Lenbrook Announces BluOS 3.8 Update with New Home Theater and Integration Features

March 4 2020, 04:10
BluOS the multi-room music management software platform created by Lenbrook International, received an important update to further enhance user experience and convenience across the BluOS ecosystem of products. The BluOS 3.8 update introduces numerous new features, including the possibility to configure Bluesound Home Theater groups with Powernode products, support for MQA-CD ripping and Apple AirPlay 2 support for specific products, and many new integrator-specific features.

With the release of version 3.8, users with BluOS on their device will be prompted to update their BluOS players, at which time, they will gain important updates and access to numerous improvements, including:

- Support for Apple AirPlay 2 on the NAD M12 and M32 with the addition of an MDC BluOS 2i card
- Addition of Powernode products to Bluesound Home Theater groups
- Support for MQA-CD ripping on Bluesound VAULT and Masters M50 products
- Support for MQA-CD playback on Masters M50 products
- Option to disable rooms on a NAD CI 580 or Bluesound Professional B400S
- Expanded IR learning capabilities
- New front panel display layouts for the NAD Masters M10
- Support for BluOS Controller when multitasking on iOS devices
- Custom Channels and Qsic, new music streaming services for businesses and commercial spaces

MQA-CD Playback and Ripping
Owners of Bluesound’s VAULT and NAD Masters M50.2 BluOS Enabled players will be able to rip and store MQA-CDs. In many countries around the world, the CD is still a popular medium for music listening. The unique way in which MQA-CDs are encoded allows them to deliver studio-quality sound in the CD format, which has never been possible previously due to space limitations inherent to the format. NAD Masters M50 and M50.2 owners will have the additional ability to decode and play back MQA content from an MQA-CD.

The Bluesound Powernode 2i – now in Surround Sound
Already one of the most flexible multiroom audio products on the market, Bluesound’s class-leading hi-res streaming amplifier, the Powernode, can now be used as part of a wireless BluOS Home Theater setup to play true Dolby Digital surround sound. Using a Powernode 2i (with HDMI) or a Soundbar 2i as the primary source connected to a TV and acting as front left and right channels, rear channels can then be added by using a pair of Pulse FLEXes or another Powernode of any generation. Users can easily set up a home theater group with the help of an intuitive wizard in the BluOS Controller.

Finally, apart from being able to leverage the new home theater set-up wizard, custom integrators in the residential and commercial sectors will now have greater control over their players, including expanded IR learning abilities and the option to disable zones in key rack-mounted streaming products. 

BluOS is Lenbrook's premium multi-room audio ecosystem that manages stored and cloud music sources and playback, with support for high-resolution audio streams up to 24-bit/192kHz. Made up of an operating system and a control application for smartphones, tablets, and PC desktops, BluOS was adopted by some of the most renowned hifi audio brands and integrated with numerous smart home and voice control systems, allowing for interoperability among enabled devices across brands for maximum versatility and use cases. Integrations with popular streaming music services like Tidal, Spotify, and Deezer, as well as featuring support for FLAC, WAV, MQA, and other high-resolution formats and codecs, BluOS offers virtually unlimited access to music of all genres for any occasion.

Lenbrook International, a subsidiary of the Lenbrook Group of Companies, is the owner and manufacturer of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound wireless multi-room players, and Bluesound Professional commercial audio.
www.bluos.net | www.lenbrook.com
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