Advanced Multi-room BluOS™ Network Streaming with Famed NAD Amplification
ISE 2017, Amsterdam, NL February 6, 2017 – NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced the immediate availability of their CI 580, a four-zone streamer with BluOS Network Music on board. Part of the company’s Custom Integrator (CI Series), the CI 580 (MSRP US$1299; € 1,449; £1,299) packs outstanding performance into 4 stereo zones in a 1U rack space to provide the most flexible, cost-effective multi-room audio package.
Custom Integrators will appreciate that up to 16 CI 580’s can be installed on a single network, all in full 24-bit resolution with sample rates up to 192kHz. Fixed or variable line outputs provide further flexibility. A system interrupt is also included, lowering volume so you can hear when the doorbell or alarm sounds.
BluOS is the operating system developed by Bluesound™ as the first High Resolution Multi-Room Wireless audio solution. BluOS features a deep integration with several of the top control systems, including Control4, Crestron, RTI and URC. Unlike other network audio solutions, BluOS has a published API that allows a more complete and sustainable integration.
Like all NAD products, the focus here is squarely on performance with DACs, OPAmps and passive circuit components selected for musical sound quality. Multiple CI 580s can be used to provide as many zones as required and Multiple Zone Groups are fully supported. CI 580 setup is dead simple using the BluOS App.
The CI 580 is the ideal solution for both new and retrofit installations that feature wired speaker home runs. While the NAD CI 980 Amplifier is the perfect companion to the CI 580, it can be easily interfaced to any quality amplifier.
“As the custom market continues to grow, NAD believes that innovative performance solutions will differentiate the true custom integrators from the less skilled tradesmen and DIY solutions coming to market”, explained Greg Stidsen Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD Electronics. “NAD has deep roots in the custom market and our CI 580 multi-zone BluOS streamer showcases our proprietary technologies in ways that deliver valuable and tangible benefits to both the quality-oriented custom integrator and their clients.”
As part of the company’s renewed commitment to the CI market, NAD digital innovation is now available to select Custom Integrators to create the most advanced distributed High Res Audio systems. Whether the project calls for replacing an obsolete 100-disc CD changer or planning a new multi-room audio system, NAD has the perfect solution.
The NAD CI 580 was honored with a CEPro Best Award by CEPro magazine, a leading trade publication for the CI industry. The winning entries were chosen by independent voting by a panel of integrators along with the editors of CE Pro. Products were individually judged on multiple criteria including innovation, functionality, competitive advantages, benefits to the end user and benefits to the integrator.
To experience the CI 580 in a Control4, Crestron, or RTI environment and to learn more about NAD’s Custom Install line, visit NAD Electronics at 14-D170 at ISE 2017.
BluOS is a proprietary operating system shared by high-end audio brands Bluesound and NAD Electronics. Unlike other solutions that rely on 3rd party software like UPnP, BluOS is a dedicated ‘music only’ operating system that allows for interoperability among enabled devices and provides connectivity to numerous cloud and network music sources. BluOS fully supports High Resolution Audio, as well as all popular lossless and lossy codecs. It is also features seamless integrations with common smart home controls like Control4, Crestron, and RTI, among others. BluOS-enabled devices can be controlled with a free app available for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.
Founded in 1972 and now sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned for its award-winning line of high quality components for audio, home theater and custom installation applications. The company’s products consistently deliver outstanding performance, value and simplicity. With over forty years of innovation and value, NAD products are proudly distributed in North America by Lenbrook Americas.