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Bluesound Node 2i Streamer

 

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Award winning hi-fi streamer which can also be used as part of a Bluesound multi room system. Supports MQA, FLAC, Roon, Tidal, Spotify, internet radio and much more.

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Features

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

Tech Specs

Performance
- Processor: ARM CORTEX A9, 1 GHz
- DAC: 32-Bit, 192kHz
- THD+N: 0.005%, SNR: 110dBA
- Supports OS: XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, Apple Mac

 

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
- Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
- USB: Type A (Fat32 or NTSF), Type B
- Audio In: Toslink/3.5mm

 

Audio Outputs
- Analog RCA Stereo with a fixed option
- Coaxial RCA
- TOSLINK digital optical
- Headphone 3.5mm Stereo
- Subwoofer RCA
- 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: 1.12 kg / 2.45lbs
- Dimensions (HWD): 220 x 46 x 146mm
- Power Consumption: 6 Watts

Product Description

Bluesound Node 2i Streamer is the latest version of the award-winning Node 2 and simply connects to your existing Hi-Fi or home theatre system and brings you a world of music streaming services and Internet radio. Plus, equipped with analogue and digital ports, the Node 2i provides an infinite amount of playback options. 

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/acoustics and more, while maintaining value for consumers.

Infinite Playback Choice

The Node 2i connects your existing Hi-Fi to a range of popular online streaming services, such as Tidal, Spotify and Roon, so you can stream a huge selection of music. Plus the Node 2i comes with internet radio and connects your own digital music library from a computer, smartphone or external hard drive, so the playback options are limitless. Purpose-built for the high-resolution era, Bluesound has spared no expense in integrating advanced, audio technologies that deliver fast lossless audio signals, that are error-free, resulting in an absolutely unbeatable level performance.

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 audio, books and podcasts from your preferred apps, or watch videos on any Apple device while streaming sound to this Gen 2i Player – imagine viewing Netflix on an iPad while premium sound fills the room.

AirPlay 2 offers more control such as 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 “Hey Siri, play smooth jazz” or “turn it up in the Kitchen.” By linking a Gen 2i Player with Bluesound’s older players in the BluOS App, current customers can have AirPlay 2 compatibility to their whole 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 function lets users wirelessly stream to a Bluesound Player from a device. 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 complex Qualcomm CSR8675 chip employed in Bluesound Node 2i facilitates Bluetooth aptX HD wireless sound. aptX HD is an advanced codec that can handle 24-bit formats over Bluetooth and is manufactured to enhance the ratio of signal-to-noise, leading to reduced ambient noise. With support for 24bit/48kHz, streaming from an aptX HD compatible device to a Gen 2i Player provides better-than-CD quality, wirelessly. It all achieves the goal of contemporary wireless convenience without compromising quality.

Arm Cortex 9 Processor

Bluesound’s Node 2i is built around 32-bit architecture which is combined with a high-quality DAC (8x oversampling) to ensure that your loss-less high-resolution music is played flawlessly irrespective of the signal. Plus the unit uses Cortex-9 multi-core processors (1GHz ARM), which allow it to perform fast and without errors.

Discover More Music

Node 2i gives access to a world of music from premium high-resolution services such as Tidal, Spotify and Qobuz as well as virtually all other most favoured music services and internet stations being integrated. Plus with you can access your downloads, your iTunes library, or a USB NAS drive connected, without needing to turn on your computer.

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. BluOS’s foremost Amazon’s Alexa voice control assistant is supported with the corresponding skill set due 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. The Node 2i works by connecting to your home Wi-Fi network and sets itself up quickly and easily. With an advanced Wi-Fi antenna and the lightning fast ARM multi-core processors, Bluesound has ensured there are no skips, jumps, or delays when playing your music, even when streaming high-resolution signals. You have the ability to play your music in synchrony around your home or play different music simultaneously to any player in any room.

Key Features

- Play music from various Bluesound Players around the house
- Link to internet radio, cloud music and network music libraries
- unwired control app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire + PC/Mac
- Innate touch control on chassis, simple setup and expandable
- Bluesound Node 2i supports MQA files/Tidal Masters

Press Reviews

  • What Hi-Fi Award 2018 "Best streamer under £500" (What Hi-Fi magazine)

    What Hi-Fi Award 2017 "Best multi-room system £500+" (What Hi-Fi magazine for Bluesound range)

  • 'Given the spec sheet and previous experience of its predecessor, there was no way we could foresee the Node 2i being this much improved... Impressive timing and dynamics, superb sense of scale, lots of features.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine September 2018)
  • 'There is greater life to the performance as well; the Node 2i shows not only an increased level of expression but also enthusiasm. Its considerable bass weight, while always supporting a full-bodied midrange, now also adds kick and drives forward proceedings.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine September 2018)
  • 'Vocals are full of texture, focus and detail, while the instrumental hangs beautifully in between... It balances itself well with the rest of the frequency range, which means nothing feels out of place – the midrange is focused and full of detail, offering plenty of insight to high-res tracks and streams alike, while the treble is clean and open.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)
  • 'This upgraded streamer certainly hits the right Node again... A wonderfully expressive and detailed sound served up with an all improved design and more extensive feature list' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)

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