Here is our review of the Bluesound Pulse Mini Compact All-In-One Streaming Music System.
Not one to be underestimated, the PULSE MINI is more powerful and clear than many players twice its size, thanks to a patented dual-acoustic chamber. Place anywhere in the home, and fill the space with beautifully blended full-range sound.
- Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
- Access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library
- Control music wirelessly with an intuitive Controller App for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
- Integrated high-performance speakers
- Innovative digital amplifier
- Highest quality built-in Bluetooth (aptX)
- Simple setup, easily expandable and portable
- Instinctive touch control on unit
- Available in Black or White
A Closer Look
Out of the box the Pulse Mini looks the part – its compact, sleek and has only a control panel on the top of the unit itself and the build quality is excellent. It’s also fairly heavy so you won’t have any worries about it being knocked over.
There is an Ethernet port for connecting the Pulse Mini to your home network, or you can use Wi-Fi, although if you have the ability to connect to your home network via Ethernet you may as well take it to ensure a more stable connection – although it is worth noting that during the testing of the Pulse Mini we had no problems at all with Wi-Fi.
On the rear of the Pulse Mini is a USB port for connecting some storage along with an optical / analogue input (using a supplied adaptor) and a headphone socket, pretty much everything you need.
The Mini can playback pretty much any type of audio file, whether its an MP3 or a high quality FLAC file, and play them very well.
It is compatible with a number of online streaming services, including Spotify and Tidal – and if you really want to stream some high quality lossless audio you can use a Tidal HiFi account.
The sound quality on the Pulse Mini is brilliant, especially when playing back high quality audio – I’ve recently been listening to a lot of music via Tidal and it really makes a difference.
You can control everything you need for audio playback via the app – it’s simple to use and has everything easily accessible to get you listening to what you want quickly, although it does take a little getting used to. It is compatibility with iOS and Android devices and there is even a version for the Kindle Fire.
Setting up the Pulse Mini to use with online services was simple, however setting it up to use an existing music library took some time – given the number of devices on the market today that just work seamlessly with your existing collection it was a shame the Pulse Mini didn’t. It also doesn’t support Apple AirPlay so no streaming directly from your iPhone.
The Bluesound Pulse Mini is a fantastic bit of kit just narrowly missing out on a Gold Award because of the lack of AirPlay and the time it took to set up with an existing music collection, but other than that it’s certainly one worth taking a loot, and listen to!
The Bluesound Pulse Mini is available now priced around £499.