Blue­sound up­grades to 2i

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Blue­sound of­fers the most ver­sa­tile, high-res­o­lu­tion multi-room au­dio sys­tem we stock. From pow­ered speak­ers and sound­bars to CD stor­age and stream­ing for your HiFi, there is a so­lu­tion for ev­ery room to get high-res MQA at au­dio­phile qual­ity.

Now it gets bet­ter! Gen­er­a­tion 2i im­proves com­po­nents through­out the range with dual-band Wi-Fi, Ap­ple AirPlay 2 sup­port and up­graded Blue­tooth codecs, all with im­proved am­pli­fi­ca­tion and acous­tics.

As many au­dio­philes know, the po­si­tion­ing and iso­la­tion of in­ter­nal cir­cuits can greatly in­flu­ence sound qual­ity, so hav­ing a smaller and su­pe­rior Wi-Fi chipset trickle down from sis­ter com­pany NAD’s high-end Mas­ters se­ries gave tech­ni­cians more flex­i­bil­ity to iso­late sig­nal path­ways. Con­se­quently, the im­prove­ments ex­tend be­yond the spec sheet.

That be­ing said, this is not a mi­nor up­grade, as there are a num­ber of ob­vi­ous im­prove­ments and ad­di­tions.

More power…more sound

Newly re­con­fig­ured dig­i­tal am­pli­fiers ef­fec­tively dou­ble the avail­able power, and this will come in handy with the new driver con­fig­u­ra­tion in the Pulse 2i (above). The speaker fea­tures all-new driver and amp tech­nolo­gies that more than dou­ble the out­put in the bass fre­quen­cies when com­pared with the pre­vi­ous ver­sion. There is also a so­phis­ti­cated DSP en­gine that re­sult in a greatly en­hanced top-end.

Blue­tooth re­ceive & trans­mit

When we talk about Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, we are usu­ally speak­ing of con­nect­ing your de­vice to play through the com­po­nent. But one of the most ex­cit­ing fea­tures of the new Gen 2i is the abil­ity to trans­mit Blue­tooth (note this abil­ity is not avail­able on the Pulse Flex). This means that you can use your favourite Blue­tooth head­phones to con­nect. Great for those late nights!

While we do not rec­om­mend Blue­tooth con­nec­tion for ev­ery­day use, it is a com­mon plat­form that adds ex­tra com­pat­i­bil­ity for a range of de­vices. And with the newer aptX Blue­tooth codec, you can po­ten­tially achieve higher res­o­lu­tion play­back on all Blue­sound de­vices.

AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 will in­te­grate your Blue­sound de­vices within the Ap­ple eco-sys­tem bet­ter than ever. In ad­di­tion to eas­ily stream­ing mu­sic, es­sen­tially any­thing play­ing on your Ap­ple de­vice can be streamed, in­clud­ing Net­flix or YouTube. And by con­nect­ing your Ap­ple to a new Gen 2i de­vice, you can utilise your old Blue­sound de­vices with the new tech­nol­ogy. AirPlay 2 func­tion­al­ity will be avail­able through a soft­ware re­lease in the near fu­ture. AVAIL­ABLE FROM NO­VEM­BER, THE NEW MOD­ELS IN­CLUDE: NODE 2i (RRP $999) POW­ERN­ODE 2i (RRP $1,549) VAULT 2i (RRP $1,999) PULSE 2i (RRP $1,599) PULSE MINI 2i (RRP $999) PULSE FLEX 2i (RRP $699) and PULSE SOUND­BAR 2i (RRP $1,699 in Black, $1,799 in White, avail­able in De­cem­ber).

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