NAD M50.2 Digital Music Streamer Server Player
A hybrid of NAD’s renowned M50 and M52, the M50.2 Digital Music Player offers everything you need to hear the music you love in the best quality possible. Harnessing the power of BluOSÆ, the M50.2 allows you to organise and store your music library, while making it easily accessible via the BluOS app. A high resolution network music player, the M50.2 was designed to house 24/192 files whether it be from a CD or music download site. The M50.2 CD transport can playback or rip to internal storage, and ripping is completely automatic. You can also connect to the M50.2 via BluetoothÆ, opening the doors to virtually any music streaming service. The M50.2 brings you closer to your favourite music and makes it remarkably simple to access it. A wondrous integration of hardware and software, the M50.2 has 2TB of storage and a mirrored backup, ensuring you’ll never have to sacrifice any music or worry about losing it.
NAD M50.2 Features
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) and gigabit Ethernet inputs
- Automatic ripping of CD to internal RAID of two 2TB hard drives
- Real time playback of CDsDecodes FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg
- SPDIF Outputs; AES/EBU, Coaxial, Optical
- 1x front and 2x rear USB Type A inputs
- RS-232 for external controlIR in
- TFT touch panel display
- Bluetooth AptXÆ
- Software defined product with upgrade path
Best Digital Music Player Award
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What NAD has developed in the M50.2 Digital Music Player is the ideal solution; a computer in a hifi component accessed from a tablet, with [our] music organised, easily accessible, and sounding great.
When NAD introduced the M50/M51/M52 Digital Music Suite in 2012 (in honour of our 40th anniversary) they were betting that audiophiles around the world would embrace the new digital format of High Resolution Audio. These highest quality recordings were just becoming available to consumers. For music lovers it was a dream come true. Exact copies of the Studio Master could now be easily downloaded, stored, and played back at any time in the home. Music lovers could finally get all the music the artist created. The Masters Suite makes it easy to download these high-res music files and securely store them, without reverting to using a computer for this task.
A lot has changed since we introduced the original Masters Digital Music Suite, but the M50 has kept abreast of these changes because of the incredible power of BluOS. This proprietary music-only operating system can be remotely updated to include new features and access to new sources of music. BluOS brings all your music together, from timeless CDs to cutting edge 24/192 downloads; all are organised and easily accessed via the BluOS app.
NAD M50.2 - BluOS Hi-Res Audio Streaming
Use the Free App BluOS App (by Bluesound) to control your music playback on a wide range of computer devices including; Desktop Computers, Tablets and Smartphones. The BluOS is available for Apple (iOS iPad, iPhone & OSX Apple Mac), Google (Android) and Mircosoft (Windows 7,8 &10). BluOS enables your devices inputs to play music from: Network shares, Mobile devices, Bluetooth 5.0 HD (aptX), Apple Airplay 2, USB, Streaming services, Internet radio, Podcasts and more.
Listen from Streaming Services
- Streaming services: Spotify (Connect), Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer , Qobuz, HighResAudio, Murfie, Napster, KKBox, Bugs, Nugs, Slacker, Wimp, Taihe Music ZONE, SoundMachine and more.
- Audio File Formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS. Hi-Res Formats: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF.
- Internet Radio: TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Radio Paradise, CALM Radio.
BluOS Multiroom Expansion
State Of The Art Digital Performance
Now, high-res music listening, multi-room wireless streaming, 24/192 storage and CD ripping can all be found in one beautiful component: the M50.2. With 4TB of internal redundant storage featuring programmable RAID backup, this is a complete music solution that does not require a computer and is not prone to the viruses and program conflicts encountered when using a multi-purpose computer for music storage and playback. The M50.2 is a noise-free component that offers state-of-the-art digital performance and requires no additional programs to buy. Just add the DAC of your choice and enjoy.
Digital Music Player
The M50.2 is a software defined product, meaning that much of the functionality of the system is defined by software not hardware. This means that new cloud services or audio codecs can be integrated at a future date by simply updating the software of the M50.2. This software upgrade potential means that there is a software roadmap that allows the M50.2 to live on and maintain its cutting edge functionality.
Hands-free Voice Control with Alexa
Add the BluOS Voice Skill inside the Amazon Alexa app and enjoy hands-free voice control of personal music collections, streaming services and more using a list of simple streamlined commands. Using an Echo device you can ask Alexa to play popular songs from Tidal, queue up saved playlists, adjust the volume in different rooms, or ask whatís playing in the Kitchen. No Echo device and want to try it out? No problem. Download the Amazon Alexa app, activate the skill, tap the speech bubble in the bottom drawer of the Amazon Alexa app and say anything from the list of commands.
Variety Of Music Sources
Since its introduction, the original M50 has added TuneIn Internet radio tuner, Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, iHeart Radio, Murfie, and many more. We also include direct download of High Res Audio from HDtracks.com and HighResAudio.com, allowing you to purchase and download new music from right inside the BluOS app. The new M50.2 uses the same BluOS software, but has added some hardware features like a new, more powerful processor and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX for direct audio streaming from a wide variety of popular devices.
The hardware of the M50.2 includes the latest generation of low power, super high performance ARM processors that one can find. These have more computing power than a PC, yet run cool and do not require noisy fans. Many different digital outputs are supported in the hardware including SPDIF and HDMI.
The Choice is Yours
There is a choice of wired or wireless network connection using standard Wi-Fi protocol IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. While it is possible to stream 24/96 music wirelessly, we recommend a wired connection or local storage for HD music to avoid any possibility of dropouts. The Wi-Fi capability does offer the option of control from a smartphone or tablet with Wi-Fi, which is a fantastic way to enjoy your music collection. The M50.2 CD transport can playback or rip to internal storage, and ripping is completely automatic. The BluOS app with a network connection to the Internet, allows this music management software to fetch metadata and cover art; organised and instantly available for playback without the need for a computer. You can browse your music collection using album art or category listing, and easily create playlists on the fly.
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated)
Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is a revolutionary end-to-end technology built into every Bluesound Player that captures and delivers master quality audio to any room in your home. All Bluesound Players include a powerful decoder and audio renderer for the MQA system. The MQA logo shown in the BluOS app indicates that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and lets you know that you are hearing exactly what the artist recorded and approved in the studio.
- Inputs: USB 2.0 Device (Type B) Storage (Digital Music Vault), Front and Rear USB 2.0 Type A for playback via USB Stick, Hard Drive, IR Input, 12V Trigger In
- Output: AES/EBU 110 Ohms, Optical TOSlink, Coaxial 75 Ohms, HDMI 1.4* (Audio only), Digital AES/EBU, IR Out, 12V Trigger Out. * Does not support I2S DACs
- Network Activity: WiFi 802.11n/g 2.4G, Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbs, Bluetooth AptXÆ, RS232.
- Sample Rate: 32kHz to 192kHz, 16/24 bit
- USB File Systems: FAT 32, Linux EXT
- Power Consumption: Auto Standby ON and Network Standby OFF ñ 0.8 Watts*, Auto Standby ON and Network Standby ON ñ 7.4 Watts**, OFF mode (Power switched OFF) ñ 0 Watts
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 435 x 133 x 380mm
- Net Weight: 8.1kg
- Shipping Weight: 16.5kg