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Bluesound Pulse 2

Streaming music speaker with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® (Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Bluesound Pulse 2

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 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

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 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.

An all-in-one music player

The Pulse 2 makes a great all-purpose wireless music speaker. It features a dual-acoustic chamber with an advanced digital signal processor. The 4" full-range woofer is powered by 80 watts of total system power. Bottom line — the Pulse 2 delivers clean, distortion-free sound across the audio spectrum. And it can fill a room with it. Enjoy Internet radio stations, streaming music services, songs stored on a networked computer or hard drive and more — all with outstanding sound quality.

DirectDigital™ amplifier technology produces lifelike sound

Bluesound's DirectDigital Amplifier features remarkable 35-bit/844kHz digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuitry for a sound that's detailed, immediate, and dynamic. Your high-resolution digital files will sound clear and richly textured.

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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 2 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.

High-quality Bluetooth

The Pulse 2 features aptX® audio coding, an advanced form of Bluetooth that allows higher-fidelity sound with compatible Bluetooth devices. The system is backward-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.
  • Pulse Mini: This compact, all-in-one speaker system is ideal for a bookshelf, desk, or nightstand.
  • 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 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:

  • wireless music player with built-in amplifier and speakers
  • 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
    • plays Internet radio stations from TuneIn Radio and iHeart Radio
  • high-fidelity Bluetooth aptX® audio coding for greater sonic detail with compatible devices
  • 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)
  • plays streaming music from TIDAL, Rdio™, HighResAudio, HDtracks, Deezer, JUKE, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, and Murfie
  • 80 watts total system power at 0.005% THD
  • DirectDigital™ amplifier renders digital music sources with ultra-fine detail, even at extreme high and low volumes
  • top controls for volume and muting
  • USB port for connecting a thumb drive with music files
  • combination mini-optical/stereo minijack audio input
  • built-in Wi-Fi (2.4GHz only)
  • Ethernet port
  • compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
  • compatible with Mac®
  • requires AC power (AC adapter included)
  • 16-1/2"W x 7-3/4"H x 8-7/8"D
  • weight: 13.4 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

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
  • "HDtracks" offer

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Great sound from a small package, and interfaces nicely with Spotify and my in home system. Setting up software to manage 2 BlueOS devices was not very easy. I eventually had to contact Customer Support, and they helped me to work it out.

Bob, Victor, NY

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Bluesound Pulse 2 Reviews

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(18 Reviews)

Great sound!

Bob from Victor, NY on 5/19/2018

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Great sound from a small package, and interfaces nicely with Spotify and my in home system. Setting up software to manage 2 BlueOS devices was not very easy. I eventually had to contact Customer Support, and they helped me to work it out.

Pros: Great sound from a small package, and interfaces nicely with Spotify and my in home system.

Cons: Setting up software to manage 2 BlueOS devices was not very easy. I eventually had to contact Customer Support, and they helped me to work it out.

Versatile positioning and great sound!

Mark from Boyne City, MI on 5/16/2018

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Measured up to my high expectations! Sounds rich and full, links to anything, bluetooth or bluesound via wifi, and can be placed almost anywhere. Its portable so just at home on our patio as in our livingroom. I shopped everything in its class and picked the winner!

Pros: Wireless, it Can be placed anywhere you have a power outlet, and has rich warm sound.

Cons: There are none.

Love the Bluesound Pulse 2

Ryan from Holladay, UT on 3/20/2018

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I have had this unit since it first came out. Since then I have added two pulse Flex to my setup. I have had zero issues with these players themselves. The only thing that I figured out when I first purchased them was that my network was sub par. Updating my router and modem fixed any delay and disconnect issues I was having. I use all apple products and it works flawlessly. My advise to anyone giving a bad review for connection issues is update your hardware first. The Bluesound Players are highly advanced technology and need to be paired with quality hardware to work at optimum levels. Don't be a cheep skate :) and you will be happy!

Pros: *Excellent sound quality especially with MQA TIDAL* *Excellent build quality* *Quality Quality Quality*

Cons: *Price point a little high* BUT you get what you pay for. If you want house shaking bass then you will need to add the SUB or a SUB

Not your father's streaming.

Martin from Santa Fe, NM on 3/12/2018

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Available professional reviews are consistent in praise and, IMO, you can trust them. Shockingly good sound. Also to be trusted are complaints that setup is extremely confusing. Dont hesitate to call in for help if you are stuck. Good news is that Bluesound help is very nicely responsive and email or callback is next day or sooner. I'll be adding more components over time.

Pros: CD+ quality sound from just a single device and a decent mobile phone.

Cons: If not familiar with the full streaming technology there's a bit of learning curve.

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Anonymous from Ellicott City, MD on 1/22/2018

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Got this Pulse 2 for my bedroom. It sounds great, fills the room easily, and now syncs with my other two zones, a Bluesound node with my main system, and a Powernode 2 in my office. I love the synced music as I travel around the house, and all sound fantastic!

Pros: Sound Quality, wifi or wired setup, syncs with all other BlueOS stuff. Really high fidelity, blows away my friends Sonos!

Cons: Set up and software took me a bit to master.

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Anonymous from Coppell, TX on 9/25/2017

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Have two Pulse 2 speakers paired left and right channel - they sound absolutely amazing! That combined with the other Bluesound products through the house, and I am loving the system all. The app still leaves a little to be desired, but very solid overall.

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VP from Westport, CT on 3/3/2017

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Wanted a top quality wireless speaker. Compared to Bose sound touch 20 and the Naim Qb side by side for 2 weeks at home. Sonos best by some distance. Compared Sonos vs Bose in store and Bose was much better than Sonos. Naim seriously disappointing sound quality esp at the price, it's the most expensive. I really wanted to like it. Bose was pretty good but sound nowhere as clear and clean as the Bluesound. I was willing to pay the much higher price for Bluesound vs Bose but for many the Bose sound quality will be surprisingly good given the much lower price. Bluesound genuinely high end sound quality. You should not buy Bose or Sonos without trying this. Thanks Crutchfield for their great return policy. Used with tidal Hi Fi lossless streaming..

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Should be called a "NoSound" Instead of Bluesound

Axl_Rose from NC on 2/1/2017

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I think it is important to break this review into two parts. One part being the 'customer experience' and the other being on the merits of the player. The customer experience at this moment is about 1.5 stars. Set up out of the box is not intuitive at all. You can't just whip out your phone and pair the device to this speaker. There is a whole set up process that you have to go through to just get the player up and running let alone hear any music. Once I did that, I heard about 10 seconds of a song and then the music went away because it detected that a firmware upgrade was needed. FRUSTRATION. Hooking up component audio is much easier and rewarding. Customer service is totally lacking at Bluesound as well. I find this highly disappointing since I have shelled out this much for one of these and I have intent to expand them further in other rooms. Instead, Bluesound wants it's customer base to rely on forums. While this is an acceptable means of communication, it should only be considered as an add-on to customer service - this is not the case at Bluesound. For the second part of the review, I cannot yet comment because well, I am still unable to play any music, even after following the very minimalist instructions. It seems these devices were designed for Millennials who don't enjoy reading manuals like some older audiophiles do - Studying a the manual was part of the experience and learning your new equipment but, you won't find that here.

Pros: I haven't found any yet

Cons: Setup is jenky and cumbersome No out of the box excitement ZERO customer service and support Rely on forums to resolve issues

Crutchfield response on 2/1/2017 We're sorry you're having issues with your music player. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help get your system up and running correctly or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Anonymous from Ottawa, Ontario on 12/1/2016

I've had this product for 2 weeks and I am quite content. Overall, the music quality is exceptional. It blows Bose and Sonos out of the water. The user experience, on the other hand, has much room for improvement. A couple of things to mention. First off, bluetooth can take a few moments to connect, which can get frustrating sometimes. As well, the app can be rather glitchy at times and can lose connection with the player over Wifi. This has happened to me several times. I would also say the general feel of the app and aesthetics need some serious work. I would recommend this product to someone who has a good ear for music quality. I would not recommend it to someone who wants a quick and easy way to seamlessly listen to their music. Hopefully Bluesound puts more work into their app in the future.

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Great aesthetics in a wireless speaker

David from Novato, CA on 11/6/2016

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Love the weight and feel of this product but have not powered it up yet. The main reason to buy was to get the tech support from the experts at Crutchfield with no upsell as you get from local vendors.

Pros: Expensive and looks it.

Cons: Might be too expensive for some.

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Neil R from Potomac MD on 10/6/2016

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The audio output is very good but not great. I bought the system because it is far superior to the competition like Sonos or Bose. However, setting up the system is a challange. The online instructions are poor and misleading. Even with assistance from Crutchfield tech support after a week I still am not getting the wifi output. A negative for me personally is that the Pandora can be connected only by bluetooth.

Pros: Better sounding than the competition but not great

Cons: Terrible setup instructions. Pandora can be accessed only by bluetooth. More expensive than the competition

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James from Brooklyn, NY on 6/7/2016

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I purchased the Sonos Play5 immediately prior to this purchase and ended up returning it. Overall, I'm very happy with the hardware and software of Bluesound.

Pros: * Sound clarity and bass * Software synchronization - when I move from my desktop to iPhone app, the track I have playing is readily displayed * Supports 24-bit * Supports more than 65K tracks - A main reason I returned Sonos. I believe Bluesound has a max 100K, but I'm a year or two away from that limit.

Cons: * Form factor of speaker - the length of this speaker does not fit as nicely on my shelf as the Play5, but I'd never want to sacrifice sound quality for form factor * Initial set-up was a bit more cumbersome and the instructions missed use cases, but once I was up and running, I had no issues

Great all in one system

Dave D from New York, NY on 5/19/2016

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A great satellite unit for my master bedroom.

Pros: Great sound Easy to set up HD streaming music Great looks Strong DAC Controlled and powerful sound

Cons: Slightly more expensive than competiton

Incredible Speaker

Sherry A. from Las Cruces, NM on 5/11/2016

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I purchased the Bluesound Pulse 2 speaker to go with their Node 2 streamer. I have an oddly shaped den and needed a robust speaker for a spot in the room that is hard to set up correctly for listening purposes. The Pulse 2 did not disappoint - it is, by far, the best speaker of this type I have listened to. My system is a hybrid of two systems including 8 Sonos speakers, and a Connect, in conjunction with Bluesound's Node 2 and Pulse 2 for high-resolution playback. I had previously used the Squeezebox line for high-resolution audio files, but it "expired" and I was faced with 1000+ high resolution files I could no longer listen to (Sonos is wonderful, but it can't play high-resolution files) or finding an alternative to integrate into my setup - Bluesound is the perfect solution for my needs. The Pulse 2 is an incredible speaker - it literally fills the room with its' power and I find that I sometimes forget to turn on the stereo receiver that has the Bluesound Node 2 attached so I am basically filling a room with one speaker rather than using the stereo setup that also includes 2 excellent Martin Logan bookshelf speakers. The Pulse 2 picks up the slightest nuances in the music, gives the feeling of being in the front row of an acoustically perfect concert hall, and overall is the finest speaker I have now. I am stunned at the power and clarity - it isn't a large speaker, but it sounds incredibly robust - perfect in every way.

Pros: Incredible sound Easy to integrate into music systems Powerful and robust - sounds like a much larger speaker than it's size would indicate

Cons: Initially I was hesitant because of the price, but now that I have it integrated into my system, I can say it was worth every dollar. It's hard to describe the incredible sound that is rendered from a speaker this size - it is amazing and truly can fill a room with glorious sound.

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Kevin S from Mission, KS on 5/9/2016

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The sound is very good, better than any of this type of speaker I've listened to. Don't buy it if you are looking for typical nice loudspeaker sound though. It still isn't of that quality. Which brings me to echoing an earlier review that stated it's too expensive. I agree. Sounds very good but this much?? Really? Margin must be pretty high on this product.

Pros: Very good sound, not great but very good. The best sound of any speaker of this type I've heard. Portable, easily unplugged & transported to other rooms.

Cons: Too expensive for what it is.

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MrEggSandwich from Asbury, NJ on 3/13/2016

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Let me start off by saying that I am not an A/V expert, but we listen to a ton of music/radio all day in our home from a variety of sources (PC/Sirius/Tablet/Phone). I was between Sonos (Play 5) and Bluesound (Pulse 2) product. My goal was to access all my music via tablet/phone. Sonos & Bluesound both allow you to do that. In all the research I did, all signs pointed to the Bluesound being superior in sound quality. We have our Pulse 2 in a large, high ceiling room (open concept kitchen/dining/living area..room is approx 25x30), which is perfect for the unit. The Pulse 2 fills the room with crystal clear, warm sound, that is great even at low levels. The sound follows you throughout the home. It's powerful, super clear, and just the right amount the base. Someone came over last night (who knows nothing about sound), and remarked how great the unit sounded. My wife and I are both big fans, it's a great product. Looks great, packaged great, sounds great. I also bought a Pulse Flex to move around the house, but have not opened it as of yet. Will review at that time. Crutchfield was great, I had never purchased from them before, but they are awesome. Even calling me after placing my order to ask if I had any questions on the product. Well done guys! Again, I am thrilled with the Pulse 2

Pros: Sound is awesome. Warm, clear, fills large rooms with ease, even at low levels. Sound is always with you. You'll catch a vocal, a symbol, a guitar that sounds like it's sitting on your shoulder. Great looking product, fairly easy to set up over your wifi. Allows you access to all your stored music on your PC, your tablet, phone, Sirius (via Bluetooth), and TuneIn radio, among other services.

Cons: No shocker here, but the app is a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it makes sense and it looks very good. All signs point to Sonos having the superior software, but this is about sound, right? The app could be more intuitive (i'm probably the 1000th person to say that), but again: Once you get the hang of it, it it nice.

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billbop2 from Swanton,VT on 1/18/2016

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Although this is a great sounding speaker I don't think it is worth the price.

Pros: Great overall sound. Powerful.

Cons: Too expensive.

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New2blue from Boston, MA on 12/20/2015

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Brilliant sound. Easily found and identified my music from existing iTunes and flac libraries. App works really well, though was a bit confusing at first.

Pros: Simple installation Amazing sound quality Plays multiple audio formats

Cons: Had to delete and reinstall app before I could browse and search library. No clear solution for subwoofer from Bluesound ( other than wired )

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Features

Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The Pulse 2 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 Direct Digital amplifier is rated at 80-watts total power with 0.005% THD. Direct Digital amplifier technology provides rich, clear, and distortion free sound.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Bluesound Pulse 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2. In addition, the Pulse 2 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 2 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 2, 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 2 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 2'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 2'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 2 speaker and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the front of the Pulse 2 for private listening with a set of headphones.

Soft-Touch Controls: The Pulse 2 offers soft-touch, top-panel controls to operate basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.

Integrated Handle: There is an integrated carry handle on top of the Bluetooth speaker to help you move it from one room to another. It is not battery powered and will require an AC outlet.

AC Power: The Bluesound Pulse 2 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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Perfect to extend my Bluesound system into my bedroom [ KENNETH  Dec 28, 2017 ]
Companion to Bluesound soundbar [ David  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Because it can play 24 bit Hi Res files and have a similar user experience as the Sonos [ SUJINDER  Feb 18, 2016 ]
The sweet $200 bundle discount [ JORDAN  Jan 03, 2018 ]
I have the Bluesound Vault, and am very happy with it. I want to stream the ripped music to another room. [ GARY  Jan 27, 2016 ]
Very good review and product [ Jason  Jan 03, 2016 ]
I purchased the Duo and the Power Node 2 and they sound so amazing that I wanted to expand the system! [ BRYAN G  Dec 18, 2015 ]

11 questions already asked

If you buy any two bluesound speakers you can configure them in the app to work like stereo Left and Right. If you are trying to get the best sound for the money i suggest getting two bluesound pulse mini and one bluesound pulse sub and configuring the pulse mini in stereo. The sub will give you the sound stage you want. If you are strapped for cash then the Pulse 2 by itself is an amazing performer. The sound has a lot of depth and clarity. [ Ryan  Dec 14, 2017 ]
Yes of course, stereo channel separation is better. Having said this, the software allows you too pair two BlueSound speakers together for excellent sound seperation. [ Darel  Dec 14, 2017 ]
We do not offer the Marshall model ourselves and have not had a chance to compare them as a result. While I'm sure the Marshall sounds great, the online specs I could find seem to indicate Bluetooth and Aux input only so, based on specs alone, I'd have to give the edge to the Bluesound Pulse 2 as it offers Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB and support for high-resolution files in addition to the aux input and Bluetooth (aptX). I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Feb 25, 2016 ]  Staff
It really depends on the actual size and acoustics of the room. Two Minis will be more powerful than a single Pulse 2 but there's no need to spend the additional money if a single Pule 2 will do the job. I recommend starting with the Pulse 2 and see what you think. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Feb 25, 2016 ]  Staff
If you would like to use more than one speakers to play the same source of audio, you'll need to use the Wi-Fi capability. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Feb 27, 2016 ]  Staff
The Yamaha NX-N500 system uses a pair of bookshelf speakers that have more built-in amplification than the Bluesound Pulse speaker and thus can likely produce louder volume levels. That said, the built-in 32-bit architecture combined with 8x oversampling, paired with their own innovative Direct Digital Amp and DAC platforms allows the Bluesound Pulse to produce flawless music playback with precision, power and clarity - at any volume level. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Feb 10, 2016 ]  Staff
The Pulse 2 does not support Airplay but you can control it with the Bluesound Controller App from your iPhone and/or iPad. The app does provide the ability to set alarms and awake to selected playlists. I hope that helps. My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Mar 31, 2018 ]  Staff
yes, when creating a stereo pair there is a procedure to indicate R and L [ John  Jun 01, 2017 ]
Yes. There is a post from bluesound about setting up a fixed grouping of two speakers for left and right channels. Crutchfield won't let me post a link, but you can Google Fixed-Groups-Makes-Stereo-Pairing-Easier and find the article. [ Reeves  Jun 01, 2017 ]
Yes, you can read them as separate left and right channels. [ Daniel  May 31, 2017 ]
Add a bluesound pulse sub and you have the perfect setup. [ Ryan  Dec 14, 2017 ]
I think having two of the Pulse Mini models would provide better separation and stereo imaging than a single Pulse 2 speaker. Two of the Pulse Mini's would also provide more total wattage than a single Pulse 2. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Feb 26, 2016 ]  Staff
I am sorry but I do not own either of these speakers..the Bluesound Pulse 2 has plenty of volume however. [ William  Feb 10, 2016 ]
No, once registered it will pick up the network automatically when you plug it back in... [ W. Bradstreet  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Nope - it will remember unless you do a factory reset, which is a special process. [ BRYAN G  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Yes, but it sounds best when you let it decide on its own - it has a great algorithm for this. [ BRYAN G  Jan 04, 2016 ]
You can when using the JBL Connect App that you can download from Apple® iTunes® app store and Google Play. [ Paul  Dec 14, 2015 ]  Staff
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