Blue­sound Gen 2i

Australian HIFI - - SOUNDBITES -

Blue­sound has in­tro­duced Gen 2i com­po­nents in its stream­ing, high­res wire­less au­dio sys­tem that of­fer up­graded bi-di­rec­tional Blue­tooth codecs, dual-band Wi-Fi 5, aptX HD Blue­tooth and Ap­ple AirPlay 2 sup­port. ‘ Gen 2i con­tains Blue­sound’s most ad­vanced take on Blue­tooth to date, two-way Blue­tooth, fea­tur­ing both re­ceive and trans­mit func­tion­al­ity,’ says Ge­off Matthews of Con­voy In­ter­na­tional, which dis­trib­utes Blue­sound in Aus­tralia. ‘ The re­ceive ca­pa­bil­ity al­lows users to wire­lessly stream from their de­vice to a Blue­sound player just like they’re used to do­ing with Gen 2 de­vices, while the trans­mit ca­pa­bil­ity means users can now use their Blue­sound Gen 2i Player as a source to send what they are lis­ten­ing to via Blue­tooth to a pair of wire­less head­phones.’

The new Blue­sound Gen 2i mod­els are de­signed to sup­port AirPlay 2, which will be de­liv­ered to Gen 2i own­ers via an up­com­ing soft­ware up­date. AirPlay 2 en­ables Gen 2i own­ers to stream sound from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their Blue­sound sys­tem and stream mu­sic, books, and pod­casts from their favourite apps, or watch videos on their Ap­ple de­vice while stream­ing the au­dio through to their Gen 2i Player. 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 such as: ‘Hey Siri, play smooth jazz in the liv­ing room’ or ‘Hey Siri, turn up vol­ume in the kitchen,’ said Matthews.

By group­ing a Gen 2i Player with older Blue­sound Play­ers in the BluOS App, ex­ist­ing BluOS cus­tomers can add AirPlay 2 com­pat­i­bil­ity to their BluOS sys­tem. New Blue­sound mod­els are: Node 2i ($999), Pow­ern­ode 2i ($1,549), Vault 2i ($1,999), Pulse 2i ($1,599), Pulse Mini 2i ($999), Pulse Flex 2i ($699), and Pulse Sound­bar 2i ($1,699–$1,799).

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Con­voy In­ter­na­tional on (02) 9774 9900 or at www.con­

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