This update has improvements for playing from inputs (such as analog in, optical in or HDMI in) when players are grouped.
Ratings and Reviews
No unified library?
First off, this app does not integrate music sources into a single library. This flies in the face of common sense, and I almost returned my new Node because of it, but I held off since I do like the app and hardware otherwise. I should have one entry for every artist, and each album, whether local or Tidal or whatever, should be under that.
There are also some indexing problems which I think may be related to punctuation in album titles, but I’m not sure yet.
Otherwise, this has been easy and reliable so far.
Best app interface
I have owned/tried Sonos, HEOS and Bluesound. For the app, I put BlueOS on the top. It has far more functionality than SONOS so it is inevitably more complex to design but it is well done.
HEOS has similar functionalities but USB attached often failed to read/play whatever reason where same drive worked flawlessly on Bluesound. HEOS fails to connect when I’m on satellite station of mesh network that is separate from the speaker, neither Bluesound nor sonos have this issue.
One thing Bluesound felt weaker from app stand point of view is its setup. I never struggled setting up these devices but for bluesound I had to try several times. I don’t know what made it work in the end but I know instruction with wifi setup was incorrect.
Overall, I love bluesound hardware and software but too bad I’d has a major flow for me just in SONOS or Bose that is audio lag/latency even direct aux input connection. Only system I encountered this to be not issue is HEOS speakers but not their soundbar HEOSBar. Bose and SONOS are aware of this delay and haven’t/can’t fix it so I believe Bluesound is also in the same situation. Another down point is Bluesound soundbar has no center channel so true 5.1. It also lacks HDMI input.
I wish there is a perfect system.
Buggiest app ever
It is a true shame that good audio hardware is all but ruined by software bugs and an app that is so inconsistent and frustrating in its performance that it pretty much drains all joy out of the listening experience. I use two pulse 2s as a stereo pair in a vacation house, having acquired them in July 2018. Even leaving aside the fact that they’re already obsolete and effectively deprecated when it comes to playing local music off an iPhone, I now budget 1-2 hours per weekend for tinkering with the speakers and the app just to get the two to work and play well together every weekend I spend there. It used to be more until I worked out what amounts to a personal punch list of bug fixing steps since tech support was of no help despite at least a dozen exchanges. Would it kill Bluesound to display some evidence of sentience in their software engineering (going for baby steps here, as actual competence seems to be a utopian goal for this company)? It’s not just aesthetically and technically atrocious; it borders on unethical.
- Lenbrook Industries Limited
- 137.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Lenbrook
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.