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Bluesound  Powernode
9.0 out of 10

Bluesound Powernode

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Overall 4
4.0

Reduced quality from last years product. Poor Bluesound support.

Brian, Crutchfield
26 September 2013
  • Summary: I purchased a bluesound node from Crutchfield a year ago, followed shortly by a power node. Both were excellent products in my experience, enough so I was motivated to purchase two more power nodes last week. What a different experience this time - like a punch in the face for products I just shelled out a lot of money for. I was pre-wired for banana jacks to my speaker wires to my pre-installed speakers.
  • Pros: Crutchfield customer support. I had to return one bluesound because two of the caps covering the banana jacks wouldn't come out. Crutchfield sent a replacement right away. Crutchfield even removed the banana jack plugs ahead of time so I wouldn't need to.
  • Cons: In order from very worst: Bluesounds customer support, including Bluesound North American President Caps over binding post banana jacks - like a punch in the face to their high $$ paying customers. Have fun removing these if you use banana jacks. Speaker wire binding posts are poor quality. May try changing the banana jacks I used to another brand, getting a very poor connection. Hopefully another brand will work better - never had a problem with banana jacks on any o...
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Overall 10
10

Great sound quality, convenience, and app

LuisP, Crutchfield
26 September 2013
  • Summary: This is my second BlueSound product. I previously owned the Node for nine months, which I have attached to my main stereo music system. So I already knew the superb quality of the sound produced through the Bluesound products. I bought the Powernode for my home office. The Powernode is essentially the Node, with a built in amplifier. I paired the Powernode with Audioengine P4 bookshelf speakers. It sounds fantastic.
  • Pros: Beautiful high resolution music reproduction, convenient, stylish, great apps, great customer support.
  • Cons: I wish the Powernode had balance and tone controls, but right now it doesn't seem like it is hampering my enjoyment. Also, I believe Bluesound is working on adding those features.
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Overall 10
10

Sound quality far superior to Sonos

Jon W, Crutchfield
26 September 2013
  • Summary: I auditioned this next to a Sonos Connect:AMP. There was no comparison. The sound quality out of the PowerNode is heads and shoulders above the Sonos. It's no surprise, really, given that this uses NAD's excellent DirectDigital amplifier technology. This is true even on regular 16-bit / 44.1 kHz files. The BlueSound sounds even better on high res files, which the Sonos won't even play.
  • Pros: Sound quality High res file support 802.11n support
  • Cons: None
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Overall 4
4.0

Reduced quality from last years product. Poor Bluesound support.

Brian, Crutchfield
26 September 2013
  • Summary: I purchased a bluesound node from Crutchfield a year ago, followed shortly by a power node. Both were excellent products in my experience, enough so I was motivated to purchase two more power nodes last week. What a different experience this time - like a punch in the face for products I just shelled out a lot of money for. I was pre-wired for banana jacks to my speaker wires to my pre-installed speakers.
  • Pros: Crutchfield customer support. I had to return one bluesound because two of the caps covering the banana jacks wouldn't come out. Crutchfield sent a replacement right away. Crutchfield even removed the banana jack plugs ahead of time so I wouldn't need to.
  • Cons: In order from very worst: Bluesounds customer support, including Bluesound North American President Caps over binding post banana jacks - like a punch in the face to their high $$ paying customers. Have fun removing these if you use banana jacks. Speaker wire binding posts are poor quality. May try changing the banana jacks I used to another brand, getting a very poor connection. Hopefully another brand will work better - never had a problem with banana jacks on any o...
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Overall 10
10

Great sound quality, convenience, and app

Crutchfield
26 September 2013
  • Summary: This is my second BlueSound product. I previously owned the Node for nine months, which I have attached to my main stereo music system. So I already knew the superb quality of the sound produced through the Bluesound products. I bought the Powernode for my home office. The Powernode is essentially the Node, with a built in amplifier. I paired the Powernode with Audioengine P4 bookshelf speakers. It sounds fantastic.
  • Pros: Beautiful high resolution music reproduction, convenient, stylish, great apps, great customer support.
  • Cons: I wish the Powernode had balance and tone controls, but right now it doesn't seem like it is hampering my enjoyment. Also, I believe Bluesound is working on adding those features.
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Overall 10
10

Sound quality far superior to Sonos

Jon W, Crutchfield
26 September 2013
  • Summary: I auditioned this next to a Sonos Connect:AMP. There was no comparison. The sound quality out of the PowerNode is heads and shoulders above the Sonos. It's no surprise, really, given that this uses NAD's excellent DirectDigital amplifier technology. This is true even on regular 16-bit / 44.1 kHz files. The BlueSound sounds even better on high res files, which the Sonos won't even play.
  • Pros: Sound quality High res file support 802.11n support
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Products

Tom, Crutchfield
22 August 2013
  • Summary: I was late to the streaming party, but in the past few years I've bounced around from Airplay to JRiver and others, hardware from WD TVs to Apple TVs to Marantz NA7004s, files from ALAC to ripped FLAC to HiDef downloads, and more apps than I can count, which mostly worked OK but overall never was a coherent, consistent, "whole house system" with quality sound. Had to settle with all of the options out there, or pay ridiculous prices.
  • Pros: Sound quality, network/app reliability, ease of use, whole-house control
  • Cons: none
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Overall 10
10

Excellent Products

Tom, Crutchfield
22 August 2013
  • Summary: I was late to the streaming party, but in the past few years I've bounced around from Airplay to JRiver and others, hardware from WD TVs to Apple TVs to Marantz NA7004s, files from ALAC to ripped FLAC to HiDef downloads, and more apps than I can count, which mostly worked OK but overall never was a coherent, consistent, "whole house system" with quality sound. Had to settle with all of the options out there, or pay ridiculous prices.
  • Pros: Sound quality, network/app reliability, ease of use, whole-house control
  • Cons: none
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