still need a smart device (iphone, ipad etc) to control the streams. However I believe this is compatible with siri and apple home so you can potentially control it with your voice instead of reaching for your device. The node is a great player though! Best of luck! -M
[ MARCEL  Mar 27, 2022 ]
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can this unit access playlists from my iTunes library?
[ Robert  Jan 06, 2022 ]
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Or you can copy your entire iTunes folder onto an external USB SSD and plug it into the NODE's USB port, works great and all your iTunes folders/playlist are preserved. You access the iTunes music via the USB menu option on the NODE.
[ Kent  Jan 09, 2022 ]
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Yes it can via the Bluetooth option. I do it all the time!
[ CLARENCE E  Jan 06, 2022 ]
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Does this model still have the MQA decoder?
[ Brian  Dec 13, 2021 ]
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According to the Bluesound website: "players provide a complete MQA playback solution up to 24 bit/192 kHz."
[ Jay  Dec 13, 2021 ]
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Yes
[ RICHARD L  Dec 13, 2021 ]
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Hi ask please Should I unplugged my node after use? Or just leave it on? Thanks
[ Noel  Dec 09, 2021 ]
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I see no reason to. I usually leave every thing on, except the power amps.
[ John  Dec 10, 2021 ]
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I have found that the only way to turn it off is manually by holding the power button until it turns off. But then you have to manually turn it back on to use it. Not sure why you can't do it remotely. Therefore I leave it on and live with blue light.
[ LYLE H.  Dec 09, 2021 ]
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I see no reason to unplug it. It goes into standby mode after a little while so it shouldn't use much power. Maybe if there's a lightning storm or something.
[ Greg  Dec 09, 2021 ]
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Can you simultaneously stream from Apple product to multiple BlueSound node devices in the home using Tidal or Spotify?
[ Andrew  Dec 01, 2021 ]
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Yes, you can group one or more BlueSound streamers and stream to them simultaneously from an iPhone or iPad as long as everything is on the same wifi network. You can definitely do this through the BlueSound app and probably with AirPlay as well.
[ JEFF  Dec 02, 2021 ]
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is this model 3 compatible with a remote control RC 1?
[ John  Nov 22, 2021 ]
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don't know but it works very well with my iPad and iPhone
[ KENNETH  Nov 23, 2021 ]
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Hi ask please if i can connect this to marantz model 30!? Thank you
[ Noel  Oct 30, 2021 ]
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Yes, just connect the audio outputs from the Node to either of the line inputs or to the cd input if you are not using a cd player. The node is an excellent quality steamer and should sound great with the Marantz.
[ Daniel  Oct 31, 2021 ]
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Yes - via rca stereo cable.
[ TIMOTHY  Oct 30, 2021 ]
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Yes, the Bluesound Node has all the standard outputs making it compatible with any integrated amplifier.
[ KEELY  Oct 30, 2021 ]
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Nice looking bit of kit. Does it support aptX LL?
[ mlee1  Aug 08, 2021 ]
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"apt LL"? I don't think so.
[ David  Aug 31, 2021 ]
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Hi: Unfortunately, I was too eager to buy, and too busy to install my Blue Sound Node2. I have heard it's very versatile, so give it a try. Thanks
[ Azhar  Aug 30, 2021 ]
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It does support aptx, but using Bluetooth with this device sort of defeats the purpose of this device. This device wants to become the streamer, not simply be the DAC for junky smartphone apps via Bluetooth. Bluetooth on this is for connecting to headphones. Ideally you will want to use this as a pre-amp with an AMP.
[ David  Aug 10, 2021 ]
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I think not. My information says aptX HD. No mention of low latency.
[ Michael  Aug 08, 2021 ]
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Does this have the ability to stream Pandora?
[ Rich  Jul 28, 2021 ]
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It doesn't support Pandora directly in the BluOS app, but you can stream to it from your mobile device using either Bluetooth or AirPlay.
[ Andy  Jul 28, 2021 ]
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I don't see it on the list on my app, but I don't see why not. Can't be definitive because I don't use the service ever since it started interrupting my phone calls
[ Billy  Jul 28, 2021 ]
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Is this the new 3 model or 2.i ?
[ Edward  Jul 26, 2021 ]
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This is the bluesound node. This is the newer model after the Node 2 i. Kinda odd the way they named it just node. It has a better display the the 2i but I never use the touch display.
[ David  Jul 26, 2021 ]
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I ordered it a few weeks ago and it is the new model.
[ RYAN  Jul 26, 2021 ]
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Hey Edward! This is the new 3. It's really an awesome little streamer. Killer sound quality and really easy to use.
[ MARCEL  Jul 26, 2021 ]
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Can this be used to stream to Bluetooth speakers?
[ Sean  Jul 24, 2021 ]
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Yes it connects to Bluetooth speakers, but when it does, it turns off the RCA outputs. So you can either drive passive speakers or active speakers, but not both at the same time, hence you are limited to one zone per node. For multiple zones Bluesound wants you to buy an additional Node per zone.
[ David  Aug 10, 2021 ]
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yes
[ ELTON  Jul 25, 2021 ]
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Yes Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD Two-Way (transmit & receive).
[ ALEX  Jul 24, 2021 ]
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I haven't used it for this application.
[ KEITH  Jul 24, 2021 ]
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It definitely works on Bluetooth speakers like Apple Airpods. They work great. I would presume that means they would work on any Bluetooth enabled speakers.
[ CHRIS  Jul 24, 2021 ]
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Can custom URLS's be used with this streamer. Some subscriptions radio stations use this method.?
[ LennyBoy  Jul 20, 2021 ]
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There is no way to enter a custom URL into this unit to stream audio. There are ways to use a different device to stream it and get that device's audio into this unit. I recommend contacting an advisor by calling 1-800-324-9695 to discuss you gear and check if they can be used with this Bluesound Node
[ Paul  Jul 27, 2021 ]  Staff
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I see it has a built in DAC. I have however a Cambridge Audio 851D DAC an issues connecting it directly to that?
[ stephen  Jul 18, 2021 ]
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No issues at all! Use the coaxial connection. But i will say I am impressed with the quality of the Node's DAC. Great improvement over the Node 2.
[ CLARENCE E  Jan 06, 2022 ]
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The Node has coax and optical outputs to drive external DACs and 'potentially' in future a USB Audio 2 output capability to drive a DAC over USB. You can also optionally configure the audio output leve to be fixed from the Node to allow level control only from the DAC/Amp. Its a great streamer. good luck Al
[ ALISTAIR  Jul 19, 2021 ]
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what is the node warranty period? Where do I send for repair?
[ john a bagalini  Jun 21, 2021 ]
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Our customers get a 1 year parts and labor warranty on it from the manufacturer and should call our technical support for help on it or about getting it repaired. We send our technical support's toll free number on the order invoice.
[ Paul  Jun 22, 2021 ]  Staff
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Is this the newest generation (now known as just The Node)?
[ PeteW  Jun 02, 2021 ]
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Yes lol why did they not call it the Node3 so confusing!
[ CLARENCE E  Jan 06, 2022 ]
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Yes. It's called "NODE". It is referred to by some as "node 3" and "node 2021". There is no "2i".
[ David  Aug 31, 2021 ]
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Yes it is the newest version (naming convention is confusing - Bluesound decided to just call this the "node" rather than say call it the "node 3". Its awesome. I preordered it and got mine last week.
[ Paul  Jun 07, 2021 ]
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Can this Node be used as a preamp connecting directly to a power amp or do I need an integrated amp to pair with it? Thanks
[ Charles  Jan 02, 2022 ]
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I have not used it that way, but I think it would work. It can be set up to have a variable output so that would take care of your volume. Then you could use its ability as a network music streamer to deliver sound to your amp. It has Bluetooth and Airplay2 so you could stream music that way as well. There is also a 3.5 mm mini jack input on the front and back so you could attach a source that way. In addition in the settings there are EQ settings so you could adjust Treble and Bass, and there is a subwoofer output.
[ Michael  Jan 03, 2022 ]
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It has a line out but check the player app for a volume control before you turn on the amp. I would be more comfortable using an integrated amp or receiver. Never connect any device to an amp that does not have a volume control
[ Billy  Jan 02, 2022 ]
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Yes, this has a volume control so you can connect it directly to a power amp. You can disable volume control and use it in fixed output mode if connecting to a pre-amp
[ Ajay  Jan 02, 2022 ]
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Probably since you can connect speakers directly to it! I just brought it into my system as a source connected to my preamp.
[ Winston  Jan 02, 2022 ]
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It has the volume control and tone control.
[ DAVID  Jan 02, 2022 ]
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Don't think so. It isn't designed to substitute a pre- amp.
[ Sanjay  Jan 02, 2022 ]
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