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Bluesound Pulse M

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An improve each by way of type and audio on Bluesound’s earlier wi-fi audio system, the Pulse M’s wealthy audio engages, and its characteristic set is wide-ranging. A wi-fi speaker graced with each type and substance.


  • Wealthy, participating audio
  • Improved aesthetics
  • BluOS is straightforward and intuitive to make use of
  • Numerous connectivity choices
  • Comparatively huge listening spot


  • Cheaper audio system have added Dolby Atmos assist
  • Two-way Bluetooth doesn’t appear to work as marketed


  • UKRRP: £449
  • USARRP: $449
  • EuropeRRP: €549
  • CanadaRRP: CA$599
  • AustraliaTBC

  • Omni-Hybrid driver set-upUpfiring woofer and two tweeters to ship an immersive 360° soundstage

  • Music streamingHelps Spotify/Tidal Join, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth 5, Roon Prepared

  • Voice managementConnect with appropriate machine to permit for Alexa, Google and Siri hands-free management


In a wi-fi speaker market that Sonos has dominated of late, the likes of Bluesound provide some type of resistance.

With the Pulse M, the Canadian audio model is embracing type as a lot because it does perform. Its earlier audio system within the Pulse vary had been practical-looking audio system that produced good audio however had been supposed to be discreet – heard however not seen.

The Pulse M goals to be each seen and heard, graced with modern seems to be and a brand new Omni-Hybrid driver design to make sure the identical stage of efficiency from no matter angle you’re sitting at.

Except for Sonos and Denon, the sector just isn’t overly aggressive for one-box music methods within the £400 to £500 value bracket and is an space ripe for a model to make a mark in.


  • Sleeker, curvier design
  • Matte end and glass prime can entice fingerprints
  • Numerous connection inputs

Bluesound merchandise prior to now may (and had been) described as industrial in look. I wouldn’t say that in regards to the Pulse M.

This can be a rather more engaging speaker than I’m used to from Bluesound. An effort has been made to enhance the aesthetics and courtroom the kind of viewers that appreciates good sound but in addition likes beauty. Finishes are available in black or white variations, relying on your property décor.

Bluesound Pulse M fabric cover
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The Pulse M has an identical, rounded form because the Sonos Transfer, although it’s smaller and extra trendy. The underside half contains a matte black end that’s liable to smudges and whereas they are often simply wiped off it isn’t the type of upkeep you wish to be doing.

Direct your eyes additional up and there’s a material cowl round its midriff, which ideally is the place to carry the Pulse M in the event you’re lifting; after which the nicest half is the glass prime floor (additionally liable to smudges).

Bluesound Pulse M touch screen
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Just like the Denon Dwelling collection, the contact display lights up by way of detection by proximity sensors. Examine it to Bluesound’s earlier audio system and it’s simply a step up. Inputs embrace a quantity slider, playback buttons and 5 programmable presets.

Across the rear is a choice of inputs that embrace a headphone jack, USB, Ethernet for a hardwired connection, and an Optical enter with an adapter for a 3.5mm stereo enter. The Pulse M can wirelessly hook up with a subwoofer for extra bass.

Bluesound Pulse M connections
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  • BluOS interface
  • Two-way Bluetooth
  • No Chromecast

On the centre of the Pulse M’s proposition is Bluesound’s BluOS app. It’s the guts of just about every little thing this wi-fi speaker can do.

It’s not a ‘good’ speaker as such, however with BluOS there’s ‘Works with’ Alexa/Google compatibility whereby connecting to a different machine supplies hands-free management. There’s additionally Siri assist for iOS customers so as to add voice management too.

Bluesound Pulse M in middle of table
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Wi-fi connections embrace Wi-Fi (naturally), Bluetooth 5.0 (aptX-HD), in addition to Spotify Join, Tidal Join, Roon Prepared and AirPlay 2. There’s no Chromecast on this machine, which is perhaps a shock to some, however given its limitations (no MQA assist), maybe not too stunning. MQA assist is built-in to the BluOS platform.

With BluOS to help, set-up of the Pulse M is swift, the LED on the speaker’s entrance/prime floor signifies its present state and higher nonetheless, it may be seen from a number of instructions to know what’s taking place at a look.

Bluesound Pulse M LED light
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Throughout playback the app will present the monitor’s decision (CD for CD high quality, HR for Excessive-Res, and so forth), and having examined AirPlay 2 (with podcasts), Tidal Join and Spotify, all of them labored on my house Wi-Fi connection with out a lot of a problem apart from some unusual pausing which I imagine is right down to the Tidal app. Metadata is offered by a number of providers to offer monitor info, which incorporates Amazon Music, Tidal and Qobuz.

Bluesound Pulse M BluOS playback

In case you have different Bluesound merchandise within the house, multi-room is feasible by merely connecting the audio system to at least one one other within the BluOS app. It synchronises nicely too, with the power to play music on the identical time. Buy two Pulse M’s and so they can act as rear audio system in a Bluesound-derived house cinema set-up.

You may as well join a USB drive filled with music to the speaker, however Bluesound recommends a wi-fi connection (or NAS drive) on this circumstance, and I’d agree. It could possibly take ages to learn a USB stick and all of the music information – in a single case it took over ten minutes to learn within the area of 10,000 information or so.

Bluesound Pulse M BluOS

For many who take pleasure in good house assist, management methods corresponding to Crestron, Control4, RTI, ELAN, URC and Lutron are all listed.

There’s assist for two-way Bluetooth, which permits a Bluetooth sign to journey in each instructions. For instance, you’ll be able to join a cellular machine to the Pulse M and play music to it; or join a headphone and stream music from the speaker to the headphones. However for no matter purpose, it took me ages to attach a headphone to the speaker, and after I did, I couldn’t get any music to play.

Bluesound Pulse M BluOS Bluetooth

Sound High quality

  • Wealthy, dynamic efficiency
  • Huge and loud sound
  • Can lack vitality at decrease volumes

Bluesound has made a giant music and dance in regards to the Pulse M’s Omni-Hybrid driver that enables for a 360-degree soundscape, however don’t mistake this as being a Dolby Atmos speaker in the identical vein because the Amazon Echo Studio, Apple HomePod 2 or Sonos Period 300 (which prices the identical).

The Omni-Hybrid driver design disperses the soundfield evenly, so regardless of the place you’re sitting it’s best to nonetheless get an identical stage of audio high quality.

And I discovered that to be true for probably the most half. There’s no huge discrepancy or distinction sitting across the speaker. I can hear a slight distinction sitting behind the speaker; from there it does appear as if the sound is coming from the speaker’s entrance, so whereas there’s a level of origin, sound travels nicely across the speaker.

Bluesound Pulse M on desk
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When it comes to the audio, wealthy is the primary phrase that involves thoughts. Beck’s cowl of Previous Man has a wealthy tone to the midrange, particularly how wealthy and vibrant the strums of the guitar stand sound. However this isn’t on the expense of element or readability as will be the case with rich-sounding wi-fi audio system.

It’s a energetic, effervescent efficiency with a agency expression of the low finish of the frequency vary. Beck’s voice is loud and clear, and once more that heat is current, however his voice stays expressive.

The soundstage doesn’t prolong a lot from the speaker, however conversely the Pulse M sounds giant sufficient to fill a medium-sized room at mid-volume ranges. And whereas the soundstage doesn’t prolong additional than the size of the speaker, there’s no sense in my thoughts the Bluesound speaker describes it in something lower than spacious phrases.

With LMP’s Yellow there’s that wealthy bass offered in a approach that’s textured and weighty. That stated, the Pulse M isn’t any mere bass bomber, a Hello-res audio file of Miles Davis’ Shh/Peaceable options crisp cymbal crashes and at occasions shiny prime finish to explain to the trumpet efficiency. I do just like the sharpness of the cymbal crashes, it offers the Bluesound extra pizzazz on this space of the frequency vary.

Bluesound Pulse M on bluray bookshelf

The Pulse M doesn’t look too kindly on MP3 information. A compressed file of Prince 1999 is in need of definition, element and readability in comparison with a streamed model on Qobuz, which additionally presents punchier bass and snappier dynamism. And the speaker isn’t nice at decrease volumes both, sounding barely drowsy.

Again at regular listening ranges and Mitski’s Keep Tender is handled to a transparent vocal efficiency that sits above the remainder of monitor, although maybe the Bluesound Pulse M isn’t as shiny with the treble on this occasion. Once more, the bass is highly effective and punchy, however the vitality is the largest takeaway from the speaker, a rhythmically infectious efficiency backed by loads of energy. In full stream, the Bluesound is a energetic, versatile performer

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Must you purchase it?

If you’d like high-quality sound regardless of the place you sit: The Bluesound’s Omni-Hybrid driver set-up just isn’t Atmos appropriate, however the best way it disperses sound produces a constant efficiency wherever you’re in relation to it.

If you’re all for Dolby Atmos: The Apple HomePod 2 and Amazon Echo Studio are each cheaper and assist Atmos, whereas the Sonos Period 300 is shaping as much as be a direct challenger to the Pulse M.

Remaining Ideas

After producing solid-sounding, respectable audio system it feels the Pulse M is extra of a press release. It’s a fine-looking speaker with a wealthy, detailed sound and a large characteristic set for a wi-fi speaker. BluOS presents a straightforward and intuitive technique of interacting with the speaker.

It’s not good, it sounds lower than enthused at decrease volumes, the two-way Bluetooth doesn’t seem to work because it ought to, and maybe the dearth of Dolby Atmos assist could possibly be a weak spot as extra audio system assist it.

Nonetheless, the Pulse M sounds nice and packs a great deal of options. If that is the start of a brand new vary of audio system, then it’s a powerful begin.

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Does the Bluesound Pulse M assist Dolby Atmos?

Whereas the Pulse M can disperse audio in a 360-degree soundfield, it doesn’t characteristic any assist for immersive audio codecs corresponding to Dolby Atmos.






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A woofer is a kind of loudspeaker driver designed to breed low frequency (bass) sounds


A tweeter is a kind of loudspeaker driver that’s designed to breed excessive frequency (treble) sounds.

AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 is the second technology of Apple’s proprietary wi-fi streaming tech, which is constructed into all of its {hardware} merchandise (and supported by many others). It’s designed to move content material out of your Apple machine – music, video and images – to a appropriate receiver over your Wi-Fi community corresponding to a TV, wi-fi speaker, AV receiver and so forth.

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