NAD Electronics Brings Apple AirPlay 2 to Several Key Models

full?d=1564496921.png

(July 30, 2019) Buckle your seat belts; the AV news machine is about to kick into overdrive as we approach CEDIA 2019. Today, NAD Electronics officially introduced Apple AirPlay 2 functionality to several models in its lineup, including its high-class C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC and Masters Series M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier. That means owners can stream audio content from their Mac, iPad, or iPhone to either device, while also reserving the ability to control playback using Siri voice control.

First introduced nearly a decade ago, Apple’s AirPlay has remained one of the industry’s most popular streaming technologies. Relying on a local Wi-Fi network, AirPlay has a maximum bandwidth of 36 Mbps and offers notably stable lossless audio transmission. And its second-generation AirPlay 2 protocol further boosts performance by introducing the ability to stream and control music to multiple AirPlay 2 devices spread around a home.

Owners of both the C 368 and C 388 Integrated Amplifiers can also hop on the AirPlay 2 wagon by purchasing a newly available BluOS 2i MDC module designed to be installed in a rear upgrade slot. For more information about pricing and availability, contact a local NAD dealer.

“We are proud to be able to offer Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility to our NAD users,” says Cas Oostvogel, Product Manager for NAD Electronics. “And we are especially proud to be able to do so with the BluOS 2i MDC module, since AirPlay 2 technology has never before been implemented in a modular solution like this, where owners of older NAD units like the C 368 and C 388 Integrated Amplifiers, which were first launched in 2016, can receive a new technology many years after their original purchase.”

NAD’s AirPlay 2 upgrade is packaged as part of a BluOS 3.4.20 firmware release, which is available for download today. Owners of C 658, M10, and updated C 368 and C388 gear will be prompted to download this update upon power-up.
 

1_sufferin_mind

Senior Member
Supporter
Joined
Apr 17, 2017
Messages
412
Location
Indianapolis
My AV System  
Preamp, Processor or Receiver
Emotiva XMC-1
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-5
Additional Amp
McCormack DNA-1 Monoblocks (On Standby)
Other Amp
Woo Audio WA6se w/ Audeze LCD-2
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo BDP-95
Front Speakers
Revel Ultima Salon
Center Channel Speaker
Revel Voice
Surround Speakers
PSB Image B5
Subwoofers
PSA XV-15se w/ ICE amp
Other Speakers or Equipment
Cary SLP98P / VPI SuperScout with JMW9 & Benz H2
Video Display Device
Samsung 60" Plasma / Panasonic 50" Plasma
Other Equipment
PS Audio PWD with Streaming Bridge
Kudos to NAD for catering to popular music formats. Streaming compressed files via iDevices will go a long way toward introducing many people to better sound. The highest sample-rate MP3’s are close to CD quality, so they should sound great through this equipment. And if they haven’t already, I read that iTunes plans on making hi-res music available.
 

Todd Anderson

News Editor / Reviewer/ Senior Admin
Staff member
Thread Starter
Joined
Jan 20, 2017
Messages
5,264
Location
Balt/Wash Metro
My AV System  
Preamp, Processor or Receiver
Denon X8500H
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-5
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Gen3 2.8 multichannel amp
Other Amp
VSX21-THX
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205, UDP-203, Panasonic UB820
Front Speakers
SVS Ultra Towers
Center Channel Speaker
SVS Ultra Center
Surround Speakers
SVS Ultra Surround
Surround Back Speakers
SVS Ultra Bookshelf
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation
Subwoofers
dual SVS SB16s + dual PSA XS30s
Other Speakers or Equipment
Behringer 1124p; Aura Bass Shaker Pros; SuperSub X
Video Display Device
JVC RS520
Screen
Carada Cine-White 0 gain
Other Equipment
LG Electronics 65-inch B6 OLED, Sony 65-inch X900F
I agree. This gear also supports Bluetooth AptX.

Covering all the bases is really important... the more gear that plays friendly together, the more appealing it is, especially with BluOS being proprietary.
 
Top Bottom