Bluesound debuts HUB network accessory for multiroom streaming

Bluesound has announced its new HUB, a network accessory that connects to a variety of analogue and digital audio sources, bringing them into the Bluesound ecosystem for multiroom streaming.

Streaming audio is made more flexible with the introduction of the HUB. Users can add a Bluesound HUB to any non-BluOS enabled audio source and transmit music to one or many Bluesound players around the home. It allows audio sources such as turntables or CD players to become network-connected and are new sources from which the Bluesound system can play music.

The HUB features a host of inputs on the back panel to support a range of music devices: HDMI eARC, Coaxial, Digital Optical, Stereo Analogue, and a moving magnet Phono stage. Each HUB manages one source, and up to four HUBs can be added to a single network.

Vinyl fans will appreciate the HUB’s built-in audiophile-grade MM phono stage preamp that brings audio from a turntable to any Bluesound player for whole-home turntable streaming.

Thanks to BluOS, the HUB makes adding audio sources simple using the BluOS Controller app setup wizard. Users can use the BluOS app to control a whole multiroom system from a smartphone, tablet or computer.

With a 1U rack height, and one-third rack width, plus external USB-C connected power supply, the HUB can easily be placed on shelves, behind TVs or mounted with four different orientation options using its two keyhole mounting slots.

The HUB is expected to be available in mid-June and will be priced at £309 / €349 / $319.