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Bluesound Pulse M: A Perfect Competitor to Sonos with 360º Sound?

Bluesound Pulse M

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Remember the award-winning Node Hi-Res streamer? Well, the manufacturer of that amazing streamer, Bluesound, is here with a new multi-room speaker. And it can potentially be a serious competitor to the offerings of Sonos.

The Bluesound Pulse M is a wireless speaker that has support for MQA and Hi-Res playback. As it comes with an “Omni-Hybrid” driver configuration and an 80-watt DSP smart amplifier, it claims to pack a serious punch.

In the driver configuration, you have two 19 mm tweeters that are at a 45-degree angle and an up-firing 5.25-inch woofer.

Bluesound Pulse M
Source: Bluesound

Bluesound also claims that the system utilizes a “custom-designed acoustic reflector” on top of the woofer to diffuse all unwanted sonic artifacts.

The custom acoustic reflector is also said to be reasoning behind the speakers’ ability to offer a lush 360-degree soundstage.

But that is all about the hardware that is inside. What about the exterior? The exterior design has what it takes to compete with the top dogs. 

Bluesound Pulse M
Source: Bluesound

Bluesound Pulse M comes with an acoustic and transparent fabric grille. This grille helps the speakers to blend exceptionally well with any home decor. When it comes to color options, it is available in white and black colors.

Don’t worry about the placement, either. The speaker has an elliptical cabinet, which is only 20 centimeters high. And there are optional floor-standing and wall-mounting accessories available.

But what if the oomph from single Bluesound Pulse M is not enough for you? You can pair up two of them to create a stereo setup. 

Bluesound Pulse M
Source: Bluesound

That is not all; you can use the speakers as rear speakers for the Bluesound Pulse Soundbar+, which is a Dolby Atmos bar.

Additionally, when you add the Powernode and Pulse Sub+ to the setup, you will have a full-fledged wireless surround sound system.

Wondering if the Pulse M can compete with Sonos One in terms of having native support for music services? 

Yes, Pulse M has support for more than 20 music services, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Qobuz.

Bluesound Pulse M
Source: Bluesound

Other than having support for multiple music streaming services, the Pulse M has a lot of connectivity options. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Airplay 2, and aptX HD Bluetooth.

You will also be able to control the speaker through the BluOS Controller app. And as the speaker has support for voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, you can even control it through voice commands. 

There are proximity-sensing touch controls available too. So you will not have any trouble controlling the device.

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