The new NAD CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer ($349) offers a super-simple and portable update if your hi-fi system doesn’t speak Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay, or any other wireless streaming languages.
The Canadian business with roots in London, England, today unveiled the small, high-end audiophile component that can be added to virtually any music system to enable streaming. With Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and support for Apple Airplay 2, Google Cast, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, and Ron, the CS1 can play high-res music at up to 24-bit/192kHz from a variety of sources. Its integrated DAC also supports MQA decoding. However, Bluetooth allows you to stream music from any app on a smartphone, computer, or tablet, expanding your options for music playback.
Additionally, NAD claims that the CS1 will support network sharing through DNLA/UPnP protocols at the time of launch. This implies that you won’t need to use a specific NAD app for the CS1 and can manage your music using the familiar music apps from the services you subscribe to.
The NAD CS1 includes a pair of RCA analogue outs for flexible connectivity to parts like stereo receivers, integrated amps, and powered speakers in order to provide all this high-resolution sound to your hi-fi system. You can also stream audio digitally at 24-bit/192kHz resolution if you have devices like AV receivers and external digital-to-analog converters (DAC) that support optical and coaxial inputs.
According to a press statement from Cas Oost Vogel, Product Manager at NAD Electronics, “streaming has fundamentally changed how people discover and experience music.” “The CS1 makes adding streaming to an old stereo or home theatre system simple. Or, a person may couple the CS1 with a pair of powered speakers to create a small-footprint setup for a den or home office. It doesn’t get any easier to stream than this.
In March 2023, NAD’s website and dealers will sell the CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer.