Streaming player upgraded to new version 2021 to manage wireless digital audio sources with traditional audio systems and components
Bluesound presents the third generation Node without adding anything to the name: neither the 3, as it would have been logical to expect, nor any other abbreviation or number. An essential definition that hides, instead, a technological equipment that has made possible a great leap forward compared to the model it replaced.
So many new elements aiming to add power and functionality to what has already been in its previous releases the most efficient high-res wireless streamer in its category.
A product that has been able to make a big step forward compared to its predecessor.
A product that has perfectly combined the hardware qualities with the functionality of BluOS, the Bluesound platform that allows you to easily create and manage a wireless multiroom network of audio devices in the home, with simple and effective interface via smartphone/tablet.
At first glance, the Node 2i (the previous generation) and the new Node appear to have little or no differences: you have to look carefully to spot the larger control panel, which now incorporates a proximity sensor that illuminates the touch buttons as soon as you bring your hand close. Also changing is the type of chassis finish, now matte and always available in black or white.
Inside, the most important and consistent changes, starting with the new processor, also from the ARM Cortex family: there was a single-core A9 at 1 GHz, comes a quad-core A53 at 1.8 GHz. So more computing power and greater speed to ensure performance of a higher category and with superior stability.
Significant change in the DAC section as well, which for a digital audio product par excellence like this means a lot. In the new Node has been integrated a PCM5242 chip with output differential (previously there was a PCM5122 single-ended) that allows, among other things, to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio of -113 dB and with a distortion level of only 0.002%.
Also in the connection area there is a PCM5242 chip with output differential.
The connections area has also been affected by major changes. At the input, an HDMI eArc is added to the analog and digital pair, so you can use the Node in combination with a TV and turn it into the de facto audio and video entertainment center for the whole family. On the output side, the arrival of USB Audio 2.0 allows you to carry the digital audio signal up to 24bit/192kHz to an external DAC or any device with digital input (this feature is not immediately available but will be with the next firmware updates). Specific outputs for subwoofer and headphones. Dual-band Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, support for Bluetooth 5.0 2-way aptX HD.
Airplay2 and Amazon Alexa (soon available also in Italian). Direct management of the most important audio streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal and many others. Support for MQA. There’s one thing that hasn’t changed from the old generation of Node to this latest one, and that’s great news: the list price!
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, 2.4/5GHz)
Ethernet RJ45, GigE 1000 Mbps
Mini TOSLINK/3.5mm Stereo combo
Analog Stereo RCA (Fixed or Variable)
TOSLINK digital optical
USB Audio 2.0*
Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD
Two-Way (transmit & receive)
3.5mm Stereo Out
Wireless Bluetooth Out
Network Pairing to PULSE SUB+
Type-A Port for external drive connection (Fat32 or NTFS formatted)
12V Trigger Out
IR Sensor Built In – front panel with IR Remote Learning
IR Input 3.5mm Jack
Universal bi-pin AC cord input (100-240AC)
*Available for free with future software update
MP3, AAC, WMA, WMA-L, OGG, ALAC, OPUS
FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, MPEG-4 SLS
ARM® Cortex™ -A53, Quad-Core, 1.8GHz per core
up to 192 kHz
Differential Output design
iOS, Android, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, macOS 10-11
SMB up to 200,000 track index
Amazon Alexa Skills; Actions on Google
Control4, Crestron, URC, RTI, ELAN, Lutron
RGB LED x 2
Touch Slider LED
Touch LED x 5
Black/White; Matte Satin Paint
120V AC Power Cord
230V AC Power Cord
Stereo RCA to RCA Cable
TOSLINK Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor
Quick Setup Guide
-10°C to 50°C, 20% to 80% relative humidity
0°C to 40°C
220 x 46 x 146 mm
8.7 x 1.8 x 5.7 in
300 x 300 x 74 mm
11.8 x 11.8 x 2.75 in
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