Bluesound updates with Gen 2i range, featuring upgraded Bluetooth and Airplay 2

posted on Saturday, 6th October 2018 by Steve May

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Bluesound has announced a new generation of its High-Resolution Hi-Fi range, dubbed 2i. This latest iteration introduces a raft of improvements to the platform, including dual-band Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 support and upgraded Bluetooth codecs.

The Bluesound Gen 2i range comprises the Node 2i (£499), Powernode 2i (£799), Vault 2i (£1099), Pulse 2i (£749), Pulse Mini 2i (£499), Pulse Flex 2i (£299), and Pulse Soundbar 2i (£799 in Black,£899 in White). The design remains unchanged (with the exception of a new grille colour).

The Bluesound Pulse subwoofer continues unaltered.

With Apple AirPlay 2, Gen 2i owners will be able to stream directly from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac. AirPlay 2 also gives users more options for control, including Siri voice assistance. Grouping a Gen 2i Player with older Bluesound Players in the BluOS App brings AirPlay 2 compatibility to an entire BluOS system.

The speakers will use the advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip for aptX HD. Gen 2i models will also offer two-way Bluetooth, with Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows users to wirelessly stream from their device to a Bluesound Player, while Transmit means users can use a Bluesound Gen 2i Player as a source, sending what they are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones.

The Pulse and Pulse Mini 2i both have new digital amplifiers, which claim to effectively double the available power. New driver configurations have also been included to improve stereo imaging.

All feature the BluOS music management system to connects and control music. BluOS 3.0 promises an improved set-up routine, along with Amazon Alexa support.

MQA Combi _edit

The Bluesound range is compatible with MQA. To celebrate the launch, Bluesound and MQA partnered for a high-res performance using MQA Live technology, of award-winning jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane. McFarlane played a set from the RAK Studios in London, which was then streamed live and decoded at the Hospital Club in London, as well as New York and Denver.

Inside CI was there and can confirm the decoded MQA performance retained all its live ambiance. 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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