Bluesound launches Spotify Connect: Hassle-free wireless HiFi Living
SINGAPORE, September 23, 2014 — Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room system to fully support High Res Audio, is pleased to introduce Spotify Connect to its expanding collection of digital music services as it launches its family of audio systems in Singapore today. Bluesound owners all over the world can now enjoy Spotify’s new home audio experience with simple hassle-free music control and instant, on-demand access to Spotify’s vast music catalogue, curated playlists and personalized radio in any room of the house. Spotify Connect can also be streamed to multiple Bluesound Players simultaneously in the home, making for an even richer multi-room audio experience.
Through the introduction of Spotify Connect to Bluesound, customers can enjoy over 20 million songs, easily streamed to Bluesound’s HiFi music Players through a Wi-Fi or cabled home network, using Spotify’s existing iOS or Android application. Spotify’s commitment to connecting millions of people with their favourite songs is perfectly aligned with Bluesound’s mission to create innovative wireless audio products and technologies that provide the best music experience possible.
Bluesound places the utmost importance on music integrity and has stretched the bounds of possibilities in the development of custom hardware and software to ensure that the digital signal remains true to the artist’s original recording. With Spotify Connect, streaming music between smart devices and Bluesound couldn’t be simpler or more seamless.
“Spotify Connect is a perfect addition to Bluesound’s digital and streaming technologies. Our users will get the best of both worlds: true and reliable HiFi along with Spotify Connect’s effortless control of music across your phone, tablet, and the Bluesound ecosystem,” says Greg Stidsen, Bluesound's Director of Technology & Product Planning. “Imagine entering your home listening to your favourite Spotify playlist on your phone and then seamlessly connecting to your Bluesound Player without missing a single beat of music. Bluesound’s family of dedicated, multi-room wireless streaming digital music Players can do this. It gives users the ability to playback millions of songs from Spotify Connect to any room in the home or all rooms at once. That’s truly Living HiFi.”
Sunita Kaur, Spotify’s Managing Director for Asia adds: “Bluesound and Spotify bring you the ultimate music experience: supreme Bluesound audio quality combined with effortless, seamless control of Spotify's vast song catalogue. Play the music you want to hear, the way you demand to hear it.”
Spotify Premium subscribers who want true high-performance fidelity will now be able to start streaming Spotify Connect on Bluesound Players. Users will need to upgrade their Bluesound Players to software version 1.10.0 or higher and download the latest Spotify app from Google Play or Apple App Store to be able to experience Spotify Connect on Bluesound.
For more information about Spotify Connect, check out this video: http://youtu.be/WWT4o9AwuT0
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Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 20 million* tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever you want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal. Spotify is now available in 57 markets globally with more than 24 million active users, and over 6 million paying subscribers. Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than US$1bn to rights holders. Spotify is now the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe, and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.
* Number of tracks licensed globally. Catalogue size varies per market and can also change over time.
Bluesound, HiFi for Wireless Generation, Makes Its Debut in Singapore
Bluesound’s innovative wireless audio products incorporates state-of-of-the-art digital technology to provide true-to-life performance music reproduction
SINGAPORE, September 23, 2014 – Bluesound, an all-new brand of wireless, high-performance digital audio, designed and engineered by an alliance of audiophiles for all music lovers, launches in Singapore today. Combining advanced digital technologies with striking design, Bluesound products are destined to create an exciting audio revolution that will appeal to a wide demographic audience, and prove that consumers don’t need to be audiophiles to appreciate high-definition sound.
Bluesound is a 24-bit native, pure-digital multi-room wireless streaming music ecosystem designed and engineered by an alliance of audiophiles. Each of its four distinct systems are easily controlled with a tablet or smartphone from any room via iOS and/or Android app controllers and works seamlessly and intuitively to fit the dynamic lifestyle of the modern music lover.
This family of digital music players also gives listeners the ability to control their own digital music collection. Music lovers can now play content from popular online music services and internet radio in native HD from any room in their home. No matter where music is streamed from, through a computer, a VAULT, a NAS drive, a USB drive, via Bluetooth or straight from the cloud, Bluesound places the utmost importance on music integrity through the development of custom hardware and software to ensure that the digital signal remains true to the artist’s original recording. This promise of quality in hardware and software is integral to Bluesound’s mission of introducing true high-performance fidelity to a new, connected generation of music lovers.
Centred upon key technologies such as web-enabled DirectDigital 35-bit, 844kHz DDFA amplifier, and the use of the ground-breaking ARM Cortex A8 processor, Bluesound is the first truly HD wireless digital music system with a premium, audiophile-grade feature set that music lovers will cherish. On top of that, bit-perfect ripping, copious storage and robust streaming capabilities, coupled with native 24-bit digital signal processing with high-quality format codec integration truly defines Bluesound as best-in-class in the premium niche audio category.
“There are lots of systems out there that claim to be ‘HiFi’, but most people don’t even know what that means anymore,” explained John Banks, Bluesound’s Chief Brand Officer. “MP3s, earbuds and speaker docks have robbed a whole generation of music lovers from the experience of true high resolution audio - and the inspiration from the sounds that we love. The Bluesound team is dedicated to bringing the inspiring experience of true high fidelity sound to digital streaming. With the introduction of Bluesound, now everyone can hear it.”
Bluesound’s all-in-one compact streaming music system, PULSE (SGD999 SRP) is a state-of-the-art streaming powerhouse, capable of filling any room with crisp clarity and deep textured sound - in high definition.
Designed by audiophiles and custom-tuned in one of North America’s most advanced sound labs by awardwinning master speaker designer Paul Barton, the PULSE is custom-tuned for a perfect 24-bit listening experience anywhere in the home. The PULSE’s three specialized speakers (one 5.25” subwoofer and two full-range 2.75” aluminum cone drivers, total 80W) are independently driven by three dedicated DirectDigital amplifiers. Capable of clean 39Hz deep bass and crisp, shimmering highs, the PULSE brings music to life in three-dimensional clarity.
The VAULT (SGD1499 SRP) is a wireless streaming music player, vault and CD-ripper with a dedicated, acoustically- quiet high capacity HDD built right in - allowing music lovers to rip their entire CD collection once and for all in bit-perfect, lossless high resolution formats using proven, industry-standard open-source ripping software directly onboard. And all without a computer. The VAULT will even simultaneously create maximum-quality MP3 copies for sharing on mobile devices where space is at a premium. Boasting the same audiophile-grade DAC as the NODE, the VAULT offers music lovers a unique option to catalog, preserve and enjoy their music collections in true HD.
The POWERNODE (SGD999 SRP) is an amplified wireless streaming music player with a patented, award-winning premium DirectDigital (DDFA) amplifier at its heart. The unheard-of 35-bit/844kHz DDFA virtually eliminates any noise or distortion from the music by keeping the signal perfectly digital right up to the speaker terminals - the cleanest, fastest and shortest signal path ever offered. Capable of driving sophisticated highend speakers, and including a subwoofer output, the POWERNODE draws only half the power than most other systems require to provide its 90-Watt output, making it also more energy efficient than anything comparable. Rediscover your music in high resolution, and finally hear what you’ve been missing.
The NODE (SGD649 SRP) is a non-amplified wireless streaming music player that finally connects all of your digital music to any existing stereo system. Designed to stream in HD, the NODE fully supports all music streaming formats (like MP3 and AAC), and houses a high-performance sigma-delta 24/192 DAC that even handles high-resolution formats (beyond CD quality) such as FLAC and OGG effortlessly. Discover the world of streaming in HiFi, connect to your favorite music services, or listen to online radio instantly.
The compact DUO (SGD1250 SRP) powered subwoofer / satellite speaker combination offers precision-tuned digital equalization with the POWERNODE’s DirectDigital amplifier, resulting in rich clean bass and true high resolution performance. By carefully matching the amplifier to the driver characteristics a synergy is achieved that boosts the level of performance far beyond what could be achieved otherwise. The DUO features an 8” powered SUB, capable of 280 total watts dynamic peak, plus a pair of matching SATs with 4” woofers and 1” aluminum ferro fluid tweeter. The DUO’s massive range and crisp detailed sound will wow those who are looking to create the ultimate wireless HiFi digital system.
Bluesound’s free mobile apps on iOS or Android devices feature functionality designed specifically for music lovers. Larger-than-average album art views, smart playlist management and the ability to sync two or more players together for “house party” mode are only a few of the highlights. With immediate access to internet radio, and seamless integration of music streamed from apps like Spotify, the Bluesound mobile app delivers intuitive control over all the music ever recorded, right to your fingertips.
- Bluesound is an all-new brand from the owners of prestigious audiophile brands NAD and PSB. Combines advanced technologies from NAD and PSB.
- Wireless, high-performance digital audio designed for both digital music lovers and audiophiles.
- Bluesound is the first truly HD wireless digital music system with a premium, audiophile-grade feature set.
- Delivers a family of dedicated, multi-room wireless streaming digital music players, ultra-compact cabinet finished in striking gloss black or white.
- Individual Bluesound models are PULSE, VAULT, NODE, POWERNODE and DUO.
- Acoustic voicing by renowned speaker designer Paul Barton.
- Industrial design by noted designer David Farrage
All Bluesound product models are now available exclusively through Lenbrook Asia’s authorised retail partners in Singapore. Bluesound is also available for online purchase at www.lenbrook.com.sg and they deliver Next Working Day within Singapore.
NAD Announces Trio of Groundbreaking Digital Audio Products
Advanced Digital Engineering Offers Compelling Combination of Unmatched Performance, Convenience, Style and Eco-Friendliness
SINGAPORE, October 1, 2013 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, unveiled three affordable new products that represent a bold step forward in digital music reproduction. The D 7050 Direct Digital Network Receiver ($1350 MSRP), D 3020 Digital DAC/Amplifier ($699) and D 1050 USB 24/192 DAC ($699) all represent demonstrable breakthroughs for their respective price points and applications. All are available to pre-order now and market availability on all three models will be July 2013.
In the late 70’s NAD changed the hi-fi industry in a remarkable way with the introduction of a modest looking, budget hi-fi component called the 3020. The NAD 3020, recognized as one of the best-selling audio products of all time, redefined high-end audio performance--and its cost. Millions of high fidelity seekers have since built their first high performance stereo systems with NAD. Now, as NAD celebrates its 40th Anniversary, the new D 3020, D 1050 and D 7050 promise to introduce the NAD brand to a new generation of hi-fi seeking digital natives, just as the NAD 3020 did in the 70s and beyond.
Beyond impressive performance, a major focus for NAD has been finding new technology that can improve musical performance while consuming less power to operate and using fewer non-renewable resources to manufacture. All three new models are environmentally sensitive, compact and cool. NAD believes their combination of technical prowess and eco-friendliness is the best of both worlds.
D 3020: Reinventing an Icon
The original NAD 3020 introduced a generation of music lovers to true high fidelity sound. In the 1970’s and beyond, countless people rediscovered their music when they placed a NAD 3020 between their turntable and loudspeakers. This iconic gem could embarrass amplifiers costing 10 times more with its big, warm and detailed sound and best of all, its affordable price made it available to a wider audience. Once these music lovers realized what they had been missing, it led them to a lifetime of enhanced musical enjoyment.
NAD rewrote the rules for amplifiers simply by designing the 3020 for the real world. Instead of allowing laboratory test equipment to have the last word, the company made sure that their amps could properly drive real loudspeakers with real music. The result of this real world approach was an amplifier that had less cost and more sound.
Fast forward to today and a similar story is being written. Only now, the source is more likely to be a computer or a smart phone than a turntable but the ability to choose speakers that perfectly suit your taste is still a compelling argument for upgrading to a NAD amplifier. The D 3020 starts with the original NAD concept and takes it straight to the 21st century using the latest high speed digital technology and offering affordable prices so that music lovers of all ages can rediscover their music.
The D 3020 accommodates inputs for your computer along with other digital and analog sources. The USB input uses ‘asynchronous’ mode to insure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from notoriously unstable computer audio outputs and supports 24/96 HD studio master music files. Coaxial and optical inputs allow many different digital sources to be connected, from CD and DVD disc players, to set top boxes like AppleTV or satellite and cable receivers. There are also analog inputs for iPods and older non-digital audio components such as FM tuners. We also include a premium quality headphone amplifier output that includes a high quality volume control.
The D 3020, with its wireless Bluetooth capability, can stream music from smartphones, tablets and laptops and even supports the highest audio quality Bluetooth aptX that is becoming more and more popular for its excellent sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.
Power output may sound small at 30 watts per channel yet like all NAD amplifiers this can be very misleading as a properly designed 30W amplifier can often sound superior to a so-called 100W amplifier from a promotional brand. More importantly, the D 3020 can drive real loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion. Its highly efficient design wastes less energy, resulting in extended component life an increased reliability. Standby power consumption is <0.5W.
Supplied with an IR Remote Control for convenience, the D 3020 is equally at home on a desktop, a bookshelf or cabinet to complement any lifestyle.
D 7050: the Ultimate Plug ‘n Play Digital Wireless Music System
The D 7050 Digital Network Receiver can be combined with a computer or smart phone running iTunes and a home WiFi network to create a stylish and simple package. A music lover can add their favorite speakers and have a compact, state-of-the-art audio system that will fit most anywhere in a home or apartment.
The D 7050 combines NAD’s most advanced digital platform, the Direct Digital technology first introduced in the company’s $6,000 award-winning Masters Series M2 amplifier with Apple’s AirPlay Wi-Fi streaming technology to create the ultimate plug ’n play solution for wireless music in the home. In addition to Apple’s AirPlay, the D 7050 can also stream any UPnP audio content on a home network. If no network is available, it can also stream directly from a smartphone or laptop using the latest Bluetooth High Fidelity Codec; aptX. The user can also play from a wired connection from their computer or from a USB Drive. We also include a premium quality headphone amplifier output that includes a high quality volume control. The only thing missing is an analog input as there are no analog circuits in the D 7050. The uncompromising performance of the D 7050 is made possible, in large part, by the elimination of noisy and resonant analog circuits that can obscure musical detail and soften musical transients.
Direct Digital means there are no noise and distortion producing analog circuits in the D 7050; music remains digital right up to the speaker outputs. NAD’s Direct Digital technology of the D 7050 performs all preamplifier functions in the digital domain using sophisticated software to control all aspects of performance. Digital is converted to Analog by a simple passive two-pole reconstruction filter located right at the speaker outputs. This radical design is the worlds’ first successful closed loop digital amplifier. Closed loop means that we compare the output to the input, and then compensate for any differences to achieve a ‘perfect’ result.
The D 7050 packs four times the amount of circuitry into ¼ the space of traditional analog Receivers. One reason is that high speed digital circuits perform better with very short signal paths. For this reason, NAD uses large scale integrated circuits (LSI’s) and multi-layer printed circuit boards to optimize speed and performance. The high efficiency of the Direct Digital amplifier technology significantly reduces the size of the heat sinks and power supply, which are physically large in high performance analog amplifiers, while offering improved sound quality. The result is a cool running, compact powerhouse with remarkable performance.
D 1050: USB DAC
The NAD D 1050 USB DAC is the best way to add Computer Audio and HD Digital to a component hi-fi system. Both the digital and the analog circuits are highly optimized and based on techniques developed over 40 years of NAD audio engineering excellence. The digital inputs cater to many different digital sources. S/PDIF inputs support balanced AES/EBU, coaxial and optical connectors. For example, the USB input is very special; its asynchronous operation mode uses the D 1050’s high precision clock to control the output of the connected USB device for lowest possible jitter. It also supports USB Audio Codec 2.0 allowing 192 kHz signal transmission.
The digital processing of the D 1050 features Delta/Sigma architecture with active oversampling filters. This technique effectively reduces out of band noise while maintaining linear phase response and virtual elimination of filter ringing in the pass band. This assures detailed and extended high frequency response while taking full advantage of the extended response of recordings sampled at 88.2 kHz and above.
NAD packs a lot of premium high spec parts inside the D 1050 but premium parts need optimal implementation to get the actual performance they promise. This is where NAD expertise with both digital and analog circuits shows its true value. Ultra short, impedance-controlled signal paths are made possible by multi-layer circuit boards and micro-miniaturized surface mount components soldered with lead-free, high silver content solder. These details all contribute to the remarkable performance of this advanced DAC.
Analog outputs are fixed and include both balanced and single-ended connections. We also include a premium quality headphone amplifier output that includes a high quality volume control. Output impedance is extremely low, minimizing the effect of connecting cables and keeping noise extremely low.
The Future of Audio Starts Now “Beginning with the legendary 3020 amplifier nearly forty years ago, NAD has created many of the most memorable and highly reviewed audio products of all time." commented Greg Stidsen, NAD's Director of Technology and Product Planning. "Refusing to rest on our laurels, we set forth with a whole new generation of products geared to the way people consume music today. Downloads, streaming, instant access to all the music in the world, has been combined with audio excellence as never before.”
Stidsen went on to explain, “There is no reason to sacrifice audio quality for convenience as these new NAD models so vividly demonstrate. We have finally achieved the seemingly impossible combination of unlimited music access, unmatched audio performance and dramatically reduced power consumption all wrapped up in a beautiful package that any music lover would be proud to own.”
Stylish yet Timeless Industrial Design
Consistent with NAD’s new products of recent years, the company commissioned renowned designer David Farrage of DF-ID to create a contemporary look that reflects the brand’s classic roots. All three compact components can be used either vertically or horizontally to suit décor, available space or simply personal preference. Like all successful marriages of engineering and product design, NAD engineers worked in concert with DF-ID from start to finish, resulting in components that that look every bit as good as they sound and integrate beautifully in any living environment.