Has Sonos finally met its match? This new multiroom wireless streaming system from Bluesound offers high-resolution 24-bit playback.

Updated 04.08.14

Sonos could have a serious rival in the form of a new high-definition wireless music system from Bluesound, now available in the UK through Sevenoaks Sound and Vision stores. The system is already being rolled out in the US through Lenbrook, parent company of NAD and PSB speakers.

Unlike  Sonos, Bluesound can handle high-res 24-bit music files – Sonos can only manage CD-quality 16-bit/44.1kHz as a maximum. Other technical highlights include a Direct Digital 35-bit, 844kHz amplifier and ARM Cortex A8 processor.

Earlier this week,  Sonos confirmed there would be no new products and no support for high-res audio this year.

There are five components in the Bluesound range, available in black or white, which can be controlled using iOS or Android apps on a smartphone or tablet:

Bluesound family

 

 

Node (£399) – a hi-res wireless music streamer that connects to your wireless network and an amplifier to bring wireless streaming to your existing hi-fi or home cinema set-up.

Bluesound Node

Powernode (£599) – a standalone, stereo streaming music player with built-in digital amp and speakers. Rear view shown below.

Bluesound Powernode

Vault (£899) – a high-res music server and CD ripper with a 1TB hard drive and a proprietary BluOS file management system, which is Mac and PC compatible.

More after the break

Bluesound Vault

Pulse (£599) – an all-in-one music streaming system but with a different aesthetic design to the other previously mentioned components.

Bluesound Pulse

Duo (£899) – a 2.1 stereo speaker system and subwoofer with built-in digital amp.

Bluesound Duo

Bluesound tablet app

We're testing the Bluesound Powernode and Vault right now, and the results will be published in our October 2014 issue, on sale from August 27th. In the meantime you can find out more on the Bluesound website.

By Andy Clough

 

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Comments

gowiththeflow's picture

WiFi only - no Mesh network.

Unlikely to be as robust as the Sonos Mesh wireless network in a lot of locations.

It will also sink or swim based on its control app. The apps for many of these competing systems are poorly designed, slow or laggy.

relocated's picture

16/44 is all we need

"Sonos can only manage CD-quality 16-bit/44.1kHz as a maximum".

You forgot to remind people that our Ears and Brain only need 16/44.  Anything above this is marketing hype to resell, yet again, all the legacy tunes purchased a number of times before.

Christopher Ewing's picture

24 bit hype

It seems to me that CD/16 bit is good enough for me these days, 51 year old well abused eardrums are not that precise.  I use a FIIO external dac/amp and AKG and Grado for most of my serious music listening and that seems to do the trick.  

Wardy87's picture

WIFI

Been using my Powernode for a few days now. Haven't had any dropouts over WIFI, streaming 320k Spotify or 24bit FLACs from my Society of Sound membership.

viraljasubhai's picture

in the market

am considering this as a replacment to the wonderful logitech touch. irreplacable till now. 

looks promising will wait n see what they deliver.

Andy Clough's picture

Bluesound

We have a test of wireless mutiroom systems, including Bluesound, Sonos, Samsung, Simple Audio and Panasonic in our November issue, on sale September 24th.

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