Bluesound Announces POWERNODE EDGE

Turn any space into a Hi-Fi haven with this entry point, ‘just-add-speakers’ streaming amplifier.

Bluesound, the hi-res wireless multi-room line of audio players, announces the POWERNODE EDGE. This single-zone, wireless music streaming amplifier is the perfect entry point into ‘just add speakers’ Hi-Fi for the modern age, combining streaming sources, control, and amplification all in one sleek, yet affordable, device.

Audiophile-grade amplification packed into the POWERNODE EDGE makes it easy to connect a pair of passive speakers to create or extend a Hi-Fi system, says the maker. Other options include adding the PULSE SUB+ wireless subwoofer for a powerful but compact 2.1 stereo system. Alternatively, the POWERNODE EDGE can power the rear channels of a Bluesound wireless surround sound setup, for the ultimate modern home theater experience.   

Punchy Hi-Res

A conservatively-rated 2 x 40W Direct Digital amplifier in the POWERNODE EDGE efficiently handles hi-res audio tracks up to 24-bit/192kHz and supports MQA playback, which allows music lovers to listen to the actual studio masters of favourite albums, as they were intended to be heard. Revel in the clarity of playback of everything from densely-layered heavy metal tracks to whisper-quiet dialogue in movies and TV shows, says the unit’s creator.

The POWERNODE EDGE is designed with a compact form factor to suit any décor. An included multi-orientation wall bracket allows it to be hidden in closets or behind sofas. Easy to spec and simple to stack, smart home installers will appreciate its 1U rack height and half-rack width, along with an easy-access touch control panel for everyday playback functions and configuration.

Over 20 natively integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations are accessible directly on the POWERNODE EDGE, and controlled from the BluOS Controller app. To play from a personal music library, connection via Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet or playback from an external USB drive is available. Built-in AirPlay 2 makes for easy integration into the Apple ecosystem, while users of other devices can take advantage of the high quality aptX HD Bluetooth connection to stream audio directly to the POWERNODE EDGE. More traditional wired sources, such as a TV or preamp’d turntable, can be connected using the HDMI eARC input or the combo analogue/digital input.

Multi-Room Control

Add multiple Bluesound players around the home to create a high-performance, multi-room system using BluOS, the world’s most versatile whole-home, hi-res audio platform. Send music from player to player or sync up multiple players to one stream for parties and gatherings. Easy control is always readily available via the BluOS Controller app for iOS, Android, Mac, or PC, or using the elegant glass touch panel for quick-access controls like Play, Pause, and Volume Up/Down. The POWERNODE EDGE can integrate with the most popular smart home controllers like Crestron, Control4, URC, RTI, ELAN, and others, while hands-free control is possible with voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Key Highlights of the POWERNODE EDGE

DirectDigital Amplifier Platform

40 Watts Per Channel Into 8 Ohms

Quad-Core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A53 Processor

HDMI eARC, Optical & Analog Audio Inputs

BluOS Wireless Multi-Room Music Capability

App Control with Adjustable Audio Settings

MQA Music And Hi-Res Audio Streaming

Airplay 2 Integration

Works With Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri

Dual-Band Wi-Fi + Gigabit Ethernet

Two-Way aptX HD Bluetooth

Wireless Headphone Output

Wired & Wireless Subwoofer Output

IR Remote Learning Capability

Front Panel Touch Controls

Compact 1U Form Factor

Easy Four-Way Mounting System

Black Or White Finish

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