Bluesound Vault 2
Streaming music player with 2TB storage drive, CD ripper, and Bluetooth® (Black)
Our take on the Bluesound Vault 2 by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Streaming 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 files and enjoy easy access to your whole music collection 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.
Turn your CD collection into a bit-perfect digital music archive
The Vault 2 features a 2TB storage drive, so it can easily accommodate the larger file sizes of high-resolution digital audio. And it makes it easy to bring your CD collection into the Bluesound ecosystem. Just slip a CD into the slot. The Vault 2 defaults to ripping bit-perfect digital copies of your discs, so you'll hear every detail contained in the original versions. Plus, you can transfer other digital music files which you may have stored on various computers around the house, consolidating all your digital libraries into the Vault 2 for easy access.
Once you've loaded your collection, you'll be able to enjoy all of your music in any room with a Bluesound player. And the Vault 2 is also a Bluesound music player — connect it to your receiver, amplifier, or other audio system using its digital or analog outputs. (Just keep in mind, you'll need to make a wired Ethernet connection between the Vault 2 and your network router.)
High-res audio puts you inside the music
This equipment plays high-resolution audio files that can re-create more lifelike sound than CDs, bringing subtle details to life. High-res online music stores offer a variety of formats including 24-bit/96kHz, 24-bit/192kHz, and DSD.
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, a high-resolution audio format. The Vault 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.
The Vault 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.
Control the system through Bluesound's free app for your smartphone or tablet.
Create a high-resolution multi-room music system
Combine multiple Bluesound players to enjoy high-end sound throughout your home.
- 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.
- 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.
- Duo: This 2.1 audio system features two speakers and subwoofer, ideal for TV or computer sound.
- Pulse Mini: This compact, all-in-one speaker system is ideal for a bookshelf, desk, or nightstand.
Control in the palm of your hand
The Bluesound system is easily controlled from your smartphone or tablet. Just download the free app from the Apple® App Store, or Google Play. The app lets you select songs and adjust volume. Choose to play music in one room, all rooms, or different tracks in different spaces around your home.
- music storage device with slot-loading CD drive and 2TB internal hard drive
- communicates with other Bluesound players via your home network (wired or wireless)
- requires a wired Ethernet connection to your network router
- control the system with a free app for your smartphone, tablet, or computer (Android™, iOS®, Kindle Fire, Windows®, and Mac®)
- plays MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, FLAC, ALAC, MQA, 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
- play music in multiple rooms when you add other Bluesound players
- top-mounted controls for volume and muting
- USB port for connecting a thumb drive with music files
- combination mini-optical/stereo minijack audio input
- audio output:
- RCA stereo audio (stereo RCA-to-RCA cable included)
- coaxial digital audio (RCA)
- optical digital audio (Toslink optical digital-to-stereo mini jack adapter included)
- headphone stereo minijack
- subwoofer RCA mono
- compatible with Windows® (XP or higher operating system)
- compatible with Mac®
- requires AC power (AC adapter included)
- 8-5/8"W x 3-1/2"H x 9-1/4"D
- weight: 4.05 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:
- Network music player/Hard disc drive
- 6' AC power cord (120V)
- 6" AC power cord (240V)
- 6.5' Ethernet cable
- 6.5' Stereo RCA cable
- 6' Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
- Quick Setup Guide
- Warranty Sheet
- "Important" booklet
- "Spotify Premium" note
so far, wonderful. Holds all my cds plus much more. Also copied my hi res music from my computer. Replays at hi res. What more could one want? But there is more: there is no really organized, helpful documentation. By the way, the tech support is terrific.
Howard, Los Angeles, CA
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Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The Vault 2 network music player & hard-drive 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.
Vault 2: The Bluesound Vault 2 provides a convenient way to store and listen to your digital music collection. The Vault 2 features a CD-ripper and 2TB hard-drive to store you CD-Audio music files. It also offers a wired network connection and can act as a NAS drive for storage & playback of digital music files on your Windows or Mac computer. In addition, its network connection lets you access even more music from online music services and internet radio. There is even a direct USB input for connection of a USB mass storage class device that contains music files. All of this can be controlled from your Apple iOS or Android device using Bluesound's free controller app.
CD-Ripper w/ 2TB Hard-Drive: The Vault 2's slot-loading CD mechanism can rip an inserted Audio CD directly to its 2TB hard-drive. Rip all your CDs rapidly in lossless high-resolution FLAC or WAV formats, space-saving MP3, or both simultaneously. You can also purchase, download, and store high-res tracks from HDTracks on this dedicated ultra-quiet 2TB hard-drive; with no computer needed. Now, you'll be able to access and share your entire digital music collection and stream it in studio-quality to multiple rooms all over the home via the Bluesound wireless eco-system.
Note: The Vault 2 can store up to18,000 songs in 24-bit/96kHz FLAC format. If you need more space, there is the option to add an extra USB hard drive via one of the USB (type-A) ports located on back of the Vault 2.
Wired Network Connection: The Bluesound Vault 2 is fitted with a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for a wired connection to your home's network and Internet provider. This network/internet connection allows you to listen to music on the Vault 2's hard-drive on other Bluesound devices through out your home, plus lets you stream digital music files on your network connected Windows or Mac computer, as well as stream select online music services and internet radio to your existing home audio system and the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home.
Note: The Bluesound Vault 2 can only be connected to your network by a wired Ethernet connection. The Vault 2 does not have a wireless network card.
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|
|Lossless||WMA-Lossless||up to 96 kHz||up to 24-bit|
|FLAC||192 kHz||up to 24-bit|
|Uncompressed||AIFF||up 192 kHz||up to 24-bit|
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 Vault 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.
- HDtracks: HDtracks is a premiere online music store for audiophiles who demand the best sounding music. It is their purpose to provide the largest online library of studio-quality high-resolution music downloads complete with liner notes. Download fees will apply.
- 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 Vault 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 Vault 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 Vault 2. In addition, the Vault 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.
Inputs: The Bluesound Vault 2 is fitted with two USB (type-A) ports for playback of music files stored on a mass storage class (MSC) device, as well as a 3.5mm Aux input that serves as an analog or digital input.
- Dual USB Ports: The Bluesound Vault 2 features two USB (type-A) ports 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 Vault 2, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback. 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 Vault 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 Vault 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 Vault 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 Vault 2 and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.
Outputs: The Bluesound Vault 2 provides analog & digital outputs to connect to your existing home entertainment system, plus a sub out for adding a powered sub, and a headphone jack for private listening.
- Analog & Digital Outputs: The Vault 2 contains both analog and digital outputs. 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.
- Sub Output: The Vault 2 also features a mono-RCA subwoofer output for adding a powered sub. The sub output is full-range; you will need to use the low-pass crossover in your powered sub.
- Headphone Output: A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the front of the Vault 2 for private listening with a set of headphones. The Vault 2's output will be muted when headphones are connected.
Remote Connections: The Bluesound Vault 2 is fitted with an IR input and 12V trigger output.
- IR Input: An infrared extender (sold separately) can be connected the Vault 2's IR input (3.5mm) to allow for programmable learning remotes to control volume and source selection when the Vault 2 is stored in a way that the front-panel IR sensor is not visible.
- 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 Vault 2 operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and the included 6' detachable AC power cord.
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Why did you buy this?
I confirmed with Adam that the Vault 2 is compatible with the Pulse 1. I had a Vault 1 but it died. Like the product and hope this version lasts longer. Love the features of Vault 1. [ Robert Oct 15, 2018 ]
It seems like a wonderful device to save my music to [ John Sep 22, 2018 ]
Store CD collection, stream from internet, allow for central control of collection throughout the house and with the node and mini also purchased. MQA and HD capabilities also a big plus. This seems to be the best compromise of compactness, sound quality, connectivity, and quality construction as I am a big fan of NAD and PSB. Excited about this purchase. [ DAVID Jul 16, 2018 ]
I wanted a hi-res music source [ Gary Jan 14, 2018 ]
This was recommended by a co-worker -- I needed a replacement for old stereo equipment, wanted digital capability along with ability to keep my existing CDs. This multi-purpose unit is exactly what I was looking for [ Maureen Reigh Dec 05, 2017 ]
We wanted to rip our CD collection and store the data locally. This device met all of our criteria. [ Suzanne Nov 27, 2017 ]
Supports 192/24 along with transferring CD's onto decent size hard drive easily. Very easily! [ Lorenzo Nov 10, 2017 ]
Already have one. Works great. [ J Sep 13, 2017 ]
This device is the insanely awesome. I have over 800'CD's I put on here, plus...you can now transfer your iTunes library into the Vault. I've never had a problem and have 11k songs on mine. Works flawlessly! [ titanium man Jun 29, 2017 ]
I needed a fast, easy, and reliable method for converting my extensive CD collection, while making it easy playback on my stereo system. The Vault 2's ability to copy discs using high resolution FLAC files was a must have. I'm very happy with this purchase. Now if I could only get one for the car! [ Robert May 19, 2017 ]
Best quality wireless audio. Sonos does not have a device like this that can ingest and store my cd collection and also stream Spotify. [ Robert Apr 08, 2017 ]
I have 1500 cds to convert to digital media. This seems like the ideal solution. Time will tell. [ Martin Apr 05, 2017 ]
Need to rip 1100 cds onto a server for play remotely on my wifi and through my home theater [ brian Jan 26, 2017 ]
I've looked an many home grown solutions and I've implemented one called volumio... it works great, but it's an eyesore... This solution is sleek AND I can rip CDs with it as well. Plus my tech support days are now over! I won't have to hear my wife ask, " Honey why won't the music play?" [ Michael Jan 07, 2017 ]
I picked this item to replace a Sony CD jukebox that stopped working. This is attractive because I can make multiple playlists, and because this can become the anchor of a multiroom music system. [ Bradley Jun 29, 2016 ]
Research [ Steve Sep 20, 2018 ]
Joey helped me [ Joan Aug 05, 2018 ]
To involve it with my audiophile grade equipment this vacation which starts the same day it becomes in stock. Hope to hear some Bluesound and MQA soon! [ MR. Jul 22, 2018 ]
Hi res audio capability and experience with other Bluesound products [ Bradley Jul 08, 2018 ]
19 questions already asked
You can set the Vault 2 up as a network share. Any software that loads devices can use it as a source. I have mine set up as my library for iTunes. [ Terry Aug 20, 2018 ]
Can't help you with the Sonos question but I can confirm that digitized vinyl can be stored on the Vault 2. I've done a bunch of 'em and transferred the lossless files I created over to the Vault 2 via my home network. [ Donald May 03, 2018 ]
As far as Sonos compatability I have no clue. I was never impressed with quality of sonos playback so never got involved. To the question of storing and playback of files its so easy. Just plug in a flash drive on mini hardrive and you gain total access through the player interface.for instance I plugged an old wheel ipod into player and it works great. The playlist are a bit diffucult to reconize but it works.. [ John May 02, 2018 ]
Unfortunately, it doesn't do DVD-Audio or SACD. It does a great job with CD and HD Tracks [ Lorenzo Jan 30, 2018 ]
No it does not. [ Vincent Dec 11, 2017 ]
No, no siriusXM, no Pandora. [ Bradley Dec 11, 2017 ]
No, the Bluesound Vault 2 does not support Siriusxm. [ Eric Dec 10, 2017 ]
Nope. [ Jason Dec 10, 2017 ]
No, it doesn't. It does stream a number of free and subscription Internet services. [ desper-otto Dec 10, 2017 ]
I don't know. We have not used it yet. [ Albert Dec 09, 2017 ]
The latest information we have on the Bluesound Vault 2 indicates it does not currently offer compatibility with an Amazon Alexa speaker/device. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry Dec 13, 2017 ] Staff
No. the Vault connects to your home network and can be controlled by the Bluesound Controller app for your compatible devices (smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac) on the same network. [ Ryan Nov 29, 2017 ] Staff
The VAULT is not equipped with a wireless card and can only be connected in a wired state, ethernet RJ45. Ref. Bluesound Help Center - General Wifi Setup [ Eric Jan 09, 2017 ]
The Bluesound only works with a wired Ethernet connection. No WiFi support unfortunately. [ Ronald Jan 09, 2017 ]
Keep in mind the Vault only has a wired connection which would be cabled to your wireless router. You access the device via a smart phone or tablet app which is your remote control. So the wireless part of the equation only applies to your phone or tablet. It works very well by the way. [ John Jan 09, 2017 ]
Only supports 2.4 [ Michael Jan 09, 2017 ]
The Vault requires a hard-wired (RJ-45) connection to your router. It is not a wireless device. Other Bluesound products use wireless connections to stream from the Vault, via your router. [ desper-otto Jan 08, 2017 ]
i haven't tried to do that yet, as I've just begun to load my collection of over 1000 cd's. I'll let you know if I can figure that out. [ John Feb 02, 2016 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Kenny Jan 07, 2016 ] Staff
Bluesound offers gapless playback by default for all supported file music types. [ Jeff Dec 21, 2015 ] Staff
The answer is yes (we are using the NetGear EX6100 Range Extender [aka wireless bridge]). It took some work to set up (factory resets ...). The Vault2 must be connected via an Ethernet cable with RJ-45 plugs from the Vault2's RJ-45 jack to the EX6100's RJ-45 jack. The Vault2 does not connect wirelessly!!! [ SONDRA S Nov 04, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Oct 04, 2015 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes, the digital audio output on the Bluesound Vault 2 can be connected to a separate DAC of the customer's choosing which can then be connected to an amp/integrated amp of their choice. The Vault does have a 24-bit/192kHz DAC built-in, so make sure the DAC is better or it isn't going to be beneficial. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Sep 29, 2015 ] Staff
You can sort Alphabetically by Artist or Album. Other ways too. [ Martin Sep 27, 2018 ]
Library albums are listed in order by title for both numeric titles and alphabetical title [ THOMAS F Sep 22, 2018 ]
The album list is alphabetical by album "title". Artists list and songs list are alphabetical. [ Russell Sep 22, 2018 ]
The BlueOS app for your phone or tablet lets you view music several ways: by album, artist, or by file. [ Jason Sep 22, 2018 ]
Absolutely. This device is hard wired to your internet port so can gather mystic files from so many sources including iTunes. Your iPhone is the control and music is managed in every way you probably can think of. List all songs alphabetically. List albums, catagoties. I have found one shortcoming. It has Apt X feature but does not play to the HiRes apt x headphones I bought. It's hard wire and I have been using good but 1999 era demon equipment with wired speakers. I have not made a plunge yet into blursound speaker setup. Read the specs carefully and you will make the right decision [ Richard Sep 22, 2018 ]
yes your choice [ ARTHUR Sep 22, 2018 ]
I'm not sure as mine are arranged by composer. You should check with the Bluesound forum. I'm sure they will have a better answer for you. Sorry I could not help you. [ RICHARD Sep 22, 2018 ]
Yep, load any CD in any order a-z and Bluesound vault will load them in alphabetical order. They appear in alpha order on your remote IPone or iPad. [ Michael J. Sep 22, 2018 ]
Yes, the hard drive can be replaced, either as a warranty issue or as a service incident when the unit is out of warranty. When the drive is replaced all data is lost. That is why BS is very emphatic about regular backups. Once you have loaded all your CDs you need to backup the drive. You need to match the size of the backup drive to match the 1TB or 2TB size you select. Backups can be done concurrently with using the Vault to play music. [ HENRY L Jan 13, 2018 ]
I have a Vault2. Hard drive died after about 18 months. Fairly limited use considering what it was designed for. That said, I contacted Bluesound - determined that because the unit was out of warranty - the best they could do was offer me a certified - duly warranted refurbished unit at 50% off the price of a new unit. I took the deal - and have used the hell out of the replacement unit....well over a 1000 cds with no with no issues. Lesson learned - if you buy one - use it - I believe the first one I had was flawed from the star - had I used it harder it would have failed inside the warranty period [ Michael Jan 13, 2018 ]
I'm not certain, but I'm assuming the answer is yes. The Bluesound software provides a backup utility via the USB port to an external 2TB drive. If replacing a faulty hard-drive is not an option, why provide a backup? I don't believe there's any software on the hard-drive--just your music library. Replacing the hard-drive should be straight-forward, no more difficult that replacing a drive in a PC. [ desper-otto Jan 13, 2018 ]
Yes. The Bluesound Vault 2 can be accessed by a Sonos system on the same network. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan Nov 03, 2017 ] Staff
I haven't needed to do this BUT some of my ripped files were not added as FLAC and I found an program online that could view the files on the Vault and convert them to FLAC. [ Stephen Oct 13, 2016 ]
No, it leaves them in their original format [ Paul Oct 10, 2016 ]
Not sure how it works but did move my itunes library over to the Vault. Best to call Bluesound in Canada for tech support's accurate answer on conversion. [ DANIEL P Oct 07, 2016 ]
According to Tony W of Bluesound last month: "Bluesound Players play AIFF natively but we do have an issue if being played from an iPhone - we are aware of the issue and have been looking at it for sometime now." Assuming that to be correct, you should be able to map the Vault as a network drive and then simply copy your AIFF files to it. The Vault uses a \Music\[Artist Name]\[Album Name]\Songs storage format. [ desper-otto Oct 07, 2016 ]
I am running it under Windows 10. I use the BS app to select/play music and to listen to Internet Radio. Settings for the Vault 2 can be accessed from your browser at the Vault 2's IP address. [ desper-otto Jul 05, 2016 ]
Yes! I have it working on Windows 10. [ PETER A Jul 05, 2016 ]
Yes. It works with Windows 10. There is a desktop app available, and you can access the storage through Networks on File Explorer. [ Robert Jul 05, 2016 ]
Yes. You can access your iTunes music library if it is on a computer on the same home network as the Bluesound Vault2. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the product's main webpage. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Jan 06, 2016 ] Staff