In Barn for Review: Bluesound POWERNODE

You put your Ethernet in / You put your speaker cables out / You plug it in / That’s what it’s all about!

My assumption suggests that everyone here knows all about the Bluesound POWERNODE streaming integrated amplifier. Right?

Offering 80 Watts x2 (into 8 Ohms) and access to your favorite streaming services and stored files through Bluesound’s BluOS app or Roon, the POWERNODE can be all the electronics you need. Just add speakers.

The fun part will be finding out how it behaves with music. Stay tuned.

: $949
Company Website: Bluesound



Supported Audio File Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, WMA-L, OGG, ALAC, OPUS
Supported Hi-Res Audio File Formats: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, MPEG-4 SLS
Supported Multi-Channel Audio Formats: Dolby Digital
Processor: ARM® Cortex™ -A53, Quad-Core, 1.8GHz per core
Native Sampling Rates: up to 192 kHz
Supported Network File Sharing: Server Messsage Block (SMB) up to 200,000 files
Native Sampling Rates: up to 192 kHz
Bit Depths: 16 – 24

SNR -100dBA
THD+N, 0.008%

DAC: 32-Bit, 384kHz Differential Output design
Amplification: HybridDigital™
Rated Power Output: 80W x 2 (8 Ohms)
IHF Dynamic Power: 220W (4 Ohms) / 130W (8 Ohms)


Network: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac, 2.4/5GHz), Ethernet RJ45, GigE 1000 Mbps
Audio Input: Mini TOSLINK/3.5mm Stereo combo x 2, HDMI eARC
Audio Output: 5-Way Binding Post Speaker Terminals
Bluetooth: Bluetooth with support for aptX HD, Two-Way (transmit & receive)
Headphones: 3.5mm Stereo Out, Wireless Bluetooth Out
Subwoofer: RCA, Network Pairing to PULSE SUB+
USB: Type-A Port for external drive connection (Fat32 or NTFS formatted)
IR Remote: IR Sensor Built In – front panel with IR Remote Learning, Universal 3-pin AC cord input (100-240AC)

Software & Integrations

Operating System: BluOS
App Controller Operating Systems: iOS, Android, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, macOS 10-11
Network File Sharing: SMB up to 200,000 track index
Album Art Supported: JPG, PNG
Internet Radio: click here
Music Services: click here
Voice Control: Amazon Alexa Skills; Actions on Google

AirPlay 2
Spotify Connect
Tidal Connect
Roon Ready

Control Systems: Control4, Crestron, URC, RTI, ELAN, Lutron

User Interface

Status Indicator: RGB LED x 2
Play/Pause Button: Touch LED
Volume Control Buttons: Touch Slider LED
Previous/Next Track Buttons: Touch LED
Preset Buttons: Touch LED x 5
Proximity Sensor: Yes


Finish: Black/White; Matte Satin Paint
Included Accessories: 120V AC Power Cord, 230V AC Power Cord, Ethernet Cable, TOSLINK Optical to 3.5mm Mini Adaptor x 2
Safety/Warranty Guide
Quick Setup Guide
Power Consumption

Storage Environment: -10°C to 50°C, 20% to 80% relative humidity
Operating Environment: ‘0°C to 40°C

Product Weight: 1.78kg/3.9lbs
Product Dimensions: 220 x 70 x 190 mm, 8.7 x 2.75 x 7.5 in
Shipping Weight: 3.15kg/6.94lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 300 x 300 x 110 mm, 11.8 x 11.8 x 4.33 in