NAD D 7050
Direct Digital Network Amplifier with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and Apple AirPlay®
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Crutchfield: NAD D 7050 Digital Network Amplifier
Our take on the NAD D 7050 by Crutchfield's David Brown
Modern features, classic sound
NAD has been designing great-sounding audio gear for decades. Their integrated amplifiers have long been favorites in the audiophile community as well as with our customers. Now, they've combined their old-school sound with the modern convenience of digital music in their D 7050 Direct Digital Network Amplifier. With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, this amp can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing with classic NAD sound.
When it comes to music listening, nothing beats the convenience of wireless streaming — as long as you don't have to jump through too many hoops to get there. That's why the D 7050 offers lots of ways to get the music playing easily and quickly. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you get connected to your wireless home network without running an Ethernet cable from your router. But if a wired connection suits your needs, there's an Ethernet port on the rear panel, too.
AirPlay and Bluetooth on board
The D 7050 features built-in Apple AirPlay, so you can stream music from your iPhone® or iPad®, including from apps like Spotify® and YouTube™. If you have a networked computer running iTunes®, you can also use AirPlay to send music from your music library to the D 7050 for playback. If your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same network as your computer, than use the Apple Remote app to control iTunes playback. Even without AirPlay or Wi-Fi, you can enjoy instant wireless music streaming over Bluetooth from any compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The compact D 7050 can rest vertically or horizontally, so it can fit in just about any room. The source and volume display even reorients itself automatically.
24-bit/96kHz asynchronous USB input
Not interested in wireless streaming? You can still use your computer as a music source by connecting it to the D 7050's asynchronous USB input. This connection improves your computer's sound and is capable of playing high-resolution music files for sound quality that even trumps CDs. There are also optical and coaxial digital inputs that feed this amp's high-quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for sound that's silky smooth.
NAD's innovative direct digital technology
NAD first introduced "direct digital" technology on their highly acclaimed M2 integrated amplifier. By eliminating analog signal paths between the digital converter and the output stage, NAD prevents these noisy circuits from introducing distortion that degrades sound quality. So your music remains as pure as possible from the source all the way to your speakers. Plus, NAD's innovative "closed-loop" design compares the input signal with the output signal, compensating for any differences before sending it out to your speakers. It's a highly efficient design, allowing for a compact enclosure you can stand vertically on a bookshelf or desk or place horizontally in a component rack or cabinet.
Free app for Wi-Fi control with your smartphone
You won't find a lot of unnecessary buttons cluttering the streamlined D 7050. There's an extra-large volume knob and a smaller dial for selecting your music source. But if you download the free NAD D 7050 app for Apple® or Android™, you can control the player's functions with your smartphone. In addition to volume control and source selection, you can select the crossover point for your powered subwoofer, for smooth integration with your speakers. Plus, if you own PSB Imagine Mini or Imagine T speakers, the app's PerfectPitch™ uses the amp's sophisticated digital processing and EQ to deliver an unparalleled level of synergy for incredibly accurate playback.
- 50 watts x 2 into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.004% THD
- compact, low-profile design; vertical or horizontal orientation for placement flexibility
- built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to a wireless home network
- Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes
- DLNA and Windows® 7 certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
- 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter for playback of high-resolution digital music
- asynchronous USB input for connecting a computer (up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)
- Bluetooth wireless connectivity for streaming music from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
- aptX® encoding provide high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
- free app for Apple® and Android™ lets you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi remote (may require firmware update)
- 2 optical digital inputs
- 2 coaxial digital inputs
- rear-panel USB port for digital connection to an iPod or iPhone
- 1 pair of analog stereo (RCA) outputs for connection to a powered subwoofer
- stereo binding-post speaker terminals
- Ethernet port
- built-in headphone amplifier with a 3.5mm minijack output
- 12-volt trigger input
- remote control
- 2-13/16"W x 9-5/16"H x 11-3/8"D (standing vertically)
- weight: 4.85 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Direct digital network amplifier
- 6' AC power cord
- Remote control
- CR2025 3V battery
- 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
- Quick Setup Guide
- Warranty Card
Plugged it in and attached it my router. That all worked great. But the remote has to be the worst remote I have ever seen. The fuzzy coating is going to clot. The battery compartment opens with a bent paper clip and the finesse of a locksmith. Way to cleaver.
charles, Weston, CT
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Features and Specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||50|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||90|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||FLAC, WAV|
|Total Analog Inputs||0|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||2|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Direct Digital Amplifier: Direct Digital means there are no noise and distortion producing analog circuits in the D 7050; your 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; then compares the output to the input, and compensates for any differences to achieve the perfect result. The high efficiency of NAD's 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.
- LSI's + Multi-Layer PCB's: The NAD 7050 direct digital amplifier employs large scale integrated circuits (LSI) and multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCB) to optimize speed and performance.
- NAD's Full Disclosure Power Ratings: NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes, rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of other manufactures. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 4 ohms and at 20Hz to 20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The NAD D 7050 is rated at 50 watts x 2 channel (@ 20-20kHz, in 4-ohms, with 0.004% THD).
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The NAD D 7050 hybrid digital amplifier is equipped with four binding post terminals to connect your loudspeakers. The binding post speaker terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, and spade-connectors.
Analog Audio Outputs: The NAD D 7050 offers stereo RCA outputs that can act as a pre-out to send an audio signal to a separate amplifier, or a subwoofer output to send a low-pass audio signal (up to 200Hz) to a powered subwoofer.
Built-in Headphone Amp: The D 7050 features an integrated headphone amp with a 3.5mm headphone output jack to connect a pair of headphones for private listening. A specially designed low noise headphone circuitry accommodates a wide range of headphones, even 600-ohm studio models. Once headphones are connected to the D 7050, your connected speakers will be turned off.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The NAD D 7050 is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in Wi-Fi feature that includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup for safe and secure connection to your wireless home network. Through either connection method, the D 7050 can playback music on your network that is stored on your computer and playback music directly from your Apple AirPlay iOS device or computer running iTunes.
- DLNA Certified: The D 7050 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your PC or smartphone (like Android). You can use your PC or smartphone to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system.
- Apple Airplay: The NAD D 7050 is compatible with Apple AirPlay technology. With AirPlay, the D 7050 can connect wirelessly to any AirPlay-enabled Apple device. This allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or your computer's (Mac or PC) iTunes library; via your WiFi network. Using the Apple Remote App (Free download from iTunes) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the D 7050 or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
Dual USB Inputs: The NAD D 7050 offers dual USB inputs; a USB (type-B) port to connect your computer and a USB (type-A) port to connect your Apple device.
- Asynchronous USB (type-B) Input: The NAD D 7050 features an "asynchronous" USB (type-B) input to insure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from your connected Windows or Mac computer. The D 7050's USB input supports up to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution music files on your computer. The D 7050 is compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) or later version; no additional USB driver required. Its also compatible with Windows (XP service pack 2 or higher and 7); additional USB driver download required from the NAD website.
- USB (type-A) Input For Apple Devices: The D 7050's USB (type-A) input lets you connect your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad using the connector cable that came with your Apple device. The D 7050 supports playback of stored music and music apps on your compatible Apple device. The USB (type-A) port will also charged your connected Apple iPod or iPhone (but not iPad). Check out the iPod compatibility chart for compatible iPod, iPhone, and iPod models.
Bluetooth aptX Music Streaming: The NAD D 7050 offers built-in Bluetooth aptX technology. Via Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the hybrid digital amplifier. The D 7050 even supports aptX audio coding which delivers CD-quality sound wirelessly over Bluetooth. The D 7050 is compatible with most Bluetooth devices (such as Apple, Android, and Blackberry). However, due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The NAD D 7050 is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model features (as of 9/6/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connection Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|AirPlay||Bluetooth||USB||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Digital Optical/Coaxial Inputs: The NAD D7050 is fitted with two digital coaxial (RCA) inputs and two optical (toslink) digital inputs for connection of your digital audio sources; like CD and DVD players, satellite/cable boxes, or Apple TV.
Note: The NAD 7050 contains no analog audio inputs.
IR Remote Control: The NAD D 7050 comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the hybrid digital amplifier. You can turn amplifier on/off, raise/lower volume, and switch sources from the remote. The playback controls on the remote are not functional.
Remote App: A downloadable app (from iTunes or GooglePlay) specifically for the D 7050 allows you to use your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 5.1+) or Android (2.1+) smartphone/tablet as a full-function remote control. You can also adjust the crossover frequency to integrate the amp with your powered subwoofer, or fine tune the amp with specific PSB loudspeakers using the "PerfectPitch" function.
+12V Trigger Input: The +12V trigger input (3.5mm) lets you turn the D 7050 on/off from another device with a +12V trigger output.
Auto Standby: The D 7050 will automatically go into standby mode if there is no user interface interaction for 30 minutes. Standby power consumption is <0.5W.
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With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, the NAD D 7050 amplifier can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing.
Why did you buy this?
I like the small package, wireless features and amplifier design [ John Sep 29, 2018 ]
Looks like an elegant solution to power my newly purchased Martin Logan Motion 16 speakers. [ Douglas Sep 22, 2018 ]
Brand name [ CHARLES S Sep 04, 2018 ]
The NAD brand, exact features to suit my usage, price [ Paul Jul 31, 2018 ]
Good value [ Dave Jun 16, 2018 ]
Small form factor, wifi/smartphone connectivity, NAD brand [ Daniel Jan 29, 2018 ]
Have owned NAD, so I expect great sound. We're moving to digital, lots of connectivity options, plus built in DAC. Small footprint. And yes, very stylish--sort of like a mid-century Super 8 camera. Here's hoping reality meets expectations. [ Garlic Tomorrow Feb 05, 2017 ]
Simple and has Bluetooth connectivity. [ Richard Nov 16, 2016 ]
Great features and great reviews. Love the seamless integration between the iOS and the NAD 7050 [ BRYAN Oct 12, 2016 ]
NAD has always produced excellent electronics. [ PHIL Sep 12, 2016 ]
The direct-drive digital amp (DDFA) in this thing is leading edge tech, and will drive complex impedance speakers with ease and very low distortion. All the streaming and DLNA features clinched it for me. I've been wanting this one for several years, and finally price is right. [ Jonathan May 22, 2016 ]
I am 63 & this is my chosen path to move from to the future with a totally digital music system. [ DANIEL Mar 28, 2016 ]
For its size and connectivity to wireless network. [ Robert Dec 23, 2015 ]
13 questions already asked
1 answer Is it difficult to change the balance? I want to use this with a computer and tv set in different parts of the room, and depending on how I set up the speakers I will probably have to change the balance to adjust for where I'm sitting in the room. Im not sure it'll even be a big issue but many of the other NAD amps have a dial on the front for it which is super easy. Can you control balance from the app? Also I'm planning to run a pair of Klipsch RF-63 off this, is that a terrible idea? I don't generally need to bring the roof down. Thanks for your input! [ Theo Sep 12, 2018 ]
Get a powered soundbar (plus matching sub of course) for the TV. Have it professionally mounted with the wires in the wall, etc. Use the NAD for nearfield as it was designed for. [ THOMAS E Sep 18, 2018 ]
1 answer The 7050 seems closest to my interest, although Iâ??ve got a set of efficient floorstanding speakers. Hopefully will still pair well with it. Biggest question is whether the rca outs are dedicated to a subwoofer, or could they be used as a signal out to another power amp? [ john Nov 25, 2017 ]
Using the NAD smartphone app you can configure the RCA outputs on the D7050 for low-pass filter between 40-200 Hz (in 10 Hz steps), or full range. On a side note: The D7050 sounds great but the Spotify Connect feature which I use a lot is apparently being shut down by Spotify shortly. You can of course still Airplay or Bluetooth. [ Mads Nov 25, 2017 ]
Nice speakers, btw. I am sure that they rock (I have the PSB Imagine Minis for my office desktop and, with the NAD 7050 and PSB 125 subwoofer, my system really rocks. After hours of course. ;-) To me, the 7050 is best for a nearfield set up, like what I have on my desk. It could power the T45s, but why would you? I would get a more conventional amp, if it were me, unless space is a premium, like in an office or bedroom. Otherwise the NAD 7050 is awesome. And I think it does best when paired with "family" speakers like the PSBs, but then I could be imagining that. So get a nice NAD C 368, it has a built in DAC and other features (not sure about Spotify, which is nice), and it has 80 watts of power, which I think is more closely aligned with your speakers. [ THOMAS E Sep 08, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny Feb 10, 2017 ] Staff
No control for bass or treble. However a powerful little unit with almost zero THD [ Peter Feb 12, 2017 ]
No, but I've never felt the need. I have really enjoyed the product in every way. [ Chester Feb 12, 2017 ]
It does not. I was a bit worried about that but no problems - the sound is really great. I had an old NAD from 1995 with all the adjustments and honesty I prefer the great sound and lack of fiddling with this one. [ Greg Feb 11, 2017 ]
It does not have any tone controls. This amp is designed to process input signals au' natural. [ ROGER Feb 10, 2017 ]
You are supposed to download the NAD 7050 App for it once you receive the unit. There are treble and bass controls but they don't work on everything. You should download the manual and the app and check them out before you buy. Also, read some of the reviews on the App, too. [ Richard Feb 10, 2017 ]
No, however you can select the crossover point if you have a Sub connected to it [ Charles Feb 10, 2017 ]
I wouldn't do it. Buy a bigger amp with four speaker outs. Spend the money on a NAD 368 or a Rotel or something. [ THOMAS E Sep 08, 2017 ]
I believe they are desing to power only one pair of speckers and one subwoffer. The combined impedance would not work [ Andres Feb 06, 2017 ]
I say use a Synology NAS to store your music and then control it through Spotify, etc., from your PC and through the NAD to your speakers, etc.. Synology does a very nice job with music. I have the 1513s (two), and love them. [ THOMAS E Sep 08, 2017 ]
Sunil -- simply plugged an ethernet cable from my router into the back of the unit -- and I also have my desktop computer (an Apple) plugged into the network via an ethernet cable. Now I just go to my items and I have the option of playing from the computer through this system. It works great. Bluetooth also works well from the iPhone - but I usually have to unplug the amplifier and then replug it to get the bluetooth to work. I stopped trying to use airplay because it was too unreliable. Hope this helps! PS -- if you can only bring one ethernet cable from your router -- but you need to plug more than one device in -- then you need a "switch" -- mine is nice -- it only cost 35 bucks or so. Hope this helps. [ Arleigh Jan 19, 2016 ]
Yes, it has an ethernet port -- that is how I connect my iTunes on my computer to the NAD D 7050. It works like a charm. [ Gary Jan 16, 2016 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Oct 13, 2015 ] Staff
Dump the Mac Mini and get a real music server like the Synology D 1513 NAS. Expensive? Heck yeah. But worth it. [ THOMAS E Sep 08, 2017 ]
Yes, the NAD D7050 supports Apple Airplay. Play your ALAC files using iTunes on your Mac Mini and (after you have set up the 7050 on your WiFi or ethernet network) the 7050 will appear as an Airplay option. [ NIGEL Oct 10, 2015 ]
Im not sure if this answers your question as I don't have a Mac hooked directly up to my 7050. However, I did download a sample ALAC file from Linn Records, loaded it into my JRiver Media Server and was able to readily listen to the track on my 7050 using DLNA over Wi-Fi. I hope that helps. [ Matthew Sep 24, 2015 ]
The 7050 has AirPlay built in. So you can connect the mini over wifi to the 7050 AirPlay and play anything in iTunes. AirPlay caps out at 16/44 and downgrades to that streaming resolution but I have had no trouble. Option 2 is to connect to the 7050 via a cable. [ Joseph Sep 24, 2015 ]
I Don't know. I use bluetoth and airplay only [ Andres Sep 24, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Mar 12, 2015 ] Staff
Bluetooth is just one of the input choices you can cycle through, using the smaller knob, the remote, or the App you download on your iPhone. See the picture at the bottom of NAD page for this product, Bluetooth is in the source menu [ David Dec 19, 2014 ]
Just a turn of the bottom dial. Super easy. Just as easy on your smart phone and the remote. Still loving this amp! [ SCOTT A Dec 17, 2014 ]
Very easy....even my 7 yrs old sun can do it. [ Franklin Dec 16, 2014 ]
Very easy. The remote has dedicated buttons that allow you to cycle through the inputs. You can also use the lower knob (on the illustration). [ LAWRENCE Dec 16, 2014 ]
very easy, you simply rotate the small rotary knob on the front and it selects sequentially between the inputs. OR use your phone/tablet, with the NAD application, and select the input there. Hope that helps. [ JOHN Dec 16, 2014 ]
Switching between any inputs is easy. There are three ways. Use the button on the surface of the amplifier, use the remote control, or use your phone/tablet with the NAD app. This latter method is preferred as it gives you more control and flexibility. [ Michael Sean Dec 16, 2014 ]
I use optical 1 and AirPlay and use my iPhone to switch between them, which is very easy [ SAM B Dec 16, 2014 ]
4 answers I was thinking of getting this and was wondering if the remote control can skip tracks forward or backward or pause/stop/resume play of a connected ipod or iphone? The Manual states that this feature is only available via Airplay. Maybe that's the case but it does not make sense to me. Is that an oversight in the manual ? Can one have basic control via remote to an ipod connected to the USB port? I am hoping that's the case. Thanks for any help someone can provide. [ rnagp Sep 11, 2014 ]
I've had this Amp for almost a year. Love it! Quietest amp I've ever had. To answer your question, Yes! I use an iPod Classic and iPod Touch. The NAD remote does control the iPod when hooked up to the USB port (forward, back, pause, stop, on/off, resume). The only thing it won't do is change playlists. Not a deal breaker. Enjoy your purchase. Regards, Scott [ SCOTT A Sep 12, 2014 ]
I have one of these and would be happy to test it for you if I can, but not sure I understand what you're trying to do. You want to connect in iPod directly to the NAD via USB? What input do you plan to use on the back of the device? There doesn't seem to be an input for standard USB that would connect to an iPod. There is a big fat USB input labeled "computer" . . . do you plan to connect an iPod via that port? Not sure I have a cable for that which would connect an iPod. [ ANDREW Sep 11, 2014 ]
Unfortunately I do not have experience trying to control ipod or iphone. However, there is an app where you can control this device via android or iphone so from your smartphone you can control the music and the D7050. [ Mohit Sep 11, 2014 ]
Hi there. I have never connected and ipod directly to the unit. I have used airplay and that gives you full control. The unit is really superb small and sounds great! [ JOHN Sep 11, 2014 ]
Yes, I have found you can adjust the volume directly from AirPlay without the NAD app. I haven't found, however, that the unit will auto power on when Airplay is initiated. Hope that helps. [ JONATHAN Apr 09, 2014 ]
I just tested this with my unit. Yes, once you're connected to the 7050 via Airplay you can adjust volume through Airplay without touching the 7050 itself (though the volume on the 7050 still works as well). For your second question, the answer seems to be "no". When the 7050 is asleep, it doesn't seem to show up in Airplay lists on my iMac or my phone. As soon as I wake the 7050 up, then it appears in those lists. So I don't think there is a way to wake it up or power it on via Airplay, unless I'm missing something. [ ANDREW Apr 08, 2014 ]
I don't use the unit with Airplay all the time. I have used it and yes you can control the volume from your apple device. As for turning it on from within airplay, I am not sure. You can turn it on with the app for apple however. Hope that helps [ JOHN Apr 08, 2014 ]
Yes, you can control can control volume outside of the NAD app. I use Airplay to connect to the D7050. I stream lossless from my Mac mainly using my iPhone or iPad as the remote. I use either the remote app on my iPhone or iPad or the iTunes app on my MAC to control volume. I can also use the iPhone or iPad Music App but then I am streaming lower bit rate files. Any change of volume through any of these apps registers as a change of volume on the D7050 display. I don't know about your second question. I leave it powered on (display goes off after a short while of non-use) and it is available whenever I initiate music from another device. By the way, I LOVE this machine. So do my friends. It's as easy as any friend connecting to my network and being able to play their music via their device as well. [ SAUL Apr 08, 2014 ]