Sonosound has been the clear front runner of the wireless audio world, but it’s time in the limelight just might be coming to a close. The latest challenger just might have the power to be Sono’s first worthy opponent and with neck-and-neck capabilities, consumers will have a hard time choosing between the two. Bluesound’s system operates with four primary components, the Node, Power Node, Vault and Pulse. Using a collaboration of these units will provides you with a full, household wireless music system that will be capable of streaming various formats. These include FLAC, AAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, WMA-L, OGG. It will also be able to stream MP3 files up to full resolution, transferring them to 24-bit/192kHz quality. The system is available in a glass black or white and can be controlled by iOS, Android, Windows or Macintosh devices. So how does the Bluesounds multiple system components work independently? Here’s the lowdown.
The Node ($499)
The Node works off a connection to an existing stereo system that is able to output analog or optical digital, along the side of 802.11n WiFi and Ethernet connection. The Node packs a speedy punch with a ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also supports extra storage by simply utilizing a USB connection or bluetooth device.
The PowerNode ($699)
The PowerNode acts as an amplified version of the Node. It delivers 50 watts per channel amplification into 4 Ohms. An additional subwoofer compliments the sound with an enhanced bass.The PowerNode uses direct-digital amplification which can be credited to it’s crisp, potent sound.
The Vault ($999)
The vault joins forces with a Node and a 1 Terabyte hard drive and a slot-loading CD ripper to quickly and simply rip CD’s as well as store and stream music. Once the collection occupies the Vault, there is no need to even power on a computer to fully operate the system.
The Pulse ($699)
Lastly, the Pulse uses a combination of speaker integration, 80 watts of total amplification and a 35-bit/844kHZ DAZ to complete an all-in-one music streaming system. The Pulse is a perfect way to synthesize quality music into small spaces like offices and studies where you can install without having to stack gear.