Bluesound POWERNODE (White) is rated out of 5 by 3.
Bluesound POWERNODE (White)
Wireless Music Streaming Amplifier
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Award-winner made better
Regarded by critics and audiophiles alike as one of the best in its class, the latest Bluesound POWERNODE is better than ever. With a third more power than before, the 80 watt HybridDigital amp effortlessly powers you choice of speakers, to deliver room-filling sound. Meanwhile, the improved, Differential DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) implementation enhances the sound quality. 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.
Just add speakers
Featuring a built-in, 80 watt HybridDigital amp, you simply need to add your choice of speakers for top quality sound. The high power rating means that the POWERNODE effortlessly powers your speakers, meaning you can use all sizes of speakers in all types of room shapes and sizes.
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 POWERNODE 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 your other sources
More than just a wireless music steamer, the POWERNODE acts as the hub of your system. Inputs include HDMI ARC and twin 3.5mm inputs that are suitable for analogue or optical digital signals. These are ideal for connecting your TV, games console and even your CD player. For playing back stored music files, there’s also a USB input. Want to go listen to headphones? With the POWERNODE, you’ve got the choice of a wired or Bluetooth wireless connection – covering almost every type of design.
Stylish and unobtrusive
No bigger than a typical wi-fi router, the Bluesound POWERNODE 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.
Listen to your streamed music, without compromise, with the Bluesound POWERNODE.
Quad Core Processor
Yes - BluOS
2 (3.5mm shared with optical)
ARC - Audio Return Channel
Optical Digital Inputs
2 (3.5mm shared with analogue)
Wi-Fi Built In
High Resolution Audio
80 x 2
Power Output - Watts per CH
60 - 99
Internet Radio Services
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
220 x 70 x 190
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChrisInTelford from Great sound and mostly good OS Great sound and easy to set up, in my case with wired Oberon 5 speakers and sources either streaming Tidal or from music collection on a laptop, through the BluOS system. BluOS is mostly easy to use and effective, although I had to Google the Help a few times as not everything is intuitive. Control from a tablet or phone is smooth. The unit is very compact and the controls on the top are responsive, although unlikely to be used very often. It looks as if a multi-room setup would be very easy to control, but I don't have that yet. Negatives: 1. The internet radio software (TuneIn) does not give access to much in the UK, although it wasn't too hard to find some URLs for the radio streams (Radio 4 etc) that I wanted, and they can then be added as favourites in the app. 2. The Windows implementation of the BluOS controller software is not quite as good as the Android (and I would assume iOS) versions. Overall I am very happy with the Powernode and with the excellent assistance from Richer Sounds staff in Lichfield.
Date published: 2022-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by 77dmj from Sounds great, looks great and simple to use I've replaced a separates system with this one box, and it sounds great! Super easy to set up and use. My wife is a bit of a technophobe, and the highest praise I can give this device is that I went out shortly after setting it up, and came home to find her listening to it without any pointers from me. I haven't heard the previous models, so I've no idea if the sound quality has improved over the 2i. It's living room friendly looks, great sound and ease of use, mean that I'm over the moon with it.
Date published: 2021-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by James Lee from Awesome hardware, not so sure about the software! Having used the Powernode for a few days, it's apparent that it's a very capable streaming amp. Sound quality through my Sennheiser HD660S headphones is so detailed, with pinsharp stereo separation and no apparent sibilance (unless it's from the recording). The only issue I've come across, is with the BlueOS app, that you must use to select music source and tracks from my library. For the first few days, the app behaved oddly, in that the menu list of sources would lose all the sources. So no internet radio, or streaming services, no USB library. During the first day or so, I resorted to factory-resetting the amp to try fixing this, only for the problem to re-occur. Anyways, the problem appears to have corrected itself, without my intervention. I suspect what's happening is that the Amp takes time to re-index my USB HDD (as it has over 70GB library), and until it completes, it doesn't know what information to display. I've reported the issue to BlueSound.
Date published: 2021-07-14