Bluesound has introduced Gen 2i components in its streaming, high-res wireless audio system that offer upgraded bi-directional Bluetooth codecs, dual-band Wi-Fi 5, aptX HD Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2 support.
‘Gen 2i contains Bluesound’s most advanced take on Bluetooth to date, two-way Bluetooth, featuring both receive and transmit functionality,’ says Geoff Matthews of Convoy International, which distributes Bluesound in Australia. ‘The receive capability allows users to wirelessly stream from their device to a Bluesound player just like they're used to doing with Gen 2 devices, while the transmit capability means users can now use their Bluesound Gen 2i Player as a source to send what they are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones.’
The new Bluesound Gen 2i models are designed to support AirPlay 2, which will be delivered to Gen 2i owners via an upcoming software update. AirPlay 2 enables Gen 2i owners to stream sound from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their Bluesound system and stream music, books, and podcasts from their favourite apps, or watch videos on their Apple device while streaming the audio through to their Gen 2i Player.
AirPlay 2 also gives users more options for control, including using Siri for voice assistance. Once you add your Gen 2i Player to the Apple Home App on your iPhone or iPad, Apple Music subscribers can use their iOS device or HomePod to say things such as: ‘Hey Siri, play smooth jazz in the living room’ or ‘Hey Siri, turn up volume in the kitchen.’
By grouping a Gen 2i Player with older Bluesound Players in the BluOS App, existing BluOS customers can add AirPlay 2 compatibility to their BluOS system.
New Bluesound models are:
Node 2i ($999)
Powernode 2i ($1,549)
Vault 2i ($1,999)
Pulse 2i ($1,599)
Pulse Mini 2i ($999)
Pulse Flex 2i ($699)
Pulse Soundbar 2i ($1,699–$1,799).
All Gen 2i models will be available for sale in Australia in November 2018 (except the Pulse Soundbar, which won’t go on sale until December 2018) and all will be available in black or white finishes.
For more information, contact Convoy International