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MQA Now Available on NADs BluOS-enabled Systems

July 5, 2016

We are very excited to tell you that MQA music will be available on select NAD BluOS-enabled components starting today with the release of the new BluOS firmware, version 2.2.5. NAD is proud to partner with MQA to introduce high-end audio consumers to this revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download.

The NAD team, in collaboration with their sister company Bluesound, have been working very hard behind the scenes to extend MQA support in the BluOS ecosystem, and look forward to being able to wirelessly connect NAD users with the artist’s original studio recording.

"NAD and MQA are excited for consumers to experience the magic of original studio recordings in the home," commented Greg Stidsen, NAD's Director of Technology and Product Planning. "MQA's first implementation within BluOS brought master quality audio to NAD's sister company, Bluesound. We can now tell NAD users of BluOS that they will also have access to original studio recordings. It's an exciting development and we are proud to be among the first high performance audio companies to deliver a robust implementation of the MQA technology for music lovers."

What is MQA?

Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that delivers master quality audio in a fully-authenticated file that’s small enough to stream to any NAD BluOS-enabled music systems in your home. You can be sure you’re hearing exactly what the artist approved in the studio. At release, the NAD M50 (BluOS-enabled), M12 (equipped with the DD BluOS MDC module), M32 (BluOS-ready and requires liscence key for activation), and C 390DD (equipped with the DD BluOS MDC module), include a powerful decoder and audio renderer for the Master Quality Authenticated system. This ensures that MQA-encoded audio files and streams sound exactly like the original source file.

How do I play MQA on NAD?

MQA can wirelessly be played on the NAD M12, M50, M32 and C 390DD. With recent announcements from services like HighResAudio, 7Digital, and TIDAL to offer MQA-encoded high-quality streams, NAD users will be ready when MQA libraries become available for streaming. When listening to MQA on NAD's growing line of BluOS-enabled components, the MQA logo is shown in the app to indicate that your Player is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file. This is how you know that the sound you’re hearing is identical to the original studio recording.

Together, NAD and MQA, in collaboration with Bluesound, hope to change the way you listen to music wirelessly in the home, letting you hear exactly what the artist approved in the studio. If you’d like to learn more about MQA master-quality recordings and how it works, check out www.mqa.co.uk.

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