Bluesound, makers of the award-winning hi-res wireless multi-room line of audio players, has announced a new generation of its best-selling PowerNode Wireless Hi-Res Multi-Room Music Streaming Amplifier. The upgrades include new DAC designs, more powerful processors, and touch panel controls with presets and proximity sensors, while the POWERNODE also receives substantially more power. These feature an easy-to-clean satin finish in either black or white.
Inside, the PowerNode 3 features a new audiophile-grade DAC design with notably improved performance that not only supports 24-bit/192kHz audio processing, but also MQA for studio-quality listening. Powerful, user-friendly software features like tone controls and subwoofer crossover optimization allow you to customize your listening preferences in detail. It is also equipped with an array of digital and analog inputs and outputs for maximum versatility. Bring music into your PowerNode using Wi-Fi or ethernet, Apple AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth, or USB Type A connectors, to hear audio content from streaming services, internet radio and your own music library. The NODE now features an HDMI eARC input on the back panel, to keep your setup flexible and future-friendly. Designed to be as comfortable in a two-channel TV system or gaming console as it is in an audiophile’s dedicated listening room, the NODE provides a hi-res experience no matter where it’s used. Listen to your music through your hi-fi system or through wired or wireless headphones, by connecting to the RCA, Toslink optical, aptX HD Bluetooth, 3.5mm jack, Apple devices, or other Bluesound or BluOS enabled players
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Powernode wins "2022 Golden Ear
"The POWERNODE easily fits into systems that include other components (even cables) that cost as much or more than the Bluesound unit itself without embarrassing itself sonically. Slightly on the mellow and forgiving side of neutral, it should pair well with a wide variety of speakers and rooms; yet it still provides plenty of detail and microdynamics for a surprising amount of satisfaction from all genres of music.”, Muse Kastanovich The Absolute Sound read the review
Powernode gets Stereophile Recommended Components Award
"This Canadian-designed, Chinese-manufactured, Roon Ready, MQA- and AirPlay 2—capable, class-D streaming amplifier is more powerful than its predecessors. (JA found that it met the specified continuous maximum power of 80Wpc into 8 ohms) Controlling the amplifier with the BluOS app, KM wrote that he was delighted with the sounds the Powernode produced. "The amp struck a good balance of richness and crispness, scale, and density," KM commented that its clarity and soundstaging were strong, "especially so for an amp that costs so little." He was also impressed by its headphone output and summed up his time with the Powernode by writing "like the original NAD 3020, circa 1980, the Bluesound Powernode is the everyman's (or everywoman's) integrated amplifier for its own time." JA noted that the Powernode digitizes its analog inputs but found that its digital inputs offered good measured results."
HybridDigital™ amplifier platform powering 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms Quad-core 1.8GHz ARM® Cortex™ A53 processor 32-bit/384kHz premium DAC design HDMI eARC, optical & analog inputs BluOS™ wireless multi-room music capability Wireless Dolby® surround sound Roon compatible, Qobuz and Tidal Hi-res Audio Streaming AirPlay 2 for integration into Apple ecosystem Voice control with Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Dual-band Wi-Fi + Gigabit ethernet Two-way aptX™ HD Bluetooth IR remote learning capability, IR input Wired & wireless headphone output Wired & wireless subwoofer output Touch controls with presets Black or white finish Product Weight - 1.78kg/3.9lbs Product Dimensions - 220 x 70 x 190 mm 8.7 x 2.75 x 7.5 inch
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