BlueSound Pulse M is a 360 degree speaker with high quality support. | Techy Kings

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(Pocket-lint) – Hi-fi brand Bluesound has launched its new Pulse M speaker, and it looks like a Sonos one – or perhaps an Amazon Echo Studio – is on the horizon.

The Pulse M complements the company’s line of wireless multi-room speakers and debuts the brand’s Omni-Hybrid design, using angled firing drivers to deliver a 360° soundstage.

This consists of a 13cm (5.25in) woofer and two 2cm (0.75in) tweeters, mounted and offset at 45 degrees to each other. A custom-designed acoustic reflector sits above the wool, directing the driver’s high frequencies in and out of the speaker to dissipate unwanted sonic artifacts.

It’s the first time we’ve seen this aggressive oval design from the brand, and it’s welcome to complement some of its more functional designs. It measures 20cm x 17cm x 15cm, which is not far from the Amazon Echo Studio in size, comes with an acoustically transparent fabric grille on half its body and offers a few quick-access playback controls on a near visible touch panel display, audio including controls and five programmable presets.

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Not a wallflower either. With a DSP smart amplifier capable of generating up to 80w of system power, it monitors the audio output in real-time and automatically adjusts it for optimal results with dynamic range and distortion.

Support for high quality music is the company’s calling card. Music can be played over a full range of physical and wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPlay 2, two-way aptX HD Bluetooth, USB-A, 3.5mm dual analog/digital input, or a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also voice control support with Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and access to more than 20 native integrated music services and thousands of Internet radio stations through the company’s Bluetooth Control app.

For perfectly balanced stereo playback, the Pulse M can be paired with another Pulse M, set up with other Bluesound speakers in a multi-room setup, or paired with a Bluesound soundbar to act as a background surround for a more immersive movie and gaming experience.

The Pulse M is available now in a choice of satin black or white and will cost £449/$449/€549.

Writing by Verity Burns.

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