By offering high-end amplifier technology and a slick operating system to tie their products together. Bluesound is one of the newer players and has sent me their Pulse 2 All-In-One Streaming Music System for review.
On the surface, it looks like many wireless speakers. It contains a driver array, amplifiers, and a streaming player. But by using DirectDigital technology, its audio quality stands head and shoulders above the rest.
I’ve experienced the same topology in the NAD M32 DirectDigital Amplifier and I can tell you that thanks to its non-existent noise floor and completely imperceptible distortion, it delivers super-clean sound and a generous soundstage. It even manages to make mediocre recordings sound better while remaining neutral with quality material.
At the heart of the Pulse 2 is BluOS which offers a vast array of streaming choices, both free and paid, along with aptX Bluetooth and the ability to connect to locally-installed media servers. The operating system resides on a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android) and can be used to control all your players and all your content, right from the palm of your hand.
Following closely on the heels of my NAD M32 amp review, I’m anxious to see what this beautifully-designed lifestyle product can offer at a reasonable price of $699. Watch this space for my full review in a few weeks.