BlueZound’s latest addition to its wireless home theater range is the PULSE SOUNDBAR +, and it resembles the absolute beast of the soundbar.
BlueZound Pulse Soundbar + (and yes, it seems to be all CAPS) claims to be the “ultimate audiophile-grade soundbar” that meets any home entertainment requirement. Given its specification, this sound is not far off.
It will not replace Soundbar 2i, which managed to make it to our Best Soundbar list when it was reviewed in 2019.
Available for a price of £ 799 / € 999 / $ 899 (in black) and £ 899 / € 1099 / $ 999 (in white), the soundbar is packed with a wall-mount bracket and two kickstand legs so you can Decide to go for whichever way you can enable the easier route.
Bluesund’s goal for Soundbar + is to have an all-in-one system that replaces the need for an AV receiver. Measuring at 1073 x 141 x 70 mm (WHD), it should be able to fit under the frame of most TVs, although at 6.8kgs it does not shrink. It can be coupled to the Pulse Sub + to add even more low-end power, as well as a pair of Pulse Flex 2i wireless speakers to act as rear gunners.
Support includes Dolby Atmos in the home cinema arena, as well as high-resolution audio files (such as FLAC and MQA) up to a resolution of 24-bit / 192 kHz. Packing the “8 Audiophile-Quality Drivers”, the system is powered by 120 watts of power, with BlueSound calling Pulse Soundbar + “that the audio is for 8K TV video”. Well unlike 8K TV and content, hope we can actually hear it…
Connections are widespread across physical and wireless sources. You have an HDMI EARC that can fare for full-fat Atmos signals, optical toslinks, RCA, USB as well as Wi-Fi, Apple Airplay 2 and two-way aptax HD Bluetooth, which allows for gaming consoles, laptop choices. Opens connectivity to. , Music streaming services and music libraries through the BluOS music streaming system.
Integrating the custom-specified ARM Cortex A53 quad-core chipset, the new chip is capable of 8 times faster audio processing than previous generations of the BlueSound architecture. There are two Wi-Fi chips to prevent network latency and signal drop.
BluOS (which we’ve had issues with in the past) provides the ability to integrate Soundbar + into a multi-room system so that you can stream audio to it and other compatible devices. There is also hands-free support (an alternative to Apple, Amazon and Google), while those interested in custom smart integration can have fun with popular control systems such as Lutron, Creston, RTI, Elan.
BlueZound Pulse Soundbar + will be available for purchase in April 2021. The black finish is priced at £ 799 / € 999 / $ 899, with the white variant being £ 899 / € 1099 / $ 999.