INFOCOMM 2019, ORLANDO, FL, JUNE 3, 2019 – Bluesound Professional, the premium distributed audio ecosystem for commercial spaces, today announced the launch of a full suite of products including two streamers, two amplifiers, a powered speaker, a control panel, and rack-mount accessories. First previewed in Amsterdam at the Integrated Systems Europe 2019 show, Bluesound Professional products will start shipping in Summer 2019.
At their core, Bluesound Professional products feature the established BluOS multi-zone audio content management interface, seamlessly integrated into purpose-designed hardware, creating conflict-free solutions for commercial applications. Bluesound Professional products are designed to suit a variety of commercial use cases where music content is used to create branded experiences, including in restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, gyms, malls, and other similar spaces. When on the same network, the devices discover and interface with each other, and using the BluOS Controller App for desktops and smart devices, a Bluesound Professional wall mount controller, or one of the popular control systems integrated with BluOS, installers can then configure a nearly limitless number of zones of streamed audio content from a variety of sources, including commercially-licensed music from SoundMachine.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the commercial audio installer community a robust collection of products that are designed with their specific use cases in mind,” says Graeme Harrison, Vice-President and General Manager of Bluesound Professional. “There is truly nothing else like it in the commercial audio space. Bluesound Professional is the most comprehensive, seamless, and stable streaming distributed audio solution on the market, and we look forward to introducing the brand and products to the attendees of InfoComm 2019 and beyond.”
The Bluesound Professional suite of products can be grouped into five (5) categories: streamers, amplifiers, speakers, controllers, and accessories.
Streamers represent the most central building block of a Bluesound Professional system, augmenting new or existing installations with configurable, zoned audio streaming capabilities. There are two streamers in the Bluesound Professional line, the B100S BluOS Network Streaming Player and the B400S 4-Zone BluOS Network Streaming Player. Both of these products are designed to be rack mounted and connected to either a distribution amplifier with passive speakers, or directly into powered speakers. As single devices, the B100S fits into a 1/3U rack space and can stream to one zone, while the B400S fits a 1U rack space and can stream to up to four zones.
Bluesound Professional offers two amplifiers: the A860 8-Channel Power Amplifier and the B160S BluOS Streaming Stereo Amplifier. The A860 is a traditional distribution amplifier designed to be a companion to the streamers, while the B160S is a 2-channel amplifier that has the network streaming benefits of BluOS built in, for a compact way to deliver audio content to a zone.
Featuring a 3.5” (89 mm) low-frequency driver and a 1” (25.4 mm) high-frequency driver, the BSP125 is a 25 watt, efficiently amplified speaker with built-in DSP to allow for equalization and other audio processing. It is also BluOS Enabled, meaning it will connect to network-accessible music sources and communicate with other BluOS devices on the same network. With surprisingly robust response across the frequency range (45 Hz – 20 kHz) for its size and a THD+N rating of 0.003% at full-rated power, the BSP125 is a versatile, premium sounding speaker for any commercial installation.
Bluesound Professional products can be controlled with the free BluOS Controller app for Windows and Mac desktops, and for iOS and Android smart devices as well as from many third-party control systems. With an intuitive interface and rich customization options, BluOS Controller offers convenient and nuanced system control.
For those who prefer working with hardware controls, the CP100 is a low-profile, wall-mounted, illuminated touch-sensitive controller. With a variety of international backboxes and powered by PoE, it is easy to install and connect to a network to control Bluesound Professional devices. The controller can be locked to protect against unintended or unauthorized use.
The RM100 and the RM160 rack accessories are designed to complement the B100S BluOS Network Streaming Player and the B160S BluOS Streaming Stereo Amplifier respectively. The RM100 will hold up to 3 x B100S players in a 1U rack space, while the B160S will hold up to 6 x B160S in a 3U rack space. These accessories allow for maximum versatility and space efficiency in a system head.
Bluesound Professional Key Product Benefits (Hardware)
In general, Bluesound Professional products include the following hardware features:
- Easy-to-install hardware; streamers and amplifiers are made to fit standard racking systems, while speakers and controls include clean-look wall mount brackets.
- Variety of standard inputs and outputs, including secure Phoenix connectors for balanced analog and TOSLINK, and remote 12V trigger, IR, and system interrupt.
- Hardwired Gigabit ethernet (RJ 45) for reliable network connection at all times.
Bluesound Professional Key Product Benefits (BluOS)
All BluOS Enabled Bluesound Professional products include the following features:
- Easy-to-setup, with network discovery, device self-discovery, and guided set-up and advanced customization options; lock settings with password-protected accounts.
- BluOS Enabled, allowing for a virtually-unlimited number of zones of high-resolution grouped or independent audio environments, and interoperability amongst any BluOS Enabled device within the BluOS ecosystem.
- Natively stream from SoundMachine, a music service licensed specifically for commercial use, as well as from other popular music streaming services.
- Numerous control options, including wall-mount control panel, IR remote, Windows or Macintosh computer, smart device app for iOS or Android, and compatible with popular control systems like Crestron and KNX, among others.
Full details and specifications about the individual products can be viewed and downloaded from the Bluesound Professional website.
Why is Bluesound Professional Different?
Bluesound Professional offers the most versatile way to incorporate streaming music into a commercial installation. Unlike other solutions in the market, Bluesound Professional products can be easily grandfathered into existing installations or designed and installed anew. For example, using the Bluesound Professional system, streaming can be incorporated into a new or existing installation in one of two ways:
At the system head
A Bluesound Professional streamer, like the B400S 4-Zone BluOS Network Streaming Player, can be added to the system head and connected to an existing distribution amplifier and speaker configuration. The streamer would be connected to the network and either via the BluOS Controller app or a Bluesound Professional hardware controller like the CP100, the system can then access a variety of streaming music options.
At the end-point
The decentralized way in which the Bluesound Professional products are designed means that without making changes to the system head, streaming music can be achieved with the addition of BluOS Enabled endpoints like the BSP125, a powered speaker that houses advanced processing capabilities. Simply run power and an ethernet connection to the speaker and through the BluOS Controller app or the CP100, the user can have full control of streamed audio content.
This flexibility in system design gives commercial integrators the ability to optimize configurations for efficiency, regardless of use case.
Bluesound Professional Product Demonstrations at InfoComm 2019
Representatives from Bluesound Professional will be on hand to demonstrate the full suite of Bluesound Professional products at stand #5465 from June 12-14, 2019, at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
About Bluesound Professional
Bluesound Professional is a fusion of hardware and software that is purpose-built for high-performance networked audio for retail shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, gyms, and other commercial applications. End users can connect and control nearly any audio source, including streaming services, internet radio, or networked hard drives, while installers can confidently specify rack-mounted hardware that integrates seamlessly with smart controllers. Powered by BluOS, an award-winning multi-zone audio management software platform made native in a comprehensive range of controllers, streamers, amplifiers, and speakers, Bluesound Professional makes commercial audio installation projects easy to configure, deliver, and use. Bluesound Professional is a division of Lenbrook International, renowned manufacturers of premium audio technologies for residential and commercial applications.
For more information visit www.bluesoundprofessional.com