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Bluesound Powernode 2i HDMI Streaming Amplifier

Bluesound Powernode 2i HDMI Streaming Amplifier

Bluesound blends the forces of music and technology together in an ecosystem designed to deliver the best audio quality possible. Bluesound employs various architectures and technologies to achieve this, from advanced proprietary software to end-to-end hi-res audio processing. Harnessing the power of BluOS, consumers can wirelessly connect their Bluesound speakers and digital players, and stream any music file – MP3 to 24-bit/192kHz – as well as many popular music streaming services to any room in the home with the control of a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

While BluOS connects your devices, lossless audio technologies such as Hi-Res Audio (HRA) and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) allow you to hear your music in master quality just as the artist intended.

All Bluesound Gen 2i models are designed to support AirPlay 2 - With AirPlay 2, Gen 2i owners can stream just about any sound from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their Bluesound system — all in sync. Customers can stream music, books, and podcasts from their favorite apps, or watch videos on their Apple device while streaming the audio through to their Gen 2i Player – imagine watching Netflix or YouTube on an iPad while filling the room with premium sound from a Bluesound system.

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 like: “Hey Siri, play smooth jazz in the Living Room” or “Hey Siri, turn it up in the Kitchen.”

Gen 2i contains Bluesound’s most advanced take on Bluetooth to date - two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive capability allows users to wirelessly stream from their device to a Bluesound Player just like they're used to doing with Gen 2. The Transmit capability means the user can now use their Bluesound Gen 2i Player as a source, sending what they are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones.

While Bluesound has improved the Bluetooth connectivity in Gen 2i, engineers also made sure that audio quality improvements are part of the Gen 2i Bluetooth story. The advanced Qualcomm CSR8675 chip used in these new products also supports aptX HD Bluetooth wireless audio. aptX HD is an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit audio over Bluetooth and has been engineered to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in lower background noise. With the ability to support streams up to 24bit/48kHz, a customer streaming from an aptX HD compatible device to a Gen 2i Player is actually able to listen to better-than-CD quality, wirelessly.

With your input choice of analog, optical and now HDMI ARC, connecting audio to the POWERNODE 2i has never been easier.

Product Features;

Easily drive your existing pair of premium speakers
HybridDigital™ amp and DAC technologies ensures flawless playback with precision and clarity.
60 Watts x 2 into 8 ohms of HybridDigital™ power.
HDMI (ARC & eARC) connectivity.
Featuring digital and analog input/output options, headphone stereo mini jack, and subwoofer out.
Access and stream Internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library to multiple Bluesound Players.
Create and control a seamless multi-room system with the intuitive BluOS Controller app.
Control it with the optional Bluesound RC1 Remote Controller
Connect Bluesound to your Amazon Echo with the skill in the Alexa app and use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to control Players around the home.
AirPlay 2 lets you play music or podcasts from wireless stereo components throughout your house — all in sync.


AUDIO
Supported File Formats
MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS

Hi-Res formats - FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF

Power Output
HybridDigital™ Amplifier,
60 Watts x2 into 8ohms

Native Sampling Rates
32 - 192 kHz

Bit Depths
16 - 24

Performance
SNR - 90dB
Distortion, THD+N - 0.008%

DAC
32-Bit, 384kHz

Supported Operating Systems
Plays music from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista 7-10, Apple Macintosh 7-10

Free Internet Radio
TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise, LiveXLive, Radio.com

Supported Cloud Services
Spotify, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, Deezer , Qobuz, HighResAudio (VAULT Required), Napster, KKBox, Bugs, Taihe Music ZONE, SoundMachine, IDAGIO, OraStream

Voice Control Integrations
Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant Skills

Integration Partners
Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, push, iPort, ELAN, Lutron, roon, Airplay 2

Album Art
JPG

CONNECTIVITY
Network
Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, dual-band)
USB
1 x Type-A port for connection to USB memory sticks (Fat32 or NTFS formatted) and supported peripherals
1 x Type-B (mini) for product servicing

Audio Input
Combo - TOSLINK / 3.5mm

Audio Output
Headphone output - 3.5 Stereo
5-way speaker binding posts
Subwoofer output - RCA
Bluetooth Quality
Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD wireless built-in

Bluetooth Connectivity
Two-Way (transmit & receive)

Power
Universal tri-pin AC Cord input (100 - 240AC)

USER INTERFACE
Mobile Operating System
BluOS - Free Android and iOS App Available Online at Google Play and Apple App Store

Pushbuttons
Simple top-panel touch controls.

Control
IR Sensor built in - Front panel

GENERAL
Processor
ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1 GHz

Unit Weight
1.72 kg / 3.8 lbs

Gross Dimensions
220 x 70 x 190 mm
8.7 x 2.75 x 7.5 in

Power Consumption (Idle)
10 Watts

Accessories
2x AC power cords (Europe & North America)
Ethernet Cable
Toslink Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor
Storage Environment
-10° C to 50° C, 20% to 80% relative humidity

Operating Environment
0° C to 40° C

Finish
Available in White or Black Matte