At AXPONA Expo in Chicago, Lenbrook International has announced the release of versinoo 3.4 of its BluOS high-resolution distributed audio and music management platform.
The update, which will be available to BluOS users on or around April 16, features a variety of new features and streaming music options.
BluOS users will now be able to identify high resolution tracks when browsing Qobuz content within the BluOS Controller app. An "HR" icon will appear next to hi-res tracks, making the experience of browsing through Qobuz similar to that of browsing through content from Tidal or other music services.
Adjustments have also been made to the BluOS integration with Roon to improve compatibility with Roon's recent version 1.6 release.
A number of 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 experience 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. The integration of Dirac Live will allow users to calibrate their M10 to a room's dimensions, shape, and architectural features, offering compensation of the room's acoustic anomalies up to 500 Hz. Users interested in room correction across the full frequency range can easily upgrade to Dirac Live Full.
The M10 has the ability to store up to five room profiles, called "filters", configured using the microphone included with the M10 and Dirac's proprietary app, available for desktop, iOS, and Android devices. Tone and room correction controls can be accessed with the Dirac app, while the BluOS Controller app contains basic controls, allowing a user to select one of the five filters saved to the unit, adjust subwoofer crossover settings, or simply disable Dirac.
Chassis firmware to support DTS:X on NAD Electronics AVRs using the AM230 and AM17 MDC Modules will be bundled in with the BluOS update for users with BluOS-enabled AVRs. Users of non-BluOS-enabled AVRs with those MDC Modules, meanwhile, 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 Radio Paradise 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 station of "My Favorites" will appear in the menu, essentially creating a custom radio station.
BluOS users will also be able to stream or download live concert recordings - many of them in lossless formats - with nugs.net, the latest music service to be added to the list of streaming integration partners. nugs.net gives audiophiles and live music enthusiasts access to over 30,000 hours of live concert recordings from artists like Pearl Jam, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, and George Cole Quintet.
Subscribers to the hi-fi tier of service, saysBrad Serling, CEO of nugs.net, will gain access to live concert recordings in lossless FLAC, with approximately 1/3 of the hi-fi catalog available in MQA 24-bit studio master quality. "In fact," he adds, "for the fans of the artists on our platform, live concert recordings become available 24-hours after a live show, which is quite unique in the streaming marketplace and allows fans to stay engaged with their favorite artists."
"The power of BluOS is our ability to add features and enhancements with updates like these," says Andrew Haines, BluOS Product Manager. "It's a tremendous value for users of BluOS-enabled hardware to purchase a product and continue to use it for many years to come because the product receives regular updates that keep the device current with the changing technology landscape."