Lenbrook unwraps Bluesound Gen 2 Wireless Home Audio System
Lenbrook will begin shipping in September a sequel line to its original Bluesound multiroom wireless digital music system, introduced in 2013, that Lenbrook America president and CEO Dean Miller said is “not an upgrade of existing product but a complete reinvention of a brand.” Bluesound Gen 2, he said at an event Tuesday in New York City where the line was unveiled, “is completely different, with a new, more appropriate industrial design and with a spot-on feature set with high levels of connectivity and the latest processors.” He said that the line, which supports 24-bit high-resolution audio streaming, incorporates the same proprietary BluOS operating system as on the earlier models (with which the new series is compatible), but that the original software had undergone 18 major upgrades.
The new line of multi-room wireless streaming digital music players totals six models, including two new models that were not part of the original line. Of these six, three will work with existing or new audio systems and three are complete plug-and-play music systems. The models can now stream music directly from a smartphone or tablet either through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
The two newest line entries are all-in-ones: the PULSE MINI wireless streaming music player ($499) and the PULSE FLEX, a portable streaming player ($299).
The POWERNODE 2 amplified wireless streaming music player ($899), according to Greg Stidsen, director of technology and product planning, represents “a new category of product.” He said it uses elements of the most sophisticated amplifier technology Lenbrook has ever created: that in the NAD Masters Series M22 stereo power amplifier.
The POWERNODE 2 includes the latest-generation ARM Cortex-A9 processor, and offers enhanced Wi-Fi performance versus its predecessor. Other features it adds include: aptX codec support in Bluetooth 4.0; a coax SPDIF output to connect to aftermarket DACs and AV surround receivers; more USB power; improved Ethernet technology; capacitive touch controls (upgraded from mechanical controls); a headphone jack that is also an amplifier; and an IR front input that can learn any remote control.