Bluesound Pulse Sub
Wireless powered subwoofer for Pulse Soundbar (Black)
Our take on the Bluesound Pulse Sub by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Get deeper into movies and music
Sure, your Bluesound Pulse Soundbar gives you spacious, detailed sound from your TV. But add a Bluesound Pulse Sub, and you'll also get deep bass that draws you further into your movies and music. Setup is simple. As soon as you plug the Pulse Sub into an AC outlet and turn it on, the Pulse Soundbar detects it and creates a wireless connection. The Soundbar immediately starts routing the lowest bass notes to the Sub.
Place it just about anywhere
As long as there's an AC outlet nearby, you can place the Pulse Sub just about anywhere in the room. The Sub's rectangular cabinet is only 4-7/8” deep, which means it can hug the wall and fit easily behind a sofa. Or lay it flat to slide under an end table or cabinet.
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 speaker 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 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.
- 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.
Control in the palm of your hand
The Bluesound system is easily controlled from your smartphone or tablet. Just download the free BluOS app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play. The app lets you select songs and adjust volume. Play the same music in all your listening rooms simultaneously, or choose different songs for each one.
- compatible with Bluesound Pulse Soundbar
- 100-watt RMS amplifier (200 watts peak power)
- 6-1/2" polypropylene cone woofer
- frequency response: 26-150 Hz (±3dB)
- 50-150Hz crossover
- phase control knob (0-180°) to fine-tune the subwoofer to your main speakers and room
- line level/LFE (low frequency effects) input for optional wired connection
- built-in Wi-Fi (2.4GHz only)
- requires AC power (power cable included)
- 17-5/8"W x 11-1/8"H x 4-15/16"D
- weight: 15.25 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 powered subwoofer (black)
- 6' AC power cord
- Rubber cover (pre-installed)
- Wall-mount bracket
- 2 Rubber feet
- 2 RCA plugs (1 installed)
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Information
- Important Safety Instruction
Bluesound Pulse Sub: The Pulse Sub is designed to be used with an existing Bluesound system. You can wirelessly connect directly to a Pulse Soundbar (813PLSBR; sold separately), or to other Bluesound products using Bluesound's wireless sub adapter (813RT100; sold separately). The Pulse Sub accentuates the already immersive experience created by the Pulse Soundbar and other Bluesound components.
Wireless or Wired Connection: The Pulse Sub wirelessly pairs over WiFi with the Pulse Soundbar or Bluesound's wireless sub adapter using the free Bluesound Controller App for Apple iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. The Pulse Sub is also equipped with a LFE and stereo RCA input for a hardwired connection to the Bluesound Soundbar or practically any soundbar or AV receiver with an LFE/sub output. It can even be hardwired to the headphone output of a Bluesound speaker using a minijack-to-RCA adapter. In addition, there is a LFE and stereo RCA output for daisy-chaining two Bluesound Pulses together for even bigger bass performance.
6.5" Woofer with 100 Watt Amplifier: The Bluesound Pulse Sub features a 6.5" polypropylene cone woofer with an elliptical rubber surround. The woofer is driven by a built-in 100 watt (RMS) / 200 watt (Peak) Class D amplifier. The Pulse Sub can produce low frequencies between 26Hz to 150Hz (+/-3dB).
Sub Controls: The Bluesound Pulse Sub provides Volume (0-10) Crossover (50-150Hz), and Phase controls (0-180°). These controls can be operated from the free Bluesound Controller App on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows/Mac computer. These same controls can also be found on the Pulse Sub's enclosure, hidden behind a rubber cover.
Room Friendly Design: While many powered subwoofers can be quite large and not fit very well in the typical living room, the Pulse Sub offer a room friendly design with several clever installation options. The Pulse Sub is both slim and compact with a low-profile rectangular shape. It is designed to fit beside, underneath, or behind living room furniture. The Pulse Sub can easily be tucked away and still produce incredible bass without distortion.
Mounting Options: The Bluesound Pulse Sub can simply be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall using the including wall-mount brackets (screws not included). The pre-installed mounting feet will need to be removed when using the included wall-mount bracket to mount the Pulse Sub to a wall.
Power Requirements: The Bluesound Pulse Sub includes a detachable 6' AC power cord which will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet or surge protector (sold separately).
Auto On/Standby: The Pulse Sub can be set to automatically turn on and off when it senses an audio signal. You can also choose to manually turn the powered sub on and off.
Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The Pulse Sub 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.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: Bluesound components 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 (O 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, Bluesound 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.
Mobile Device Music Library: From the Bluesound Controller App, you can stream music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or Android device to your Bluesound speakers 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.
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Why did you buy this?
Have bluesound pulse 2 and want more bass [ DAVID Mar 19, 2018 ]
To add additional bass for movies, concerts, etc. [ David Nov 28, 2017 ]
I have the soundbar [ Ron Oct 12, 2017 ]