Bluesound, HiFi for Wireless Generation, Makes Its Debut

Innovative wireless audio products and technologies allow for the most true-to-life performance music reproduction possible, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital technology

New York, NY October 17, 2013 – Bluesound, an all-new brand of wireless, high-performance digital audio, designed and engineered by an alliance of audiophiles for all music lovers, made its North American debut demonstrating that you don’t need to be an audiophile to appreciate high-definition sound. Combining advanced digital technologies and striking design with radical new thinking, Bluesound products are destined to create an exciting audio revolution that will appeal to a wide demographic audience. All models are currently available at select specialists throughout North America, Bluesound will be expanding to a nationwide U.S. network of dealers by end of the year.

Bluesound is a 24-bit native, pure-digital multi-room wireless streaming music ecosystem designed and engineered by an alliance of audiophiles. Bluesound is easily controlled with a tablet or smartphone from any room via iOS and/or Android app controllers.

Centered upon key technologies such as web-enabled DirectDigital 35-bit, 844kHz DDFA amplifier, and the use of the ground-breaking ARM Cortex A8 processor, Bluesound is the first truly HD wireless digital music system with a premium, audiophile-grade feature set that music lovers will cherish.

Bit-perfect ripping, copious storage and robust streaming capabilities, coupled with native 24-bit digital signal processing with high-quality format codec integration truly defines Bluesound as best-in-class in the premium niche audio category.

Bluesound delivers a family of dedicated, multi-room wireless streaming digital music players, giving listeners the ability to playback their own digital music collection and play content from most popular online music services as well as internet radio, in native HD to any room in their home. This “higher-than- CD-quality” hardware and software offering is integral to Bluesound’s mission of introducing a wireless generation of music lovers to true high-performance fidelity.

No matter where music is streamed from – a computer, a VAULT, a NAS drive, a USB drive, via Bluetooth or straight from the cloud (or all of the above) – Bluesound places the utmost importance on music integrity and has stretched the bounds of possibilities in the development of custom hardware and software to ensure that the digital signal remains true to the artist’s original recording.

Bluesound launches with four distinct players that offer total flexibility, and free iOS and Android apps to control the system through a smartphone or tablet. Bluesound works seamlessly and intuitively integrates into the dynamic lifestyle of the modern music lover.

“There are lots of systems out there that claim to be ‘HiFi’, but most people don’t even know what that means anymore,” explained John Banks, Bluesound’s Chief Brand Officer. “MP3s, earbuds and speaker docks have robbed a whole generation of music lovers from the experience of true high resolution audio – and the inspiration from the sounds that we love. The Bluesound team is dedicated to bringing the inspiring experience of true high fidelity sound to digital streaming. With the introduction of Bluesound, now everyone can hear it.”

PULSE
Bluesound’s all-in-one compact streaming music system, PULSE ($699 SRP) is a state-of-the-art streaming powerhouse, capable of filling any room with crisp clarity and deep textured sound – in high definition. Designed by audiophiles and custom-tuned in one of North America’s most advanced sound labs by award- winning master speaker designer Paul Barton, the PULSE is custom-tuned for a perfect 24-bit listening experience anywhere in the home. The PULSE’s three specialized speakers (one 5.25″ subwoofer and two full-range 2.75″ aluminum cone drivers, total 80W) are independently driven by three dedicated DirectDigital amplifiers. Capable of clean 39Hz deep bass and crisp, shimmering highs, the PULSE brings music to life in three-dimensional clarity.

VAULT
The VAULT ($999) is a wireless streaming music player, vault and CD-ripper with a dedicated, acoustically- quiet high capacity HDD built right in – allowing music lovers to rip their entire CD collection once and for all in bit-perfect, lossless high resolution formats using proven, industry-standard open-source ripping software directly onboard. And all without a computer. The VAULT will even simultaneously create maximum-quality MP3 copies for sharing on mobile devices where space is at a premium. Boasting the same audiophile-grade DAC as the NODE, the VAULT offers music lovers a unique option to catalog, preserve and enjoy their music collections in true HD.

PowerNodePOWERNODE
The POWERNODE ($699) is an amplified wireless streaming music player with a patented, award-winning premium DirectDigital (DDFA) amplifier at its heart. The unheard-of 35-bit/844kHz DDFA virtually eliminates any noise or distortion from the music by keeping the signal perfectly digital right up to the speaker terminals – the cleanest, fastest and shortest signal path ever offered. Capable of driving sophisticated high- end speakers, and including a subwoofer output, the POWERNODE draws only half the power than most other systems require to provide its 90-Watt output, making it also more energy efficient than anything comparable. Rediscover your music in high resolution, and finally hear what you’ve been missing. can hear it.”

NodeNODE
The NODE ($449) is a non-amplified wireless streaming music player that finally connects all of your digital music to any existing stereo system. Designed to stream in HD, the NODE fully supports all music streaming formats (like MP3 and AAC), and houses a high-performance sigma-delta 24/192 DAC that even handles high-resolution formats (beyond CD quality) such as FLAC and OGG effortlessly. Discover the world of streaming in HiFi, connect to your favorite music services, or listen to online radio instantly.

DUO
The compact DUO ($999) powered subwoofer / satellite speaker combination offers precision-tuned digital equalization with the POWERNODE’s DirectDigital amplifier, resulting in rich clean bass and true high resolution performance. By carefully matching the amplifier to the driver characteristics a synergy is achieved that boosts the level of performance far beyond what could be achieved otherwise. The DUO features an 8″ powered SUB, capable of 280 total watts dynamic peak, plus a pair of matching SATs with 4″ woofers and 1″ aluminum ferrofluid tweeter. The DUO’s massive range and crisp detailed sound will wow those who are looking to create the ultimate wireless HiFi digital system.

Controller Apps
Bluesound’s free mobile apps on iOS or Android devices feature functionality designed specifically for music lovers. Larger-than-average album art views, smart playlist management and the ability to sync two or more players together for “house party” mode are only a few of the highlights. With immediate access to internet radio via TuneIn, and a host of streaming music services being integrated regularly, such as Rdio and WiMP, the mobile app delivers intuitive control over all the music ever recorded, right to your fingertips.

Highlights and Key Features of Bluesound:

  • Bluesound is an all-new brand from the owners of prestigious audiophile brands NAD and PSB. Combines advanced technologies from NAD and PSB.
  • Wireless, high-performance digital audio designed for both digital music lovers and audiophiles.
  • Bluesound is the first truly HD wireless digital music system with a premium, audiophile-grade feature set.
  • Delivers a family of dedicated, multi-room wireless streaming digital music players, ultra-compact cabinet finished in striking gloss black or white.
  • Individual Bluesound models are PULSE, VAULT, NODE, POWERNODE and DUO.
  • Acoustic voicing by renowned speaker designer Paul Barton.
  • Industrial design by noted designer David Farrage.

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bluesound-logoAbout Bluesound
An alliance of audiophiles. We are the designers, engineers and individuals who have spent our lives in the music industry. Our founders pioneered HiFi in the 70s- innovation and the pursuit of perfection in audio runs deep in our collective DNA.

Bluesound’s sole mission is to create innovative wireless audio products and technologies that allow for the most true-to-live performance music reproduction possible, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital technology. Website: www.bluesound.com

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