Bluesound adds Dolby Atmos to PULSE SOUNDBAR+

Bluesound has announced a software update for its PULSE SOUNDBAR+ which introduces Dolby Atmos plus other new audio settings for realistic home cinema sound.

Available in either black or white, the PULSE SOUNDBAR+ is configurable to a range of home entertainment applications and has flexible installation with a wall mount bracket supplies as well as kickstand feet.

Designed to give the customer more features than is typically available in a Dolby Atmos soundbar, the unique BluOS implementation of Dolby Atmos features four virtualisation profiles – Movie, Music, Late Night and Off.

Content encoded in Dolby Atmos will give the most realistic experience, however any content from two-channel to seven-channel can be virtualised to provide users with a wider, higher and more enveloping soundstage. The creators have also ensured that the timbre of the audio remains natural anywhere in the listening environment.

“We are extremely excited that BluOS 3.16 brings a whole new dimension to our customers’ home theatre experience with the PULSE SOUNDBAR+,” said Matt Simmonds, Bluesound product manager. “Many brands overlook audio quality when implementing new technologies in the soundbar category, but at Bluesound, audio quality comes first. So we’re delighted that our team’s decades of software engineering and hi-fi audio design experience has made Dolby Atmos in a two-channel soundbar more believable and natural than ever.”

The PULSE SOUNDBAR+ features various wired and wireless, digital and analogue connectivity options, allowing users to connect almost any audio source to the soundbar. TVs, gaming consoles, music streaming services, laptops, and music libraries can be accessed through HDMI eARC, Apple AirPlay 2, two-way aptX HD Bluetooth, TOSLINK, RCA, USB, as well as its proprietary BluOS music streaming system.

Making the soundbar more powerful, it features a custom-specified ARM Cortex A53 Quad-Core chipset that processes audio eight times faster than previous generations of Bluesound architecture. It also features two Wi-Fi chips to prevent network latency, offering a solid and zero-lag audio performance for various applications including demanding gaming.

Bluesound has added new simple controls to the front panel of the PULSE SOUNDBAR+, giving users quick control of play, pause and volume. They can also use a smartphone or tablet to activate the built in BluOS wireless multiroom streaming technology which will connect and sync audio to, from and around any room in the home. Hands-free control is also possible with popular voice assistants from Google, Amazon, and Apple, while professional smart home integrators can get access to drivers for popular control systems like Lutron, Crestron, RTI, ELAN, and others.

Customers can update their PULSE SOUNDBAR+ now to gain the Dolby Atmos support.

The PULSE SOUNDBAR+ is available in black, priced at £799 / €999 / $899, and £899 / €1,099 / $999 in white.