The Best Sound­bar In The World?

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by David Richards

I heard the $1,799 Blue­sound Pulse yes­ter­day and the 24-Bit/192KHz au­dio res­o­lu­tion out­put is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than any­thing I have heard be­fore from a sound­bar.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the sound­bar will use a three-way speaker con­fig­u­ra­tion with tri­ampli­fi­ca­tion, mean­ing that each driver will have its own ded­i­cated chan­nel to achieve high qual­ity sound. The Sound­bar will sup­port 24-Bit/192KHz au­dio res­o­lu­tion as well as Mas­ter Qual­ity Au­then­ti­cated (MQA) streams

In terms of fea­tures, the Pulse Sound­bar should be able to sup­port MP3, AAC, WMP, Ogg, FLAC, and ALAC files, ei­ther streamed via aptX Blue­tooth, Wi-Fi, Eth­er­net con­nec­tions or through a USB. There’s also an IR sen­sor, so you’ll be able to use your ex­ist­ing TV re­mote to con­trol the volume or mute the sound­bar.

The great thing about this sound­bar is that it can­not only de­liver high res mu­sic, it is able to take ad­van­tage of Dolby au­dio tech­nol­ogy now be­ing de­liv­ered for 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion movies.

In­tended for use with flat panel dis­plays 42” or greater, the PULSE Sound­bar ($1799 RRP) will be avail­able in Aus­tralia from Oc­to­ber.

The Com­pany claims that their new of­fer­ing is all about sonic per­for­mance, sup­port­ing au­dio res­o­lu­tions of 24 bits and up to 192kHz sam­pling rate.

It also sup­ports Mas­ter Qual­ity Au­then­ti­cated (MQA) high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio streams, an­other first in the sound­bar cat­e­gory. The Sound­bar’s sound qual­ity can be com­pared to fine au­dio­phile speak­ers, de­liv­er­ing life-like re­al­ism, de­tail and dy­nam­ics to sound­tracks and movies alike.

The Pulse has a true 3-way speaker con­fig­u­ra­tion with tri-am­pli­fi­ca­tion. This means that each driver has its own ded­i­cated am­pli­fier chan­nel uses a pow­er­ful DSP for the cross­over fil­ters.

Each driver is cus­tom de­vel­oped for this ap­pli­ca­tion and in­cludes in­di­vid­u­ally op­ti­mized cham­bers for ideal speaker op­er­a­tion and iso­la­tion. The stylish black cabi­net is made from ex­truded aluminium, a pre­mium ma­te­rial typ­i­cally only found in speak­ers cost­ing many thou­sands of dol­lars – prized for its un­yield­ing rigid­ity and strength, while al­low­ing the largest pos­si­ble in­te­rior volume due to thin wall con­struc­tion. An­other neat fea­ture is the mag­netic cov­ers that can be eas­ily stripped away.

The deep bass ex­ten­sion of this Sound­bar, is made pos­si­ble by a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, in­clud­ing a large cham­ber volume, pas­sive ra­di­a­tors, and DSP equal­iza­tion. Its bass per­for­mance is flat to 70 Hz and only down 3 db @ 55Hz, re­mark­able for such a slim en­clo­sure. For those who de­sire even more bass, later this fall Blue­sound will be of­fer­ing the PULSE SUB ($999). For own­ers of con­ven­tional wired sub­woofers, Blue­sound will of­fer a don­gle to di­rectly con­nect the Sound­bar to their ex­ist­ing sub­woofer.

Like all Blue­sound PULSE mod­els, the acous­tic de­sign and speaker voic­ing is per­formed at Canada’s Na­tional Re­search Coun­cil by renowned speaker de­signer and en­gi­neer, Paul Bar­ton.


The PULSE Sound­bar fea­tures BluOS, a pro­pri­etary mu­sic-only op­er­at­ing sys­tem pow­ered by an ad­vanced ARM pro­ces­sor and pre­ci­sion mas­ter clock run­ning at 1GHz. This al­lows sup­port for al­most all au­dio codecs in­clud­ing MP3, AAC, WMP, Ogg, FLAC, ALAC, and true hi-res au­dio in­clud­ing MQA.

Lo­cal mu­sic can be ac­cessed via Wi-Fi and Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net any­where on the net­work in­clud­ing NAS drives and com­put­ers, in ad­di­tion to over mil­lions of songs that can be streamed from a dozen or more mu­sic ser­vices that are na­tively in­te­grated. Other in­puts in­clude Op­ti­cal and Ana­log for con­nect­ing to your TV and USB for mem­ory drives loaded with mu­sic. Blue­tooth, with the high fi­delity aptX codec, is also in­cluded to al­low di­rect stream­ing from your smart­phone, tablet or lap­top. The PULSE Sound­bar also in­cludes an IR sen­sor with learn­ing func­tion (TV Con­nect) to al­low your ex­ist­ing TV or uni­ver­sal re­mote to op­er­ate ba­sic sound func­tions like volume and mute.

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