Bluesound, the Canadian manufacturer of wireless hi-fi components, has announced the release of the June 2021 the newly overhauled music streamers Bluesound Node and Powernode. Compared to their predecessor models, they have been adapted to the current state of streaming technology.
Bluesound Node and Powernode in comparison
The Bluesound Node is a streamer that can also be used as a streaming bridge. It receives data via Bluetooth, LAN and WLAN, but also has an HDMI input, an optical digital and an analog high-level input for other players. On the output side, it is equipped with an analog cinch high-level tap and a sub-out, streamed data can be fed digitally to an external DAC via optical, coaxial and USB output.
At the Bluesound Powernode, which can of course also stream, is also built in with an amplifier, the 2 x 80 watts of power and with its digital and analog inputs and outputs it can represent a real control center for the home hi-fi setup.
Both devices are equipped with modern A53 QuadCores clocked at 1.8 GHz. This means that they have one compared to their predecessors eight times higher computing power and a four-fold increase in memory speed. The dual-band WiFi module has also been improved. Apple AirPlay2, bidirectional Bluetooth apt-X HD and MQA playback are supported.
- Bluesound Node: 549 euros
- Bluesound Powernode: 899 euros