The Bluesound POWERNODE 2 connected amplifier is simply an integrated amplifier! All you have to do is connect it to the network and connect speakers in order to enjoy its musicality!
BlUESOUND POWERNODE 2: STREAMER FUNCTION
It enables you to listen to your music in streaming and to connect yourself to online radios and music services. The Bluesound Powernode 2 is compatible with compressed formats such as MP3, as well as with the majority of available audio formats.
However, Bluesound designed it above all for studio-master high definition music. It is controllable via apps for IOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and for Windows and Mac OS X computers.
Without having to use a computer, you can access all of your musical library.
It also enables you to access your iTunes library or audio files downloaded and stored on your USB NAS.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE 2: AMPLIFIER FUNCTION
And with multiple Bluesound devices, you can share your music and stream it with a studio quality in all the rooms of your home. To do so, Bluesound equipped its Powenode 2 with an exclusive Hybrid Digital amplification designed by the subsidiary NAD Electronics.
It is associated with a DAC offering a 32-BIT 192KHZ resolution.
The power of 60 watts (8 ohms) is comfortable enough to power most 2-way Hi-Fi speakers, even small audiophile tower speakers.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE 2: TESTING AND LISTENING
This audiophile amplification brings to high definition listening a phenomenal potential in terms of dynamics, precision, and current. It enables you to listen to music at a high volume, without any distortion or compression in dynamics.
It enables music to be reproduced in HD and with a remarkable musicality.
The Bluesound Powernode 2 supports HD audio files up to a resolution of 24-bit/192kHz of FLAC, ALAC or WMA-Lossless which are shared on your local network, as soon as it is connected to it.
The restitution is surprising for such a small casing. The music is reproduced with clarity, definition and dynamism. The higher the resolution of the files used, the better its performance.
With HiRes files, the Bluesound Powernode 2 severely widens the gap with the competition, and in particular with Sonos products (not to mention them).
The bass is not the deepest but it has the merit of being articulated and dynamic. The high midrange is transparent and perfectly integrated into all registers, without being aggressive. The balance is very good and we quickly forget that we are listening to a device that costs less than 1000 euros!
With its connected Powernode 2 amplifier, Bluesound has reinvented the integrated amplifier! It is an amp combined with an audiophile network player! All you have to do is add high quality speakers to obtain a high performing Hi-Fi system!
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Amplification: Hybrid Digital (NAD Electronics)
Power output: 2 x 60w (8 ohms)
Supported file formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS
Supported high-resolution formats: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF
Sampling rates: 32 - 192 kHz
Bit depths: 16 - 24 BIT
Compatibility with operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, Apple Macintosh
Signal-to-noise ratio: 110dBA
Online radios: TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise
Compatibility with online music services: Amazon Music, WiMP, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, HighResAudio, JUKE, Deezer, Murfie, HDTracks, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, Microsoft Groove (with OneDrive), KKBox
Integration partners: Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, roon
Album art: JPG
RJ45 network: Gigabit Ethernet
WIFI network: 802.11 b/g/n
USB: 1 x Type-A port for connection to USB memory stick and supported peripherals
USB mini: 1 x Type-B port for product servicing
Audio input: Combo - TOSLINK / 3.5mm
Audio outputs: analogue RCA stereo with fixed output option
Digital output: coaxial RCA + optical TOSLINK
Headphone output: 3.5 Stereo Jack
Subwoofer output: mono analogue RCA
Loudspeaker outputs: 2 (stereo) on banana format
Wireless output: aptX® Bluetooth
Apps: Free on Android and IOS, available online at Google play and Apple Store
Control panel: top-panel touch screen
Control: integrated infrared sensors on front panel
Weight: 1.80 kg
Dimensions: 220 x 70 x 190 mm
Consumption: 12 Watts
Accessories: power cords, Ethernet cable, RCA cable, Toslink Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor