BLUOS BREAKS FREE
Canadian parent company, Lenbrook, invested the big bucks early on to develop their own platform for the Bluesound range, in-house.
BluOS is a wireless ecosystem that uses a home network to connect more than one enabled device and play your music in perfect sync, or different music simultaneously, anywhere in the house. Using advanced technologies, BluOS can wirelessly transmit lossless music up to 24-bit/192kHz at lightning-fast speeds with no lag and zero loss in sound quality.
Whether it was all part of the master plan or an after-thought is anyone’s guess, but by its own merit and stripes, BluOS has emerged as a champion as a multi-room and audio streaming platform.
In reviews on StereoNET we often discuss that a product in this category is only as good as it’s control app, and further, the underlying architecture.
While other audio brands have opted to use a third-party for their control app such as DTS Play-Fi, or the UPnP protocol and the many apps that will work with it, the user experience is often left compromised and certainly out of the hands of the hardware manufacturer.
Lenbrook likely understood this from the get-go and would not leave this critical aspect in the hands of the gods.
As BluOS rolled out their latest update last month, not only were the smallest of bugs squashed in the release, but the user interface, that most critical aspect, was once again polished for the best user experience possible.
It’s not only the thousands of Bluesound customers that have enjoyed the platform. It seems other manufacturers were watching too.
What took everyone by surprise was the inclusion of BluOS as the underlying platform that makes the Callisto ‘tick’. The first manufacturer outside Lenbrook’s own brands, which includes Bluesound, PSB and NAD, DALI obviously sees the value, performance, and overall experience that BluOS offers.
DALI Callisto Sound Hub (BluOS)
Only weeks later a new website appeared at bluos.net – a dedicated site to the BluOS platform.
With existing integration that allows BluOS to work with control brands including Control4, Crestron, RTI, Push and URC, the clear statement on the bluOS.net website hints where it is now heading:
All BluOS Enabled systems from our partners allows music lovers and custom integrators to seamlessly connect, manage and control networked music in a connected home with a smartphone, tablet, desktop or dedicated CI controller.
BluOS Enabled products will have the underlying tech built right into the device. Whereas, BluOS Ready products will be modular by design and afford the ability to have a module plugged in, enabling existing products to be upgraded later.
Another of BluOS’ key advantages is there compatibility with another champion in the music library management arena, Roon. StereoNET understands that any BluOS enabled product will also be compatible with Roon.
While DALI may be the first third-party manufacturer to embrace BluOS, we’d suggest they certainly won’t be the last.
While it seems like very early days for BluOS right now, the platform has already endured many years of development and refinement.
As BluOS comes of age, we look forward to watching it bloom as new brand partners come onboard.
For more information visit BluOS.net
StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.
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