Compatibility: NAD's MDC DD BluOS module allows you to easily
integrate Hi-Res Audio, network streaming, Bluetooth audio, and the music control BluOS App into
select NAD C series digital integrated amplifier and Masters series digital
BluOS: Featuring BluOS, the music management software developed by
NAD's sister brand, Bluesound, the MDC DD BluOS module is a
complete digital music solution. Thanks to the forward-thinking innovation of
Modular Design Construction (MDC), you can now add MDC DD BluOS network and internet
music streaming with advanced music management to your NAD C series digital
integrated amp or Masters series digital preamplifier.
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.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The MDC DD BluOS
module allows your compatible NAD integrated amplifier or digital preamplifier
to connect to your home network and Internet provider via a hardwired Gigabit
Ethernet (RJ-45) jack connector or wireless WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) connection.
Either network/internet connection allows you to stream music from your Windows
or Mac computer and NAS drive (such as the Bluesound Vault, sold separately); as
well as stream select online music services.
Note: Included with the MDC DD BluOS module is a WiFi
dongle that must be plugged into one of the module's USB (type-A) ports for
wireless connection to your network. A 41" USB extension cable is also
Bluesound Controller App: The
Bluesound Controller App turns your Apple iOS (7.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad,
Android (OS 4.0+) smartphone/tablet, Windows (Vista higher) PC or Mac (OS 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.
Supported Music Formats: The MDC DD BluOS module and
Bluesound eco-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
Note: 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 MDC DD BluOS module 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.
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 eco-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 Radio® 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.
Music Library From Your Mobile Device: From the Bluesound
Controller App, you can stream music directly over WiFi from your Apple iOS or
Android device to your compatible NAD digital integrated amplifier or digital
preamplifier and the rest of your Bluesound components around your home. The app
gives you complete control of your compatible mobile device's music library with
song/artist information and album art.
Computer Audio: The MDC DD BluOS module 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. 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. This utility will work on any
version of Apple OS X 10.8.x and higher.
Bluetooth w/ aptX: The MDC DD BluOS module features built-in
Bluetooth 4.0 with support for wireless music streaming from your
Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows
PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop, and more. You'll be able to stream stored music
and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled device to your compatible NAD digital
integrated amp or digital preamp. In addition, the MDC DD BluOS module offers
aptX for CD-quality sound from Android (OS 4.0+) devices. You can even
distribute Bluetooth audio to the rest of your Bluesound wireless audio system
throughout your home or office over WiFi.
Note: The included Bluetooth antenna must be screwed into
the DD BluOS module.
Dual USB-A Ports: The MDC DD BluOS module features two USB
(type-A) ports to directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device;
such as a thumbdrive or external hard-drive. The unit's USB ports support music
playback from these compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32. Not only can USB
audio be played back on your compatible NAD digital integrated amplifier or
digital pramplifier, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your
Bluesound components throughout your home for multiroom playback. The USB port
is not compatible with the direct connection of an Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or
Note: There is also a mini-USB (type-B) port that is used for
service purposes only (not for consumer use). Only authorized service personnel
can access this USB port.
Modular Design Construction: The advantages of a pure
digital system are many, but one drawback is the constantly changing delivery
formats for digital content. Each of these formats typically requires
specialized hardware and software, often with licensed IP and content copy
protection. For this reason, NAD places all digital interface circuitry on
easily upgradeable modules. NAD calls this 'Modular Design Construction' or 'MDC'.