Bluesound Announces Streaming High-Res Audio Soundbar
Bluesound, fast becoming a leader in multi-room audio solutions adds even more value to their brand with the announcement of the world's first streaming, high-res audio soundbar.
The PULSE Soundbar builds upon the BluOS platform, enabling the TV to be the heart of a whole-home wireless music system. Intended for use with flat panel displays 42” or greater, it uses many high-end hi-fi techniques to achieve its unparalleled performance, including true 3-way speaker configuration with tri-amplification.
Each driver has its own dedicated amplifier channel and powerful digital signal processing (DSP) for the crossover filters. Bluesound says each driver is custom developed for this application and includes individually optimised chambers for ideal speaker operation and isolation.
The stylish black cabinet is made from extruded aluminum, whereas the majority of soundbars on the market today are often plastic. Using aluminium offers rigidity and strength, while allowing the largest possible interior volume due to thin wall construction.
Michael Thornton-Smith, Brand Manager for Bluesound's Australian distributor, Convoy, told StereoNET:
The PULSE Soundbar is all about sonic performance, supporting audio resolutions of 24 bits and up to 192 kHz sampling rate. Furthermore, it 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 bass performance of the new PULSE Soundbar is reportedley flat to 70 Hz and only down 3 db @ 55Hz which is impressive for such a slim enclosure. Bluesound have also said that they will be offering a matching PULSE SUB, but owners of conventional wired subwoofers will be able to use a Bluesound dongle to directly connect the Soundbar to their existing subwoofer.
There are three mounting options available; shelf mount or wall mount with the included accessories, or freestanding tabletop display with the optional TV bracket which lifts the TV just enough to allow secure placement of the soundbar directly below the TV. Depending on the mounting option chosen, the wires for AC and TV connection can exit at either the top or the bottom of the bar by flipping it 180 degrees.
John Banks, Director of Market Development and Chief Brand Officer for Bluesound added:
Never before has an audio product combined this level of sonic performance with the intelligence and flexibility to drive a whole-home audio system. Both home theater enthusiasts and music lovers alike will readily appreciate what enjoyment the PULSE Soundbar offers them in their main listening room and throughout the house
With speaker solutions for every room of the home, high-res network and internet steaming services capability, plus MQA compatibility, it's little wonder Bluesound is fast becoming the choice for both consumers and enthusiasts. Combine this with sister brand NAD and its use of the BluOS platform on selected products as well, Bluesound and NAD can literally fill your home with sound both conveniently but also in high-fidelity.Features
- Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
- DOLBY® Mixdown
- Multiple inputs and outputs make the PULSE SOUNDBAR your entertainment hub
- Wireless Subwoofer transmitter
- Access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library
- Control music wirelessly with BluOS™ Multi-Room Operating System for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
- 6 Integrated high-performance speakers and 2 Passive Radiators
- 100 watt innovative award-winning DirectDigital ™ amplifier and 35-BIT/844KHZ DAC
- Highest quality built-in Bluetooth (aptX®)
- Adjustable Tabletop Kickstands
- Wall Mount Included. – Universal TV stand sold separately
- Available in Black
The Bluesound PULSE Soundbar will be available from October for $1,799 RRP while the PULSE Sub will be available in December for $999 RRP.
Bluesound is distributed in Australia by Convoy International.
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