NAD is now shipping the new M50.2 digital music player. Part of the company's Master Series, the M50.2 supports hi-res audio playback and multi-room wireless streaming within the BluOS ecosystem. You can rip CDs to the 2TB internal hard drive, attach a USB drive, or download hi-res music from a variety of built-in services like HDTracks.com and HiResMusic.com. The player offers HDMI, USB, AES/EBU, coaxial, and optical digital audio outputs, as well as Bluetooth with aptX. The M50.2 carries an MSRP of $3,999.
NAD Electronics announced their Masters Series M50.2 Digital Music Player ($3,999 U.S. MSRP) is now shipping. The M50.2 provides high resolution music listening, multi-room wireless streaming to other BluOS enabled speakers, 24/192 storage, and CD ripping all in one elegant component.
The M50.2 is a top-of-the-line, BluOS enabled player that is an extension to the company's popular 40th anniversary M50/M51/M52 Digital Music Suite, combining the functions of both the M50 and M52 into one sleek package. Offering only digital outputs, but including AES/EBU and HDMI, the only addition needed is a complementary DAC or Digital Preamp, such as the company's own M12 and M17 models.
The M50.2 Digital Music Player is a major upgrade of the company's landmark M50, introduced four years ago. Heralded as a bold step forward in digital music reproduction, the M50.2 proudly takes the baton and builds upon its predecessor's legacy with a variety of performance upgrades and innovative features.
With the M50.2, music lovers can simply network music throughout their home. They can do this effortlessly as they digitize and centrally store their music library and then make it available to other BluOS- enabled components throughout their home. And it is all in high resolution with merely a tap of the finger away on a smartphone or tablet or a click of a universal remote.
In fact, BluOS offers users the broadest array of music sources for high resolution playback. Rip CDs as WAV or FLAC into onboard storage, directly download 24/192 High Res music without a computer, stream from a cloud service, or plug in an existing digital music library from a hard drive-wherever or however music is accessed, it can be enjoyed with ?the M50.2.
In addition to some of the most efficient and highest performing processors available, the M50.2 is elegantly designed, with a bright control panel and a sleek and streamlined look that will complement most any décor.
Among the many important features on the M50.2:
• Wireless (Wi-Fi) and gigabit Ethernet inputs
• Automatic ripping of CD
• Internal 2TB active storage plus 2TB of 'cold' automatic backup storage
• Real time playback of CDs
• Decodes MQA, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg
• SPDIF Outputs; AES/EBU, Coaxial, Optical
• HDMI audio output with Now Playing screen in HD video format
• USB output (mass storage mode)
• USB inputs, 1 front (host), 1 rear (device)
• RS-232 for external control
• IR in/out?
• IR remote control
• TFT touch panel display
• Bluetooth with AptX
• Software defined product with upgrade path
• BluOS App for iOS (phone & tablet versions), Android (phone & tablet versions), Kindle Fire, Apple OS, Windows, Control4, RTI, Crestron, URC
• Extensive support for Music Services including: Tidal, Spotify, Napster, Deezer, Qobuz, HDTracks, HiResMusic.com, Radio Paradise, Slacker, Juke, Murfie, Calm Radio, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, Juke, and Wimp and many more in development.
"NAD has redefined the modern audio component system in an entirely new way, starting with the M2 DirectDigital Amplifier a few years ago and culminating last year with the groundbreaking M12 Preamp DAC and M22 power amplifier" explained Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD Electronics. "NAD has eliminated obsolescence with Modular Design Construction while expanding the frontiers of connectivity with BluOS. The M50.2 is the future but available here today."