Almost 5 years after the release of the first version, Bluesound has updated the Pulse soundbar. The full name of the new product is Bluesound Pulse Soundbar +, and it continues the development of the first soundbar in the company’s catalog. Externally, both models differ slightly: the same vertical dividing strip on the bezel, rear supports for desktop installation and a trapezoidal profile.
Inside the Pulse Soundbar+ are eight speakers powered by class D amplifiers with a total power of 120 watts. The new product is promised powerful dynamic sound with deep bass and rich detail – to match the resolution of 8K video. It has a quad-core processor designed for fast audio processing and tailored to work with streaming services.
The system runs under the proprietary BluOS. The soundbar supports directories of local media libraries with up to 200,000 tracks. When connected to the Tidal internet service, the device decodes MQA. Music streaming is available from wireless sources using Apple AirPlay 2, as well as via Bluetooth with aptX HD.
Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ makes it easy to create a wireless home theater system. To do this, add a Pulse Sub+ subwoofer and a pair of Pulse Flex rear satellites to the soundbar. In addition, the Pulse Soundbar + itself supports Dolby Atmos.
The system can be controlled from the TV remote control – for this, the soundbar has a pass-through audio channel eARC. Also, the device can be “taught” to the commands of any IR remote control. As an add-on, Amazon Alexa and Siri voice assistants are suitable. Model settings with “+” are available in the BluOS app.
Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+ is already available for pre-order – the first ready-made soundbars will arrive in April. In black, the Pulse Soundbar+ will cost EU buyers 1,000 euros, while the white finish will cost another hundred.