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Bluesound Powernode 2i

Bluesound Powernode 2i
alaScore 93

14 reviews

Jul, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of Bluesound Powernode 2i. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design, but some have doubts about the reliability and usability.

design, price

usability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Bluesound Powernode 2i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Chris Eberle (

Bluesound Powernode 2i Wireless Streaming Amplifier and Pulse Flex 2i Wireless Streaming Speaker Review -


Bluesound's Powernode 2i Wireless Streaming Amplifier and Pulse Flex 2i Wireless Streaming Speaker deliver high-quality audio, premium...

Convenient app-based setup of the Powernode 2i Amp and Flex 2i Speakers ; No physical connections required between amp and speakers ; Clear, neutral, and balanced sound ; A versatile system that can play music or movies with equal quality

No flaws of consequence

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Jonathan Takiff (

Bluesound Node 2i review: This high-fidelity music streamer sits at the top of its class


Add your own amp and speakers and you'll have a killer audio system on a reasonable budget.

Superior sound staging and musical detailing ; Hosts the highest-resolution subscription music services ; Product pricing is quite fair, given the performance and feature set

The BluOS app isn’t always butter smooth or intuitively presented ; Signal dropouts were a sometime concern with Airplay 2 on my busy Wi-Fi network ; Several popular streaming services must be "cast" to the Node 2i (without the assistance of Chromecast)

Besides those internet sources, the Bluesound Node 2i stands ready to pull music off your thumb drives, NAS box, or anywhere else you might store your private collection (using gigabit ethernet, Wi-Fi 5, or Bluetooth 5.0—with support for aptX HD....

Expert review by : Jonathan Takiff (

Bluesound Powernode 2i (with HDMI) review: Bodacious sound from a micro-sized box


This self-amplified multi-room music streamer delivers high-res audio experiences that Sonos won't, but Bluesound's user experience isn't nearly as polished.

No competitor delivers better performance at this price ; High-quality amplifier and DAC ; HDMI and two-way Bluetooth support ; Supports every high-resolution music-streaming service

BluOS Controller can be wonky to use ; Doesn't gracefully recover from network outages ; Must use stilted language to control with a digital assistant

The Powernode 2i is for music lovers who care deeply about audio quality and are willing to suffer with a few quirks and a less-than-stellar user interface to get it. Most of its shortcomings are software related and therefore fixable. There’s no...

Expert review by : Ian White (ecoustics)

Bluesound PowerNode 2i Review: The Future of High-Res Streaming


The PowerNode 2i offers almost seamless integration of streaming services in a beautiful sounding amplifier that has no competition at its price. In case you were curious why so many people are interested in products like the Bluesound PowerNode 2i...

Feb, 2021

Expert review by : Hi-Fi Choice (

Bluesound Powernode 2i


One of a selection of updated models unveiled in October last year, the next-gen Powernode 2i is part of Bluesound's Node subset range, which includes the Node 2i streamer (£499) and the Vault 2i server/player (£1,099). The Powernode 2i is perhaps the...

Aug, 2019

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Easy set-up and great sound


It only took 10 minutes to get the Powernode up and running, and playing music from streaming services, internet radio, and FLAC files from USB. The sound quality is excellent.

May, 2020

Consumer review (

Great sound, good features


I've been looking at the powernode 2i for a while and finally had to buy it due to my old amplifier dying. At this point, I'm streaming or playing lossless files. So this is the perfect one box solution that is very easy to use and sounds excellent for...

Aug, 2019

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Good unit, but sound can be lacking at times


I bought this unit a month ago and mainly use it for TV (via optical cable) and streaming services (Spotify and Internet Radio). I am generally pleased with the sound, however, the unit can sound harsh with certain recordings as the unit's sound...

Jun, 2019

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best just add speakers streamer at under £1,000


Very stylish little box to which you can just add speakers for the best quality sound. Particularly recommended for use with Tidal from which you can access better than CD recording quality tracks

May, 2019

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No balance controls?


Cannot believe this thing has no balance control (and minimal equaliser ie base or treble a few db only)..or am I wrong? Didnt even occur to me check before purchase, as for any stereo hifi i would have thought this is as fundamental a control as the...

May, 2019

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