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Bluesound NODE (Black)

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”The third-generation Node is one of the most appealing ways to add network streaming to your hi-fi system on a budget.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2021 Product of the Year.

Award-winner made better

Regarded by critics and audiophiles alike as one of the best in its class, the latest Bluesound NODE is better than ever. A new and improved DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) ensures you get the best sound from the latest Bluesound platform. Connectivity is transformed by the HDMI ARC interface and USB audio output. The revised touch control panel makes it easier to use and, together with the new premium matte satin finish, makes it more stylish than ever.

Bluesound – the premium choice for music streaming
Since it was first established, Bluesound has been committed to the highest quality, easy to use multi-room streaming system. Hi-Res music playback is at the heart of Bluesound, which is just one of the reasons it sounds so good. Don’t just take our word for it though; take a look at the myriad of rave reviews. What Hi-Fi, Stuff, EISA and AVS Forum are just a few of the big publications and sites to award Bluesound their highest laurels.

Stream Hi-res music around your home - effortlessly
A wide range of Bluesound speakers and streamers let you set up a comprehensive music system around your home. Choose between Ethernet and advanced wi-fi for quick and easy set up with your existing home network. With a blazing-fast, Quad-Core, ARM processor at its heart, you can be assured of smooth, seamless sound with no skips or dropouts – even with Hi-Res music files. Play your music around your home in perfect sync or have different music playing in different rooms – the choice is yours.

Premium sound
As well as the powerful, Quad-Core ARM processor, the latest NODE uses a new design of differential, 32-bit/384kHz DAC. With a higher signal-to-noise ratio and lower distortion, you get to hear more detail, enhanced dynamics and a sound that’s more true-to-life – just as you’d expect from the audio streaming experts.

Access your favourite streaming services and more
Bluesound’s operating system, BluOS lets you stream, in Hi-Res, all your favourite music, podcasts and radio stations. Sync with personal music libraries via wi-fi and connect up to 200,000 tracks in lossless quality. Experience the studio quality sound of MQA music on Tidal, or connect and stream favourites with Apple AirPlay 2 and aptX HD Bluetooth.

Voice control compatible by Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant
Working with Apple AirPlay 2, the NODE can be voice controlled via Siri. Alternatively, connect to an Alexa or Google Assistant device and you can facilitate voice control via the Alexa or Google Assistant systems – the choice is yours.

Control by iOS, Android, Windows or Mac
With the Bluesound streaming system, you’re not stuck with a single operating system. Full control is possible with Apple iOS (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad) and Android smartphones and tablet. Desktop control is also possible via Windows Vista 7, 8, 10 and Apple macOS 10.10-10.15 and 11.

Connect to almost any system – wired or wireless
Whether you’re connecting to a hi-fi, AVR or speaker system, the NODE has you covered. For top quality Hi-res sound, take advantage of the HDMI ARC or USB audio outputs – ideal for connecting to an AVR or suitable DAC. Alternatively, there are also optical and coaxial digital outputs. For most hi-fi systems, simply connect to the AUX input via the RCA phono outputs. Want to go wireless? That’s not a problem for the NODE. You can connect to your Bluetooth speaker (or headphones) via the two-way aptX HD Bluetooth interface.

Stylish and unobtrusive
No bigger than a typical wi-fi router, the Bluesound NODE is discreet and unobtrusive. A choice of new, matte satin black or white finishes let it blend with your décor. If you don’t have your phone or tablet to hand, the revised touch sensitive interface makes direct control easier than ever.

Stream your music to a higher standard, with the Bluesound NODE.
Smart Features
Apple AirPlay
Yes
Quad Core Processor
Yes
Smartphone control
Yes - BluOS
Connectivity
ARC - Audio Return Channel
Yes
Audio Inputs
3.5mm x 1 (shared with optical)
Audio Outputs
RCA phono
Bluetooth
Yes
Coaxial Digital Output
Yes
HDMI
1
Headphone Output
Yes
Optical Digital Inputs
1 x 3.5mm (Shared with analogue)
Sub Output
Yes
Sub Output
Yes
USB
1
Wi-Fi Built In
Yes
Audio
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Features
Internet Radio Services
Yes
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
220 x 46 x 146
Weight
Weight (KG)
1.1
Accessories
Included Cables
RCA Phono Interconnect Cable
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy setup Bought the Bluesound Node a couple of weeks ago to connect to my old Bang and Olufsen amp and speakers. Connected the Node's analogue output into the B&O DIN aux input and worked perfectly. Good sound quality, easy setup.
Date published: 2022-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to set up use. MQA streaming is fantastic. Bought as a second device after having had the Node 2i for a couple of years. The 2i is sublime and the new Node in a second room is a great addition. I can stream anything with ease including my digitised CD collection on a NAS decide. BluOS is a dream to use and the multi- room works seamlessly too.
Date published: 2022-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bluesound NODE worth the wait. I have been listening to streamed music for about four years utilising Amazon streaming service. Equipment I used was a good quality bluetooth/DAC played through a NAIM pre-power amp combo. The sound quality was I must say very good. Appreciating the benefits in sound quality of a dedicated network streamer I have been watching their development over a number of years. Unfortunately there seems in the past to have been issues with compatibility with numerous streaming services, some problems with the streaming apps, gapless music etc. Also some of the streamers where eye wateringly expensive. However there are now a number of quality streamers available including the NODE. I bought it after reading numerous good press and customer reviews. Some reviews also compared the sound to the NAIM CD5 player which I use. Following purchase the Node arrived promptly. I was really impressed by the look and quality of the streamer. Setting it up was very straight forward, downloaded the BLUOS app connected to my network and that was it, took about five minutes. First music I played was David Crosby album "For Free" both my wife and I were astonished by the quality of the sound, definitely a wow factor. I have now been using the NODE regularly and I am extremely pleased with it. The app has worked perfectly, simple to use and I have also set the line out volume in settings as fixed and also switched off the tone controls so these are now flat. I have played a wide selection of music including older favourites Al Stewart, Lloyd Cole, Supertramp. I have also played more subtle recent music including The Weather Station, Faye Webster. Less subtle music would include the Darkness last album. The NODE sounds fantastic irrespective of the type of music played, the sound is extremely clear and detailed. So in a nutshell yes I love this streamer and will enjoy many more hours of quality listening. Also it sounds much better than the previous Bluetooth/DAC I used.
Date published: 2022-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very pleased with it Very easy to use and set up the app is also very good
Date published: 2022-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound Very happy with it. New to streaming and not disappointed.
Date published: 2021-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Amazon Music HD I've been using Amazon Music HD for the last couple of years via a Denon receiver and the associated HEOS app. The sound quality has been great but the HEOS functionality with Amazon Music is extremely limited. I was therefore looking for something which would enable me to use my Amazon library and playlists. This product was the best that I could find and it delivers everything I was looking for. Through its own app I can access my playlists etc and have a much more rewarding listening experience. I have also attached a USB drive for easy play back of albums not available on streaming. It's not cheap but I'm really pleased with the product.
Date published: 2021-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great music streamer Wish I had got one earlier, so much better than using a laptop, just great !
Date published: 2021-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds wonderful I bought this a few weeks ago and use it as a Roon node and it works flawlessly!
Date published: 2021-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grate sound very functional with a great sound . I can recommend
Date published: 2021-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Blusound Node is amazing I’m thrilled I chose the Blusound Node to add streaming to my system. Not only is the Node easy to set up, it sounds amazing. I own a very high end vinyl two channel set up and the Node can compare to much more expensive streamers due to its great feature set and strong characterful sound. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2021-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb little streamer! Fantastic streamer which sounds absolutely awesome. Straight forward set up, using iTunes over Airplay2. Very responsive to touch sensitive top panel, beautifully made quality item. No wonder it’s back on top in WhatHifi.
Date published: 2021-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely excellent (after upgrading my wi-fi !) What an excellent piece of kit. I decided to modernise and recreated my 6000 track old iPod classic library on Apple Music at lossless quality. I purchased the Bluesound Node to enable wireless playback through Arcam amp and B&Wcm8 speakers. When purchased I had standard BT fibre broadband. Set up of the Node was easy. The sound quality of Radio Paradise provided on the Node was excellent. However, playback of Apple lossless was almost impossible, the sound quality was excellent but the signal kept dropping out. The signal test option on the Node confirmed that the wi-fi signal was not strong enough to play lossless, or even cd quality. So I spoke to BT and upgraded the wi-fi to BT complete wi-fi with additional wi-fi discs. The result is perfect playback of Apple lossless from my Mac, the signal never skips, pauses or drops off and the sound quality is excellent, much better than the old iPod and worth the time recreating my music library. ( My additional wi-fi disc is placed behind the Bluesound Node, the playback is perfect whether I choose to connect the disc to the Node with an ethernet cable or not) I am extremely pleased with this purchase.
Date published: 2021-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great with Tidal Masters. I bought this specifically for streaming tidal from my phone to listen with headphones and it works great for this. I can only comment on the headphone output as I haven't (yet) used any of the other outputs. Set up was straightforward, playback from Tidal when streaming is Tidal only (ie if you are browsing on your phone and an advert pops up, the advert's sound will not interrupt the tidal playback). This is a big plus for me. The experience is different when connecting via bluetooth (eg to listen to BBC Sounds). In this instance a popUp ad WILL interrupt playback, this is a shortcoming of the the android phone rather than the NODE, but I have included it for clarity.
Date published: 2021-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent sound and easy to setup and use I brought this to replace an ageing Nuvo Concerto M3 music server. I wanted to have the ability to play my music collection in any room so I have used the Bluesound Node to replace the existing server. It was easy to setup, but took a little playing around to get it to connect to my Synology NAS music collection but once linked it now browses over 6000 songs quickly. I have a Demopad Centro8 controller and this allows me to turn on each zone and then open the BluOS app to play music, radio, podcasts etc. I am looking to program the Node using the API to integrate it further in to the Nuvo Concerto system especially the control pads that I still have in each room. Recommended by the Cheltenham store. Glad I purchased it. Only 4 stars because of the price.
Date published: 2021-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Node simplicity I use the Node to feed directly into my reconditioned 40 year old Quad 303. Two minimalist boxes are now providing wonderfully detailed and engaging music all controlled from my phone. Very pleased with the results.
Date published: 2021-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good sound and easy to set up This is a great addition to my system - bought to replace a Goodmans Module, and a big step up in terms of sound quality and capabilities. I mostly listen to Radio Paradise so the Node now allows me to listen to RP's MQA stream with brilliant results, and hi res audio from e.g. Amazon Music is very good too. The setup is very straightforward and quick over wifi. The app also works fine for me, although I can understand that people who have many Spotify or other app playlists may find this cumbersome. It's pricey but very good IMO.
Date published: 2021-10-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the user experience I was hoping for. I was very much looking forward to enjoying the new Node as an upgrade to my Yamaha WXAD10 but I have to say I’m disappointed for several reasons and therefore I’m giving it a low star rating. Here’s why. The Node doesn’t have an on/off switch either on the unit or on the app. The makers say that the unit puts itself to sleep after 15 minutes inactivity but this hasn’t been my experience. When in use the display screen is constantly switching on and off for no reason. It’s very distracting. In the app there’s a setting that says you can select indicator light normal/dim but it that only affects the led not the top panel display. I’ve found this really annoying. I contacted Bluesound and I’ve been told that on the new Node it is not possible to switch off the unit but it’s supposed to go into standby after 15 minutes. Since the top panel lights don’t deactivate I have to assume the device is permanently on which is a waste of power. I’ve estimated the extra power consumption due to the lack of any means of switching off the unit amounts to about 50KW per annum. That’s enough to power a 1KW electric fire for over 4 days! In frustration I’ve resorted to pulling the plug on the thing on several occasions but Bluesound say this can shorten the life of the processor. What is wrong with a power switch!!! There’s always a delay when you start the app while it ‘discovers’ the device so being always on doesn’t even achieve much. Bluesound support hasn’t been much help. It basically consists only of referring you to existing help articles and I haven’t received any explanation for why the display is constantly going on and off. The app works reasonably well but I have one major gripe; I have a very large music collection and scrolling through the artists page takes too long. Frustratingly, there is a fast scroll bar which I can see but can’t get to work. I’ve partially resolved the problem by reorganising my music collection into numerous separate folders by alphabet (ABC, DEF etc.) and access artists by folder search but it’s unnecessarily clumsy even so. Other apps I’ve tried e.g. Cambridge’s StreamMagic include an A-Z index at the side of the screen which makes selection much easier and faster. These problems mar an otherwise excellent device for me. I’ve compared the sound to a Cambridge CXN and found little to choose between them despite the CXN’s higher price. A plus is 2 way Bluetooth. I’ve listened through my Sony WH-1000 XM3 headphones and reproduction is excellent for Bluetooth although I kept having problems establishing connection. I’ve streamed from phone to the Node also and that works well. If the problem with the display and power standby could be resolved together with a few improvements to the app I would be giving the Node 4 or 5 stars but these are big issues for me and have badly tarnished my user experience.
Date published: 2021-07-03
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