Bluesound Pulse 2 All-In-One Streaming Music System (Black)
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WORLD-CLASS SPEAKER DESIGN AND AWARD-WINNING DIGITAL AMPLIFICATION. THE FLAGSHIP ALL-IN-ONE STREAMING MUSIC SYSTEM. BEAUTY AND THE BEAT. The PULSE 2 delivers your music through 80 Watts of power and 3 audiophile-grade speakers capable of reproducing life-like detail from vertigo-inducing highs, to mindshaking, unfathomable bass. Processed through the multi-core ARM® CortexTM 9 engine and an innovative 35-bit DirectDigitalTM AMP/DAC array, the PULSE 2 delivers the ability to fi ll large rooms with pure high-res sound. Each PULSE family all-in-one player can be used as an independent player, or pairs can be joined for true stereo playback to enhance the music listening experience. Newly integrated headphone output, optical digital and analog stereo inputs add dramatically enhanced connectivity, as well as a TVCONNECT learning IR sensor for seamless integration and control of HD / UHDTV entertainment systems. You can finally have a true, total HD experience.
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Music Sources tried -
Windows 7, 8.1 and 10
Music Quality 320 kbps to Hi-Res 24 bit Music
Controlled the music from the Bluesound App via iPhone, Android and Windows 10
I found the whathifi review was spot on and I have not found anything to contradict that review
Want something that sounds fantastic, that is easy to setup, can provide multi-room music and plays all of your music and streaming sources....Look no further.
There is not much difference between the Pulse Mini and the Pulse 2, but it is there, more power (read room-filling) and, in my opinion, it is a wider soundstage, which is also a touch more detailed.
This came direct from Seven Oaks and arrived two days after it was ordered.....not quite Amazon next day delivery, but still good compared to a lot of retailers. Free months Tidal was included from Seven Oaks.
The packaging is very good and the unit comes with three types of plug and a reasonably long ethernet cable. There is also a "quick setup" guide which indicates that after turning on the unit, use a phone, ipad, laptop etc to connect to the wireless signal being given off from the unit and then, from that phone, ipad etc, open a web browser, access a certain url and connect the Pulse 2 to your home wi-fi with the option to rename the device and give it a location(bedroom, kitchen etc).
A light at bottom front left flashes green and then turns blue to indicate the wi-fi connection is complete and you are ready to use the device.
It took a long time to resolve a connection / firmware update issue but when that was resolved, I was listening to a local radio station.
I put the software on my MacBook Pro running El Capitan and it was not very good at all. When I ran the software from my iPad it was much, much better.
A premium account to Tidal or Spotify (etc) is needed to stream music over wi-fi but you can stream from your NAS or even from YouTube if you configure the unit correctly.
The settings of the Pulse 2 must have had Treble and Bass configured, albeit neutral because when I rummaged around and turned them off, the sound was much improved.
Altogether a really good sounding piece of kit with my only gripe being the software for Mac.
I wrote to the support team about the software and they wrote back very quickly and with an answer which resolved most of my issues.
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Phenomenal. Among the devices I owned/tested, I felt Bluesound was the best. Direct comparison is HEOS 7 HS, which I ended up choosing and currently own, I felt Bluesound Pulse 2 wins. SONOS Play 5 was something I only heard at store but after online review, it is almost across the board, Bluesound wins in sound quality by most reviews.
Furthermore, Bluesound supports high resolution so does HEOS, but SONOS does not.
Winner - Bluesound
Bluetooth - SONOS does not even support Bluetooth on any of their devices. HEOS HS2 series does. However, Bluesound has lossless version of bluetooth whereas HEOS HS2 is lossy version. Bluetooth support is convenient as we can play any stream service from computer, tablet or phones, but more importantly, it allows to sync with device like Echo Dot and convert these device to fully featured Alexa speaker.
So clear winner here is Bluesound, but in my use case scenario Bluetooth AptX support has minimal/no impact. This is not because I don't use Bluetooth, it's because I'm using Apple ecosystem and no current iOS device support AptX even the latest iPhone X. I surmise before Apple comes up with Apt-X capable device, they will implement Airplay 2, and that is preferred connection over bluetooth anyways.
Winner - Bluesound
AUX input - In SONOS family, this is limited to SONOS Play 5, SONOS Connect and Connect AMP. In HEOS HS2 family, all devices have them. AUX input provides versatility to the system. For instance, one can connect Airport Express to make these Airplay compatible. One can connect goole Chromecast audio to expand list of supported streaming services.
One of the main reason, I ended up giving up o SONOS system was related to AUX input. For my personal use, I needed low latency speaker, but SONOS has built in delay of 70ms even directly connecting to AUX line and WIFI sync to other speaker turned off (several official forum complaints about this). Bose has same issue. I had a hope with Bluesound, but it turned out Bluesound also had a delay, categorized as medium lag using Nintendo Switch Karaoke software. HEOS on the other hand was categorized as low latency and this difference is noticeable.
Though I could not test, I read Bluesound AUX input is not independently sharable i.e. if speaker A has AUX in connected to a music source, I can listen to the output on speaker B as long as A and B are grouped. This means even if I want to just listen to speaker A's AUX input on speaker B, I must have also playing it on speaker A. In HEOS, this is not true. I can play speaker A's AUX input independently on speaker B and speaker A can play something else. This is convenient especially one tries to use device like Airport express (for Airplay support).
Other devices in the family
Multiroom wifi speaker system is a platform. If you are looking for just single speaker then I'm sure there are better option for cost performance. So I had to look at what other devices are available in each platform. Bluesound soundbar is 2 channel; whereas, SONOS Playbar and HEOSBar are 3 channels.
Bluesound lowest end, PULSE FLEX costs $299 but does not seem to receive good review for its sound quality when compared to SONOS Play 1 or One. Similarly, PULSE Mini 2 looks like cost performance is not quite there.
HEOS is a platform and they have various AV beyond speakers, also even taking soundbars, they have 2 channel version and 3 channel version. With 2 channel (HomeCinema) getting upgrade with built in Airplay support. Furthermore, lowest end product HEOS 1 has optional battery pack to allow use as portable speaker if needed. Basically, it seems to provide most options.
This is a handy feature as I can connect music to the USB drive and use like dedicated music NAS. When I tested this feature with Bluesound, couple of drives that did not work with HEOS worked nicely on Bluesound. SONOS does not even have this feature.
Overall, I prefer Bluesound app for its appearance and ease of navigation. HEOS is the lowest on the list. It has all functions and some part are nice once familiarized myself but still doesn't look as professional as other two. But this was not a deal breaker for me as they all worked.
I have already touched on this, but generally Bluesound are the most expensive option. Recently, Bluesound Pulsebar reduced its price to $799, and cheaper than HEOSBar but HEOSBar is 3 channel. So when one compares HEOS family 2 channel speaker (comes with subwoofer), HEOS HomeCinema, also retail $799 but sales $479, HEOS wins on price. Especially, HEOS tends to get good sales and with such prices, the cost performance becomes unbeatable. For instance, I purchased HEOS 5 + HEOS 7 at $699 i.e. same price as Bluesound Pulse 2 alone.
Bluesound and SONOS have official forum where users can share/help each other with good moderator guiding to right thread if previously point was discussed. Considering smaller company, I think Bluesound is doing phenomenal job here. In fact, I got more quicker reply from official forum moderator on Bluesound than SONOS where often users try to help each other but SONOS rep does not answer that frequently.
In contrast, HEOS does not have official forum. Their customer support is technically incompetent. After long awaited reply, they ask simple basic questions and wait another days, and eventually no help. This is major downside of HEOS, and this can easily be a dealbreaker for those who cannot trouble shoot on their own. I struggled and eventually figured out random disconnect of HEOS device (blame actually goes to Orbi network).
SONOS is unbeatable here, but in reality, it only matters if the service you want to use is covered or not. Neither Bluesound nor HEOS have Apple Music or Google Music. But in theory, this can be alleviated by use of Bluetooth play, or perhaps AUX input add on with Google Chromecast Audio or Airport Express with Airplay. With each having its own disadvantages. Bluetooth is not as flexible as WIFI connection. Googlecast and Airport Express will be additional money. Furthermore, in case of Bluesound, if Aux input is to independently sharable as stated above, this may create inconvenience. So here, I say SONOS on top, HEOS #2 and Bluesound at bottom.
Bluesound has a phenomal sound quality and it is well known for it. I'd choose Bluesound over SONOS if money is not an issue. However, I ended up choosing HEOS over Bluesound and SONOS because low latency and independent share ability of AUX input, other devices in its family and cost performance.