If you have a hi-fi system you love, but it doesn’t speak Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, or any other wireless streaming language, NAD’s new CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer ($349) provides a great simple and compact improve.
The Canadian company founded in London, England, today announced the compact, audiophile-grade component that lets you add streaming capabilities to virtually any music system. The CS1 can play Hi-Res Audio up to 24-bit/192kHz (with its internal DAC also supporting MQA decoding) through a variety of sources, with connectivity options that include Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and features support for Apple AirPlay 2, GoogleCast, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and Roon. Thanks to Bluetooth, however, you can stream music from any app from a smartphone, computer or tablet, opening up the playback options.
Additionally, NAD says that at launch, the CS1 will offer network sharing via DNLA/UPnP protocols, meaning you’ll be able to control your music using the familiar music apps of the services you subscribe to. and you won’t have to use a dedicated NAD app for the CS1.
To get all that high-res sound out of your hi-fi system, the NAD CS1 features a set of RCA analog outputs for versatile connectivity to components like stereo receivers, integrated amps, and powered speakers. Or if you have components like AV receivers and external digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that support both optical and coaxial inputs, you can keep it digital and send the audio that way at 24-bit resolution/ 192kHz.
“Streaming has profoundly changed the way people discover and experience music,” said Cas Oostvogel, product manager of NAD Electronics, in a press release. “The CS1 makes it easy to add streaming to a legacy stereo or home theater setup. Or someone could set up a space-saving system for a den or home office by combining the CS1 with a pair of loudspeakers. powered speakers.Streaming doesn’t get any easier than this.
The NAD CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer will be available on the NAD website and retailers in March 2023.