Bluesound has announced the Powernode Edge. This single-zone, wireless music streaming amplifier is designed to be an entry point into “just add speakers” Hi-Fi for the modern age, combining streaming sources, control, and amplification all in one device. Pre-orders for the Powernode Edge are now being taken on Bluesound.com and participating authorized retailers with shipping starting in early October. Suggested pricing for each unit is USD $649/EUR €699/GBP £599/CAD $849.
Audiophile-grade amplification in the Powernode Edge allows it to connect a pair of passive speakers to create or extend a Hi-Fi system. Other options include adding the Pulse Sub+ wireless subwoofer for a compact 2.1 stereo system. Alternatively, the Powernode Edge can power the rear channels of a Bluesound wireless surround sound setup.
A conservatively-rated 2 x 40 watts DirectDigital amplifier in the Powernode Edge handles hi-res audio tracks up to 24-bit/192 kHz and supports MQA playback.
The Powernode Edge is designed with a compact form factor to suit any décor. An included multi-orientation wall bracket allows it to be hidden in closets or behind sofas. Smart home installers will appreciate its 1U rack height and half-rack width, along with an easy-access touch control panel for everyday playback functions and configuration.
Over 20 natively integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations are accessible directly on the Powernode Edge, and controlled from the BluOS Controller app. To play from a personal music library, connection via Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, or playback from an external USB drive is available. Built-in AirPlay 2 makes for easy integration into the Apple ecosystem, while users of other devices can take advantage of the high-quality aptX HD Bluetooth connection to stream audio directly to the Powernode Edge. More traditional wired sources, such as a TV or preamp’d turntable, can be connected using the HDMI eARC input or the combo analog/digital input.
Add multiple Bluesound players around the home to create a high-performance, multi-room system using BluOS. Send music from player to player or sync up multiple players to one stream for parties and gatherings. Control is always readily available via the BluOS Controller app for iOS, Android, Mac, or PC, or using the glass touch panel for quick-access controls like Play, Pause, and Volume Up/Down. The Powernode Edge can integrate with the most popular smart home controllers like Crestron, Control4, URC, RTI, ELAN, and others, while hands-free control is possible with voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.
For more information, visit https://bluesound.com.