PULSAR is made with a full bead-blasted and anodised high-grade aluminium chassis in your choice of Silver or Black, that is both elegant and classic - yet the best is still reserved for what’s inside.
⦿ Integrated PhoenixUSB Lite Reclocker for a smooth yet fast and detailed sound
⦿ 300VA audio-grade toroidal transformer
⦿ Single-level Cell SSD with Custom CX Regulator Module
⦿ Three independent power rails, one each for the Main Board, SSD and Reclocker
BENEATH THE SHELL
Beneath its sleek exterior, the PULSAR is packing a custom ARC6 module (Active Rectification with six Capacitors) with active rectification, over 130000 µF of Mundorf capacitors followed by a large inductor and a massive 300VA audio-grade toroidal transformer with an epoxy-filled center for dampening vibration, and magnetic screening with coated SYN-SHIELD copper tape between windings and wrapped in black Mylar Tape.
PULSAR features an optimized USB output to take sound quality to the PULSE line’s highest level by incorporating a PhoenixUSB Lite Reclocker. The reclocker is powered by a custom CX Regulator Module.
The SSD hosting the innuOS Operating System in PULSAR is also upgraded to a SLC (Single-Level Cell) module, as opposed to the more common TLC (Triple-Level Cell) for the best durability and lower operating power noise.
Just as with the PULSE, asymmetrical feet are installed on PULSAR to support the player while also being strategically placed to help dampen vibration from the sound system during playback. It's the little details like this, combined with larger ones like the power supply and integrated PhoenixUSB Lite reclocker that make for unforgettable playback.
PULSAR comes in your choice of Silver or Black, but the finish of the chassis and fascia in either color is breathtakingly beautiful yet understated.
BEST IN CLASS STREAMING
Whether you're streaming from an existing music server, NAS or streaming service, PULSAR will deliver you a large, deep soundstage with incredible instrument separation and true-to-life sound textures that bring emotion to your listening experience.
Controlled via Innuos Sense App
- Qobuz and TIDAL integration including Artist Bios, Related Artists, Top Tracks and more.
- Management of Qobuz and TIDAL albums together with albums stored on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) for a unified Music Library
- Internet Radio with easy preset creation
- Radio Paradise, a popular music stream Fast, Integrated searches through internet radio, streaming services and music on a NAS
- Easy creation of playlists from multiple streaming services and music on a NAS
- Curated and configurable Smart Mixes based on your music
- Home Screen widgets allow you to customize and access your favorite features at the touch of a button
- Seamless and automatic ripping of CDs on Innuos music servers.
Each PULSAR series Network Music Player has two modes – these modes give you the flexibility to configure your network music player to work the way you want it to. Your music, played your way.
In Standalone mode, you can use the Innuos Sense app to play streaming services, Internet Radio and music stored on a NAS, to a multitude of audio systems. In this mode, the PULSAR becomes the center of your audio system, enabling you also to use the Sense app with other streaming devices on your network.
In Endpoint Mode, PULSAR connects to a main music server, be it an Innuos Music Server, HQ Player or any server running Logitech Media Server. The PULSAR will then show as a zone on the respective music server app and you can use your preferred app to browse and play music through the PULSAR.
Integrated USB Reclocker
The USB reclocker on PULSAR is a lite version of our legendary PhoenixUSB reclocker. PULSAR’s reclocker uses a single rail of LPSU to power both clock and USB chip instead of a separate rail for each that the PhoenixUSB uses, yet greatly improves timing consistency and what you hear.
The PULSAR reclocker is also modular so in the future there may be upgrades or different options made available.
With its compact footprint, low-power efficiency, quiet operation and range of connectivity, the PULSAR is a convenient and discreet music streamer for all your music from an Innuos music server, HiFi streaming services and internet radio.
PULSAR is more than a step up for better music playback – it stands head and shoulders above using a computer for streaming.
One of the ways PULSAR excels is through power isolation. PULSAR has three independent power rails: one for the main board, one for the Reclocker, and one for the SSD. This isolation makes for cleaner power to each component and helps reveal blacker backgrounds, more detail and dimension.
Connectivity Made Easy
PULSAR outputs PCM up to 32bit/768kHz as well as up to DSD512 via USB to compatible DACs.
The Sum of its Parts
PULSAR infuses musicality and ease-of-use in a player that not only streams your music, it reveals it.
The combination of high-quality components and custom engineering, with the innuOS Operating System and Sense app to drive it all makes for remarkable-sounding music streaming that simply can’t be unheard.
PULSAR leverages more than a decade of engineering, advancements in software and premium-quality component selection to achieve its detailed sound.
MQA Core Decoding
PULSAR supports MQA Core Software Decoding, which means you can playback MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. MQA Core software decoding is provided free of charge and enables streaming and playback of MQA files up to 24bit/96 kHz for non-MQA DACs and up to 24bit/384 kHz for MQA Renderer/Decoder DACs. PULSAR can also passthrough MQA files to MQA Full Decoder DACs.
InnuOS Operating System 2.3 or higher is required for MQA Core Decoding.
Visit our MQA page for more information.
|Digital Output||USB DAC output with PhoenixUSB Lite Reclocker (Up to 32bit/768KHz, Up to DSD256 via DoP, Up to DSD512 via Native DSD). Other Modules to be made available in the future.|
|Ethernet||2 x rear panel RJ45 – Bridged Gigabit Ethernet|
|USB||4x USB 3.0|
|Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing||WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3, MQA|
|Endpoint Mode||Connects to Innuos Music Servers, Logitech Media Server based Servers or HQPlayer Server|
|Web Interface||Modern Web Browsers from iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS|
|Mobile||Innuos Sense App (iOS/Android/Kindle Fire)|
|CPU||Intel Quad Core N4200|
|Memory||8GB DDR3 Low-Voltage RAM (4GB Dedicated for RAM Playback)|
|UPnP/DLNA||Controls selected UPnP streamers as endpoints via Sense|
|Streaming Services||Internet Radio, Qobuz, Radio Paradise, Tidal|
|USB DAC Support||USB DACs complying to USB Audio Class 2|
|USB DACs supporting DSD over DoP protocol|
|Selected USB DACs supporting Native DSD|
|Network||Internet connection to access Internet Radio, Streaming Services and software updates|
|Network router with at least one available ethernet port|
|Premium subscription required for some streaming services such as Spotify, Qobuz and TIDAL|
|Mains Supply||230V AC / 115V AC – Internal Linear Power Supply|
|Power Consumption (Idle)||7W|
|Power Consumption (Peak)
|Dimensions||420mm x 290mm x 76mm (W x D x H)|
|Weight||10,17 kg (11,5 kg boxed)|
|In the box||Innuos PULSAR Network Player|
|2m Ethernet Cable|
|Quick Start Guide|
News, Reviews and Tips
Innuos Pulsar: star quality
``The Pulsar is a vivacious and thrilling streamer with all manner of music...The finest dedicated streamer in the Innuos catalogue is a high resolution device that’s capable of superb results with the right ancillaries, it sounds excellent with a good recording on Qobuz and even better with the same thing on a music server. Add in the quality of the Sense control app and you have a strong contender at a reasonable price.``
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The ARC6 is the part of the power supply that converts AC mains power to DC. It uses an Active Rectification board to convert AC to DC instead of passive Schottky diodes used in the RECAP2 module on the PULSE. Aside from being far more efficient and causing less heat and ripple, it has the advantage of lower the impedance of the power supply, which has an audible effect on sound quality. In order to support this lower impedance, it needs a larger capacitor bank using 6 Mundorf Capacitors. Hence the name ARC6 (Active Rectification with 6 Capacitors). The PULSAR uses a trickle-down version of the ARC6 modules on the STATEMENT with Next-Gen power supply.
The second port is present on all PULSE series streamers and can be used to connect another network-based device as the port is bridged with the main LAN port. This is useful if you use a NAS for example, where instead of running two cables from the router, you can run a single cable to the PULSAR and then a smaller cable from the PULSAR to the NAS.
- Compared to the PULSE, the PULSAR has a much improved power supply: 300VA toroidal, compared to 120VA on PULSE. PULSAR’s active rectification module has a 3x larger capacitor bank, much larger inductor and two regulator modules providing separate rails to the SSD and to the Digital Output Module.
- PULSAR uses a PhoenixUSB Lite Digital Output Module which is much improved over the USB output on the PULSE.
- PULSAR also uses an SLC-type SSD where each storage cell contains a single bit compared to a TLC on PULSE and PULSEmini where each cell stores 3 bits – this means the access mechanism is more complicated resulting in higher latency and power noise.
- PULSAR’s optimised USB output module can be replaced with different types of outputs in the future, such as dual AES or I²S.
- Finally, the chassis on the PULSAR is all around high-precision CNC machined aluminium, bead-blasted and anodised.
- All of these details add up to produce peak streaming music enjoyment in its class.
Backup backs up your Music Library Database. Each streamer in the PULSE series lets you build your library from streamed content from multiple sources. Over time, you could have a large, well-managed library. If for any reason your database or device develops a problem, the Backup function will let you restore your library to the condition it was in at the last backup.
At this time, we do not allow to use external USB drives as storage in the PULSE series. Not only would the USB drives impact on sound quality due to inserting noise directly on the USB subsystem, there is also impact on the UX where rescanning and editing albums would be much slower and subject to issues if you don’t unmount drives properly. Having said this, a future update will allow you to browse and play music from USB drive – this will be for the use case where you have someone bringing you music on a USB stick so you can listen on the system but you don’t want to integrate it into your Music Library and just want to browse and play directly (ex: when you have some friends bringing in music for a listen).