NAD CS1 Endpoint Bluetooth Network Streamer

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NAD CS1 Endpoint Bluetooth Network Streamer

NAD CS1 Endpoint Bluetooth Network Streamer

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Certification for network sharing via DNLA/UPnP protocols expected to be complete with retail available of CS1 in March 2023. All you have to do is place your iOS or Android device on the top of CS1 and a Bluetooth prompt will come up. I switched from my iPhone to my Google Pixel 4a Android phone, which does support aptX HD, opened the Tidal app, and selected the title track of jazz pianist Brad Mehldau’s wonderful album of Beatles tunes, Your Mother Should Know (24/96 MQA, Nonesuch Records / Tidal). There are hardware controls on the top panel for adjusting volume, skipping tracks, and pausing and resuming playback.

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. For audiophiles who use Roon to stream music to a Roon Ready component in their primary systems, the CS1 is an easy way to add Roon capability to a secondary system in another room.

The NAD CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer is a state-of-the-art audio component designed to bring the convenience and versatility of network streaming to your existing audio system.

Thanks also for the clarification - apologies for my naivety - I’m just getting into the dark realms of streaming. The CS1 supports Google Chromecast (24-bit/96kHz), Apple AirPlay2, Spotify and Tidal Connect as well as Roon, Bluetooth 5. YOU AGREE NOT TO MODIFY, ADAPT, TRANSLATE, REVERSE ENGINEER, DECOMPILE, OR DISASSEMBLE THE PROGRAM OR ONLINE DOCUMENTATION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR IN THIS AGREEMENT OR UPON NAD’S WRITTEN REQUEST. A compact, minimalist design, the NAD CS1 has a pair of line-level analogue RCA outputs for connection to a stereo receiver, integrated amp, preamplifier, or a pair of powered speakers. But its dependence on third-party services and its lack of a companion app severely limit your ability to work with it on your own terms, making it hard to recommend when other products on the market can do more and sometimes cost less.Mehldau’s piano was rendered on a wide soundstage that extended beyond and behind the speaker plane. After setting up the CS1 in Google Home, the CS1 appeared on my Apple devices as an AirPlay speaker, in Cast-enabled apps as a Chromecast device, in the Spotify and Tidal apps as a player, and in Roon as a Roon Ready device. I have just bought a NAD CS1 Streaming Endpoint for my son to add streaming to his ‘traditional’ hi-fi. The Serhan Swift Mu2 MkII loudspeakers, a highlight of Bristol 2023, have taken over from the Titan 505s in a lot of the listening.

Each enclosure contains a 5″ natural-fiber hybrid woofer and a 1″ metal-alloy dome tweeter, powered by a 120Wpc class-D amplifier in the primary speaker. This flexibility allows you to connect the CS1 to a wide range of audio equipment, such as amplifiers, AV receivers, or powered speakers, maximizing compatibility and ease of use.

This is a fabulous product that works faultlessly and consistently and it performs best, in my view, as a digital transport but also offers a solid analogue output. I wanted to ask the question first to see if there was a ‘no brainer’ solution, rather than download lots of random apps that may or may not work effectively.

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