Bluesound Celebrates 10 Years With The NODE X Wireless Multi-Room Music Streamer
Is everyone celebrating an important milestone in 2023? It’s starting to feel that way. It’s almost hard to believe that Bluesound launched the same week my youngest child was born in 2013, but it’s really been a decade for the Canadian brand and there’s no doubt that it’s produced a double-double with two French Crullers.
Bluesound NODE has been a fixture on our “Best Network Player” list for the past 3 years, and for very good reasons; great sound quality, great value for money and one of the best ways to bring all the major music streaming platforms together in one place. It’s hard to justify spending more. We have recommended NODE to more family and friends than any other product in recent times.
Cambridge Audio, WiiM Audio, NAD, Andover Audio and iFi Audio also have great affordable options in 2023, but the Bluesound NODE has become the standard bearer in this category.
So, how do the people of my hometown celebrate this special birthday?
Certainly not watching the wretched Toronto Maple Leafs suffocate again in the NHL playoffs, but with a very special new version of NODE.
Bluesound, the original high-definition multi-room streaming brand, has announced its launch special streamer NODE X limited edition Anniversary Edition created in honor of its 10th anniversaryth anniversary. The new silver finish looks quite impressive and our review sample should arrive in about 3 weeks.
under the hood
Performance takes a step forward in NODE X with a venerable DAC ESS 9028Q2M Saberwhich provides near-zero clock jitter, ultra-low noise and wide dynamic range.
Truly high quality headphone amplifier driven by advanced THX AAA (Achromatic Audio Amplifier) technology with patented Forward Error Correction, resulting in infinitesimal levels of noise, distortion and power consumption.
Along with a ¼” headphone jack, NODE X delivers an uncompromising headphone listening experience.
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NODE X features advanced dual-band Wi-Fi for best-in-class wireless streaming. Over 20 natively integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations are available directly on NODE X or played from your personal digital music library stored on your computer or external drive using the intuitive BluOS app for iOS, Android, Mac or PC. TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, and Roon have all been successfully integrated into BluOS, and over the past five years, the streaming platform has proven itself to be very reliable and reliable.
The award-winning BluOS platform is the only platform that can support up to 64 players, all of which stream high-resolution audio at up to 24-bit/192kHz, support lossless file formats and MQA playback, allowing music lovers to listen to a real studio. masters of favorite albums, as they were intended.
Like a jack-of-all-trades, NODE X is equipped with all the inputs and outputs – bring your music to NODE X using HDMI eARC, WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Apple AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth or USB Type A.
Combine NODE X with multiple Bluesound speakers throughout your home to create an intuitive multi-room music system. Control NODE X directly from your smart device or computer, touch control panel with presets, voice assistants such as Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, or with RC1 remote control included which offers one-touch access to any Bluesound player in close proximity.
NODE X can also be smart home integrated with full featured drivers for Crestron, Control4, URC, RTI, ELAN and other popular home control systems.
“When we thought about how to celebrate a decade of superior sound and leadership in high-definition wireless streaming, we knew we had to start with NODE,” says Matt Simmonds, Bluesound product manager. “NODE X reimagines some of the best parts of the critically acclaimed, iconic NODE product design, our most popular model, and takes “just add streaming” to a new level of performance for the next generation of audiophiles. I’m especially excited to see our customers using the NODE X with their favorite pair of quality headphones.”
- ESS 9028Q2M Saber Premium DAC
- THX AAA headphone amplifier technology.
- 6.35mm / 1/4″ wired headphone output
- Wireless Bluetooth headphone output
- Quad-core ARM® CORTEX A53 processor @ 1.8 GHz
- HDMI eARC, optical and analog inputs
- Stereo analog output
- Optical, coaxial and USB audio outputs
- BluOS Wireless Multi-Room Music Features
- MQA Music and High-Resolution Audio Streaming
- AirPlay 2 integration
- Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Dual Band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet
- aptX™ HD Bluetooth two-way communication
- Possibility of remote learning via infrared
- IR input
- Trigger output 12V
- Wired and wireless subwoofer output
- Touch control with presets
- Silver finish
- Remote control RC1 included
Price and availability
Bluesound NODE X is on sale at $749 / CAD 999 and is now available from participating dealers or Bluesound.com.