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Vault 2i is the heart of a modern digital hi-fi ecosystem for ripping, storing and downloading music. An excellent solution on its own in your hi-fi, or part of a Bluesound multi room system.

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Features

Warranty length 6 Years
Brand Bluesound
Product Award What HiFi Award 5 Stars

Tech Specs

Performance
- Processor: Dual-Core ARM CORTEX A9, 1GHz
- THD+N: 0.005%, SNR: 110dBA
- Supports OS: XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, Apple Mac
- Storage: 2TB internal (low consumption)
- CD: Slot-loading mechanism

 

Audio
- MP3, AAC, WMA/-L, OGG, ALAC, OPUS
- Hi-Res files: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF
- Native Sampling Rates: 32 - 192 kHz
- Bit Depth: 16 – 24

 

Internet
- Radio: TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Calm, Paradise
- Services: Incl JUKE, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster
- Integration: Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, roon
- Album Art: JPG

 

Connectivity
- Network: Ethernet RJ45
- USB: Type A (Fat32 or NTSF), Type B
- Audio In: Toslink/3.5mm

 

Audio Outputs
- Headphone/ 3.5mm Stereo
- Subwoofer RCA
- Analog RCA Stereo with FIXED option
- Coaxial RCA
- TOSLINK digital optical
- 12 Volt trigger out
- AC Cord: Universal bi-pin (100 - 240AC)
- Wireless: Bluetooth aptX built-in

 

User Interface
- Mobile: Free Android/iOS App
- Top Panel: Simple push button control
- IR Sensor: built in on Front panel

 

General
- Storage: -10-50°C, 20-80% humidity
- Operating: 0- 40°C
- Unit Weight: 1.84 kg / 4.05lbs
- Dimensions (HWD): 220 x 90 x 192mm
- Power Consumption: 22 Watts

Product Description

Bluesound Vault 2i is at the heart of a modern digital Hi-Fi ecosystem for ripping, storing and downloading music, the perfect digital addition to your hi-fi or part of a Bluesound multi-room system.

Bluesound Vault 2i is designed to let you stream music in high-resolution anywhere you want without needing a computer. Bluesound Generation 2i, builds on the success of the originals and continues to strengthen the range with dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Apple AirPlay 2 support, upgraded Bluetooth codecs, improved amplification and acoustics and more, while maintaining value for consumers.

2 TB Hard Drive

With a sizeable 2 TB hard drive, you are able to rapidly rip your CDs in a high-resolution format, or if you wish to save space the MP3 format. Plus, you are able to download and store high-resolution tracks from the internet. With complete access to your digital music collection, you will be able to stream them in studio quality to multiple rooms in your home.

Rip, Store, Download

Easily and speedily rip your CD collection in a high-resolution lossless format or the space-saving MP3 format. Plus, you can purchase, download and store high-resolution tracks on the dedicated ultra-quiet 2TB hard-drive, without needing a computer. With access to your digital music collection, you are able to stream your favourite music in high-res quality to multiple rooms all over the home.

Gigabit Ethernet

The Gigabit Ethernet connection allows you to place the player anywhere you wish, it could be hidden from view whilst still allowing you to stream your music to any room. Connected to the internet you can easily access millions of songs. With premium high-resolution music services and internet radio stations for live streaming are included, you will never be short of new music again. Easily access your music downloads, your entire iTunes library, or a USB network drive.

Apple AirPlay 2

Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i is designed to support AirPlay 2 (to be delivered to Gen 2i owners via upcoming software update). With AirPlay 2, you can stream just about any sound from iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your Bluesound system — all in sync. Stream music, books and podcasts from your favourite apps, or watch videos on any Apple device while streaming the audio through to this Gen 2i Player – imagine watching Netflix on an iPad while filling the room with premium sound.

AirPlay 2 also gives users more options for control, including using Siri for voice assistance. Once you add your Gen 2i Player to the Apple Home App on your iPhone or iPad, Apple Music subscribers can use their iOS device or HomePod to say things like: “Hey Siri, play smooth jazz in the Living Room” or “Hey Siri, turn it up in the Kitchen.” By grouping a Gen 2i Player with older Bluesound Players in the BluOS App, existing customers can add AirPlay 2 compatibility to their entire BluOS system.

Two-Way Bluetooth

Gen 2i contains Bluesound’s most advanced take on Bluetooth to date - two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows users to wirelessly stream from their device to a Bluesound Player. The Transmit capability lets users now use their Bluesound Gen 2i Player as a source, sending what they are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones.

aptX HD Bluetooth

While improving the Bluetooth connectivity in Gen 2i, audio quality improvements are also ensured. The advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip used in these new products also supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio. aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit audio over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise. With the ability to support up to 24bit/48kHz, streaming from an aptX HD compatible device to a Gen 2i Player provides better-than-CD quality, wirelessly. It all fits into the Bluesound story - modern wireless convenience without sacrificing quality.

High Resolution Sound

Whilst compatible with MP3 and other digital formats, Bluesound Vault 2i best suits high-res audio. The company did not compromise on the integration of advanced, innovative audio technologies for flawless playback in maximum studio-master recording quality.

32-Bit Architecture

The Vault 2i has been built around a 32-bit architecture using industry-leading multi-core processors, which is combined with an 8x oversampling DAC platform to ensure that your lossless high-resolution music playback is superior in precision and clarity.

BluOS 3.0

Updating to BluOS 3.0, all BluOS users will gain access to new music services like SOUNDMACHINE and Taihe Music Zone (China only) and an easier guided set-up process. Plumbing for BluOS’s first voice integration, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be included, with the corresponding library of skills to launch soon. BluOS 3.0 also contains specific support for Gen 2i features like two-way Bluetooth with aptX HD, and enhanced audio EQ settings including wide mode and deep bass.

Dual-Band Wi-Fi

Bluesound has upgraded the Wi-Fi chipset technology to the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) dual-band offering. This allows you to take advantage of the less noisy 5 GHz band if needed resulting in faster connection times and fewer interruptions from other network traffic.

Press Reviews

  • 'Best multi-room system £500+' (What Hi-Fi Awards 2017 for Bluesound range)

  • 'The new look for the Node 2, Powernode 2 and Vault 2 is a welcome one… This design feels much more grown up, better thought out and thankfully less of a haven for fingerprints too.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)

  • 'We’re big fans of the new Bluesound range. It sounds as good as ever, with some well-judged improvements and great new additions making it a stronger proposition than ever… if you’re looking for a multiroom system that’s flexible, will support a high-resolution library and sounds excellent, it’s a consideration worth making.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)

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