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.
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.
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- £399
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:
Supported File Formats
MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS
Hi-Res formats – FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF
Native Sampling Rates
32 – 192 kHz
16 – 24
SNR – 110dBA
Distortion, THD+N – 0.005%
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
Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC, push, iPort, ELAN, Lutron, roon, Airplay 2
Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, dual-band)
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
Combo – TOSLINK / 3.5mm
Analog RCA Stereo with FIXED option
TOSLINK digital optical
Headphone 3.5mm Stereo
12 Volt trigger out
Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD wireless built-in
Two-Way (transmit & receive)
Universal bi-pin AC Cord input (100 – 240AC)
Mobile Operating System
BluOS – Free Android and iOS App Available Online at Google Play and Apple App Store
Simple top-panel touch controls.
IR Sensor built in – Front panel
ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1 GHz
1.12 kg / 2.45 lbs
220 x 46 x 146 mm
8.7 x 1.8 x 5.7 in
Power Consumption (Idle)
2x AC power cords (Europe & North America)
Stereo RCA to RCA Cable
Toslink Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor
-10° C to 50° C, 20% to 80% relative humidity
0° C to 40° C
Available in White or Black Matte