NAD M50.2 - Masters Series Digital Music Player - BluOS Enabled
Master Series Digital Music Player: A hybrid of NAD's renowned Master Series M50 Digital Music Player and M52 Digital Music Vault, the M50.2 Digital Music Player combines high-res music listening, multiroom wireless streaming, 24-bit/192kHz storage, and CD ripping into one beautiful component.
Note: Pair the M50.2 Digital Music Player with one of NAD's Master Series' preamplifiers and power amplifiers, integrated amplifiers, stereo receivers, or AV receivers (all sold separately).
CD Transport: The NAD M50.2 Digital Music Player features a front-loading CD slot. The built-in CD transport can playback Audio CDs (CD-A) only. The M50.2 will automatically start playback of an inserted CD. Playback is different and much improved in the M50.2 over conventional CD players. Instead of streaming directly from the disc to the output, the M50.2 momentarily stores the data in a memory buffer where it is re-clocked to the M50.2's high precision master clock for the lowest levels of jitter.
Disc Ripping: The M50.2's CD transport can rip an inserted Audio CD directly to its built-in HDD thanks to NAD's own music management software. Ripping is completely automatic. With a network connection to the Internet, this music management software captures metadata and cover art, without the need for a computer. Everything is organised and instantly available for playback. You can browse your music collection using album art or category listing, and easily create playlists on the fly. You can choose to rip your Audio CD music as MP3 or FLAC files.
MP3 (default format): Standard audio compression designed to keep bandwidth low with little degradation. Files are ripped at 320kbps, the highest level of sound quality available to MP3 format.
FLAC (recommended format): High quality compression designed specifically for CD backup purposes. Files are ripped at FLAC level 5 balancing compression and rip speed at full CD lossless levels of 44.1kHz/16-bits
Both: For Hi-fidelity quality playback with the ability to export or download to a personal MP3 Player.
Note: When ripping multiple CDs, insert the next disc as soon as the current disc is ejected (it is not necessary to wait for the encoding to be completed before the next disc is inserted). Only Audio CDs can be ripped. It will not rip Blu-ray, DVD, DVD-Audio, HD-DVD, or other types of Optical Disc format. The CD ripping procedure can be stopped at any time by selecting "Eject CD".
HDTracks Ripping: You can also purchase, download, and store high-res tracks (up to 24-bit/192kHz) from HDTracks on the built-in HDD with no computer needed. Now, you'll be able to access and share your entire digital music collection and stream it in studio-quality quickly and easily.
Internal Hard Disk Drive (HDD): The NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player features 4TB of internal redundant storage featuring RAID backup. You get 2TB of music storage with another 2TB of mirrored backup storage. Inside the NAD M50.2 resides an ultra-low noise 2x 2TB (Terabyte) HDD array. These special low noise media hard disc drives run cool and completely quiet. Unlike HDDs made for general computing, the M50.2 drives do not require fans for cooling.
Note: Audio files stored on the HDD can be played back at the M50.2 and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.
RAID 5 Technology: The M50.2 Digital Music Player provides a high level of protection for your valuable digital music collection. Using a Redundant Array of Independent Discs (RAID 5) technology, the M52's two 2TB hard disc drives (HDD) make it nearly impossible to damage your music. Front panel LED indicators display the status of the HDDs, and alert you if there is an HDD failure. Even if a disc drive fails, you won't lose data; simply replace the drive, and the system automatically reconfigures itself.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The M50.2 Digital Music Player connects to your home network via a hardwired Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) connection. Either network/internet connection allows you to stream music from the built-in HDD, online music services, or your Windows or Mac computer.
Bluesound Wireless High-Resolution Audio Eco-System: The NAD M50.2 is part of Bluesound's wireless high-resolution audio eco-system. The Bluesound wireless high-resolution audio eco-system consists of music players, amplifiers, hard-drives, and wireless speakers to playback your high-res and low-res music files, along with your favourite online music services throughout your home using your home's WiFi network. With an advanced WiFi antenna design and blazing ARM Cortex9 Processors, Bluesound ensures a solid connection in every corner of your home. Play your music in perfect sync or play different music simultaneously to any Bluesound device in any room.
Supported Music Formats: The Bluesound wireless audio system supports both low-res and high-res audio files; including MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WMA Lossless, MQA, WAV, and AIFF. Bluesound has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 100,000 songs in demonstrated practice (this will depend on the music's metadata & artwork). Bluesound also offers gapless playback by default for all supported file music types.
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): Bluesound is the first wireless multiroom audio system to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Bluesound worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside each Bluesound component to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the source and the way the artist intended you to hear it when it was approved in the studio.
Dual USB (Type-A) Ports: The NAD M50.2 is fitted with two USB (type-A) ports to connect select USB mass storage devices with music files. Typical USB mass storage devices compatible with M50.2 include portable flash memory devices (like a USB thumbdrive) and external hard drives (FAT32 formatted). Not only can USB audio be played back on the M50.2, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback. Supported music files include -
High Resolution: ALAC, AIFF, FLAC, and WAV (up 24-bit and 192kHz)
Low Resolution: MP3, WMA, AAC, and OGG Vorbis (up to 320kbps and 48kHz)
Note: The M50.2's USB ports are not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iOS or Android device.
Analog Input: The NAD M50.2 is outfitted with a set of stereo analog RCA inputs for connecting an external analog audio device, such as NAD's C 427 AM/FM tuner (sold separately). Audio from the analog input can be played back at the M50.2 and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.
Digital Coaxial/Optical Inputs: The M50.2 features a rear-panel optical (toslink) digital input and coaxial (RCA) digital input to connect your digital audio components, like a TV, Blu-ray player, or SACD player. The Digital inputs support sampling rates of up to 192kHz. Audio from the digital inputs can be played on the M50.2 and wirelessly distributed to other Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.
Note: If connecting to a television set's optical output, please make sure that you are able to select PCM as the default optical out audio format from your television's Audio menu. The M50.2 is not compatible with multi-channel audio signals and will not work with televisions that do not output PCM.
SPDIF Digital Outputs: The NAD M50.2 features 3-types of SPDIF digital outputs - AES/EBU (XLR), Coaxial (RCA), & Optical (toslink). Use these digital outputs to connect a preamplifier, integrated amplifier, stereo receiver, or AV receiver like NAD's M2, M12, M32 Master Series integrated amplifiers. These digital inputs will handle digital audio sampling rates up to 192kHz.
Bluesound Controller App: The free Bluesound Controller App turns your Apple iOS (8.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone/tablet, Windows (Vista or higher) PC or Mac (O X 10.7+) computer into a full-featured remote control for the Bluesound wireless music system. The Bluesound Controller App on your compatible device uses your home's WiFi network to connect with Bluesound devices, so you can play all the music you love anywhere in your home for a wireless multiroom music experience. Get on-demand access to your music libraries on your home network, stream live Internet radio from almost any place in the world, or listen to one of the many music services available on Bluesound, all from the palm of your hand with the easy-to-use Bluesound Controller App.
Alexa Compatible: The NAD M50.2 supports Amazon Alexa and voice control. Using an Amazon Alexa enabled device (sold separately), you can use your voice to explore music services, select presets, adjust volume levels, switch up songs in different rooms, or even group your Bluesound components together and play your music in perfect sync throughout the house. Each Alexa voice command will need to start with the phrase "Alexa, ask Blue Voice to" or "Alexa, Tell Blue Voice to". Alexa Skills for BluOS will need to be setup through the Amazon Alexa app on your Apple iOS or Android device.
Front-Panel Touchscreen Display: The NAD M50.2's front-panel touchscreen display offers song/artist information with album art and touch sensitive playback controls. Playback controls included Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track.
IR In/Out: The IR input (3.5mm) should be connected to the output of an IR (infrared) repeater (Xantech, etc.) or the IR output of another compatible device to allow control of the M50.2 from a remote location. The IR output (3.5mm) allows command and control of the connected device by directing its own remote control to M50.2's infrared receiver.
12V Trigger In/Out: With 12V trigger input (3.5mm) triggered by a 12V DC supply, the M50.2 can be switched On/Off remotely from standby mode by compatible devices such as amplifiers, preamplifiers, receivers, etc. The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) is used for turning On/Off an external device that is equipped with a 12V trigger input.
RS-232 Port: The M50.2's RS-232 port allows you to connect to one of many third-party control platforms, including RTI, Control4, and Crestron. Talk to your local AV & Control professional about the possibilities for your home.
|Storage Capacity||2TB + Backup RAID 2TB|
|Disc Mech||Slot Type, for CD-A|
|Outputs||Optical, Coax, AES/EBU, HDMI|
|USB Connections||Type-B, Type-A (2)|
|Network Connections||RJ45 Ethernet or Wi-Fi|
|Network Streaming Services||Yes (via BluOS)|