Should you’ve acquired a hi-fi system you’re keen on, but it surely doesn’t converse Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, or some other wi-fi streaming languages, NAD’s new CS1 Endpoint Community Streamer ($349) gives a super-simple and compact improve.
The London, England-founded, Canadian-based firm, introduced the compact audiophile-grade part at present that permits you to add streaming capabilities to just about any music system. The CS1 can play high-res audio at as much as 24-bit/192kHz (with its inner DAC additionally supporting MQA decoding) through varied sources, with connectivity choices that embrace Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and options assist for Apple AirPlay 2, GoogleCast, Spotify Join, Tidal Join, and Roon. By way of Bluetooth, nevertheless, you may stream music from any app from a smartphone, laptop, or pill, opening up the playback choices.
Moreover, NAD says that at launch time the CS1 will supply community sharing by means of DNLA/UPnP protocols, which implies that you’ll have the ability to management your music utilizing these acquainted music apps of the companies you subscribe to, and never have to make use of a devoted NAD app for the CS1.
The get all this hi-res sound to your hi-fi system, the NAD CS1 incorporates a set of RCA analog outs for versatile connectivity to parts like stereo receivers, built-in amps, and powered audio system. Or if in case you have parts equivalent to AV receivers, and exterior digital-to-analog converters (DAC) that assist optical and coaxial inputs, you may maintain it digital and ship audio that method on the 24-bit/192kHz decision.
“Streaming has profoundly altered the best way folks uncover and expertise music,” Cas Oostvogel, Product Supervisor of NAD Electronics, stated in a press launch. “The CS1 makes it straightforward so as to add streaming to a legacy stereo or dwelling theatre setup. Or somebody may configure a low-footprint system for a den or dwelling workplace by combining the CS1 with a pair of powered audio system. Streaming doesn’t get easier than this.”
The NAD CS1 Endpoint Community Streamer can be out there by means of NAD’s web site and retailers in March 2023.
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