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Bluesound launches new 'audiophile-grade' Pulse Soundbar+

19 Mar 2021 | Rasmus Larsen |

Bluesound is adding a new high-end soundbar to its line-up. The $899 Pulse Soundbar+ is a 120W system with support for Dolby Atmos, 24-bit Hi-Res audio, AirPlay 2, and multi-room.

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Bluesound sees its new high-end soundbar as "the ultimate audiophile-grade" solution that "is to audio what the 8K TV is to video" – perhaps not the best reference considering the sorry state of the 8K TV market. Nevertheless, it does look like a very capable system with 8 drivers, 24-bit audio processing, and 120W of total power that could compete head-to-head with soundbars like the Sonos Arc. It can be paired with the company's Sub+ subwoofer for even more power.

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+

- "The Pulse Soundbar+ is a system solution that replaces the need for bulky AVRs. Designed to fit perfectly under HD TVs, the Pulse Soundbar+ offers a fully immersive sonic experience thanks to its range of features," the company said. Other features include multi-room (via BluOS), Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, USB, optical, HDMI eARC, an ARM Cortex A53 Quad-Core chipset, two WiFi chips, and support for voice assistants from Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+

The company says that the soundbar supports Dolby Atmos, although it does not appear to be equipped with up- or side-firing units. The user can wirelessly pair Flex 2i speakers to serve as rear channels for an improved surround sound effect. The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ is available for $899 / €999 / £799 in black, or $999 / €1099 / £899 in white from bluesound.com. It will start shipping in April.

Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ specifications

Operating SystemBluOS
Supported Controller Operating SystemiOS, Android, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, macOS 10.10-10.15, 11
Supported Audio File FormatsMP3, AAC, WMA, WMA-L, OGG, ALAC, OPUS
Supported Hi-Res Audio File FormatsFLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, MPEG-4 SLS
Supported Mult-Channel Audio FormatsDolby Atmos; Dolby Digital
Supported Network File SharingServer Messsage Block (SMB)
Native Sampling Ratesup to 192 kHz
Bit Depths16-24
Music Service Integrations23+
3rd-Party IntegrationsAirPlay 2
 Apple Wireless Accessory Configuration (WAC)
Control System IntegrationsCrestron, Control 4, RTI, ELAN, URC, Push, Lutron, iPort
Voice Control IntegrationsAmazon Alexa Skills; Actions on Google
*via software update 
  
Features 
Status IndicatorFront Panel LED
Play/Pause ButtonTouch LED
Volume Control ButtonsTouch LED
Previous/Next Track ButtonsIn-App
Preset ButtonsIn-App
Proximity Sensor 
Audio Controls & EQIn-App
ProcessorARM Cortex -A53, Quad-Core, 1.8GHz per core
DAC 
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 
DistortionTHD+N, 0.030%
AmplificationDigital
Power Output120W total system power
Speakers1" (25mm) Tweeter x 2; 2" (50mm) Mid-Range x 2;
4" (102mm) Woofer x 2; 4" (102mm) Passive Radiator x 2
Frequency Response+/- 1dB 70Hz - 20kHz; 3dB down at 55Hz; 3dB down at 25Hz
  
Connections 
PowerUniversal bi-pin AC cord input (100-240AC)
Ethernet/LANEthernet RJ45, GigE 1000 Mbps
Wi-Fi Built In2x Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), dual-band
Bluetooth QualityBluetooth 5.0 aptX HD
Bluetooth ConnectivityTwo-Way (transmit & receive)
IR Optical Built InIR Sensor Built In - front panel with IR Remote Learning
IR Input 
Optical/Analog InputTOSLINK x 1; 3.5mm Analog Line In x 1
HDMI InputHDMI eARC
USB INType A (Fat32 Formatted)
USB (other)Type B (mini) for product servicing
Audio Output 
Coaxial Output 
Optical Output 
Trigger Out 
Headphone OutputBluetooth
Subwoofer OutputRCA Analog x 1; Wireless via Secondary Wi-Fi module x 1
Speaker Terminals 
Function Button 
  
FinishBlack/White
  
Included Accessories120V AC Power Cord
 230V AC Power Cord
 Ethernet Cable
 Optical Audio Cable
 HDMI Cable
 Kickstand Feet x 2
 Wall Mount Bracket
 Wall Mount Bracket Template
 Wall Mount Spacers x 8
 Safety/Warranty Guide
 Quick Setup Guide
  
  
Dimensions (Product) 
(WxHxD metric)1073 x 141 x 70 mm
(WxHxD imperial)42.25 x 5.5 x 2.75 in (not including wall bracket or kickstands)
Weight6.8kg/15lbs
  
  
Dimensions (Shipping, Single Unit) 
(WxHxD metric)1230 x 170 x 230 mm
(WxHxD imperial)48.43 x 6.7 x 9.06 in
Weight10.38kg/22.84lbs
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