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Bluesound Pulse Mini

Compact streaming music speaker with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (White)

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Overview

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If you're serious about your music and its sound quality, here's good news. With the Bluesound system you can play your high-resolution music files and enjoy the convenience of wireless multi-room audio throughout your home. Bluesound was designed by the makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers, both experts when it comes to delivering high-performance audio.

Wireless music for the audio enthusiast

Bluesound Pulse Mini

If you're serious about your music and its sound quality, here's good news. With the Bluesound system you can play your high-resolution music files and enjoy the convenience of wireless multi-room audio throughout your home. Bluesound was designed by the makers of NAD electronics and PSB speakers, both experts when it comes to delivering high-performance audio.

Compact, studio-quality speaker

The Bluesound Pulse Mini — as the name implies — is sized just right for a bookshelf, workstation, nightstand, or any other place where space is at a premium. But small size doesn't mean small sound. The Pulse Mini has two 2” speakers, amplified separately to ensure responsiveness and accuracy. A 3-1/2” woofer handles the low frequencies, ensuring rich, well-rounded sound. And with 50 watts total system power, you'll be able to hear every detail.


High-res audio

A universe of music options

Bluesound is compatible with virtually all digital music formats — including high-resolution files up to 24-bit/192kHz. Access the music stored on your computer or a networked hard drive. Stream from Internet radio stations and online services like Spotify®, Rhapsody, and TIDAL. You can also enjoy downloads from high-res music sites such as HDtracks.  The player is compatible with MQA, an up-and-coming high-resolution audio format. The Pulse Mini also features a USB input for playing files "locally" from a thumb drive or hard drive — ideal when friends come over with their own music.

Bluesound control app

Control the system through Bluesound's free app for your smartphone or tablet.

High-quality Bluetooth

The Pulse Mini features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The system is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth, too. Bluetooth is a convenient way to play the sound from any app you might be using on your mobile device, including Netflix® and YouTube™. You can even share that Bluetooth source with other Bluesound music players around your house that are connected to the same network.

Create a high-resolution multi-room music system

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

  • Pulse Flex: This ultra-compact can fit just about any place.
  • Powernode 2: 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.
  • Node 2: Connects to your home audio system and makes it part of the Bluesound network.
  • Pulse 2: This all-in-one player is perfect for almost any room. It has built-in PSB speakers for great sound in a compact package.
  • Pulse Soundbar: Delivers powerful sound for movies and TV shows while giving you full access to music through your Bluesound network.
  • Vault 2: 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.

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, MQA, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
    • supported sample rates: 32kHz to 192kHz
    • supported bit depths 16-24
  • high-fidelity Bluetooth aptX® audio coding for greater sonic detail with compatible devices
  • plays Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeart 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™, HighResAudio, Deezer, JUKE, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, and Murfie
  • 50 watts total system power at 0.003% THD
  • top-mounted controls for volume and muting
  • USB port for connecting a thumb drive with music files
  • combination mini-optical/stereo minijack audio input
  • headphone stereo minijack
  • built-in Wi-Fi (2.4GHz only)
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network (Etherenet cable included)
  • compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
  • compatible with Mac®
  • requires AC power (AC adapter included)
  • 13-1/4"W x 6-3/4"H x 7"D
  • weight: 7.9 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  works with other Bluesound components on your network to create an audiophile multi-room music system plays a wide range of digital music formats, including 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution music files

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless speaker
  • 6' AC power cord (120V)
  • 6' AC power cord (240V)
  • 6.5' Ethernet cable
  • Optical-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Sheet
  • "Important" booklet
  • "Spotify Premium" note

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Great mid-size room single speaker - great listening experience.

Anonymous, Coppell, TX

Reviews

Bluesound Pulse Mini Reviews

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(7 Reviews)

Pretty incredible for something so small

Lucas from Southern California on 3/29/2018

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I am typically reluctant to purchase all-inclusive devices and especially anything that relates to music and sound quality. My first Bluesound device was a Node 2 that allowed me to use my existing stereo system. In the interest of expanding the multiple room features of Bluesound and because I needed something in the bedroom I purchased a Pulse Mini. I am quite impressed with the sound reproduction of the Pulse Mini. Lows were my main concern and I am very surprised with the accuracy of the lows. The sound is clear and precise even at low volumes. I haven't even turned it up that loud because it fills the ~12x12 room with ease. I didn't really think I needed sound in Bedroom but I am so happy to have this now. It even has an Alarm feature which I hadn't even planned on. I enjoy the controls on the top for easy starting of music without starting up the app. I also output the TV to this for clearer TV audio which is an extra bonus.

Pros: Amazing sound Aux input Alarm feature No ground (2 prong) plug

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Anonymous from Saluda, NC on 11/5/2017

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This is my 4th Bluesound device. It has a size factor that is a easier to move around that the Pulse and a little more inconspicuous in it's surroundings- kitchen, deck, bedroom, etc. At low to mid listening levels sound quality of on par with the Pulse. The nearly endless possibilities of sources and true HiFi capability make these things awesome.

Pros: Sound Quality

Cons: Price

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Anonymous from Coppell, TX on 9/25/2017

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Great mid-size room single speaker - great listening experience.

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Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 8/19/2017

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I use it while working in the garage - my florescent garage lights cause interference with over-the-air radio. no interference with this unit. Expensive (-1 star), but sounds better than most speakers of it's size (maybe better than all of them), and integrates nicely with my other bluesound equip.

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Mike M from Manassas, VA on 6/23/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Picked the mini to complement a Vault 2 I bought a few months back. Set up was simple. Interface across the Bluesound App was also easy and has worked well. Immediately impressed with the sound quality. I do not have a great "ear" - but was literally taken back by the difference between the mini and my stock JBL speakers the mini replaced. I move around quite a bit within the house, some adjacent structures, and the outdoors. Easy to move - plug in - and connect.

Pros: Ease of use; great sound; simple interface

Cons: None

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Matts from New London, NH on 4/16/2016

I was looking to downsize my stereo to something a little more versatile. After listening to some all in ones - Bose, B&W, Sonos - I decided to to try out the Pulse Mini, not having heard it prior. Great decision on my part as the flexibility and sound quality are tremendous. Set up took about 3 minutes and I was streaming music from Tidal. My prior stereo was pretty high end, and although this can't go nearly as loud, the quality of sound is better. Very impressed with this unit, already planning to get another.

Pros: Tonally balanced Impressive soundstage for an all in one Weighty bass Crisp highs in space Expressive mid range

Cons: None

Bluesound Hardware Great - Software Not So Much

Paul S from Littleton, CO on 4/16/2016

I own 6 Bluesound products, including 2 Pulse Minis. Lately, after several recent software updates, I've been having a lot of trouble keeping my entire system online. I'll open an app on my computer or on my phone and see only 3 or 4 of my Bluesound devices listed. Five of my six Bluesound devices have hard-wired ethernet connections, so Wifi is not the problem. All of my devices show sold blue lights, which should mean a solid network connection. Right now, I'm sitting at my computer, on which the Bluesound app shows 5 of my devices. My iphone lying beside me on the desk shows all six. I have lots of other issues with the software, but when I can't even stay in touch with my devices, those other annoyances pale in comparison. I tried to post this information on the Bluesound forums, but they refused me access unless I enabled 3rd party cookies to let them track and monitor me. I love the hardware. The sound is significantly better than the Sonos system I used for eight years before buying Bluesound, and I like the fact that Bluesound will play my high resolution music without the need for transcoding. I don't, however, enjoy always having to reboot things to make the system work. Update 5.19.2016 - I sent a support request to Bluesound after my connectivity issues got so bad that two Bluesound devices playing the same program disconnected from each other twice in the course of one hour. Bluesound support was able to read the logs and determine that the Bluesound devices were getting new DHCP addresses from my router more often than normal. Bluesound has no ability to specify a fixed IP address in their software, so they sent me into the depths of my router's configuration. I was able to enter manual IP addresses for each of my Bluesound devices, but the process was tricky. There's a MAC address on a label attached to each Bluesound device, but that is only for the wired ethernet connection. For devices that connect wirelessly, there's a different MAC address buried in the diagnostic files in the configuration menus. Once manual addresses were in place for all my Bluesound devices, my system became much more stable, and I've had two devices linked together for over a week without disconnecting. I am surprised that this level of hands-on configuration is necessary, because my Sonos system (5 devices) ran fine for eight years with IP addresses automatically assigned by DHCP, but the manual IP addresses provided a fix. I'm now raising my rating from 2 stars to 4 stars. Bluesound's software still has some problems and lacks the elegance, intuitiveness and simplicity of Sonos' software, but that's a tradeoff I'm willing to live with for better sound and the ability to play high-resolution audio tracks without transcoding.

Pros: Great sound. Plays high resolution music files.

Cons: Very poor quality software.

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Features

Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The Pulse Mini wireless speaker is part of Bluesound's wireless high-resolution audio eco-system. The Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio eco-system consists of music players, amplifiers, hard-drives, and wireless speakers to playback your high-res and low-res music files, along with your favorite online music services throughout your home using your home's WiFi network. With an advanced WiFi antenna design and blazing ARM Cortex9 Processors, Bluesound ensures a solid connection in every corner of your home. Play your music in perfect sync or play different music simultaneously to any Bluesound device in any room.

Note: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly wireless environment. 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. Bluesound can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired environment.

Direct Digital Technology: Bluesound's 32-bit architecture combined with 8x oversampling, paired with their own innovative Direct Digital Amp and DAC platforms, ensures that your lossless high-res music playback is flawless, with precision, power and clarity - at any volume level. The Pulse Mini wireless speaker pumps out 50 watts of bi-amplified power to its two 2" full-range drivers and one 3.5" woofer, while its patented dual-acoustic chamber with state-of-the-art DSP equalization maximizes bass power and clarity.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Pulse Mini can be connected to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) connection. Either network/internet connection allows you to stream music from your Windows or Mac computer and NAS drive (such as the Bluesound Vault, sold separately); as well as stream select online music services.

Note: Bluesound operates only on 2.4GHz WiFi (not 5GHz).

Bluesound Controller App: The free Bluesound Controller App turns your Apple iOS (7.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone/tablet, Windows (Vista or higher) PC or Mac (OS X 10.7+) computer into a full-featured remote control for the Bluesound wireless music system. The Bluesound 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 Bluesound Controller App.

Supported Music Formats: The Bluesound wireless audio system supports both low-res and high-res audio files; including MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WMA Lossless, MQA, WAV, and AIFF. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 100,000 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.

Note: MQA (Master Quality  Authenticated) support will require a firmware update.

Online Music Services: With a network and internet connection, the Pulse Mini lets you access select online music services & internet radio. The Bluesound Controller app on your Apple iOS or Android device will serve as the controller for these apps and provide song/artist information with Album Art.

  • Amazon Prime: With a 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. 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: 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
  • TuneIn: The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn 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: iHeartRadio 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 Radio® 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.
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.

Music Library From Your Mobile Device: From the Bluesound Controller App, you can stream music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or Android device to the Bluesound Pulse Mini and the rest of your Bluesound components around your home. The app gives you complete control of your compatible mobile device's music library with song/artist information and album art.

Computer Audio: The Bluesound wireless music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC or Mac computer using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the Bluesound Controller App for Windows & Mac.

  • Windows: Music files stored on a Windows desktop or laptop can be accessed by Bluesound using Windows File Sharing. You will need to download the Bluesound Share Utility for Windows - Bluesound Share Utility Windows v1.6.zip. This utility will work on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
  • Mac: Music files stored on an Apple iMac or MacBook can be accessed by Bluesound using SMB File Sharing. You will need to download the Bluesound Share Utility for OS X - Bluesound Share Utility OSX v1.2.zip.This utility will work on any version of Apple OS X 10.8.x and higher.

Bluetooth w/ aptX: The Bluesound Pulse Mini features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with support for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop, and more. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Pulse Mini. In addition, the Pulse Mini offers aptX for CD-quality sound from Android (OS 4.0+) devices. You can even distribute Bluetooth audio to the rest of your Bluesound wireless audio system throughout your home or office over WiFi.

USB Port: The Bluesound Pulse Mini 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 or NTFS. Not only can USB audio be played back on the Pulse Mini, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback. 

Notes:
  • USB mass storage devices that require more than 0.5A of power will require a separate power supply.
  • The USB port is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android devices.

Optical/Analog Input: The Pulse Mini is fitted with a 3.5mm Aux input which can be used as an analog or digital connection. As an analog input, simply connect a stereo minijack audio cable from your analog source to the Pulse Mini'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 Pulse Mini'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 Pulse Mini speaker and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.

Soft-Touch Controls: The Pulse Mini offers soft-touch, top-panel controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the front of the Pulse Mini for private listening with a set of headphones. The Pulse Mini speaker will be muted when headphone are connected.

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

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3rd party reviews cite this as one of the top three speakers to get. Hi-def sound... I get to hear it... much better than the MP3 trash. The system is modular and I can expand n the future. [ Billy  Jan 02, 2018 ]
Have one wanted another [ David  Oct 01, 2017 ]
Test Bluesound products as a first time experience. [ Dean  Jun 21, 2017 ]
It was the best balance of cost vs performance in the bluesound lineup. The Pulse 2 was a little too expensive for this type of speaker and the same was try for the flex.... [ Michael  Jan 07, 2017 ]
recommendation by friend, he liked quality + user-friendly BlueSound app to run it. [ Colin  Jan 22, 2016 ]
Needed a good portable speaker that produced high-quality sound and would provide music to other smaller areas of home, but still sourced from my home system (Onkyo Tx8160 with pre-aux connected Bluesound Powernode 2). [ Patrick  Jun 22, 2017 ]
To add more Bluesounds to my home setup [ Daniel  Jun 27, 2016 ]

4 questions already asked

I would go with the larger size for that room.I believe you can connect 2 Bluesound Speakers in stereo mode. I have not done so, since I only have one. A better choice might be to buy the power node amp/dac and then connect whichever speakers you would like. [ arthur  Jul 25, 2017 ]
I think with such a large room you would struggle to get the sound required from the mini to fill the room. We have an equivalent sized room and use Tannoy Floor standers. I would recommend something like the KEF LS50 for a room that size as it will have the connectivity you would get from the mini with much better sound quality and filling capacity. You could then use a pulse 2 for steaming services. [ SM-2308-1948 Ko  Jul 25, 2017 ]
I think this will work, although I only have one Mini as an adjunct to my home system (it is in the kitchen). Although it is powerful enough to fill the kitchen with sound, the sonic quality is not as good as my KEF LS50's so you might consider those instead since they are powered and deliver a cleaner, tighter sound than the BS Mini does. [ Dfinkelsteinmd  Jul 22, 2017 ]
You can pair both mini's and they will share one input as a connection to the one you connect your turntable to. Your turntable needs to have an optical or miniplug output connection(or bluetooth I suppose). I have only one mini so I'm not sure but I don't believe they will stereo as a left on one and a right on the other if that is what you're trying to achieve. I don't see that option on mine. I grouped my Node2 and my Pulse Mini and they operate as their own stereo unit but play the same source. The stereo will be within each unit. They do amplify pretty well so one would actually be sufficient if properly placed and stereo could be enhanced by wall structure bounce. [ Dean  Jul 22, 2017 ]
No. You'll need to use the Wi-Fi in order to use multiple Pulse Mini speakers with the same source of audio content. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Feb 27, 2016 ]  Staff
Impossible to answer without knowing the room dimensions [ arthur  Feb 25, 2016 ]
I do not have this version, though I bought one as a gift. I have the original Pulse at home connected to my network. I think the answer to your question is "no", but I suggest you contact Bluesound directly. They have helped me in the past very promptly: I cannot include a link because Crutchfield will not allow, but go to the Bluesound site [ arthur  Apr 25, 2016 ]
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