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Bluesound Pulse High-Res SoundBar and Sub- IN WHITE!



  • Product Name: Pulse Soundbar and Sub
  • Manufacturer: Bluesound
  • Review Date: September 11, 2017 08:00
  • MSRP: $1,099 Soundbar and $599 Sub
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Supported File Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS & Hi-Res formats - FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF, Dolby Digital 
  • Native Sampling Rates: 32 - 192 kHz
  • Bit Depths: 16 - 24 
  • Frequency Response: +/- 1dB 70Hz - 20kHz, 3dB down @ 55Hz,
  • Power Output: 120 watts of DirectDigital power
  • Speakers: 

Tweeter 2 x 3/4” (19mm) Soft Dome

Mid-Range : 2 x 2” (50mm) Treated Paper Cone, Rubber Surround

Woofer : 2 x 4” (102mm) Rubber Surround
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Digital/Analog Input: Optical, RCA Line In
  • Bluetooth aptX wireless built-in
  • Dimensions:42.25” x 5.5” x 2.75”
  • Weight: 15lb

With 6 Integrated high-performance speakers and 2 Passive Radiators The PULSE soundbar from Bluesound has LESS speakers than many other soundbars on the market, but that doesn’t mean that it’s less of a product.  We released a detailed review of the Pulse Soundbar and were impressed with its HiFi sound. Rather than pack a bunch of small speakers in a tiny space and try and hide the soundbar like many other audio manufacturers, Bluesound puts a few great components into a 42" x 5 1/2" bar. This year at CEDIA, Bluesound has released their highly acclaimed Pulse Soundbar and Sub in a white finish.


With every audio company coming out with their version of the whole home speaker system, Bluesound has done a great job with their Bluos app and the Pulse Soundbar and Sub. The ability to play hi-res audio formats wirelessly in itself warrants the higher price and we found the Bluesound Pulse Soundbar to be a high quality all around wireless music system as well as an impressive soundbar for your home theater. The optional subwoofer has a compact, slim design that allows it to easily be hidden in a room.


The addition of White as a color choice was done at the request of dealers and consumers who felt it would complement a wider range of décor and tastes. The Black finish Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Sub will retain their MSRPs of $999 and $599 respectively.

Bluesound continues to lead the high-res digital wireless revolution. We believe though that a product should look as good as it sounds and seamlessly integrate into its environment, whatever that might be. The addition of white as a color transforms the Pulse Soundbar and Sub and offers more design options for the CI dealer to meet that objective.

Matt Simmonds, Bluesound Product Manager

The white finish version of the Pulse Soundbar will cost you $100 more than the black,  but for people who are willing to spend $1,000 on a great soundbar, an extra hundred is a small price to pay for decor. The $1000+ price tag may steer away lower budget buyers from this awesome sounding soundbar, but in this case you get what you pay for- A device able to play high resolution formats from just about any source as well as give you cinema quality sound for your HDTV. The White finish Pulse Soundbar (U.S. SRP $1099) will be shipping in September while the White finish Pulse Sub (U.S. SRP $599) will follow in October.

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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