The Bluesound Powernode amplifier is an improved version of the Bluesound’s best buy. In reality, it takes 98 % of the functions and performances of the Powernode 2i.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE: NEW FEATURES
The three main improvements are the adding of an eArc HDM input/output, a new control touchscreen and the addition of the new ARM® CORTEX™ A53, 1.8 GHz processor!
We also notice an increase in power of 20w per channel, which is now 80w / 8 ohms.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE: COMPATIBILITY
It takes all the functions of the Bluesound Node. It allows you to listen to streaming music and be connected to Internet radios as well as online music services.
The Bluesound Powernode is also compatible with compressed formats such as MP3 format and most of the available formats. However, Bluesound created it above all for music in High Definition studio-master.
It also allows the access to your iTunes library and audio files downloaded and stored on your NAS USB. Without use a computer, you have access to your music library.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE: CHARACTERISTICS
You can connect this Bluesound Powernode amplifier to various Bluesound speakers. Now, you can share your music and stream with a studio quality in all the rooms of your home.
For that, Bluesound has equipped its Powernode with an exclusive Hybrid Digital amplification, designed by NAD Electronics, the subsidiary. The power of 2 x 80 watts in 8 ohms is comfortable enough to power most the 2-way Hi-Fi speakers, even the small audiophile tower speakers. This one is associated to a DAC offering a 32 bit 192 kHz resolution.
This amplification brings excellent dynamics, precision and current capacity to the HD listening. It allows for high volume listening without distortion or dynamic compression.
The Bluesound Powernode processes HD audio files up to resolutions of 24 bit/192 kHz of FLAC, ALAC or WMA-Lossless types, and shared of your local network, as long as it is connected to it.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE: INSTALLATION
The Bluesound Powernode amplifier is simply an integrated amplifier! You just have to connect it to the network and link it to a pair of Hi-Fi speakers to enjoy its musicality!
Finally, just connect to the network via RJ45 socket or Wifi. Indeed, the Bluesound Powernode allows you to use your home wireless network. It can be connected via Bluetooth aptX 5.0 HD.
The technology of the Wifi antenna is very developed and the ARM Cortex9 processors are very fast, this ensures a reproduction without cut and latency in all the rooms of your home, even with HD audio files. You can synchronize music anywhere at home with multiple Bluesound players and choose different songs in different places.
The HDMI eArc connector allows the connection of a television or a digital video source.
BLUESOUND POWERNODE: TEST AND LISTENING
There is a surprising restitution for a small box. The music is reproduced with clarity, definition and dynamism. It is more powerful as the files used are of high resolution.
The bass is articulated and dynamic. The midrange/treble is clear and perfectly integrates to the registers, without aggressiveness. It enables HD music reproduction with an outstanding musicality.
With HiRes files, the Bluesound Powernode amplifier widens the gap with the competition, such as Sonos products (without naming them). The balance is very successful and we quickly forget that we are listening to a device for less than 1000 euros!
Amplification: 2 x 80w / 8 ohms
Processor: ARM® CORTEX™ A53, 1.8 GHz
Sampling rate: 32-384 kHz
Quantification: 16 – 24 bits
Signal-to-noise ratio: -110 dBA
DAC: 32-Bit, 192kHz
Supported formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS
Hi-Res formats: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF
Compatibility: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, Apple Macintosh
Free Internet radios: TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise
Online music services: Amazon Music, WiMP, Slacker Radio, Qobuz, HighResAudio, JUKE, Deezer, Murfie, HDTracks, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, Microsoft Groove (with OneDrive), KKBox
Integration compatibility: Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, Roon
Disc cover format: JPEG
RJ45 network: Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi network: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth: APTX HD, Alexa Voice
USB: 1 x Type-A port to connect an USB stick or compatible peripheral
Mini USB: 1 x Type-B port for service
Analogue audio input: 2 combined/3.5 mm
Digital audio input: Toslink combined/3.5 mm
HDMI digital output: eARC
Headphone output: Stereo 3.5 mm Jack
Subwoofer output: Analogical mono RCA
Wireless output: aptX® 5.0 HD Bluetooth
Speakers output: Gold terminal block, accepts banana plugs
Application: Android and iOS
Control panel: touch screen on the upper surface
Control: infrared receiver integrated in the front panel
Weight: 3.15 kg
Dimensions: 300 x 300 x 110 mm
Consumption: 6 Watts
Accessories: power cables, Ethernet cable, RCA cable, Toslink power adapter/3.5 mm mini jack