Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i
Granted, this heavyweight hunk of sonic splendour isn’t something you’ll travel abroad with – unless you’re on a car trip – but the optional battery pack does make it portable to a degree and perfect for moving around the home, be it indoors or out in the garden.
The handsome looking Pulse Flex 2i is a shade over seven inches tall and five inches wide but it punches way above its weight with a captivatingly crisp, punchy, detailed sound that is very easy on the ears. It also spreads its aural tentacles far and wide, giving the impression you’re listening to a much larger system. If you purchase two units, it’ll produce a proper stereo soundstage.
The Pulse Flex 2i is very well endowed on the connectivity front, too: using the free BluOS Controller app, simply link it to your wi-fi network for fuss-free wireless streaming in any room. The same app provides access to your favourite music services. We mostly used it with Spotify and the excellent hi-res audio portal Tidal, but it will also work with practically every other streaming service on the planet.
If you’re looking for a very decent stand-alone wireless speaker system capable of delivering a full-bodied multi-room experience, then step right this way.