Soundbar Speaker Section
Wireless Multiroom Audio
Soundbar Speaker Section
Tree-Way/Tri-Amplified Speaker Design: The Bluesound Pulse
Soundbar 2i features six integrated high-performance drivers and two advanced
passive radiators, resulting in a fully immersive sonic experience that delivers
room-filling sound. Utilizing a unique three-way, tri-amplified speaker design,
each driver inside the Pulse Soundbar 2i is driven by its own dedicated
amplified channel where the low and high frequencies are seamlessly blended
using DSP-powered crossover filters. Each driver is housed in individually
optimized chambers to eliminate vibrations, allowing the soundbar speaker to
deliver the deepest bass without any distortion. The Pulse
Soundbar 2i's stylish black cabinet is constructed from extruded aluminum which
is known for its unyielding rigidity and strength, while allowing the largest
possible interior volume due to thin wall construction.
Optional Powered Sub & Rear Speakers: You can add and
optional wireless powered subwoofer and wireless rear speakers (all sold
separately) to the Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i to create a more immersive 4.1ch
home theater system.
- Wireless Powered Subwoofer (sold separately): The Pulse
Soundbar 2i can be paired wirelessly to up to two optional powered
subwoofers for greater bass extension. Thanks to the Pulse Soundbar 2i's
built-in wireless transmitter, you can wirelessly connect the
Bluesound Pulse Sub (sold separately) for bigger bass performance. In
RT100 Wireless Speaker Link (sold separately) can be used to wirelessly
connect almost any powered subwoofer with a line-level input to the Pulse
Soundbar. The Pulse Soundbar 2i also features a mono-RCA subwoofer output
for adding practically any powered sub (sold separately) with a line-level
input and built-in low-pass crossover.
- Wireless Rear Speakers (sold separately): Along with an
optional powered subwoofer, you can use a pair of Bluesound
Mini 2i, or
Flex 2i speakers (sold separately) as wireless surround speakers to
create a 4.1ch home theater system. While the Pulse Soundbar 2i will support
up to 7.1ch Dolby Digital decoding, the audio is dowmixed to 4.1ch with the
center channel information fed into both the front left and right channels.
HDMI ARC: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i features one HDMI
ARC output to connect the soundbar to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The Pulse
Soundbar 2i's HDMI ARC output allows audio from your TV to be sent to the
soundbar speaker. The HDMI ARC output supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch) and
- Some televisions will only pass 2ch PCM through the ARC-enabled HDMI
input from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, and will only
pass Dolby Digital via the TV's built-in tuner, network apps, or USB.
- Via a future firmware update (no scheduled ETA), the soundbar will
also support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) via an available
firmware update. eARC will support uncomprerssed audio formats like
Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, & DTS HD Master Audio - where standard
ARC was limited to Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and
Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The Pulse Soundbar 2i is
outfitted with both analog and digital audio inputs. There is one optical
(toslink) digital input to connect to your TV's optical output. The unit
supports 2ch PCM & 5.1ch Dolby Digital audio (Dolby Digital will be down-mixed
to 2ch). There is also a stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog input for connecting an
analog audio source.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of many
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection,
or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources
connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or
Audio Settings: The Pulse Soundbar 2i offers a Dialogue
Enhancement mode for clear movie dialogue, a Late Night Listening Mode for
compressing the soundbar's dynamic range while watching movies late at night,
plus Bass & Treble adjustment to fine tune the soundbar speaker's sound.
USB Port: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i features a USB
(type-A) port to directly connect a USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as
a thumbdrive or external hard disk drives (HDDs 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 Pulse Soundbar 2i, 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.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i
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 Pulse Soundbar 2i. You'll also be able to
use the Pulse Soundbar 2i 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
Pulse Soundbar 2i 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
Pulse Soundbar 2i without sacrificing sound quality and listen to
"better-than-CD" quality audio.
- Two-Way Communication: The Pulse Soundbar 2i offers
two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality.
Receive capability allows you to wirelessly stream from your device to the
Pulse Soundbar 2i. The Transmit capability means you can also use the Pulse
Mini 2i as a source and what your are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair
of wireless Bluetooth headphones (sold separately).
Note: The Pulse Soundbar 2i can be paired and connected via
Bluetooth without utilizing a network connection or the BluOS Controll app.
IR Sensor: The Bluesound Pulse does not come with a remote,
but does offer a built-in IR sensor, so you can program your TV's remote control
to operate volume up/down of the soundbar speaker. Many newer TVs are coming
with RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be
able to program the speaker and TV remote to work together.
Mounting Options: Intended for use with flat-panel TV's 42"
or greater, the Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i can be simply placed on a shelf that
is below or above your television. It can also be wall-mount below or above your
TV using the included wall-mount bracket. Also available is the Bluesound TS100
tabletop stand (813TS100,
sold separately) that lets you mount up to a 65" TV along with the Bluesound
Pulse Soundbar 2i on top of your piece of AV furniture.
Wireless Multiroom Audio
BluOS Wireless High-Resolution Multiroom Audio: The
Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i 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 (like dual-band WiFi and an ARM Cortex9 1GHz Processor),
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: Gen 2i of Bluesound is compatible with earlier
generations of Bluesound products.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Pulse
Soundbar 2i 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 more faster and
reliable connection with less 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 Pulse Soundbar 2i 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
Note: A wireless network connection will always be required
for the BluOS Controller App.
BluOS Controller App: The free
app (for Apple iOS 9.3-up, Android OS 4.1-up, Windows PC (XP-up), and Mac OS
X 10.7-up) turns your mobile device or computer into a full-featured wireless
remote control for the Pulse Soundbar 2i 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.
Alexa Compatible: The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar 2i will
support Amazon Alexa and voice control through an over-the-network firmware
update (now available). Using an Amazon Alexa enabled device (sold separately),
you can use your voice to explore music services, select presets, adjust volume
levels, switch up songs in different rooms, or even group your Bluesound
components together and play your music in perfect sync throughout the house.
Each Alexa voice command will need to start with the phrase "Alexa, ask Blue
Voice to" or "Alexa, Tell Blue Voice to". Alexa Skills for BluOS will need to be
setup through the Amazon Alexa app on your Apple iOS or Android device.
here for more information regarding Alexa setup and voice commands.
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
| Lossless ||WMA-Lossless ||up to 96 kHz ||up to 24-bit |
|FLAC ||192 kHz ||up to
| Uncompressed ||AIFF ||up 192 kHz ||up to
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
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
- Amazon Prime: With a
Amazon Prime Music subscription, you can access over 2 million songs
ad-free and on-demand, as well as curated playlists and personalized
stations. Upgrade to an
Amazon Music Unlimited subscription to access tens of millions of songs.
- Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to
Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your
Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system using
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
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
- 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
- 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
- Other Services: Other online music services include
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 (XP-up) & Mac (OS X
10.7-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
AirPlay 2 (Firmware Update Available): The Pulse Soundbar 2i will
support AirPlay 2 through an available firmware update. 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 Pulse Soundbar 2i 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 Gen 2i Bluesound products with older Bluesound
products in the BluOS App to add AirPlay 2 compatibility to your entire BluOS