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Bluesound NODE 2i – Wireless Hi-Res Music Streamer

The Gen 2i version brings a whole host of streaming improvements. Apple AirPlay 2 is now supported, just like aptX HD Bluetooth. The HD version of bluetooth aptX transmission supports 24-bit audio, making it the best quality Bluetooth connection to date. Another advantage is the adoption of dual-band wi-fi. The new wi-fi chip allows you to take advantage of the least noisy 5 GHz band. This results in faster connection times and fewer interruptions than other network traffic.

Support for two-function Bluetooth headphones
Another advantage with this Gen 2i version is two-way Bluetooth. This not only allows you to connect Bluetooth music sources also put outputs for Bluetooth accessories, mainly Bluetooth headphones in this case.NODE 2i Wireless Multi-Room Hi-Res Music Streamer

Bluesound – the best choice for music streaming
Since its inception, Bluesound has been committed to the highest quality and easy-to-use multi-room transmission system. Hi-Res music playback is at the heart of Bluesound, which is just one of the reasons it sounds so good. It is not enough to take our word for it, however; take a look at the myriad of rave reviews. What Hi-Fi, Stuff, EISA and AVS Forum are just some of the great publications and sites to reward Bluesound’s highest laurels.

Streaming music around your home
A wide range of Bluesound speakers and streamers allow you to set up a complete music system around your home. Choose between Advanced Ethernet and Wi-Fi for quick and easy setup with your existing home network. With ultra-fast ARM Cortex A9 processors in your heart, you can be sure of smooth, uninterrupted sound without jumps or dropouts, even with high-resolution music files. Play music at home in perfect sync or have different music in different rooms : the choice is yours.

Access radio and cloud services like Spotify and Tidal
Although you can access your own digital music library, Bluesound NODE 2i also gives you almost unlimited access to music through internet radio and the best streaming music services. Compatible with Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz and Napster, among others, the NODE 2i is always ready to play your favorite music. Hi-Res music file support also makes the NODE 2i the perfect combination for Tidal, Qobuz and other Premium music services, Hi-Res.NODE 2i Wireless Multi-Room Hi-Res Music Streamer

Control using iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows, or Mac
With the Bluesound NODE 2i streaming system, you are not stuck with a single operating system. Full control is possible with Apple iOS smartphones and tablets (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad), Android and Kindle Fire. Desktop control is also possible through Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8, and Apple OS X Mac.

Connect to your existing Hi-Fi
Node 2i allows almost all hi-fi to become part of the Bluesound connected system. It can be connected to the AUX input of the existing stereo via analog or optical/digital RCA RCA, perfect for stereo or home theater amplifiers. For greater flexibility, there are also headphone and subwoofer outputs. Want to connect a USB stick? You can also do this, allowing you to easily stream your music directly. Node 2i price- £399NODE 2i Wireless Multi-Room Hi-Res Music Streamer

Elegant and discreet
It is no bigger than a typical wi-fi router, the Bluesound NODE 2i fits easily. A selection of black and white finishes also allows you to combine with your décor. If you don’t have your phone or tablet at hand, a simple touch-sensitive interface gives you direct control.Photo:Bluesound

Listen more to your music, longer, with Bluesound NODE 2i.

Bluesound NODE 2i specs:

AUDIO

Supported File Formats

MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS

Hi-Res formats – FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF

Native Sampling Rates

32 – 192 kHz

Bit Depths

16 – 24

Performance

SNR – 110dBA
Distortion, THD+N – 0.005%

DAC

32-Bit, 192kHz

Supported Operating Systems

Plays music from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista 7-10, Apple Macintosh 7-10

Free Internet Radio

TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise, LiveXLive, Radio.com

Supported Cloud Services

Spotify, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, Deezer , Qobuz, HighResAudio (VAULT Required), Napster, KKBox, Bugs, Taihe Music ZONE, SoundMachine, IDAGIO, OraStream

Voice Control Integrations

Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant Skills

Integration Partners

Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, push, iPort, ELAN, Lutron, roon, Airplay 2

Album Art

JPG

CONNECTIVITY

Network

Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, dual-band)

USB

1 x Type-A port for connection to USB memory sticks (Fat32 or NTFS formatted) and supported peripherals
1 x Type-B (mini) for product servicing

Audio Input

Combo – TOSLINK / 3.5mm

Audio Output

Analog RCA Stereo with FIXED option
Coaxial RCA
TOSLINK digital optical
Headphone 3.5mm Stereo
Subwoofer RCA
12 Volt trigger out

Bluetooth Quality

Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD wireless built-in

Bluetooth Connectivity

Two-Way (transmit & receive)

Power

Universal bi-pin AC Cord input (100 – 240AC)

USER INTERFACE

Mobile Operating System

BluOS – Free Android and iOS App Available Online at Google Play and Apple App Store

Pushbuttons

Simple top-panel touch controls.

Control

IR Sensor built in – Front panel

GENERAL

Processor

ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1 GHz

Unit Weight

1.12 kg / 2.45 lbs

Gross Dimensions

220 x 46 x 146 mm
8.7 x 1.8 x 5.7 in

Power Consumption (Idle)

6 Watts

Accessories

2x AC power cords (Europe & North America)
Ethernet Cable
Stereo RCA to RCA Cable
Toslink Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor

Storage Environment

-10° C to 50° C, 20% to 80% relative humidity

Operating Environment

0° C to 40° C

Finish

Available in White or Black Matte