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Bluesound’s new Node music streamer is here and I just piddled with joy

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It’s rare that a bog-standard product update gets me hot and wet. But friends, today is that day: Bluesound has announced the next generation of its Node and Powernode hardware.

Don’t know Bluesound? Firstly, shame on you. Secondly, the company makes hi-res multi-room audio hardware. Think of it as an audiophile Sonos.

The company’s components are an integral part of my at-home audio set-up, so you’ll be pleased to hear that a lil’ yellow puddle formed around me when I first heard the news.

But let’s talk specifics.

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The Node and Powernode are both music streamers. You can connect to them in a range of ways, including physical cables and wireless standards like AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth. From there, you can play audio from pretty much whatever you want.

The main difference between the pair is is that the Bluesound Node needs to be connected to an amplifier, while the Powernode is one. Basically, that means you can simply plug some speakers into the latter bit of hardware and get busting out tunes.