CD Ripping & HDD
Network & USB Integration
Inputs & Outputs
Touchscreen, App, & Voice Control
CD Ripping & HDD
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
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 organized 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
- 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
- Both: For Hi-fidelity quality playback with the
ability to export or download to a personal MP3 Player.
Note: For ripping of 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 (coming soon). 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 2TV of mirrored back storage. Inside 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.
Network & Bluetooth
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The M50.2 Digital
Music Player connects to your home network and Internet provider 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, select online music services, and your Windows or Mac
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 favorite 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.
Note: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a
strictly wireless environment. If you want to connect more than 16 Bluesound
devices, you will need to connect the Bluesound devices to your network
using a wired connection. Bluesound can then control up to 64 devices in a
strictly wired environment.
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.
| Compression || File Type || Sampling Frequency || Bit Rate or Bit Depth |
| Compressed || Lossy ||MP3 ||16-48kHz ||192-320
| Lossless ||WMA-Lossless ||up to 96 kHz ||up to 24-bit |
|FLAC ||192 kHz ||up to
| Uncompressed ||AIFF ||up 192 kHz ||up to
Notes: Bluesound cannot index or play AAC files with the
extension ".m4p". These files were purchased in iTunes prior to 2009 and are
subject to copy protection. Apple Consumers with an iTunes Match
subscription can delete and re-download these files free of charge from
their iTunes Cloud
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
Note: MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support will
require a firmware update.
Online Music Services: With a network and internet
connection, the NAD M50.2 lets you access select online music services &
internet radio. The Bluesound Controller app on your Apple iOS or Android device
will serve as the controller for these apps and provide song/artist information
with Album Art.
HDtracks: HDtracks is a premiere online music store for
audiophiles who demand the best sounding music. It is their purpose to
provide the largest online library of studio-quality high-resolution music
downloads complete with liner notes. Download fees will apply.
Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to
Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your
Apple iOS or
Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system.
Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of
the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and
counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share
music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or
most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in
high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or
$19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music
library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at
The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio
streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn radio service. Just
select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 70,000
stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that
appeals to your mood.
- iHeart Radio:
iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming
service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the
country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring
songs from the artist you select and similar music.
Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10
per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on
demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without
having to purchase or download the music.
Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker RadioÂ® music
library available in high-quality AAC audio on Bluesound. Listen to music
streams at a bitrate of 320kbps and enjoy all your favorite Slacker stations
in pristine MP3-quality.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by
region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services
may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the
music service providers or others.
Computer Audio: The NAD M50.2 and the Bluesound wireless
music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the
network on your Windows PC or Mac computer using Windows or SMB File Sharing
(SAMBA) and the Bluesound Controller App for Windows & Mac.
- Windows: Music files stored on a Windows desktop or
laptop can be accessed by Bluesound using Windows File Sharing. You will
need to download the Bluesound Share Utility for Windows -
Bluesound Share Utility Windows v1.6.zip. This utility will work on
Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
- Mac: Music files stored on an Apple iMac or MacBook can
be accessed by Bluesound using SMB File Sharing. You will need to download
the Bluesound Share Utility for OS X -
Bluesound Share Utility OSX v1.2.zip. This utility will work on any
version of Apple OS X 10.8.x and higher.
Bluetooth Music Streaming: You can wirelessly pair and
connect instantly to the M50.2 with Bluetooth, allowing you to stream stored
music and music apps wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled source device; like
your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The high performance
Bluetooth aptX codec is fully supported for true CD-quality sound from aptX-compatible
Bluetooth devices (like Android OS 4.0+ smartphones & tablets). Bluetooth
audio can be played back at the M50.2 and wirelessly distributed to other
Bluesound components in your home for multiroom playback.
Software Updates: The NAD M50.2 automatically checks for
updates or new software versions via its network connection. When it detects a
new software update, a "Player Notification" window will pop-up and you will be
prompted to "Upgrade now" or "Upgrade later".
Inputs & Outputs
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
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 32-192khz. Audio from the
digital inputs can be played back at 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
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
M32 Master Series integrated amplifiers. These digital inputs will handle
digital audio sampling rates up to 192kHz.
HDMI Output (Requires Future Firmware Update): The NAD M50.2
is fitted with an HDMI output, which is unusual for a stereo audio component.
NAD included HDMI because it is a secure encrypted format that supports
24-bit/192kHz HD Audio in PCM's native I2S format (2ch only). The HDMI output does not offer video transmission.
Notes: The Firmware update to enable the unit's HDMI out is
scheduled for April 2017.
USB-B Port (Service Only): The rear-panel USB (type-B) port is for service only (not for
consumer use). Only authorized NAD service personnel can access this USB
Touchscreen, App, & Voice Control
Bluesound Controller App: The
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 will support Amazon Alexa
and voice control through an over-the-network firmware update (now available).
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.
here for more information regarding Alexa setup and voice commands.
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 &
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 any Windows compatible PC to allow remote control of the M50.2
via compatible external controller. NAD is a certified partner of AMX and
Crestron and fully supports these external device