It would appear like a set-top field and have a reputation that makes it sound like a server, however Bluesound’s Powernode Edge is likely one of the niftiest just-add-speakers music methods we’ve ever clapped eyes on.
With a DirectDigital amplifier able to 40 watts per channel inside, plus assist for 24-bit/192kHz hi-res audio tracks and MQA information, it ought to sound method larger than it appears. Constructed-in Wi-Fi, aptX HD Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 imply it’s straightforward to play wirelessly from new-fashioned sources, plus there’s USB for attaching exterior laborious drives, whereas a combo analogue/digital enter takes care of turntables and different extra retro stuff.
On prime, there’s a glass panel to regulate playback, plus it places 20 music providers and hundreds of web radio stations at your fingertips. If you wish to do extra, Bluesound’s glorious BluOS Controller app is suitable with it, plus it’ll allow you to add your Powernode Edge to a multiroom system. You may discuss to it through Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, too.
It’s additionally suitable with Bluesound’s wi-fi Pulse Sub+, which, when mixed with some satellite tv for pc audio system, lets you create a 2.1 or surround-sound system, with HDMI eARC used to hook it as much as the telly. Nicely, it’s not prefer it’d look misplaced beneath.
The Powernode Edge can be launched on 3 October however you’ll be able to pre-order one now, in black or white, for $649/£599.