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NAD CS1 Endpoint Bluetooth Network Streamer

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I’m sure they’ll eventually enable hi-def - the problem being that existing devices almost definitely will not like an ‘Airplay 3’! The only thing I was expecting when I excitedly read the review sample was coming was BluOS capability with NAD being in the same stable but that is not the case. I wouldn’t criticise the CS1 for this output, the DAC performance with the iFi will inevitably be an improvement on the CS1, as it costs nearly ten times more than the CS1! Believe it or not, if you want to connect a Bluetooth device to the CS1, you’ll need to grab something thin and pointy and use it to press the button that’s hidden in the hole.

Desire to learn and share knowledge of science required as is 20 years of participation in forums (not all true). The CS1 has a pair of RCA analogue outputs for connection to a stereo receiver, integrated amp, preamplifier, or a pair of powered speakers. No app means no messing around with settings or complicated menus, and no real data-logging concerns. Streaming only operates in "push" mode meaning you use your favorite app and point it at CS1 for its output. We both played “Sweet Georgia Brown” through the Kin Play system—from Paul’s phone using the hardwired connection, and from my iPhone via Bluetooth.The CS1 also has optical and coaxial outputs for sending digital audio at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution to powered loudspeakers with digital inputs, or to a home theatre receiver or external DAC. It supports Google Chromecast, so you can transfer playback from any Cast-enabled audio app; and Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect, so you can cue up music in the apps for those services, and then transfer playback to the CS1.

Roon is an amazing digital music platform with a wide feature set that caters to audiophiles in particular. It features both digital and analog outputs, including SPDIF coaxial, optical, and RCA analog connections.This ensures that you can enjoy your music collection in its purest form, with every nuance and subtlety faithfully reproduced.

With Chromecast, you can choose the music you want to hear in any Cast-enabled app on a mobile device or personal computer, then transfer playback to the CS1 at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. It worked the same way if I used the Wi-Fi Settings menu in iOS’s Settings app, except for one thing: the CS1 did not appear in Google Home. It offers a streaming platform for most of the leading 3rd Party audio providers, like Spotify and Tidal via Apple and Google casting platforms. Alternatively, you can use the CS1’s optical or coaxial output to send digital audio to an AV receiver, external DAC, or a pair of powered speakers with digital input, at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Sonos and Bluesound support AirPlay 2, while Denon Heos, Bose, and Wiim support both AirPlay 2 and Chromecast audio.You acknowledge that NAD owns all right, title and interest, including but not limited to all copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property in and to the programs and accompanying documentation. On the 24/96 Chromecast stream, transients were a tad faster, and the trombones and trumpets had a bit more bite.

Streaming has profoundly altered the way people discover and experience music,” said Cas Oostvogel, Product Manager of NAD Electronics. There are no problems streaming music from services like Spotify/Apple Music on iPhone or from iTunes on his PC, etc. Spotify describes the audio as "lossless CD-quality," which is a considerable step up from the company's current 320kbps, lossy streaming quality. There are hardware controls on the top panel for adjusting volume, skipping tracks, and pausing and resuming playback.

During its live Spotify Stream On event today, the streaming music company announced that it will launch Spotify HiFi, a new option for its premium subscribers that will give them access to lossless, high-quality music streams, later this year. The dimensions (W x H x D) are 140 x 140 x 55 mm (5½ x 5½ x 2 1/16 inches), and the CS1 weighs in at just 1.

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