Lenbrook to Release BluOS 3.4 Update
Lenbrook, parent of the NAD and Bluesound brands, has announced the release of version 3.4 of its BluOS high-resolution distributed audio and music management platform. The update, to be available on or around April 16, offers features refinements as well as new streaming music options. BluOS is a premium multi-room audio ecosystem that manages stored and cloud music sources and playback, with support for hi-res audio streams up to 24-bit/192kHz.
BluOS users will now be able to identify hi-res tracks when browsing Qobuz content within the BluOS controller app. An “HR” icon will appear next to those tracks, keeping the experience of browsing through Qobuz content similar to that of browsing through content from Tidal or other music services.
Improvements were also made to the BluOS integration with Roon to improve compatibility with Roon’s recent Version 1.6 release.
Additionally, some refinements and additions have been made to BluOS’s hardware integrations. All BluOS users will now be able to rename inputs to custom identifiers or hide inputs not in use, to reduce user confusion of available audio sources.
Bluesound users will also benefit from better Bluetooth pairing stability, while users of the NAD Masters M10 BluOS streaming amplifier will now be able to easily pair their Bluetooth devices with NFC. Additionally for M10 users, Dirac Live will be enabled and includes in-app room-correction controls, once the technology has been configured by the user.
Chassis firmware to support DTS:X on NAD A/V receivers (AVRs) using the AM230 and AM17 MDC modules will be bundled in with the BluOS update for the convenience of users with BluOS-enabled AVRs. Users of non-BluOS-enabled AVRs with those MDC modules should contact their dealers to obtain the DTS:X firmware update or visit NADelectronics.com for a do-it-yourself download and installation of the update.
BluOS 3.4 will also include a number of music updates, including three new Radio Paradise stations, which, like the existing Radio Paradise integration, will be a no-cost service bundled in with BluOS-enabled products. The new stations will feature lossless CD-quality streams for Mellow Mix, Rock Mix, and Groovy Mix, and users will now have the option to skip songs. Additionally, after users “like” 100 songs in any of the Radio Paradise stations, an additional, custom radio station of “My Favorites” will appear in the menu.
BluOS users will be able to stream or download live concert recordings – many in lossless formats – with nugs.net, the latest music service to be added to the list of streaming integration partners.
All the new features and upgrades of BluOS 3.4 will be on demo at the AXPONA Expo, Show April 12-14 in Chicago.