Their products all run wirelessly in conjunction with smartphone app called BluOS. Bluesound recently sent me both the PULSE soundbar and the matching sub for review.
I’ve always had a wired speaker system for my main home theater setup, but I have several friends who bought Sonos systems in recent years. So for rooms other than the main HT, I’ve been more and more interested to try a wireless streaming setup. Obviously the PULSE Soundbar is designed to complement the look of a flat panel display better than traditional cabinet speakers. But it’s not just a soundbar; it also is a wireless streaming speaker, just like every other speaker in the Bluesound lineup.
Packaging quality is impressive for the PULSE Soundbar, and documentation is of high quality. Being a self-contained unit, it contains its own amplification and power supply. Additionally, the body is all-metal giving it a nice heft. That said, it fits perfectly on the mantle under my 60” plasma HDTV. Bluesound also offers a nice-looking table-top stand which supports your screen and the PULSE Soundbar.
Connectivity is ample and includes LAN, Wi-Fi, USB, optical, and RCA inputs, plus an RCA output for the sub, along with AC power. A nice touch is that the connectors all face upwards. Given the likely arrangement with the TV just above and/or behind the soundbar, this shows thoughtful design.
My initial impression of its music chops are good. The BluOS phone app allows access to my entire media library, which I can stream directly to the BlueSound PULSE Soundbar. If I had more BlueSound speaker products around the house, I could stream different music to each one. The system is also capable of playing every popular format, from MP3 to high-resolution lossless FLAC. I’ll be playing with the system more over the next couple weeks and really dig in to what it can do. I’ll also push the sub (which I have yet to hook up) to its limits, and compare everything to a comparably priced wired satellite+sub system.
Catch the full review shortly here at Secrets!