Bluesound Generation 2i follows the success of the original and strengthens the range with dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Apple AirPlay 2 facility, updated Bluetooth codecs, enhanced amplification, audio and more while retaining value.
2 TB Hard Drive
With a sizeable 2 TB hard drive, you are able to rapidly rip your CDs in a high-resolution format, or if you wish to save space the MP3 format. Plus, you are able to download and store high-resolution tracks from the internet. With complete access to your digital music collection, you will be able to stream them in studio quality to multiple rooms in your home.
Rip, Store, Download
Easily and speedily rip your CD collection in a high-resolution lossless format or the space-saving MP3 format. Plus, you can purchase, download and store high-resolution tracks on the dedicated ultra-quiet 2TB hard-drive, without needing a computer. With access to your digital music collection, you are able to stream your favourite music in high-res quality to multiple rooms all over the home.
The Gigabit Ethernet connection allows you to place the player anywhere you wish, it could be hidden from view whilst still allowing you to stream your music to any room. Connected to the internet you can easily access millions of songs. With premium high-resolution music services and internet radio stations for live streaming are included, you will never be short of new music again. Easily access your music downloads, your entire iTunes library, or a USB network drive.
Apple AirPlay 2
Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i is designed to support AirPlay 2 (to be delivered to Gen 2i owners via upcoming software update). With AirPlay 2, you can stream just about any sound from iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your Bluesound system — all in sync. Stream from your preferred apps or play videos on any iOS device while streaming audio through the Gen 2i player; for example you can watch Netflix on an iPad while filling the room with premium sound.
AirPlay 2 grants users more options for control, including using Siri for voice assistance. Once you add your Gen 2i Player to the Apple Home App on iPhone or iPad, Apple Music subscribers can use their iOS device or HomePod to say things like: “Hey Siri, play smooth jazz in the Living Room” or “Hey Siri, turn it up in the Kitchen.” By grouping a Gen 2i Player with older Bluesound Players in the BluOS App, existing customers can add AirPlay 2 compatibility to their entire BluOS system.
Gen 2i contains Bluesound’s most advanced take on Bluetooth to date – two-way Bluetooth, featuring both Receive and Transmit functionality. Receive function enables users to wirelessly stream to a Bluesound player from any compatible device. The Transmit capability lets users now use their Bluesound Gen 2i Player as a source, sending what they are listening to via Bluetooth to a pair of wireless headphones.
aptX HD Bluetooth
While improving the Bluetooth connectivity in Gen 2i, audio quality improvements are also ensured. The complex Qualcomm CSR8675 chip supports wireless audio via Bluetooth aptX HD; an advanced codec capable of processing 24-bit audio and engineered to boost the signal-to-noise ratio for reduced ambient noise. With the ability to support up to 24bit/48kHz, streaming from an aptX HD compatible device to a Gen 2i Player provides better-than-CD quality, wirelessly. It all contributes to Bluesound’s goal to deliver contemporary wireless convenience without compromising quality.
High Resolution Sound
Whilst compatible with MP3 and other digital formats, Bluesound Vault 2i best suits high-res audio. Bluesound did not hold back on the integration of complicated, innovative audio technologies for seamless playback in optimum studio-master recording standard.
The Vault 2i has been built around a 32-bit architecture using industry-leading multi-core processors, which is combined with an 8x oversampling DAC platform to ensure that your lossless high-resolution music playback is superior in precision and clarity.
Updating to BluOS 3.0, all BluOS users will gain access to new music services like SOUNDMACHINE and Taihe Music Zone (China only) and an easier guided set-up process. Plumbing for BluOS’s first voice integration, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be included, with the corresponding library of skills to launch soon. BluOS 3.0 also contains specific support for Gen 2i features like two-way Bluetooth with aptX HD, and enhanced audio EQ settings including wide mode and deep bass.
Bluesound has upgraded the Wi-Fi chipset technology to the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) dual-band offering. This allows you to take advantage of the less noisy 5 GHz band if needed resulting in faster connection times and fewer interruptions from other network traffic.