Bluesound VAULT 2i – High-quality Streaming player

The Bluesound VAULT 2i is a network-attached storage (NAS) device designed for use with high-resolution audio. It can store and stream music files, including FLAC, WAV, ALAC, MP3, and other formats. The device supports both wired and wireless connections and can be controlled with a mobile app. It also features an analog output and digital output for connecting to an amplifier or DAC.

Pros and cons of Bluesound VAULT 2i
Pros:
  • High-Resolution Audio Support: Supports high-resolution audio formats, including FLAC, WAV, and ALAC, for superior sound quality.
  • Versatile Connectivity: Supports both wired and wireless connections, allowing for easy integration with existing home networks.
  • Mobile App Control: Comes with a mobile app for easy control and streaming from smartphones and tablets.
  • Analog and Digital Outputs: Features both analog and digital outputs for connecting to a range of different audio equipment.

    Bluesound VAULT 2i
    Bluesound VAULT 2i — photo: Bluesound

Cons:

  • Cost: The Bluesound VAULT 2i may be more expensive than other network storage options.
  • Limited Storage Capacity: The built-in storage capacity is limited, meaning that additional storage may need to be added over time.
  • Complex Setup: The setup process may be complex for those who are not familiar with network-attached storage devices.
  • Limited File Format Support: May not support all file formats, particularly lossless formats like DSD.

The VAULT 2i, a cutting-edge network hard drive, lets users access and manage their music library on all Bluesound players directly from the BluOS Controller app. The VAULT 2i provides a truly innovative multi-room experience, regardless of whether you’re streaming from a cloud music service, podcast, Internet radio station, or even your own personal music library stored on a USB.

You can stream audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer via your Bluesound system thanks to built-in Apple AirPlay 2 technology. That includes the music from Netflix shows and YouTube videos.
You can also do much more if you have an Apple Music® subscription. Use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV 4K to give voice commands to control Apple Music. Tell it the song or playlist to play, as well as which Bluesound speakers or other equipment you want it to use.

The Bluesound VAULT 2i, once set up on your wired home network, enables you to stream your complete music collection to any Bluesound device without using a computer. The VAULT 2i can flawlessly multitask while streaming to numerous rooms thanks to a powerful and effective Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 processor. Bluesound VAULT 2i price: $1,399.00Bluesound VAULT 2i

What is network-attached storage (NAS) device

A Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device is a data storage system that is connected to a computer network and allows data to be shared among multiple users and devices. It operates as its own self-contained device, with its own operating system, storage drives, and network connectivity. NAS devices are often used for storing and sharing large amounts of data, such as music, photos, and videos, and for backing up important files. They can be accessed from any device connected to the network, and can also be configured for remote access from outside the local network.Bluesound VAULT 2i
Bluesound company
Bluesound is a Canadian-based company that designs and manufactures high-fidelity audio equipment. It was founded in 2012 and is part of the Lenbrook Group of companies, which also includes NAD Electronics. Bluesound’s product line includes wireless speakers, soundbars, and network-attached storage devices, all designed to deliver high-quality sound and seamless integration with home networks and mobile devices. The company is known for its innovative products and its commitment to delivering premium audio experiences for music lovers.

Bluesound VAULT 2i specs:

Supported File Formats

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

Hi-Res formats – FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF

Storage

2TB internal ultra-quiet hard-drive with low power consumption

Rip Formats

FLAC, MP3 (320kbps), WAV selectable

CD

Slot-loading mechanism for ripping standard audio CDs

Native Sampling Rates

32 – 192 kHz

Processor

Dual-Core ARM® CORTEX™ A9, 1 GHz

Mobile Operating System

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

Network

Gigabit Ethernet RJ45

USB Host

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

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