Bluesound NODE X
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - MAY 11, 2023 - Bluesound, the original hi-res multi-room streaming brand, announces the launch of a special limited-run Anniversary Edition NODE X streamer created in celebration of its 10th anniversary. The NODE X, in a unique silver finish, takes the brand’s iconic NODE hi-res player and, yet again, sets a new standard for audio performance and functionality with upgraded componentry. The NODE X retails at USD $749 / EUR €799 / GBP £699 / CAD $999 and is now available for purchase from participating dealers or on Bluesound.com.
HIGH PERFORMANCE, UPGRADED
Performance takes a step up in the NODE X with the venerable ESS 9028Q2M Sabre DAC, a favorite of audiophiles for its amazing musicality, near-zero levels of clock jitter, ultra-low noise, and a wide dynamic range. A truly high-end headphone amplifier is driven by cutting edge THX AAA™ (Achromatic Audio Amplifier) technology with patented feed-forward error correction resulting in infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion, and power consumption. Along with the ¼” headphone jack, the NODE X delivers a no-compromise headphone listening experience.
NODE X front view
The NODE X features enhanced dual band WiFi to deliver the best in-class wireless stream quality. Over 20 natively integrated music services and thousands of internet radio stations are accessible directly on the NODE X or play from a personal digital music library held on a computer or external drive through the intuitive BluOS app for iOS, Android, or Mac or PC computers. The award-winning BluOS platform is the only platform that can support up to 64 players, all streaming up to 24-bit/192kHz hi-res audio and supports lossless file formats and MQA playback, which allows music lovers to listen to the actual studio masters of favorite albums, as they were intended to be heard. Like a jack of all trades, the NODE X is equipped with all the inputs and outputs -- bring music into the NODE X using HDMI eARC, WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Apple AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth, or USB Type A.
THE MULTI-ROOM DREAM
Seamlessly group the NODE X with multiple Bluesound speakers around the home to create an intuitive multi-room music system. Control the NODE X directly from a smart device or computer, touch panel controls with presets, voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, or by using the included RC1 Remote Control, which offers one-touch access to any Bluesound player within its proximity. The NODE X can also integrate into a smart home with full-feature drivers for Crestron, Control4, URC, RTI, ELAN, and other popular home control systems.
“When we thought about how to celebrate a decade of audio excellence and leadership in wireless hi-res streaming, we knew we had to start with the NODE,” says Matt Simmonds, Product Manager of Bluesound. “The NODE X re-imagines some of the best parts of the critically acclaimed, iconic NODE’s product design - our most popular model - and takes ’just add streaming’ to new performance levels for the next generation of audiophiles. I’m particularly excited to see how our customers use the NODE X with their favorite pair of performance headphones.”
NODE X rear view
Key Highlights of the NODE X:
• Premium ESS 9028Q2M Sabre DAC
• THX AAA™ Headphone Amplifier technology.
• 6.35mm / 1/4” Wired Headphone Output
• Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Output
• Quad-core 1.8GHz ARM® CORTEX™ A53 Processor
• HDMI eARC, Optical & Analog Inputs
• Stereo Analog Output
• Optical, Coaxial & USB Audio Outputs
• BluOS™ Wireless Multi-room Music Capability
• MQA Music and Hi-res Audio Streaming
• AirPlay 2 Integration
• Works With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
• Dual-band Wi-Fi & Gigabit Ethernet
• Two-way aptX™ HD Bluetooth
• IR Remote Learning Capability
• IR Input
• 12V Trigger Output
• Wired & Wireless Subwoofer Output
• Touch Controls with Presets
• Silver Finish
• RC1 Remote Control Included
An alliance of audiophiles. We are the designers, engineers and individuals who have spent our lives in the music industry. Our founders helped pioneer HiFi in the 70s – innovation and the pursuit of perfection in audio runs deep in our collective DNA. Bluesound’s sole mission is to create innovative wireless audio products and technologies that allow for the most true-to-live performance music reproduction possible, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital technology.