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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There will be other people here who have experience of doing this, so I suggest hang on for a bit and see who responds. Those already in possession of an external DAC – either fully outboard or located inside an integrated amplifier, home theatre receiver or a pair of powered loudspeakers – can make use of the CS1’s coaxial and TOSLINK outputs where PCM up to 24bit/192kHz is supported. In the box there is a multi-country power plug, a USB-C charger and a set of rudimentary RCA cables, you’ll need to find your own cables if you want to connect to a DAC.

The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network. It features Bluetooth, Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi and supports the most popular streaming and casting protocols, including Apple AirPlay 2, GoogleCast, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect and Roon. This ensures that you can enjoy your music collection in its purest form, with every nuance and subtlety faithfully reproduced.And according to NAD’s press release, support for DLNA/UPnP streaming is expected to be in place by the time the CS1 goes on sale in March 2023 — but BYO UPNP app. It features both digital and analog outputs, including SPDIF coaxial, optical, and RCA analog connections. MConnect iOS App - The now-fully-paid-for version is used to stream music on the Uniti Core to the NAD CS1 and only works inconsistently, operating as expected sometimes and, sadly, often not. The differences weren’t as great as they had been when I streamed “Sweet Georgia Brown” via Bluetooth from my iPhone, but they were clearly audible.

There are hardware controls on the top panel for adjusting volume, skipping tracks, and pausing and resuming playback. The CS1 supports AirPlay 2, so you can stream CD-resolution audio from any app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or from an iTunes library on a Windows PC. I have just bought a NAD CS1 Streaming Endpoint for my son to add streaming to his ‘traditional’ hi-fi. Any amplified system will do — from a standalone set of powered stereo speakers like Klipsch’s The Sevens to a top-of-the-line 11.Pretty much every format you could want, except DSD, which I have to say, is really disappointing given NAD’s audiophile fan base. Android users can do the same, but it happens inside the Google Home app, which lets you use the CS1 as a Chromecast audio device. You’d probably like to know what it’s like to use the CS1, but the truth is, it totally depends on what you’re trying to do with it, and the platform/app/streaming protocol you’ve chosen to use. The Core is a DLNA/UPnP compliant music server, so in principle any compliant streamer should be able to access it. The NAD CS1 is simple network streamer that will add streaming capability to most hi-fi amplifiers either via it’s analogue RCA or digital outputs.

From my understanding, the Uniti Core should appear as a network server via DNLA/UPnP, which the NAD is compliant with (excuse the poor Inglish! Indeed, I’ve reverted to mConnect for most of the streaming, and MQA pass-through and my Qobuz sample rate ladder all come through with flying colours. Additionally, the CS1 supports UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocols, making it compatible with a wide range of devices and software platforms. The software and documentation are provided “AS IS” and without warranty of any kind and NAD expressly disclaims all other warranties, express or implied.In both cases, there was a big payoff in terms of convenience with the CS1, because it was now possible to select music without being tethered to the Kin Play system by a cable. Thinking back to the excellent DAC performance in the vibrant Rega ELEX, this could be a complementary streaming source for that DAC platform.

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